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January 27, 2023

Some news from France , CCCLXXX

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are in Winter and the rain has stopped ! Most said winter will be harsh but with the exception of a brief few days the temps are been warmer than usual, 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 CCCLXXX is 380 ! ,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.

Paul Pairet, known to the general public as a juror of Top chef, the cooking show of M6 TV, inaugurates this past Wednesday January 18 2023 , Nonos. Its new restaurant located within the Hôtel de Crillon, the famous palace on the Place de la Concorde. If you find dishes on the menu for less than 10 euros, the steak and fries is charged 28 euros, the prime rib (for six people) flies away at 250 euros and the matured meat flames even more. Webpage : https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon/dining/nonos-comestibles-paul-pairet

Responding to the call of Fabien Roussel, National Secretary of the Communist Party. The mayor (Socialist Pary) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, (who else!) announced this Thursday morning January 19 2023 , that the City/Town Hall would close its doors on January 31, on the occasion of the day of mobilization against the pension reform. Of course, they show their true colors lol !!

Police, soldiers and security guards by the hundreds to the the Gare du Nord where they wants to put an end to delinquency. What is really happening in the bowels of the largest station in Europe, placed night and day under high surveillance, Yes as said Paris is a big City not all is gleaters, stay away from big train stations at very early mornings or late nights, You were told

The future planned urban forest on Place du Colonel-Fabien, Located at the junction between the 10éme and 19éme arrondissements of Paris, should be redeveloped by December 2025. Partly pedestrianized and vegetated, it will also host an 800 square meter urban forest. Welcome to Place du Colonel-Fabien in the new Paris,

The beforementioned Tramway T13: from Saint-Germain en Laye to Poissy, Achères, Conflans and Cergy has well as usual delayed extension, While the commissioning of the first section between Saint-Cyr-l’École and Saint-Germain-en-Laye dates from the summer of 2022, the cities of Poissy and Achères should not be served before… 2027. Concerning the terminus in Cergy, the works should not start before 2029, La vie en rose ,,,By the time is done, it will already be congested lol ! This is now Transilien info webpage : https://www.transilien.com/fr/page-lignes/tramway-t13

Jean Castex Director RATP promises more transparent information for RATP users in the event of an incident on the metro trains. While this change is unfortunately not likely to resolve traffic incidents any faster, it will nevertheless allow users to be better informed. Oh yeah like before going all the way to the track to find out a technical problem and having to walk all the passageways back again lol ! I hope they do it for good ! More info from BFMTV news in French webpage : https://www.bfmtv.com/economie/entreprises/transports/metros-et-trains-bondes-et-retardes-que-veulent-dire-les-messages-abscons-de-la-ratp-et-de-la-sncf_AV-202210260279.html

And finally, the Line 6 of the Paris metro is about to say goodbye to the MP73 (1970’s) and their iconic green seats for trains coming from line 4. The very first will be put into circulation in a completely renovated version before the end of January 2023. Completely refurbished MP89s from line 4 will be appearing very soon. Brighter, modernized and automated, users of metro 6 will be able to enjoy greater comfort with the entry into service of the very first train before the end of January 2023. Fully renovated seats and ceilings, the installation of placement of doors that open on both sides of the train, the installation of signage on board… this is what awaits users of the historic line 6. And for more security, on-board video protection will be installed, Ok let’s have them for my dear old line 6 yeah !! Here is BFMTV news in French webpage : https://www.bfmtv.com/paris/paris-bientot-de-nouvelles-rames-de-metro-modernisees-pour-la-ligne-6_AV-202301100731.html

¡Viva Villa!” , an immersion in Avignon in the process of creation of the Villa Médicis, the Villa Kujoyama and the Casa de Velazquez, The three major French institutions for artist residencies abroad exhibit, at the Collection Lambert, the works more than seventy of their boarders. What is happening at the Villa Medici (French Academy in Rome), the Casa de Velazquez (French Academy in Madrid) and the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan , participates remotely in the vitality of the French scene. However, since 2016, the prestigious trio of artist residency institutions has chosen to give a common echo, and in France, to these activities by organizing “¡Viva Villa!” », an event now hosted by the Collection Lambert, in Avignon. Webpage : https://collectionlambert.com/en/exposition/viva-villa-4/

You know you live in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris when..lol !. You have your breakfast at Francis la Butte even if you know that the best croissants are at the bakery at the intersection rue Hermel, You have concrete buttocks by going up and down 1573027 steps at each health walk in the neighborhood, You cried when Michou died, You know that Etienne Daho and Angèle are your neighbors and, even if you rarely see them, if at all everything, you feel oddly close to them in a way, cutest theatre? The Workshop, of course! For an aperitif at sunset, forget the steps of the Sacré-Coeur full of tourists, you know you have to meet at the Soleil de la Butte, The market on rue du Poteau is one of the nicest and nothing can’t make you say otherwise, Amélie Poulain who? “The 18éme is really a village honestly”, You finish all your evenings at the Soleil de la Butte, You’ve never been able to use a bike other than an electric one, You live 5 minutes from Sacré-Coeur but you had to go home about twice inside to break everything in your life, You can scour the Boule Noire, the Cigale and the Trianon and walk home all tipsy. When you discovered the existence of the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre you felt. super important and aware of a secret, now everyone hangs out there but you were there before first, During confinement you walked alone.in a deserted Montmartre and rediscovered the beauty of the neighborhood usually in full of touristic excitement ,They will say what they want, you know that the stairs of Abbesses when the elevator is broken are the closest to hell that a human being can experience on Earth ! Yes, you can really be a Montmartreois !!!

What to see around Paris, me think,

In the spring, the “Divine” Sarah Bernhardt is honored with an exceptional exhibition in the heart of the Petit Palais. An emblematic figure at the turn of the 19C and 20C, the indomitable Sarah Bernhardt was a real star before her time. Using her image for her own publicity and always keeping up to date with new releases, the “golden-voiced” actress and entertainer has triumphed on stages around the world. With more than 400 works on display, the route retraces both the life and career of the multifaceted artist Sarah Bernhardt  Et la femme créa la star or and the woman created the star ,Petit Palais Avenue Winston Churchill 8éme, From April 14 to August 27 , 2023 ,Webpage: http://https ://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en/exhibitions/sarah-bernhardt

Essential painters of the 1860s-80s, Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas will soon be exhibited together at the Musée d’Orsay, in a unique journey, rich in masterpieces never before brought together. Manet / Degas, Musée d’Orsay, 1, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur – 7éme, From March 28 to July 3 2023. Webpage:https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/whats-on/exhibitions/manet -degas

In the heart of the kingdom of Ramses II, great pharaoh of the Egyptian golden age. Discover an exceptional collection of more than 180 original pieces, with works exhibited for the first time outside Egypt , Ramsès et l’Or des pharaons or Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs, Grande Halle de la Villette, 211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 19éme, From April 7 to September 6 2023, Webpage: https://en.lavillette.com/programming/ramses-the-great_e1111

With the return of fine weather, the Musée Jacquemart-André makes you (re)discover the work of the great master of painting Giovanni Bellini who, all his life, led a quest for new influences. Through fifty works, retrace the journey of the father of the Venetian school, who paved the way for an art of color and tone, which became the hallmark of the Venetian 16C, Giovanni Bellini, Influences Croisées or Cross Influences, Musée Jacquemart- Andrew, 158, boulevard Haussmann 8éme, From March 3 to July 17 2023, Webpage:https://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en/node/2256

My picks of pizzerias to liven up lunches (and dinners)! By experience are Peppe, at webpage : https://www.peppeparis.fr/en/ ,and La Vera Pizza Napoletana,(actually says the true Napolitan pizza) at webpage : https://www.guillaume-grasso.com/pizzeria/#contact

And hot plates for the winter I like: Beef bourguignon with shells from Bouillon Pigalle 22, boulevard de Clichy 18éme, Savoyard fondue from Marmottes, 26, rue de la Grande-Truanderie 1éme, Ultra-melting tartiflette from Monbleu, 37, rue du Faubourg -Montmartre 9éme, Ultra comforting onion soup from Au Pied de Cochon
6, rue Coquillière 1éme, The very Frenchy Le pot-au-feu stew from Drouant 16-18, rue Gaillon 2éme, and The ancestral veal blanquette from Chez la Vieille 1, rue Bailleul 1éme, All Paris !

And finally, my rant of the month or year . I do not know if just me but I have been noticing many folks trying to follow my blog giving a few likes and once ok the « friend » contact they just disappears ! I do not know why people follow , but to me , me think, you follow me because you like my content lol ! Just goes without saying that once in a while you should stop by to say Hi ,give a « like » and so on, I have taken many down from as much as 3000 followers to just over a thousand, Still a lot with hardly any real following, Is it me ? Or is just my mind ? What do you think ?

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 

January 18, 2023

Special some news from France , the strike of January 19 2023

This is a special post due to the major strike all over France that will start tomorrow with possible extentions , All in cold snowy day in many parts of France even if light in cities, We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine at home! Take care if in France and best of luck , IF any help just let me know in comments.

This is a first for 12 years and a defeat of the government according to the secretary general of the CGT Philippe Martinez: the eight French trade union federations (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, Unsa, Solidaires, FSU) are unite in a common front against the pension reform , which aims to raise the legal retirement age to 64 from 62, According to the Ministry of the Interior, a thousand radical elements could take part in the Paris parade on Thursday 19 January, secured by 3,500 police or gendarmes. On the air transport side, flight crew unions are also calling for mobilization in the streets, such as the SNPNC-FO, which represents the stewards and hostesses of Air France, EasyJet, Ryanair, etc.

Lines 1 and 14, fully automated, will operate normally, but with risks of saturation. Line 4 will also run, but with one train in two during peak hours and one train in four during off-peak hours. Lines 8, 10 and 11 will not run at all, while traffic on lines 2, 3, 3 bis, 5, 6, 7, 7 bis, 9, 12 and 13 will be greatly disrupted. One out of two trains will run at peak times on lines 3, 3 bis, 5, 7 bis and 9. One out of three trains will run on lines 12 and 13, one out of four trains on line 6 and one out of five trains on line 7. In addition, many stations will be closed.

It will be necessary to plan on average one train out of two at peak times and one train out of four at off-peak hours for the RER A. The first departures will be at 5h10 and 5h40 The last visit to Châtelet is scheduled for 21h. The interconnection with Nanterre prefecture is maintained. Regarding the RER B, plan one train out of two during peak hours and one train out of three during off-peak hours. The last visit to Châtelet is scheduled around 21h50. The interconnections will be suspended at the Gare du Nord. For RER C, trains will only run on the southern branch from Paris Austerlitz, between 6h and 9h. and between 16h. and 20h, For the D, there will be no train between Châtelet and Gare de Lyon. Finally for the RER E, the stations of Pantin, Rosa Parks, Magenta and Haussmann Saint-Lazare will not be served. Plan for one train out of ten for these three lines.

Two out of three buses will run on average and a dozen lines will be closed. Regarding the noctilien network, the service will be normal. Tram traffic will be normal on lines T6 and T8, slightly disrupted on lines T1 and 13a and very disrupted on lines T2, T3b, T7 and T5. Transiliens One in ten trains will be required for lines L, J and P. Line J will not run on the Paris-Ermont axis and line P trains will only run on the Paris-Meaux axis. The R train will not run.

Ok hoping is ok took this picture from the tv BFMTV on the strike assembly in the Place de la République , they went to the Place de la Bastille and finally to the Place de la Nation in Paris. Yes over one million out in France! And it seems will continue…

Paris pl de la République strike on BFMTV jan23

The Paris RATP network : https://www.ratp.fr/en/

The regional IDF network Transilien : https://www.transilien.com/en

The SNCF trains on the strike : https://www.sncf.com/fr/greve-nationale/mouvement-social-interprofessionnel-du-19-janvier-2023

Strike info on its the strike or c’est la grêve special site :https://www.cestlagreve.fr/secteur-d-activite/transport/sncf-train/#greves-en-cours

The TER sncf strike info for Brittany : https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/se-deplacer/info-trafic/greve-sncf-ter

There you go folks, a special some news from France as the best warning possible for the strike tomorrow Stay safe and again best of luck and let me know if stuck that I can direct you from here, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

PS Do not want to repeat myself but this is entertainment French style, the strikes will continue and another major one on January 31st life goes on nobody else pays attention. Just be aware if visiting during these times… Cheers

January 18, 2023

More of Paris Christmas 2016, and marché de Noël !!!

I need to tell you more as found me pictures in my vault not in my blog yet and they should, Do not know why but the first post only had a handful of pictures and left many out for some reason,,I like to make up for this lost to do a follow up post on the Paris Christmas 2016 and its marché de Noël. We were in Paris ,visiting from our new home in the Morbihan breton, and this is my take on this now famous Christmas spot in Paris. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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The Avenue des Champs Elysées was the first in Paris we went out once in France,  and really honestly thought back then would never make it as it was almost empty ,but over the years has grown to a really nice good Christmas market or Marché de Noël.  We walked down the Avenue des Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe all the way to the metro Roosevelt square rond-point des Champs-Elysées and into the Place de la Concorde and the big wheel or Grande Roué in front of the entrance to the jardin des Tuileries.

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The Christmas market on the Champs-Elysées has made a real effort since it offers 5 villages 100% made in France this year: artisans, crafts, regional delicacies, the magical forest of France and the village of charities.

In between, there was a plethora of chalets, kiosks, bank ATM, rides and food stalls even full restaurants serving season’s fare and trinkets from as far away as Brazil. The ambiance was very nice and locals mingle with tourists alike in a wonderful holiday spirit. We love it !!

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For us it was sublime, wonderful family time which we will cherish for life.  Now looking forward to the next ones which have become even better, I have most of the write up in my previous post on it ,this one will be more on the missing pictures, Hope you get the spirit and be here next time by Paris !

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The Paris tourist office on the last Christmas market in 2022:  https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris

There you go folks, a wonderful moment to be in Paris as the most me think, The season to be merrier and Paris is the perfect combination to be at.  Again, hope you enjoy the post with the new older pictures as I.

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

January 10, 2023

Some news from France , CCCLXIX 

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are In Winter and it surprise more rain warmer temps ! Most said winter will be harsh and with the exception of a brief few days the temps are been warmer than usual, 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 CCCLXIX is 379 ! ,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.

I like to start with a sad news that must be speak out for the soothing blues in me, I had the unfortunate passing of my dear loving father Elio on Saturday January 7th 2023 at home, He was under treatment by a team of nurses and doctors on what is call here HAD or hospital at home, a real army of health caregivers who had the courageous duty to do these things, He was 87 yrs old and fully enjoy life with us been everywhere I went even in wheelchair up ladders and castle stairs, I have the consolation he lived a full life, He will be cremated on January 12 2023 14h30 at Plescop in my beautiful Morbihan, Later, his aches will be thrown at sea in Honfleur Normandie to reunite with my dear mother Gladys and dear wife Martine, I am left with my three wonderful loving boys still with me, Thank you,

A dozen four- and five-star hotels will open in Paris in 2023. To welcome their future customers, they offer various services: restaurants, cocktail bars, access to a rooftop or a fitness room. competition will stiffen in the course of 2023 in the high-end hotel segment. Lifestyle establishments and others, more luxurious, plan to welcome their first visitors at the end of winter. See for example at Rue Danton (6éme) at the Hotel Dame des Arts, which opens in February, the suites, equipped with a balcony, offer an exceptional view of Paris, This is an ongoing trend for several years now and is picking up steam ; Paris is eternal and the rich and famous wants to be there !

The Rue Beaubourg, and rue de Renard..will have a redevelopment that will please cyclists and pedestrians , Cycle paths on both sides of the road, new raised pedestrian crossing… and removal of one of the two lanes for cars. After six months of work, this very busy axis in the heart of Paris appears to have been transformed. Good news, the redevelopment work on Rue Beaubourg (3-4éme) and Rue du Renard (4éme), which connects the Arts et Métiers crossroads to the City/ Town Hall, is almost complete. The mayor of Paris Centre (mayor Socialist party) has decided to open the cycle paths before they are finished. Oh yeah less lanes more trafic and the beat goes on.

From 2024, several streets of the Butte Montmartre hill will become pedestrianized. The City/town hall of the 18éme arrondissement, at the initiative of the project, plans to start work at the end of 2023. Barriers will be placed around the Montmartre hill to prevent access to cars, this ban will still remain partial since the inhabitants of the district are many have private parking lots. The project should be completed by the end of 2024 and provides for 3 different categories of pedestrian zones, with a modification of the traffic plan. On several streets, access to cars will be prohibited by barriers, “an open pedestrian area” will also be installed at the top of the Butte and finally a “meeting zone” will be set up in the residential sector. In addition to the establishment of pedestrian zones, the project provides for the greening of around ten streets in the district and the widening of certain sidewalks. I have driven in Montmartre, have you ? Braise yourselves for chaos in the future, but you know Paris is eternal !

In Nîmes, the last bearers of the flamenco flame, the city in the Gard is preparing to host its traditional flamenco festival, from January 9 to 21 2023. one of the most recognized in France, A great event, more info webpage : https://theatredenimes.com/

In Val-Thorens, the ski season starts at the time of the energy crisis. If you want to put on your skis as soon as possible, you have to come to Val-Thorens. It has become the tradition, More info webpage : https://www.valthorens.com/en/

Louvre, Orsay, Versailles The public has found its way back to French museums and monuments, museums and historical monuments are pleased with a virtual return to normal in 2022. Subordinated to the foreign public, in particular Asian, which is still conspicuous by its absence, the largest establishments in Ile-de-France have not yet reached their pre-Covid-19 levels. At the Louvre, which counts 7.8 million visitors thanks in particular to the massive return of Americans, attendance remains 19% lower than in 2019. The same observation is made at the Palace of Versailles, which announces 6.9 million visitors, triple 2021 but down 16% compared to 2019. The Musée d’Orsay, which attracted 3.2 million visitors in 2022, a figure boosted since September by the 6,700 daily admissions to the “Munch. A poem of life, love and death”, still shows a drop of 10% compared to 2019. The Center Pompidou, in Paris, totals 3 million visitors, or 8% less than in 2019 where the monograph Francis Bacon had been a hit. The Quai Branly welcomed just over a million people, a figure up 63% compared to 2021, but again below the 1.11 million recorded in 2019, a year already in decline. Universcience, which brings together the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie at La Villette and the Palais de la Découverte in the Parisian golden triangle, however, doubled its audience in 2022.

Rising operating costs and shrinking consumption impose rigor on fashion brands ! The winter sales start on Wednesday 11 January 2023 . But, since the end of December, in hypermarkets, shops and on the Internet, the French have already benefited from discounts, promotions and private sales to buy coats, boots and sweaters at discounted prices. Because fashion and shoe stores are full of goods ,despite sales growth of 3.7%, at the end of November 2022, compared to the same period in 2021, clothing sales in France have not recovered the level of the year 2019. (pre covid),

Forty years ago, the architect Alain Bourbonnais and his wife, Caroline, opened to the public what had until then been their country house, in Dicy (today Charny-Orée-de-Puisaye), in Yonne. . This anniversary, which the Halle Saint-Pierre in Paris judiciously celebrates, is a beautiful tribute to a family adventure (their daughters continue to animate the place) which began with the discovery, in 1946, of the art exhibition brut organized by Jean Dubuffet at the Parisian gallery Drouin. The announcement, in 1971, by the same Dubuffet that his collection was going to take refuge in Switzerland, in Lausanne, encouraged Bourbonnais to take over, with the blessing of the master. He first opened a gallery, Atelier Jacob, devoted to what he preferred to call “non-standard art”, of which he seems to have been the best client. the Bourbonnais collection is therefore partly visible to the Parisian public, “La Fabuloserie”, Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris. From January 25 to August 25, 2023, Webpage : https://www.hallesaintpierre.org/2023/01/02/la-fabuloserie/

And for the traveling train aficionados, the tickets for the Occitanie regional express train network, the TER “ilO“, will be offered at the price of one euro every first weekend of the month and during pollution peaks. It is better to book! SNCF estimates that these offers, as well as those intended for young people and seniors, will generate new subscriptions and therefore new income. As the train “is not present everywhere”, (really!!) ,the region has also decided to grant “carpooling aid” and has signed partnerships to this effect with the platforms Mobicoop, Karos, Atchoum, Klaxit and BlaBlaCar Daily, for the benefit of both passengers than drivers. More info webpage : https://www.ter.sncf.com/occitanie/tarifs-cartes/billets-un-euro

Have you ever devoured your Netflix guilty pleasure? Last December 21, the third season of Emily in Paris was released on the streaming platform. For wealthy Americans and Britons, this dream is becoming more and more a reality and many continue to seek a base in the French capital. A reality that not everyone can afford, therefore, since the real Parisian life, we know it, with its overpriced maids’ rooms and its crowded smelly metros… Not so glamorous as that. OF course, all you see is glitter as Paris is eternal !! You know it Netflix : https://www.netflix.com/fr/title/81037371

Sadly as an anecdote of non travel related, The oldest store in Meaux, the Dauvergne 1871 hardware store will close its doors at the end of January 2023. Opened in Meaux just after the Paris Commune, this business located next to the cathedral went on for 152 years, it has always remained in the same family: the Dauvergne. Installed since 1871 in the rue Saint-Étienne, a few steps from the cathedral. Meanwhile, all items are sold with discount. There are crockery, kitchen utensils and drugstore items. This is old town Meaux many walks over the years and even shopping there with my dear wife Martine and her grandma Fourré !! Webpage : https://dauvergne-1871-meaux.jimdosite.com/

Unaccompanied foreign minors, whose real minority is debated, were responsible for 30% of burglaries, 44% of pickpocketing and 32% of violent thefts in Paris in 2020, according to justice. And represented nearly 80% of referrals of minors. The Paris police headquarters is concerned for its part of “their rise to power”: between 2016 and 2020, they went from 3 to 29% of those questioned in matters burglaries and 8 to 27% for violent thefts According to the Central Department of Public Security (DCSP), they target foodstuffs, telephones, bank cards, jewelry, scratch games, cigarettes and cosmetics. And rob shops, restaurants, bakeries, greengrocers, clothing stores and pharmacies. Polydrug addicts, they can show great violence, and are often carrying bladed weapons, even handguns. So Paris is nice and safe huh I know done the beat at nights ; stay away from young folks on the streets, be in groups, and if possible avoid very late nights on the metro/RER, Paris is eternal !!!

The American franchise Popeyes, already established in thirty countries, is packing its bags in Paris. Know them from my days in Daytona Beach FL USA !! The opening of its first restaurant is scheduled for February 1 2023 near the Gare du Nord. Specialized in chicken, the chain aims to set up everywhere in France from 2023. Born in 1972 in New Orleans, the franchise taken over by the Napaqaro group (Buffalo Grill, Courtepaille) and specializing in fried chicken , Be there from 11h that day, at 9, boulevard de Denain (10éme), on the forecourt of the train station,More news coming in webpage: https://www.popeyesfrance.fr/

The Grandes Halles of the Vieux Port now host a market of craftsmen and producers specializing in Mediterranean gastronomy, The Cours Estienne-d’Orves had lost some of its luster over the years, connoisseurs preferring to frequent restaurants in the nearby rue Sainte, which goes up to the Saint-Victor abbey. But three young men from Marseille, had the idea of gourmet halls where the taste buds would quiver, in the old Buffalo Grill, deserted for six years. Over 2,000 square meters, twelve stalls have been offering catering at the counter or on the large outdoor terrace since this past summer. And if the flavors of the Grandes Halles make you want to cook at home, you just have to cross rue Euthymènes, which overlooks the Vieux Port, to enter the market. In this former rope factory, with stone walls and 17C framework, welcomes excellent producers. To eat well in Marseille, just head towards to the Vieux Port. I know it !! Webpage : https://www.lesgrandeshalles.com/

After Petit, Gros and Bleu Bao, the Bao Family has decided to expand a little more. The new kid? Bao Express, a clever mix between a Hong Kong restaurant, a bakery, a coffee shop and a speakeasy. In a space of 500 m2, we will enjoy these delicious filled buns and other Chinese specialties. In this new spot, we find for the first time the Bao Bakery: the bakery of our dreams to buy the best delicacies of the Bao Family. This address also offers us its own speakeasy, The Underpool, a small bar hidden in the basement. The ideal place to continue your evening with a few cocktails. Bao Express, 10, rue Bréguet 11éme, Open from 12h to 15h and from 19h to 23h. webpage : https://www.baofamily.co/bao-express

Something we had in our town and we indulge once in a while ; they are now all over France ! Each year, the kebab-frites site unveils its annual ranking of the best kebabs in France, In first place, a Toulouse address, Delizioso, followed by the l’Artiste in Abbeville. And it is on the third place of the podium that rises an address in Paris, Streaters at 39 rue des Pyrénées 20éme, a restaurant well known to the inhabitants of the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood. It is not the only address in Paris that reaches the top 50. In the rest of the ranking, Greek Snack (rue de l’Ecole Polytechnique 5éme) takes 18th place, then Marmara (102 rue de Colombe , Courbevoie (92) ) in 26th place, followed by Mondial Kebab (190 avenue de Clichy 17éme) in 28th place and Ozlem Snack (57 rue des Petites écuries 10éme). More info webpage : https://www.kebab-frites.com/meilleur-kebab/

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 stay away better ,me think,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

January 1, 2023

The magical Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte !!!

Ah this is awesome, the beauty of my belle France in all its splendeurs! A must to visit indeed ; another wonderful castle in the dept 77 Seine et Marne east of Paris; another wonderful memory of my dear late wife Martine, and I traveling in her native department the beauty is amazing here and so close to Paris. We came here the second year after marriage in 1992 and have been coming here regularly in our visits from the USA, and then while living in France. This is a wonderful story and a beautiful castle still in private hands ! As I have plenty of posts on it will do this one as an introduction in my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I. I will tell you a lot more about the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.  This is worth the detour from the big City , ok by train better by car ; it is ,also ,not far from Disneyland and Fontainebleau in the same department of Seine et Marne no. 77. Region of Ïle de France.

This is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, located in Maincy, yes  a very small village in the Seine et Marne about 50 km or 30 miles from Paris near the town of Melun. The Castle was built in the 17C between 1658 and 1661 by ordered of the finance minister of king Louis XIV ,Nicolas Fouquet.  This finance minister had called upon the best builders of the times such as architect Louis Le Vau, first architect of the King 1656, the painter Charles Le Brun founder of the painting academy in 1648, the gardener André Le Nôtre, general building controller of the king 1657, and the master builder Michel Villedo. Their talent was already used by the king to built the Chateau de Vincennes between 1651 and 1653 and later used to build the Chateau de Versailles as the Vaux le Vicomte served as a model.

Ok will go long on the history of Vaux le Vicomte, wonderful, all worth it me think:

On February 1, 1641, thanks to the dowry of his wife Louise Fourché, Nicolas Fouquet buys the lordship lands of Vaux to an adviser in the Parliament of Paris, François Nicolas Lotin de Charny, he chooses the castle due to the strategic position halfway between the Château de Vincennes and the Château de Fontainebleau, two royal residences, and because it gives it the title of viscount of Vaux. When Fouquet acquired it, this area was divided into two parts: a modest 14C Chastel and a farmhouse. The Chastel is surrounded by walls and ditches filled with whitewater. It is connected to the path between Vaux-le-Pénil and Sivry-Courtry by a drawbridge. The farm called Ferme de la Ronce is located behind the Logis, on the current town of Moisenay, to which it is connected by another drawbridge. It consists of two parts: in the northern part there is a press, a stable and a barn; The southern part includes the housing, a barn and a shepherd’s house.  The farm and the castle were not located at the site of the present castle. The territory where the present castle will be built is crossed by two rivers that intersect at right angles. One of them is the Anqueuil sung by La Fontaine and whose bed is located the Grand Canal today. The terrain was little wooded, unlike today.

.On 10 July 1660, the King Louis XIV, and his wife Queen Maria Theresa of Austria stopped there. The Mr. Fouquet liked to received the greatest thinkers of his time such as Madeleine de Scudéry, Paul Pelisson or Jean de La Fontaine.  On July 12, 1661, Fouquet gave a feast in honor of the Queen Mother of England Henriette of France and, on August 17, another in honor of Louis XIV. This festival organized by François Vatel (the great chef of Chantilly) was of great splendour: performances using the most advanced techniques of the moment, representations of plays (including the Unfortunates or Les Fâcheux of Molière) and fireworks, were in particular the programme of entertainement.  On September 5, 1661, the king arrested the minister Fouquet by D’Artagnan at the end of a council held in Nantes. On the site of Vaux-le-Vicomte, all works were interrupted.  Before the claims of the minister’s creditors and while his wife, then exiled to Limoges ; the auction of his property was ordered; The sale of the furniture of Vaux and the residence of Saint-Mandé took place from 1665 to September 1666, after king Louis XIV had taken for himself many precious objects, tapestries, brocade fabrics, marble tables, vases of ruddy, etc. Paving tiles in white and black marble were transported to the Louvre, oranges in crates and thousands of shrubs to Versailles and the Tuileries.

Vaux le Vicomte, not confiscated, was abandoned by the creditors to Madame Fouquet in 1673 with the lordships of Melun and Belle-Île (Morbihan dept 56 ) against the payment under ten years of 1 250 000 pounds of privileged debts. Exiled to Moulins, he was forbidden to return to Vaux, where his eldest son, Louis-Nicolas, officer, titled Count of Vaux, was able to settle down.  The latter received on July 15, 1676 the Marquise de Sévigné, who lived there with all the silent fountains and without a drop of water, because they were confiscated.  In 1684, four years after her husband’s death, Madame Fouquet gave the lordships of Vaux and Melun to her son, who from 1683, short of money, had sold to the King white marble slabs attributed to Poussin (at Versailles), then in 1699 antique and modern statues ,70 wholesale chestnut trees for Trianon and quantity of large carps for the basins of Marly.  In 1687, at 32 years old, he had married the 14-year-old daughter of the famous Madame Guyon, doctrinaire of Quietism, who came to live with the couple in Vaux two and a half years. In 1705, the second and last Fouquet holder of Vaux died without heirs in Paris. Peace returned, the castle received and gave feasts to Queen Marie Leszczyńska, in October 1728, then king Louis XV in July 1731, from Fontainebleau, came to visit the gardens and their fountains. Voltaire, very diligent with the young and seductive Duchess Jeanne Angélique Roque de Varengeville, 30 years her husband’s younger ,staged tragedies and comedies where she was performing with her guests in a theatre then set up. The famous Adrienne Lecouvreur stayed there in November 1724. There were, as in the Duchess of Maine with seals, sleepless nights to observe, the terrace or the beds, the constellations and the shooting stars! The estate was not declared national property in the French revolution, but in accordance with the laws of the Convention, the village of Maincy and the Management board of the District of Melun ordered the intendant to hammered out  the arms of the pediment and its lions, as they were animals contrary to the laws, to burn of several painted portraits of the kings of France and tapestries bearing royal emblems, and breaking up busts of Roman emperors. In November 1793, before the notification to remove all the furniture from the front of the castle under eight days so that nothing opposes its demolition, the Citizen Praslin had the idea of donating to the Republic paintings and decorations of the castle, which made suspends the demolition, and the two Commissioners appointed to recognize and remove what would be deemed worthy of retention, felt that he deserved to be kept in recognition of those which it was saved. Lucky castle!!!

Fast forward to June 15, 1875, Alfred Sommier, a sugar refiner and art lover, after having visited it with his friend Bibliophile Gustave Guyot de Villeneuve, royalist prefect of Seine-et-Marne since 1873, impressed by the good state of conservation of Interior decorations of two centuries old, decided to preserve this global work of art, whose apparent bad general condition could cause fear of demolition. The only buyer auctioned by candle on the 6th of July, he then became owner in three lots: the castle and its park, its important villages and dependencies, and three farms, an area of nearly 1 000 hectares. General restoration of buildings was ordered from 1875 to 1893 as well as the gardens, and from July 1877 the Sommier family will stayed there every year from June to December.  On 30 June 1918, Georges Clemenceau, President of the Council and Minister of War, stopped on the way to the grand headquarters of the armies at the castle of Bombon, with the chief of his military office general Mordacq to see the Auxiliary Military Hospital No 23 created at the beginning of the war in the common by Germaine Sommier, born Casimir-Perier, with an exemplary X-ray installation, and where 1 115 wounded were treated. He had lunch at the castle and is photographed with the hospital team and general Mordacq on the porch overlooking the gardens. The estate then belonged to Count Patrice de Vogüé, who received it from his father Jean de Vogüé, nephew of Edme’s spring (died 1945 without heirs), during his marriage in 1967. It is Patrice de Vogüé who opens the entire estate, park and chateau, to public visits: inauguration is made on 22 March 1968.

A bit on the description in and out of Vaux le Vicomte !!

The castle comprises a hundred rooms for a surface of 2 500 m2, spread over three levels under a roof of 3 500 meters. The Vaux le Vicomte Castle preserved from the traditional French feudal plan the rectangular platform surrounded by large moats of water, of which it occupies the south side. Two doors connected the dwelling to the rest of the garden. There are four pavilions, two rectangular-shaped, garden-side, and two other square-sided courtyards, which, seen laterally, still seem twins, a tradition of French architecture. In Vaux, the architect demonstrates innovation by arranging the interior space with a double row of parallel rooms with aligned doors or double body. This type of organization of a building has already been used by Louis Le Vau at the hotel Tambonneau in 1640 and by François Mansart at the Hotel de Jars in 1648, but is here applied for the first time to a castle.

Another originality is the living room called in Rotunda. The ensemble, formed by the vestibule and this large space, forms like a central span. This provision, also called Lantern, allows the visitor to have a traversing view in the axis Cour d’honneur vestibule driveway in perspective of the gardens located on the other side, around which gravitate two autonomous parts endowed each of a staircase. In the ground floor, on the garden side, there are two apartments; one, destined to the king, is located to the left while the other, to the right, is that of Nicolas Fouquet.  The rooms on the ground floor on the courtyard are, in 1661, bedrooms supplementing the two apartments on the garden side, There is a room serving as a dining room, a piece that appeared in France in the mid 17C. The basement is partly buried, allowing the establishment of a mound plan. A longitudinal corridor crosses the basement, occupied by galleys, offices and officers ‘ chambers. The kitchen is the opposite of the dining room, but communicates with the buffet on the ground floor thanks to the longitudinal corridor. Two lateral corridors were added in 1659 on orders from Vatel, then maître de hôtel by Nicolas Fouquet.  On the first floor there is also a longitudinal corridor. At the place that corresponds to the vestibule was at the time of Nicolas Fouquet a chapel, side courtyard.  To the left are, on the courtyard side, the apartment of Fouquet, and the garden side, that of his wife, composed on a thickness of 12 meters of an antechamber, of a bedroom (main room of an apartment where the pets have free access, this is the place of the sociability where one sleeps, one receives and one takes meals there) and a work office bureau. Presently Madame Fouquet’s room is divided into two rooms, a Louis XV cabinet and a Louis XV room. The central lounge, called the Hall of the Guards from the 17-19C, is a unique piece in the history of French architecture: its originality comes from its oval shape, unusual at the time for a reception room.  The dome is supported by a series of 16 great terms sculpted by François Girardin, 12 bear the signs of the zodiac and 4, the symbols of the Four seasons. The floor consists of white stone and slate with a sundial in the center. The piece is decorated with 4 busts from the time of Fouquet representing Roman characters: Octavia, sister of Augustus, Britannicus, Octavia, wife of Nero, and Hadrian. The 12 other Roman busts carved in Florence in the 17C from the Villa Pompeian (destroyed) of Prince Napoleon, Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

The exhibition of Hercules,the antechamber of the apartment of Fouquet, is adorned with a painted ceiling of a scene representing a Hercules greeted by Olympus. The medallions and panels adorning the vaulted represent the 12 works of Hercules by Le Brun.  The Chambre des Muses or Chambre de Fouquet is decorated with a ceiling and a vaulted of Le Brun. This set represents the triumph of fidelity, a reference to the fidelity of Nicolas Fouquetto the king during the sling.  8 muses are divided into the four corners of the vault, with figures between the Muses representing the poetic genres. In the middle of the sides are the figures of the nobility and peace, as well as a victory of the Muses over the satyrs. The vaulted evokes the patronage of Nicolas Fouquet. The walls are covered by a support paneling and by 5 tapestries that make up the drapery of Diane’s story. The room also includes an alcove with a Le Brun ceiling representing the night. There is a chimney called “La Romaine” which, unlike the French chimneys, does not spring from the wall.

The small cabinet of the games, which was that of Nicolas Fouquet, features a ceiling of Le Brun representing sleep. The vault and the paneling are decorated with a set of various animals. The King’s Antechamber (current library) is unfinished; It is marked by the alternation of paintings and bas-reliefs: The central oval of the ceiling includes an 18C painting, because the project of Brown, unknown, has not been realized. In the center of the covings are 4 paintings: Diane stripping after the hunt, love and lightning, Achilles imploring Venus to return to him the shield that love stole from her, love and a Vine. The Mahogany library body dates back to the 18C. The angles of the covings include the figure of Fouquet.  The King’s Chamber (the tradition of arranging such a room when the royal Court was itinerant) is also unfinished: even if it is the most lavishly decorated room in the castle, Louis XIV never slept there. On the ceiling is a painting of truth backed by time, and in glasses are represented gods symbolizing the genie of Fouquet: Bacchus for Abundance, Mars for value, Mercury for Vigilance and Jupiter for power. Leda, Diane, fighter riders, and Fates are present in octagonal medallions. The alcove of the room is not finished, as the ceiling is not painted, as is the Cabinet of the King: framed by convenient, a large Regency-style bed features an embroidered tapestry depicting the history of psyche. The dining room has a coffered ceiling, characteristic of French architecture. Each box receives a table; with four, enrolled in rectangular compartments and represent Apollo (fire), Diane (air), Flora or Ceres (the Earth) and Tritons and Naiads (water). In the octagonal compartments of the ceiling is each of the seasons. In the center of the ceiling is peace bringing back the abundance of Charles le Brun, referring to the peace of the Pyrenees (1659 France and Spain borders still today), The 8 circular or octagonal medallions above the doors tell the story of Io. The arcade overlooking the buffet includes trophies of war and peace. The balcony does not date from Fouquet.  The square room would have belonged to Fouquet’s apartment. In 1661, 6 tapestries from Le Brun were hanged under a painting showing the siege of Fribourg commanded by Marshal de Villars.  The 1st floor (2fl US)  The room of the apartment of Fouquet is the only room on the first floor to have preserved its original decor. The ceilings of the room and the balcony are decorated with a dome-shaped sham. Mrs. Fouquet’s apartment was entirely composed of mirrors and included an antichamber, a bedroom and a cabinet. The room and the Antichamber were completely renovated in the 18C. The cabinet contains on the ceiling an oval with a painting representing the sky; Mrs. Fouquet’s coat of arms appears in the angles.

The Vaux le Vicomte castle gardens are gorgeous, with a maximum length of the gardens (from the Gate of honour to the Hercules room) of 1 500 meters and an average width of 200 to 250 meters, the park makes a total surface of 500 hectares and is enclosed by a wall of 13 km of ramparts. The arrival to the castle is done by a bilateral alignment of 257 plantain trees. The two lines of trees are very close to the pavement since they are only six meters away. With the size of the barrels of the trees, this causes an impressive tunnel effect; This 1 500 meters long alignment is a beauty to walk under it. The garden consists of three parts: The first includes a court and a front yard; the second part of the castle and stops at the small canals; and the third part consists of what is located beyond the small canals.

The official Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte: https://vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/

If you are really interested,I am a member since 2008, more so since this is a private castle, see the Friends of the castle or Les Amis de Vaux-le-Vicomte : https://www.amis-vaux-le-vicomte.org/

The Seine et Marne dept 77 tourist office on the castle: https://www.seineetmarnevivreengrand.fr/explorer/676128/

The Île de France region tourist board on the castle : https://www.visitparisregion.com/en/chateau-de-vaux-le-vicomte

There you go folks, another gorgeous castle at MaincyVaux-le-Vicomte;  indeed and very much worth a detour if around France.  Do browse and marvel for the history and architecture of it. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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January 1, 2023

WordPress ,you and me 2022 !!!

Right off the bat, I thank you very much for reading my blog, Paris1972-Versailles2003. This blog kept me busy and has been uplifting and deeply appreciate all comments and likes over the years since 26 November 2010! There has been some old virtual friends gone and some new ones I see, all welcome and glad you made my day in time. I started on WordPress after advice from an American friend living in Madrid for over 30 years who told me it was easy to work for the non technical guy in me and it has been a blast ,in part thanks to you. Of course, as you know, will do this post in my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Many good well wishes for 2023.  It cannot be worse than 2022 so may all your hopes and dreams come true in good health. We stay home as in the last wishing you all a very very Happy New Year and best wishes to all. Another year goes by, and I am now on retirement or it is here pre retirement on a deal with my last employer, The sensations are weird, glad to finally make it and spent more time at home ,but also sad that my travels will be cut in half as no more business trips to far away lands. I was hoping to do more consulting work but the covid virus and my father illness kept me home.

I like to give out some statistics that nicely WordPress give us and I look at it every year at least. Again thank you all for your kind comments and likes, really appreciated.

As of 31 December, 2022 , I had records all over!!! first  54 851 views,  26 911 visits, 27 386 likes! ,and 793 comments (this came down). I had written 1 119 posts! Also, the most! And have so far 1 029 followers which has gone beyond my wildest expectations! Thank you again, I have deleted some who do not share or partake on the blog no need to follow just to look, Behold I have DCMA copyright warnings on all my pictures,(see page),

My Top 10 articles view for 2022 were:(many were surprises !! )

The Somport Pass/Tunnel

WordPress you and me, 2021 !!!

Windjammers Barefoot Cruise

Plaza de Toros of Aranjuez

My Personal Life in Perth Amboy NJ USA

The Ceilings of Versailles (palace)

Notre Dame Cathedral Update Dec21

Paris : Avenue of New York

Some streets of Versailles

The Greenbelts of Manila (mall/museums)

Top 10 countries followers were: (ok me think)

USA , France, UK; Belgium, Spain, Indonesia, Canada, Australia, India, and Finland.

My top search engines were: WordPress reader, Google search, Bing, WordPress Android App, Duckduckgo, Yahoo search, Facebook, Baidu, AOL, and Dockpile. There are a total of 6 pages on front page, 15 categories of posts and 15 tags with 7 favorite outside links in the blogroll . There are over 53 000 photos already here wow!!! 53,3% of memory space taken ! My best viewing day is Monday…. and the best time is 15h or 3 pm!! The best day viewed still is December 10, 2012! with 972 views!!! A record hard to beat ! There are about 7 steady commentators and ,you know who you are , and my wish is to have more comments, constructive comments that is.

My New Year 2023 is at home not so good, my father has become sick bedridden and on his last days so tell me the doctors. He is on what is call here HAD or hospital at home with a team of nurses that takes care of him until his last day, do not know when. He is 87 years old and saw the world with me always tagged him along ,so at least he lived a full life ,cannot say the same of my dear mom and wife who went out at 72 and 59. I will missed him as I missed the women of my life but life needs to go on for the boys and the good intentions they taught me.

There you go folks just for you, fully transparent as always. Hope you have enjoy the travel posts done with care and love to share with all and maybe helpful in your trips. Thank you ,again, my followers and do share with me your adventures , it has been a pleasure. Take care, best of luck, best wishes, stay safe !

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

December 31, 2022

The new train station of Auray !!!

I knew all about the renovations, and have posted updates in my blog, but finally went in to see the new beautiful train station or Gare d’Auray. I like to give you a pictorial of what it looks like as have already plenty on connections, history, and older pictures in my blog on it. Therefore , this is new text and pictures on the Gare d’Auray ; bringing back many memorable trips from/to it over the years in my beautiful Morbihan. Hope you enjoy the post as I

As you know if anything from reading my previous posts , Auray train station  was my first train in the Morbihan dept 56 way back when I came into the area from  Versailles,  Yvelines dept 78 in 2011. I needed to go on business trips and this was the closest station to my first foothold in the area at Brec’h (rental apart) . Even moving to Pluvigner (own house) early on ,I still used the station for my trips to Paris, especially on TGV to Montparnasse. Also, using TER from here for connections in Redon, Le Mans, or Rennes or Nantes airport. Later on, there was plenty of parking and better schedules from Vannes train station (see posts) so moved there for my trips.

Auray gare entr ground floor dec22

Auray gare upper floor waiting room depart screen dec22

It will always be my first train station in the Morbihan. I have great memories here arriving late , missing trains as public transports in France goes, and having a break at the bar with a nice cold beer, Eventually, the first train ride into the region of Bretagne was a train from Paris Montparnasse to Rennes on a business trip while still living in Versailles, therefore, Rennes is my first train station in BretagneThe first train station in Auray or gare d’Auray was located in the district of la Gare of the city of Auray. It was commissioned in 1862, The new train station is on same location, The old station building will be preserved because of its historical and heritage value. Rehabilitated to accommodate catering for travelers and residents, it will contribute to the attractiveness of neighborhood life.

Auray gare front dec22

Auray gare former train station now for cultural events dec22

The Gare d’Auray train station is the first station in Brittany to have a digital twin thanks to “BIM” technology (Building Information Modeling). The project is thus modeled in 3D, With modern, spacious, bright architecture, it mixes glass, wood and metal, on two levels, with elevator/lifts on each platform, instead of a single underground one. It now has 250 parking spaces on Auray side and 250 on Brech side passing to them easy on the footbridge.

Auray gare from parking park dec22

The Passarelle or footbridge, located 7 meters above the ground, and 100 meters long is done quite nice and great views in addition to easy moving from Brech to Auray and additional parking spaces ,You have a good viewpoint to the Chartreuse ( see post) area. Plenty of space on the platforms waiting for trains too,nice.

Auray gare passerelle from Brech to Auray dec22

Auray gare wharfs platform trains dec22

There is now a great interurban bus station with 8 platforms for  BreizhGo  and TER  coaches , close to the passenger building and connections to the AurayBus network. The BreizhGo lines are 1,5,6,and 18 My boys have used quite a bit the no 1 and No 5 by here, There is network office inside the train station for your convenience, The station hosts counters that offer transport tickets for the train, coaches and boat for Belle-Ile. This is the first BreizhGo space of this type in Brittany !

Auray gare Breizhgo bus network office dec22

Auray gare bus terminal breizhgo buses dec22

There is a wonderful Avis rental car office inside, which I have used on business trips but on personal trip Europcar a few steps from the train station was better,fyi Europcar is just to the right coming out station roundabout left into 38 Rue Jean Jaures.

Auray gare Avis car rental office dec22

The SNCF Auray train station: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gares-services/auray

The TER Bretagne on the Auray bus/train station : https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/se-deplacer/gares/auray-87476200

The Local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Auray :https://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/auray

There you go folks, a dandy modern train station just 14 km from my house, just enticing to try the trains again. Easy connection from Paris, even if now in retirement have not used it yet , at least visited this afternoon and it looks fabulous, Hope you have enjoy the post on the new beautiful train station or Gare d’Auray.

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

December 27, 2022

Christmas past ,and New Year 2023 is coming !!!

This is the season to be merrier and hope it is for all, Not so much for me this year ,I am home taking care of my very ill father in his last days.  I rather tell you of this wonderful time to celebrate the birth of a good men regardless of your religious beliefs. I ike to briefly tell you of some of the festivities we have been and would love to be this year but oh well hope there will be others. Anyway, a late Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year 2023 to all.

Let me tell you as usual some of my favorite festivities past and looking forward to eventually enjoy them. Hope you do now.

More than ever, the “city of light” Paris lives up to its name! To early January 2023, the Christmas illuminations on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme, through the Montmartre district, at Bercy Village and many other sites, give Paris a more captivating look than ever ! On the Champs-Élysées, Bercy Village, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Ave Montagne, Also, from the Champs-Élysées to the Place de l’Alma, Place Vendôme, and around the Haussmann neighborhood, Saint Germain des Prés ,Westfield Forum des Halles, and in the parvis of the Hôtel de Ville.

Le Parcours du Roi is the 2022 Christmas show at the Palace of Versailles which offers families the opportunity to discover the most beautiful rooms of the castle in a baroque atmosphere, up to January 1, 2023. An event that ends with a very special meeting with the baroque Santa Claus!

Closer to home the Christmas in Vannes 2022 with illuminations until January 2 2023 the Palace of Automatons will open its doors on Sunday January 1, 2023. Installed in front of the Hôtel de Ville ,you have the Palace of Automatons immerses you in the workshop of Santa Claus, Mailboxes for writing to Santa Claus are installed at rue Hoche, Joseph-Le Brix, at the Halles des Lices and in Saint-Patern.Finally, seven days before Christmas, Santa Claus will distribute gifts every day in a downtown location. There was Ambulance of luminous stilt walkers from December 17 to 24 ,and Introduce your child to the warm atmosphere of Christmas on pony back on December 21, 22 and 23 from 15h to 17h around the halle aux poissons or covered fish market. webpage: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/actualites/noel-vannes

One of our all time favorite is to go to the illuminations of Rochefort en Terre until January 1, 2023, Every evening, at nightfall, the magic of Christmas accompanies your walk. See it from approximately 17h30 until 22h30. webpage:  https://en.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/explore/the-magic-of-christmas/christmas-lights-in-rochefort-en-terre/

Even closer to me at Auray, the launch of the illuminations from December 8 on Place de la République, the arrival of Santa Claus on December 9 in Saint-Goustan, and the Christmas markets Christmas Village at Place Notre-Dame, games, authentic Santa Claus sleigh….Medieval & Fantastic Village , Small Theatre,at Place de la Pompe medieval market, events, music…Village of Wishes at Place de la République: with the Wishing Tree, Fairy Village ,at Place de la Pompe: meet Father Christmas and enchanted decorations! There is a skating rink from December 9 to 24 2022 at the Chapelle du Saint-Esprit, webpage: https://www.auray.fr/Agenda/Noel-a-Auray

Down the Rhuys peninsula, you have the Arzonnais Christmas welcoming you every day to Sunday January 1, 2023. A wonderful Christmas-themed universe awaits you at the port house. Sunday, December 18, Santa Claus stops in Arzon. He was in Port-Navalo at 15h. webpage: https://arzonevenements.fr/agendas/categorie/voir/flaner/

And how about New Year 2023, well here are my favorites to be if possible.

New Year’s Eve 2023 in Versailles, The show The way of the rider in Versailles on December 31, 2022 at the Manège De La Grande Ecurie (Avenue Rockfeller), The Concert Mozart, The Magic Flute in Versailles on January 1, 2023 at the Royal Opera / Palace of Versailles, At the Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace hotel at 1, Boulevard de la Reine, End the year in style at the table of one of our restaurants. Let yourself be carried away by the swing of the “Roaring Twenties” dance party. Saturday 31 December – New Year’s Eve dinner at La Véranda: €350 per person, 5-course menu with food and wine pairing, The Gordon Ramsay au Trianon: €580 per person, 5-course menu with food and wine pairing, Evening dancing until 02h Sunday January 1, 2023 ; New Year’s Brunch at La Veranda: €159 per person, brunch at discretion, including a glass of Champagne per person. €95 per child (between 4 and 10 years old). On the Versailles City side, the restaurant-theatre Reminisens organizes a dinner show in historical immersion… in the 17C. Really nice, webpage : https://reminisens.fr/

My beautiful Morbihan is dead for New Year’s 2023 celebrations, just regulations omg , real countryside oh well!I will be at home watching TV this year , By order of the Préfect the awesome strict rules !! The purchase, sale, transfer as well as the use, carrying and transportation of fireworks by individuals are prohibited from Friday, December 30, 2022 at 8h until Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 20h. The prefect also prohibits the transport of flammable products on the occasion of the New Year festivities, from Saturday December 31, 2022 at midnight until Sunday January 1, 2023 at 20h. The consumption of alcoholic beverages by the 3rd to 5th group (any alcohol with with the exception of beer and wine) is prohibited on public roads from Saturday December 31, 2022 at 18h until Sunday January 1, 2023 at 8h, Big brother in the Morbihan but at least it keeps away the crazys.

However, in my eternal Paris all is different, sometimes like a different country lol!

The famous New Year party 2023 at YOYO – Palais de Tokyo in front of the Eiffel Tower! Saturday December 31, 2022, From 22h to 5h (a.m.) Located at 13 Avenue du President Wilson, 16éme Metro Iena or Alma Marceau Line 9,webpage : https://yoyo-paris.com/infos-contact/

New Year Eve VIP at the Magic Club Champs- Élysées fireworks Arc de Triomphe – 500 meters from the Arc de Triomphe at 40, Rue du Colisee 8éme,webpage : https://shotgun.live/fr/events/reveillon-vip-magic-club-champs-elysees-feu-d-artifice

The exceptional Rooftop Eiffel Tower with 2000 m2 of panoramic view, The Fl Club Rooftop Tower;perched on the top floor of a beautiful building, the ROOFTOP is bathed in natural light and offers a breathtaking view of the entire City, a 360° view of the Eiffel Tower and all of Paris ! Place des Insurgés de Varsovie, 15éme webpage : https://shotgun.live/fr/events/tour-eiffel-rooftop-geant-exceptionnel-new-year-2023-2500-m-2

The Prestige New Year 2023 at the Prestige Trust Luxury Club Champs -Élysées in the heart of the Golden Triangle, one of the most famous and unmissable clubs in Paris, a stone’s throw from the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs-Élysées 22h – 6h (am), Located at 49 Rue Rue de Ponthieu 8éme Metro: Franklin Roosevelt or Georges V, webpage : https://shotgun.live/fr/events/prestige-new-year-club-champs-elysees-big-party-paris-2023

The Prestige Boat Party New Year Eve 2023 Exceptional New Year’s Eve on the Seine river facing an illuminated Notre Dame Cathedral, Panoramic view of romantic & historic Paris , This on the wonderful Péniche Notre Dame boat at 47 Quai de la Tournelle 5éme, Webpage : https://lesitedespeniches.fr/privatisation-peniche-notre-dame-paris-5eme/

If you want something more subdue romantic than head for New Year’s dinner celebration at prestigious rooms of the musée Jacquemart-André. For this Lyrical New Year, champagne, caviar and assortments signed Dalloyau delicately accompany the opera arias of Puccini and Offenbach sung by a Soprano, a Tenor and a Baritone. At midnight, a “brindisi” (toast) with the artists awaits you! Webpage : https://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/fr/soiree-31-decembre

At the Caveau de la Huchette, temple of swing since 1946, a Swing and Rock New Year’s Eve with Cecilya and the Candy Kings is already scheduled. Webpage :http://www.caveaudelahuchette.fr/1/reveillon_2023_1481692.html

Le Duc des Lombards, a veritable institution on rue des Lombards, welcomes singer and violinist Aurore Voilqué in the very center of Paris for a septet with Eastern European sounds with guitar, double bass and brass. The New Year’s Eve formula is garnished with a dinner cocktail, savory and sweet pieces, accompanied by wine and, of course, champagne! Webpage : https://ducdeslombards.com/fr/l-agenda/new-year-s-eve-celebration-aurore-voilque-septet

Montmartre, the famous cabaret Michou and its transformist artists offer an evening between laughter and emotions, embellished with a special New Year’s Eve holiday dinner. Webpage :https://www.michou.com/fr/formules-fetes-de-noel/

Also in Montmartre, the historic and mythical cabaret Lapin Agile also celebrates the New Year with its show to be enjoyed while sipping a glass of champagne. Webpage :https://au-lapin-agile.com/

The Bateaux Parisiens is also celebrating the transition from 2022 to 2023 with panache,Three dinners to choose from Dinner is followed by a dance party with live music until dawn! .webpage : https://www.bateauxparisiens.com/fr/croisieres-restauration/croisieres-diner.html

At the mythical Ritz, located on the prestigious Place Vendôme, the festivities begin with a dinner under the superb glass roof of the Vendôme bar, and continue in the Proust lounge and its champagne bar or in the cozy atmosphere of the Hemingway bar. Webpage : https://www.ritzparis.com/en-GB/bars-and-restaurants

The Buddha Bar and its superb decor offers fusion cuisine, a New Year’s menu in four movements and a special evening on the theme of Tales of the Thousand and One Nights…In this temple of Parisian nights, dinner is followed by a dance party hosted by the resident DJ, DJ Ravin. Webpage : https://www.buddhabar.com/en/

On the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, chef Thierry Marx’s restaurant Madame Brasserie offers a unique New Year’s Eve with a 6-course New Year’s Eve menu. An exceptional dinner in an exclusive setting 57 meters high and a magical view of Paris and the fireworks fired from the Champs-Elysées. Webpage : https://www.restaurants-toureiffel.com/en/madame-brasserie.html

There you go folks, hope the magic of Christmas touch you fine everywhere you are, and hope things will be better for you and yours in a Happy New Year 2023. The period is special and hope it continues to be. Best wishes for all

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

December 25, 2022

A revisit historical account of Montmartre !!!

I have come here for several years ever set my foot firmly in France in 1990 on a visit and later visiting living near. It is one of the epitome places of my eternal Paris. I have written a couple posts on its icon and many of its history. However, let me indulge into my amateur history mind and my extensive history/travel library to tell you about Montmartre and its monuments in my black and white series, no pictures. Hope you enjoy the reading as I.

Due to ancient mentions of probably ancient ruins and Gallo-Roman archaeological discoveries, it is undeniable that the Butte Montmartre has been occupied since antiquity by a Gallic place of worship. However, nothing has come to attest to this religious function during this period, whereas it was evident after the Roman conquest, as indicated by the discovery, in the 19C, of the foundations of an ancient temple. The precise location of this building has been lost, but it must have been near the Moulin de la Galette and was, according to local scholarly tradition, attributed to Mars. Another temple located towards the Sacré-Coeur and the church of Montmartre is said to have been dedicated to Mercury. The location on the mound of the martyrdom of Saint Denis in the 3C, supposed apostle of the Parisians but of whom we know nothing, like the transformation of the name of Mont de Mars or Mercury into Mont des Martyrs could mark the Church’s desire to Christianize this place of pagan worship.

The construction in the 12C of the Church of Saint-Pierre, among the oldest in Paris, for the royal abbey of Montmartre by King Louis VI and his wife Adelaide of Savoy. The name of the hill of Montmartre and the Church of Montmartre, which replaced the Roman temples, was erected in honor of the holy martyrs Saint Denis, Rustique and Éleuthère, beheaded according to legend on the hill and whose chapel, located on the southern flank of the hill, was to commemorate the traditional place of execution, taking the name of Saint-Martyre. The Mont de Mars could therefore be reinterpreted around the 9C as Mont des Martyrs , then by popular derivation as “mont de martre”, martre meaning “martyr” in Old French. The toponymic substitution of the pagan mount by the Christian mount remains however hypothetical and the double etymology of Mount of Mars and Mount of the Martyrs is still currently traditionally proposed. It would be necessary, to be able to decide the question, to know what the people, in their spoken language, called this hill before the 9C, since it was at that time that the written documents recorded the change of name.

The first Merovingian church built in these places in the 6C is therefore one of the oldest Christian remains in Paris. These columns and these capitals would be the remains of an ancient temple dating from the Gallo-Roman period and reused in the Merovingian period. Montmartre has been a sacred place since antiquity. Vestiges of this period have testified to this for centuries. To be convinced of this, just go to the Louvre to admire a Pietà by the Master of Saint-Germain-des-prés (Ecoles du Nord, Richelieu wing, 2nd floor room 7). On this canvas from the 15C, we can see the ruins of Gallo-Roman buildings on the Montmartre hill. And for good reason ! These ruins remained visible until the 17C, Two Gallo-Roman temples, one to the west of rue Lepic and the other on the site of the cemetery of Saint-Pierre of Montmartre Church on the Calvary garden. The 19C buildings also hide another vestige of the Gallo-Roman era: the Fontaine au but a thermal establishment, located at the height of the Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro station. A small spring fed it. In short, the ancient columns and capitals of the Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre Church are the only visible witnesses to the Gallo-Roman period and its spirituality.

In September 1870, Félix Fournier sent a letter to the priests of his bishopric, which would then have inspired the philanthropist Alexandre Legentil. The latter expressed the wish in 1871 to see the birth in the Butte de Montmartre, a place of worship already at the time, “a sanctuary dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus“. Construction began on June 16, 1875 ,The people of Montmartre, at the time, therefore called the basilica, the Notre Dame de la Galette, The work, delayed, will not really be finished until after the end of WWII, whose the ravages had even destroyed the stained-glass windows of the basilica. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, known as the National Vow, located at the top of the Montmartre hill, in the Clignancourt quartier or neighborhood of the 18éme arrondissement or district of Paris, is a major Parisian religious building. The construction of this church, a monument both political and cultural, follows the post-war period of 1870. It was declared of public utility by a law passed on July 24, 1873 by the National Assembly of 1871. as part of a new “moral order” following the events of the Paris Commune, of which Montmartre was one of the highlights. It is the second most visited religious monument in Paris after Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. Nestled in the heart of the Montmartre district, on the Butte, very close to the Anvers and Abbesses metro stations, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre seems to have always been part of Parisian heritage , Today, the Sacré Coeur continues to fascinate Parisians and tourists alike. With its many chapels, its crypt, its unique furniture, its organs and its dome rising 83 meters high, it is a must-visit when visiting Paris or simply strolling through Montmartre. Its position, overlooking the city, gives one of the most beautiful panoramas we have ever seen in Paris. This is not to be missed.

Other interesting tidbits of things to see and enjoy in your walks of Montmartre are :

The Saint-Pierre Church of Montmartre located on Place Jean Marais is the last vestige of the Royal Abbey created in 1133 by Louis VI le Gros and his wife Adélaïde de Savoie, The Montmartre Funicular provides access to the top of the Butte Montmartre at the foot of the Sacré Cœur Basilica from Place St Pierre. Line length is 108 meters , height difference 38 meters, The first water funicular was inaugurated in 1900, in 1935 it was by electricity. In 1991 it was completely rebuilt and modernized, fully automated. The old stations were destroyed, and is part of the RATP network with the same fares. At the foot of the Butte is the Moulin Rouge built in 1889, a famous place of festivities made famous by the French Cancan and frequented by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec at the end of the 19C.The Moulin de la Galette is actually made up of two mills: the “Blute-fin” and the “Radet”. It is one of the last witnesses of the ancient Butte Montmartre, once bristling with mills used to press grapes and grind grain. Its name comes from La Galette, a small rye bread that the Debray millers sliced, accompanied by a glass of milk, they were also used to press the harvest or crush the materials necessary for the factories. Moulin Radet is located at the corner of rue Lepic and rue Girardon while Moulin de la Galette (formerly blute-à-fin) is located at 75 rue Lepic high up on a mound without public access ! Moulin de la Galette is mentioned for the first time in 1622 under the name of Moulin du Palais. It became part of the Debray family heritage in 1809 and made flour. Also transformed into a guinguette in 1870, it took the name of Moulin de la Galette in 1895. The name “Blute-fin” comes from the verb “bluter” which means to sift the flour to separate it from the bran. It cannot be visited and you can’t see it dominating rue Lepic. The Moulin Radet is mentioned for the first time in 1717. In 1915, the old mill threatened with demolition was saved by the mobilization of Parisians. Its owner, Pierre-Auguste Debray offered it to the Vieux Montmartre society on the condition that it be transferred to another location. Restorations were carried out in 1978 and 2001, on the ground floor there is a restaurant.

And let me give you some quant streets of Montmartre to walk on full of charm and history I like

The square of Place Constantin Pecqueur, now Square Joël Le Tac (since Feb 2 , 2012), with an area of ​​866 m², is located on the northern flank of the Butte Montmartre. It was created in 1935, the year next was installed a monument in memory of Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen painter, draftsman, author of the poster for the cabaret Le Chat Noir. The Square Suzanne Buisson, with an area of ​​2,484 m², laid out in terraces in 1951 in an art deco style is located 7bis rue Girardon at the top of avenue Junot near place Dalida, behind the Moulin de la Galette. A statue of Saint Denis thrones in the center of the garden because it is said that at this location was a fountain in which the beheaded Saint would have washed his head. The square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet with an area of ​​4,715 m², created in 1998 is located behind the Sacré Chœur Basilica, It was built on the site of the old mill of Turlure which operated between 1770 and 1820 at the corner of rue de la Bonne and rue du Chevalier de la Barre, The square Nadar is located at the foot of the Sacré Chœur Basilica. In 1766, François Jean de La Barre was beheaded and burned for not having greeted a religious procession in Abbeville, A statue in his likeness was erected in front of the basilica in 1905, (An idea of Clemenceau to counter the religious meaning of the basilica). The Rue de l’Abreuvoir , very short and sloping, begins on rue de Saules and ends on place Dalida. It owes its name to the fact that it led to the old drinking trough of Montmartre, The Place des Abbesses located at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is typical of Montmartre, it includes the entrance to the art nouveau style metro by Hector Guimard, the Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre Church in red brick, the square Jehan-Rictus built on the site of the former 18C City/Town Hall. a Wallace Fountain and many shops and cafes. The Square Louise Michel (formerly Square Saint Pierre then Square Willette) was opened in 1927. Covering an area of ​​23,737 m², it begins at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and goes down to Place Saint-Pierre. It is embellished with a large staircase leading up to the basilica, several fountains including a monumental one, as well as numerous sculptures. All sublime !!

The official Sacré Coeur Basilica: https://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/

The Paris tourist office on the Butte Montmartre: https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73164/Butte-Montmartre

The Paris tourist office on walks in Montmartre: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/village-paris

The Old Montmartre Society : https://www.levieuxmontmartre.com/english/index.html

The official Saint Pierre of Montmartre Church; http://www.saintpierredemontmartre.net/

There you go folks, a work of art, a wonderful place to visit my beautiful eternal Paris. It will be worth your time and effort, for walks into Montmatre and of course, the Sacré Coeur Basilica is a must. Hope you enjoy the reading as I.

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

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December 23, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXXVIII

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we are already in Winter and it surprise more rain warmer temps ! Most said winter will be harsh and already has some low temps but harsh still is to be seen, 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 CCCLXXVIII is 378 ! ,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.

New update as ranking goes good to know but the official is the UN WTO ok fyi. There Paris and France are firsts too ::) For the second consecutive year, Paris is at the top of the ranking of world tourist destinations carried out by the British market research company Euromonitor and relayed this week by CNN, ahead of Dubai and Amsterdam, which complete the podium. In total, 40 of the 100 most visited cities in the world this year were European, making Europe the world’s leading tourist destination. Madrid, Rome, London, Munich, Berlin and Barcelona are in the top 10, ahead of New York in 10th position. Italy, Spain and Greece are the three European countries with the most cities in the ranking, with six Italian cities, five Spanish and four Greek.

This Thursday, FIFA published its new ranking at the end of the 2022 World Cup. If Brazil remains in the lead, Argentina and France logically fall behind the Seleção. The ranking as of December 22, 2022 as follows : 1- Brazil 1,840.77 points, 2- Argentina 1,838.38, 3- France 1,823.39, 4- Belgium 1,781.30, 5- England 1,774.19, 6- Netherlands 1,740.92, 7- Croatia 1,727.62, 8- Italy 1,723.56, 9- Portugal 1,702.54, and 10- Spain 1,692.71 , Well we will be back in 2026 USA/Canada/Mexico World Cup !fifa webpage: https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/men?dateId=id13869

The Horizon 2024; the development program for the future eco-station aims to facilitate access to buses, bicycles and passengers. Giant car park, secure traffic, the Gare du Nord is revealed in a new light. Initially, a bicycle hall, wooded, will be built to accommodate almost 1,200 places. It will become “the largest secure car park in France” for two-wheelers. 712 double-decker spaces with standard spacing for classic bicycles will be offered as well as 440 spaces with wide spacing . Particular attention will also be paid to cargo and recumbent bikes, in particular with a reception of around 30 places. Thanks to the Navigo Pass, rail holders will have free access to these seats. Wider sidewalks and a modification of the road system, which will include LED lighting, will see the light of day to ensure the safety of users. All these new features will be accompanied by information points to direct travellers. At the beginning of 2023, the opening of the construction site will be effective and will last one year. Info in French webpage: https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gares-services/actualites/horizon-2024-modernisation-gare-du-nord

The Navigo pass at 84.10€, it’s already here, The monthly Navigo pass will increase by 11.8% to a price of 84.10 euros, it was 75.20 euros, in force since 2017. Go ahead public transport in Paris is a mess and pricey !More info webpage: https://www.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/titres-et-tarifs/detail/forfait-navigo-mois

This is what the 60 towns gathered within the SAVM (Syndicat Autolib’ and Vélib’ Métropole) have been waiting for since this summer. This past Wednesday December 21 2022 ;afternoon, it was announced the order of 15,000 additional bicycles by Smovengo, the operator of the self-service bicycle service. This order will make it possible to renew the existing fleet with new vehicles, but also to have 3,000 more, i.e. 20% more Vélib’. Enough to secure the service until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, More info in French webpage: https://www.autolibmetropole.fr/

The Grand Paris metro will not be completed in 2030. The lines are divided into several lots, each with a timetable. The full opening of the circular line, scheduled for 2030, will be at least a few months or even a year late. More specifically, the western part of line 15 between Pont de Sèvres in Boulogne (92) to Saint-Denis Pleyel (93), passing through Nanterre and La Défense (92) , as well as its eastern part, from Saint-Denis to Champigny, passing through Bobigny and Rosny, The SGP (Societé du Grand Paris) is in charge of building 200 km of automatic metro, with four new lines, numbered from 15 to 18, and the extensions of line 14. Articulating around a circular line, several branches must connect the airports of Orly and Roissy, the scientific center of Saclay and the sensitive districts of Seine-Saint-Denis. hinting at a goal of opening in 2031. The question of the Grand Paris Express station has long been a problem for La Défense, faced with the very great difficulty of building yet another additional basement in the current underground millefeuille. The line will also pass a little further, in the Rose de Cherbourg sector of the business district. La Defense went there for meetings public transport and by car all a mess,More info in French webpage: https://www.societedugrandparis.fr/nouveau-metro/grand-paris-express

The Cité du Vitrail (City of Stained Glass) has opened its doors in Troyes. This is a unique proposal to learn about the art of stained glass from the 7C to the present day. This stained glass window more than three meters high will be their playground for the duration of this interactive quiz. This monumental canopy, leaning against a window, is bathed in light. Designed for the Palais du Trocadéro, it represents the history of ceramics. more info in French webpage: https://cite-vitrail.fr/fr/decouvrez-la-cite/la-cite

Walk by rue de Lévis, a “typical” village in the heart of the 17éme arrondissement of Paris, A stone’s throw from Parc Monceau, the rue de Lévis is famous for its food shops, its fruit and vegetable market and its ready-to-wear shops It’s hard to imagine thatat the end of the street stood a medieval castle and its prison. Its disappearance during the Second Empire (Napoléon III) ,and major urban planning and road development works undertaken at the end of the 19C led to the arrival of an increasingly large population and finished transforming this country lane into a a real shopping street with a friendly atmosphere.Great walking area and good shopping quality/price ratio.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, the largest immersive exhibition on the wizarding world, arrives in spring 2023 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. From the spring of 2023, it is therefore the turn of the French to discover the backstage of the world of wizards. Films and stories from the world of J.K. Rowling are obviously given pride of place, in an immersive staging at the cutting edge of technology. The opportunity also to see the real accessories and costumes used on the various filming of the Harry Potter films or the Fantastic Beasts. In short, we’re going to be amazed and we can’t wait! webpage: https://harrypotterexhibition.com/

The very first Batman Gotham City Adventures immersive experience, inspired by the universe of the dark knight, will open its doors in Paris for the year 2023. The game will immerse fans around the world in the unique scenery and atmosphere of Gotham City. with 3 immersive escape game rooms in a 3000 m2 space in the heart of Paris. Actors of your own adventure, walk the dark alleys as a team, solve many puzzles and interact with the actors present throughout the game. Batman Gotham City Adventures, so far they have kept secret the location, Opening in 2023. webpage: https://www.batmanadventures.com/?lang=en

Some of the work by the Heritage Mission of Stéphane Bern on saving wonderful heritage of France :

Very good news for these monuments! The Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly-la-Forêt (Essonne 91) dating from the 12C , the final residence of Jean Cocteau, The Stéphane Bern heritage mission will allocate aid of 102,000 euros which will contribute to the work aimed at renovating this discreet monument, decorated with frescoes by Jean Cocteau, and where the poet rests for eternity. The House of the Sisters of Châteaufort wins a renovation, The grant of 129,000 euros will contribute to the restoration project. Built at the beginning of the 19C in the Yvelines (78), this dwelling in the Domaine d’Ors housed the nuns of the chapel. Also, 300,000 euros to urgently save the Abbey of Chiry-Ourscamp, the maximum possible sum will be devoted to the emergency work of the choir of the 13C monument. Construction started this week. Stéphane Bern webpage: https://www.missionbern.fr/

The Parc Floral de Paris lights up for us to enjoy a unique and magical show for the end of year celebrations. At sunset, a 2 km route takes shape with a total of 22 visual and sound installations. Show on the water, crossing in a huge luminous cathedral, and many other spectacular works will transport us directly into the magic of Christmas , The Christmas light trails, Parc Floral de Paris Route de la Pyramide 12éme Up to January 2, 2023, from 17h30 to 21h Info webpage : https://www.sentierslumineuxdenoel.com/#infos-pratiques

The Paris Zoological Park has some totally magical days in store for us. Christmas bingo, gourmet breaks, making small gifts for the animals… And this Sunday,Dec 25 2022, they extend the experience by participating in the countdown of the lighting of the tree and attend a light show proposed by the Zizanie company, Lighting jugglers. Christmas at the Zoo, Paris Zoological Park, Avenue Daumesnil 12éme, info webpage : https://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/en/node/3607

After 70 years of neglect, the mythical building of the Meudon (92) aeronautical site is being transformed. Make way for Hangar Y. This place of art and culture resolutely focused on digital, space, travel, discovery and innovation will officially open its doors in the spring of 2023. Hangar Y Avenue de Trivaux, Meudon (Hauts de Seine 92), Opening in March 2023, more info in French webpage: https://hangar-y.com/

The Maison de Gainsbourg’s house 5 bis, rue de Verneuil, 7éme , Its facade is well known to the inhabitants, but few are those who have had the chance to enter it. But now it will be transformed into a museum for the greatest pleasure of nostalgics and other curious people… To believe that your silent prayers have been heard! The place will be accompanied by a bookstore-boutique, a piano bar at night and a café called “Gainsbarre” in tribute to the alter-ego of the artist. I have told you this and after announcing its opening for 2021, then 2022, now finally 2023 would finally seem to be the right year. webpage: https://www.maisongainsbourg.fr/

Giselle playing at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées 8éme, Choreography Marius Petipa, composed by Adolphe Adam, by the Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine. Alternating with Natalia Matsak, Kateryna Alaieva, Sergii Kryvokon, Oleksii Potomkin, Kseniia Ivanenko, Iryna Borysova, Kostiantyn Pozharnytskyi, Kseniia Novikova, Sergii Lytvynenko. Up to January 5, 2023 , Originally choreographed in 1841 by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, to a score by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Théophile Gautier, webpage: https://www.theatrechampselysees.fr/saison-2022-2023/danse-1/giselle-opera-national-ukraine

Art Deco, City of Architecture and Heritage, 16éme, At the end of 1935, Jacques Carlu’s project for the Trocadero Palace was adopted. A new building is erected. The architect articulates his project around the creation of an esplanade and the breakthrough of a grandiose perspective on the city and the Eiffel Tower. He frames it with two monumental pavilions, extended by symmetrical wings whose sober lines preserve the balance of the masses. The inaugurated Palais de Chaillot has “Washingtonnian” dimensions and represents the last flame of artistic exchanges between France and North America ,around the Art Deco style. Exhibit Shows How the French Art Deco Style Influenced the Architecture, Decor, Lifestyle, and Taste of North Americans , Up to March 6, 2023 info webpage : https://www.citedelarchitecture.fr/en/agenda/exhibition/art-deco-france-north-america

The Nancy Museum of Fine Arts brings together 150 works showing the fruitful interactions between art and architecture. this formidable exhibition which shows how, from the Renaissance onwards, art offered architecture a territory in which to unfold without constraint, sheltered from the laws of gravity, perspective or economy from all this rationality which padlocks its exercise in the real sphere. Until Mars 2023 more info dossier in French webpage :https://musee-des-beaux-arts.nancy.fr/espace-presse-2596.html


In Pau, the Pyrenees fall steeply. Recently taken over by a couple passionate about art and design, the Hotel Bristol is a charming bubble in the heart of the city. Room 405, like all those on the fourth floor, offers a magnificent panorama of the mountains. A hotel establishment since 1903, a charming bubble in the heart of the city. Historical research on the building (which was the residence of the chaplain of the Fathers of Betharram in the 19C) went hand in hand with renovation work.webpage: https://en.hotelbristol-pau.com/

The place de l’Estrapade invaded by fans of the series, A few steps from the Pantheon , La Boulangerie moderne or the Modern Bakery in the 5éme arrondissement, which appears in “Emily in Paris”, has become an obligatory stop for a selfie accompanied by a pastry, It is in a very chic cozy Place de l’Estrapade. This space camouflaged by small streets a few steps from the Pantheon is the epicenter of the Netflix series whose 3rd season arrives this past Wednesday, December 21 2022. Great place indeed! Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100062609092339

Villa Gypsy offers us a spot where to drink good coffee, eat well, with a selection of products from around the world. In this former abandoned hammam of more than 250 m2, in the heart of Batignolles, we stroll between stands for children, delicatessen stands, furniture, decoration, crafts, art – like masks brought back from Panama or ranges of original products stamped Villa Gypsy ranging from leather goods to soaps. Villa Gypsy, 126, rue Legendre 17éme Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8h30 to 19h, Webpage: https://villagypsy.bigcartel.com/

It is a brand new concept that is about to open its doors in Paris, combining catering and entertainment. Deployed over 25,000 m2, Boom Boom Villette (former Vill’Up) is the largest Food & Leisure Market in France, dedicated to all those who love immersive experiences, street food and art urban. A one-of-a-kind spot. On the food side, a huge 4,000 m2 food market will bring together several restaurants and corners from around the world to satisfy all taste buds, with big names in street food and renowned chefs. And on the events side, the prog’ is entrusted to Live Nation France for DJ sets, concerts, happenings, lives, performances Boom Boom Villette, La Villette 19éme, Opening in the summer of 2023. webpage: https://villup.com/articles/villup-devient-boom-boom-villette/

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 already here but still not feld, and the white one well stay away better ,me think,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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