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December 2, 2021

Some news from France, CCCLII

Well, hello winter early, and the Christmas spirit again. Yes, this is December 2021!! And we are planning Paris, Madrid, and/or the Loire! Unless of course, the politicians screw it up again with the virus mutations! Anyway, we are on our way, and I have complete new sewer installation in my street and that means manouvers to get in and out of the house! Life can only be challenging! or my line, La vie est belle! Life is beautiful , la vida es chula!! Now let’s get into the some news from France shall we!

A companion cathedral builder will be your guide through the history of Notre-Dame de Paris. The project is a dream. Today, it’s made possible through immersive tours. And the offer will be offered in a few months to Parisians and tourists, even if it means entering the basement of the forecourt designed to welcome the public, open your eyes in a virtual reality headset and stroll through a church made of computer-generated images. In the files presented, that of Kléber-Rossillon had great advantages. Used to managing heritage sites and in particular the Montmartre museum in Paris, for 16 euros entry, visitors would discover the reconstructed rue Neuve Notre-Dame, leading to the old square with a sound & light show. The other part of the visit, for three types of virtual experiences between 25 and 30 euros, would have allowed virtual reality to discover the construction of the monument. Mid 2022, if the elected officials of Paris vote in this direction, “Eternelle Notre-Dame”, the name given to the visit by Amaclio Productions, will allow 50 people to carry out a total immersion every hour, helmet on the face, by following a virtual companion builder. Webpage Amaclio : https://amaclio.com/amaclio-productions/?lang=en

Webpage Kléber Rossillon : https://www.kleber-rossillon.com/nos-sites/le-musee-de-montmartre-les-jardins-renoir/

What is as essential to Parisian identity as the Eiffel Tower, the zinc roofs or the wings of the Moulin Rouge? The answer lies in a plate: gastronomy! The first restaurant in the world? This is the discovery of a man named Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau, who, in 1765 towards what is now rue du Louvre (2éme arrondissement), served his customers coarse-salted poultry on a marble pedestal table. The first star of the kitchen? Another Parisian, Antonin Carême. Born into a poor family in the rue du Bac (6éme arrondissement), abandoned at the age of 8, he was the first to wear a chef’s hat and became the “Chef”, the word is his. Eminent personalities like the Tsar from Russia or Talleyrand, lover of good food took part with him, Oh yes the food, the better gastronomy,and the wines, France! When the kings returned in 1815 ,under the aptly named “Restauration” (monarchy), the city was already the gastronomic capital of the world, for two reasons: we eat much better there than elsewhere … and we question it! This is the French art par excellence: talking about what we have eaten, what we are eating, what we will eat … Comments without hunger, sometimes accompanied by arguments. In fact, it was on this pretty shortcoming that the Michelin Guide and its countless descendants later speculated. We give it to you in a thousand words, Grimod de la Reynière, the first “critic” (his “almanac dates from 1803), was rampant in Paris.

Now, I get lots of question on how to stay, eat , see ,and go around in Paris by friends , relatives and fellow bloggers over the years, I gladly help and my blog is part of the initiation of many, as I have three friends (one solo and one couple) coming this month to Paris from the USA. However, if I am not around, the best ,and the only one have use ever is the Le Petit Parisien L’Indispensable guide ; you won’t get lost with it, guarantee ! Get the latest copy of the guide upon landing in Paris or from home many places I get mine at the FNAC stores but you can even ordered it in Amazon. https://abonnement.leparisien.fr/hors-serie/et-paris-inventa-la-gastronomie

Opposed to the City of Paris project, the president of the region, Valérie Pécresse launched this vote online on November 10, 2021. Nearly 79,000 Internet users participated and expressed their rejection of the removal of a general traffic lane, which is supposed to come into force during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This is a score at first glance without appeal. The result of the online consultation organized by the president of the region, Valérie Pécresse (Libres!), On the future of the ring road, just came out on Wednesday. 90% of voters against the reserved lane for buses and carpooling ! Yeah you know I had to put this up here, Cheers !

See at the Marmottan-Monet Museum, in Paris, the three lives of Julie Manet, The exhibition devoted to her life sheds light on the particular, affluent sociology of one part of Impressionism. Telling the life of Julie Manet soon means getting lost in a swarm of famous names and works. Julie is the only daughter of the artist Berthe Morisot and Eugène Manet , brother of Edouard Manet , who does not seem necessary to present , This story is takes place in the upper middle class of the 16éme arrondissement of Paris, webpage : https://www.marmottan.fr/en/expositions/julie-manet/

Painting apart from the world”, in the Cernuschi museum. The mountain, a source of inspiration for Chinese scholars, The Parisian museum presents for the first time in Europe the Chih Lo Lou collection which brings together masterpieces of Chinese art from the 15C to the 18C. Evidenced by the exhibition presented at the Cernuschi Museum, The other Parisian establishment specializing in Asian arts, which offers the opportunity to discover several works by three 17C Chinese painters, Hongren (1610-1664), Mei Qing (1624-1697 ) and Shitao (1642-1707), representing, each with their own personal touch, these dreamlike landscapes, The exhibition presented at Cernuschi, entitled “Painting apart from the world”, plunges visitors from the entrance into a soothing celadon green, conducive to contemplation. Webpage : https://www.cernuschi.paris.fr/en/exhibitions/painting-apart-world-monks-and-scholars-ming-and-qing-dynasties

At the Théâtre de la Bastille, Nicolas Bouchaud revisits Claude Lanzmann! By adapting “Un vivant qui passe”, the director and actor questions the responsibility of major international organizations and Swiss governing bodies in their blindness to the Shoah. Yes we know, an excellent work !! A bit more : He is the man who saw nothing in Auschwitz, seen nothing in Theresienstadt. Maurice Rossel became a historical figure when, in 1997, Claude Lanzmann devoted a film to him, Un vivant qui passe, on the sidelines of his great work, Shoah. Today, the actor Nicolas Bouchaud, who traces a path like no other in French theater, brings to the theater the material that is the basis of the film. In 1942, Maurice Rossel, a young Swiss doctor of 25, was hired as a delegate to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Berlin. For two years, his task was to inspect prisoner of war camps. In 1944, his hierarchy sent him, quite unofficially, to visit concentration camps ,no one used the term extermination at that time , to try to obtain information. Maurice Rossel will be the first international civil servant to enter the Theresienstadt and Auschwitz camps. But he will remain blind to what is going on !! On June 23, 1944, his visit to Theresienstadt was completely organized by the Nazis, who put on a macabre staging intended to present this extermination camp as a model ghetto. The ICRC delegate saw nothing but fire. At the end of September of that same year 1944, he went to Auschwitz, where he was received by the camp commander or supposed to be a very elegant, very distinguished, very amiable young man. This time, no staging has been orchestrated but Maurice Rossel will not see the crematoria, nor the smoke or lights that could escape from them, nor the trains. However, he will cross the road of prisoners, “walking skeletons” in whom “there were only living eyes. They were very, very intense looks. ” We still see this human error in many places of our world, fear of speaking out, in time ! Wish can be there to see it, go if you are. Webpage : https://www.theatre-bastille.com/saison-20-21/les-spectacles/un-vivant-qui-passe

Inside the Drapeau de la Fidélité or Fidelity Flag, it smells of a reassuring mixture of sugar and fried food. Few tables, small, and books, a lot, Why the Fidelity Flag? “Because I am loyal to the humanitarian capitalist flag, It is“ the sun, against communism, the star, the night! ”Mr. Quan has written five books. He develops the concept of humanitarian capitalism in a work of the same name and in A Better World, Ask if he has ever returned to Vietnam. “If I go back there, it is not to live there, it is to make the revolution!” He exclaims with a big smile free of a few teeth. Mr. Quan studied philosophy in Saigon, (HCMC) until in 1975 the Communists came to power and drove out foreigners. Then his wife, who had French nationality, had to leave the country: he left with her. For five years, he saved until he bought his first restaurant in Pierrefitte. Then he resold it, and stumbled upon this address around the corner of the 15éme arrondissement. It was 1984, when he planted the Drapeau de la Fidelité at 21 rue Copreaux, Another good story and good Vietnamese food with lots of story telling, recommended, The Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/chezquan/

Two steps from the Cité de la mode and the Wanderlust, the teams of several associations are busy at Les Amarres, a daytime reception that turns into a festive and united place of life once the evening comes, managed by the former team of Great Neighbors. opening to the public next December 9 2021. Within this 4000 m2 place which belongs to the autonomous ports of Paris , the associations Yes We Camp, Aurore and many others work actively to welcome people in a precarious situation in a beautiful and warm place, to mix the public, and create links between workers in the social and solidarity economy, the public and the general public, On December 9, Yes We Camp and Aurore are organizing the very first opening night of Les Amarres: drink at the refreshment bar solidarity, guided tours of the place, concert and DJ set on the program. And also, Christmas Market of Amarres Wednesday December 15, Les Amarres, 24 quai d’Austerlitz – 13éme Facebook Webpage :https://www.facebook.com/events/2082697145239524/

My second update so be alert is coming to the big one, Paris, In 2022, Paris will host the largest immersive escape game in France with the justice of Gotham superhero, I named Batman, in the spotlight. The game will immerse fans around the world in the unique settings and ambience of Gotham City, all in an undisclosed 3,000 m2 location. With 3 immersive escape game rooms of 350 m2 each, you can become actors in your own adventure. Walk the dark alleys as a team, solve many puzzles and interact with the actors present throughout the game. To participate you will still have to wait a few months since the room will open in 2022. The countdown has started !!

The Rosa Bonheur team is opening a new 4500 m2 barge with swimming pool at the port of Javel bas, in the 15éme arrondissement of Paris. Guinguette, swimming pool, solarium and sports areas, all moored in front of the André Citroën park, If the opening is scheduled for spring 2022 on the port of Javel bas, not sure that the Seine will be swimmable by then,, anyway check it out !! Rosa is good ! Webpage : https://www.rosabonheur.fr/rosabonheur

The best pastry chef of the year is in Paris! Maxime Frédéric chef at Cheval Blanc has just been voted best pastry chef of the year by Gault & Millau ! He went through the kitchens of Meurice before becoming pastry chef there. His talent later guided him to the Orangerie, before he did much to the George V, and then eventually moved to the kitchen of Cheval Blanc. More on the chef webpage : https://www.chevalblanc.com/en/maison/paris/restaurants-and-bars/maxime-frederic-in-paris/

Les Habits de Lumière, from December 10 to 12 2021 in Epernay (51), On the program, video-mappings, events and illuminations on Avenue de Champagne, champagne bars, gourmet workshops and many other festive events! The most sparkling of the events of this end of the year revolves around three highlights: the festive evenings on Friday evening and Saturday evening on the avenue de Champagne , the day of Saturday placed under the sign of gastronomy with Habits de Saveurs and finally, the legendary Sunday automobile parade to close these three days of festivities around the Champagne art of living. Great town great Champagne, webpage : https://habitsdelumiere.epernay.fr/en

No surprises here, I told you so, better visit or work and live outside, enjoy the best of both worlds, recommended,,,, ! Paris voted second most expensive city in the world in 2021 according to The Economist, just behind Tel Aviv in Israel. It lost the first place, which it occupied tied with Zurich and Hong Kong in 2020. To develop this ranking, the British weekly refers to the “world index of the cost of living”, drawn up from a basket of 200 products and services in 173 cities around the world. The Economist webpage : https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/11/30/tel-aviv-is-the-worlds-most-expensive-city

And I give you the spirit of the season with Christmas markets and illuminations all over France. We have our nice shares in the Morbihan dept 56 my home, (see posts), However, I have to agree , Paris is tops, I will see as have friends coming and we had planned for the Loire. In the meantime, here are my choices for year 2021!!

Breathtaking Christmas decorations and staged each year by the greatest visual artists, it is a tradition at Bercy Village, the Portuguese artist Patricia Cunha, who makes a sky of white umbrellas dance this year (until Sunday January 16) above the paving stones of the Cour Saint-Émilion. As night falls, the 1,200 umbrellas are enveloped in sparkling light, immersing visitors in a halo of sweetness and poetry. The highlight of this magical installation, an 11-meter-high Christmas tree, also decorated with white umbrellas, sits majestically at the end of the central alley. Webpage : https://www.bercyvillage.com/actualites/illuminations

The illuminations of the Champs-Élysées await you from November 21, 2021 until January 9, 2022! This year, Clara Luciani inaugurated the festivities, to make the most beautiful avenue in the world even more resplendent! Webpage : https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73130/Avenue-des-Champs-Elysees

The Vendôme Committee offers us illuminations on Place Vendôme. The appointment is set for November 18, to see light up four large trees 10 meters high, and 160 other smaller specimens placed in front of shops Info webpage : https://comite-vendome.fr/en/contact-2/

For Christmas 2021, the City of Paris is once again setting up a Christmas village on the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville or City/Town Hall, with a mini Christmas market and free rides from December 2021 to January 2022 webpage : https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71544/H%C3%B4tel-de-Ville-de-Paris

The Avenue Montaigne will be lit up with a thousand lights from November 17, 2021 to celebrate the Christmas holidays! Sparkling Christmas trees, magical decor and shops open every Sunday, December is going to be festive on Avenue Montaigne! This year, the Comité Montaigne unveils a new program called Christmas Montaigne . webpage : https://comitemontaigne.fr/christmas-montaigne-la-magie-au-coeur-de-paris/

The Faubourg Saint-Honoré lights up as Christmas approaches. Do not miss this bright and magical show from November 18, 2021 to January 30, 2022 with, the icing on the cake, the return of the Christmas raffle, in favor this year of the association Imagine for Margo. Webpage : https://www.wintertimeparis.com/

The Forum des Halles is launching the start of its festive illuminations and decorations with its giant tree 22 meters high. See you this November 20, 2021 for the inauguration in a festive atmosphere in the presence of the singer-songwriter and dancer, Bilal Hassani! Webpage : https://fr.westfield.com/forumdeshalles/access

There you go folks, a dandy season ahead, and another great news from my belle France, me think. There is still time to get ready, we need to do our shopping for my gifts to the boys..lol! I like to wish from the bottom of my heart, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all those celebrating and encourage others to do so. The season to be merrier is here!! Of course, we will be remembering my cherish Mom and dear Wife too, they will always be with me.

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

November 26, 2021

The new Forum des Halles of Paris!!!

These places brings back memories  and even thus was just there when they were finishing the renovation, we have been to the old many times as not too far from my place of work in Paris. Of course, I am taking about the Forum des Halles of Paris.  The Forum des Halles is a shopping center located on the site of the old halls of Paris. Things move fast here and already the figures for 2019, the Forum des Halles was the most visited shopping center in France, with 50 million visitors !! I like to update this older post with new text and older pictures; hope you enjoy it as I.

There is a nice underground parking by level -3 You discounts if shows a cinema ticket ,You come into the parking by rue de Turbigo ,the name Forum des Halles-Rambuteau.  The center will reserve taxis for you too, just go to the information desk,zone Lescot au niveau -3. They will call G7 for you which are the best in Paris, me think, There is also, the metro Châtelet Les Halles lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14, The RER A,B, and D, However, for these, I would recommend only for savvy visitors who have spent time in Paris, for all other avoid it, This is one of the largest underground station in the world ! There is a huge laberinth of corridors/hallways with several lines and long walks that can be confusing to many and yes have stories of visiting friends/family of their tired feet, There are , also, many bus lines passing by here on rue de Rivoli, boulevard Sébastopol, rue Étienne-Marcel, and rue du Louvre lines 21, 29, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, and 96,

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Of course, what better way than walking in ! The Forum Les Halles have 7 entry points, These are : Porte Lescot, located rue Pierre Lescot. Porte Berger, located rue Berger. Porte Rambuteau, located rue Rambuteau. Porte Pont-Neuf (access Zone Place Carrée), located at the intersection of rue Berger and rue Pont-Neuf. Porte Saint-Eustache (access Zone Place Carrée), located rue Rambuteau, near the Saint-Eustache Church. Porte du Jour (access to the Place Carrée Zone), located rue du Jour, in front of the Saint-Eustache Church. Porte du Louvre (access Zone Place Carrée), located in front of the Bourse du Commerce, near rue du Louvre. Porte Marguerite de Navarre, located Place Marguerite de Navarre. Entrance Canopy, located between the Nelson Mandela Gardens and the shopping center.

My favorite stores in no preference order were /are Calvin Klein, Darty, FNAC , H&M, Jeff de Brugges, Lacoste, Lego, Leonidas, L’Occitane, Louis Pion, Micromania, Monoprix, Nocibé, Yves Rocher, and Zara. For restaurants we have tried here Brioche Dorée, Champeaux, and Le Pain Quotidien, And of course, the UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles cinema !

A bit of history I like

In the mid-19C, twelve pavilions were built by Victor Baltard on the location of the Paris market halls. Les Halles de Paris was the name given to the central market halls, the wholesale market for fresh food products, located in the heart of Paris, in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris, and which gave their name to the surrounding neighbourhood or quartier. The history of the Halles is much older than we think, since its origins date back to 1137, when Louis VI set up a first market at this site, on ancient swamps. They are the main setting of Émile Zola’s Ventre de Paris or Paris belly. This large market which was held there until the beginning of the 1970’s was replaced today by a green space (Jardin des Halles), an underground shopping center (the Forum Les Halles) and by numerous spaces devoted to leisure.

The central wholesale market was moved to Rungis in the late 1960 and the Baltard pavilions were destroyed, leaving a “hole” in the center of Paris for a few years. The Forum was then built and inaugurated in 1979, above the main RER and Metro node in Paris. The creation of a veritable underground city linked to public transport and featuring commercial, cultural, sports and leisure facilities. This direction is confirmed by the Government’s decision to achieve the central point of interconnection of the express regional-RER network, located more than 20 meters underground. During the summer of 1971, the demolition of the halls Baltard is made necessary in order to create, in open air, the underground station of the RER. The inauguration takes place on 4 September 1979. On September 13 2019, the Forum des Halles takes its new name of Westfield Forum des Halles.

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The canopy part of the new Forum des Halles, a glass and steel structure built reaching 14 meters in height, covers a central patio and welcomes in its wings a conservatory, a hip-hop center, a library, a workshop of amateur practices and a cultural center for the Deaf and Hearing impaired. It was inaugurated on April 5, 2016. The new Forum and the canopy open to the west on the Jardin Nelson Mandela garden, which has several playgrounds for children. These roads are public, pedestrian and underground.These are the names in no particular order of layout (in black those taken by me while coming here ). Balcon Saint-Eustache, Grand Balcon, Passage de la Réale, Passage des Verrières, Patio-place Pina-Bausch, Place Basse, Place Carrée, Place de la Rotonde, Porte BergerPorte Lescot, Porte du JourPorte du LouvrePorte du Pont-NeufPorte RambuteauPorte Saint-Eustache, Rue de l’Arc-en-Ciel, Rue Basse, Rue des Bons-Vivants, Rue de la Boucle, Rue Brève, Rue du Cinéma, Rue de l’Équerre-d’Argent, Rue de l’Oculus , Rue de l’Orient-Express, Rue des Piliers, Rue Poquelin, Rue Pirouette, and Terrasse Lautréamont.

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The official new Westfield Forum des Halleshttps://fr.westfield.com/forumdeshalles/centre

The Paris tourist office on the Forum des Halleshttps://en.parisinfo.com/shopping-paris/73806/Forum-des-Halles

There you go folks, a new design shopping center, transports hub, and just great night ambiance of Paris, the area is back vibrant as ever, Hope you enjoy the new Forum des Halles of Paris !!

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

November 26, 2021

Shopping the Champs-Élysées of Paris!!

Ok so here I am going over my blog and seeing many posts on shopping, something I am a total amateur but did move along with my parents, my wife and now boys for necessary sake! Even if as you know, shopping in France is marvelous and in Paris is sublime! I like to make this new post using some older pictures of shopping the Champs-Élysées of Paris!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Oh yes, we like to go to individual stores but sometimes we indulge in going to the shopping centers or malls, or as best describe on the Avenue des Champs Élysées, the galleriesI like to tell you perhaps about some off the beaten path buildings when you walk the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, that we have indulged into them,

From the Arc de Triomphe to the Champs-Élysées roundabout, the most beautiful avenue in the world unfolds a long ribbon of luxurious boutiques and prestigious stores, interspersed with legendary restaurants, cinemas and other cafes. Adorned with light, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées stands out as the essential stopover in a Parisian getaway. From Place de la Concorde to Place Charles-de-Gaulle, the avenue takes its name from the Champs-Élysées, the place of the underworld where virtuous souls stayed in Greek mythology. Day and night, this magical avenue owes its legendary reputation to its breathtaking beauty and its range of luxury, which makes it one of the main tourist spots in Paris.

The Galerie des Arcades or Lido at 78 Av. Des Champs-Élysées . This is a gallery in blond and black marble with Lalique bronze sconces. The glass slabs of the ceiling are supported by marble columns. It differs from the galleries and passages of the 19C by its exceptional width, fifteen meters, and by an almost exclusive use of artificial lighting. In 1929, the Lido opened, one of the most prestigious Parisian cabarets. The Lido move out in 1977. The high-rise building at this address has a shopping arcade on the ground floor that overlooks the Champs-Élysées on one side and the rue de Ponthieu on the other. The Arcades des Champs-Élysées, a permanent fairs of luxury shops, were built in 1925 on the site of the former Dufayel hotel. The Arcades were inaugurated on October 1, 1926. A few marble columns, from the old Dufayel hotel, are used in the construction. Closest transports metro line 1 George V or bus 73 George V stop/arrêt. 

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Georges Jules Dufayel , was also the owner of the Grands Magasins Dufayel, the largest department store in the world at the time, in the Goutte-d’Or neighborhood in Paris where one found a jumble of furniture and household items. The store was closed in 1930, He,also, acquired a house on the avenue des Champs-Élysées previously owned by the Duchess of Uzès. He had it demolished and replaced it with a more imposing mansion built in 1902. This hotel was in turn demolished in 1924 to make way for the “Arcades des Champs-Elysées”, a shopping mall. These arcades connect the Champs-Elysées to the rue de Ponthieu. In 1929, the vast basement was transformed into an upscale entertainment venue, called the Lido. In a Venetian setting, the public had a large swimming pool (33 m by 9 m), a hammam, a beauty salon, a dance hall. Nautical reviews take place in the swimming pool. Grand as in Paris !

The Galerie des Champs-Elysées at 86 Avenue des Champs-Elysées was entirely redesigned by Jean Nouvel, It has regained pride and elegance with its refined style. The new concept store developed by L’Occitane and Pierre Hermé as well as ephemeral kiosks. The new H&M store in Paris designed by Jean Nouvel too even if announced they think of closing this store, The ground floor and the basement are dedicated to women. The man lives on the first floor, the child is absent. To navigate from one floor to another, a wide staircase, an elevator, escalators, there are many choices. There are even these giant screens that go up and down, stop when they meet a visitor, just to show them the flagship silhouettes of the season In the dressing rooms, it can be adjusted, just like the second mirror placed behind you, in order to better visualize the chosen part.

The Paris tourist office on the Galerie des Champs-Elysées : https://en.parisinfo.com/shopping-paris/73807/Galerie-des-Champs-Elysees

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The Galerie du Claridge at 74 Av. Des Champs-Élysées, Our favorite store ; a few years ago when FNAC arrived. This was able to revitalize this place and give it a new identity.  There is an astonishing clock housed in the Galerie du Claridge combined with the Greeks’ clepsydra which therefore indicates the time thanks to the flow of water and the traditional , which give the time with greater precision. The whole, made up of pump, siphons, balance and colored liquid moving in a transparent medium, is constantly animated. On the left, the spheres in column give the hours and on the right, the ringed column, the minutes. It’s quite fascinating to watch the time go by, it is the case to put it, this way. Interesting !!

At this spot was the Claridge hotel ,a large hotel built in 1914 on the eve of the Great War or WWI, During WWII, the hotel was requisitioned by the French Army , then the Nazis. After the conflict, the hotel once again became the meeting place for luxury tourists, businessmen and political figures. The Claridge closed its doors on December 31, 1976. Many personalities frequented the Claridge such as Marlène Dietrich, Édith Piaf, Jean Gabin, Salvador Dali who brought goats to his apartments, the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, Georges Simenon, Jean Cocteau, Colette, etc, The hotel was taken over and subsequently reopened today as a serviced apartment. It belongs to the Fraser group and offers 114 rooms. Closest transports is metro lines 1 and 9 Franklin D. Roosevelt ,and bus lines 32/73 stop/arrêt La Boétie-Champs-Elysées.

The Paris tourist office on the FNAC store there: https://en.parisinfo.com/shopping-paris/74090/Fnac-Champs-Elysees

The official webpage of the new Claridge-Fraser hotel on top of galleryhttps://paris-claridge.frasershospitality.com/en

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Some additional webpages on the Champs Elysées to help you enjoy even more this great Avenue!

The Paris tourist office on the Champs Elyséeshttps://en.parisinfo.com/transports/73130/Avenue-des-Champs-%C3%89lys%C3%A9es

The Paris tourist office on shopping in the Champs-Elyséeshttps://en.parisinfo.com/shopping/shopping-districts-paris/boutiques-in-the-golden-triangle

The Champs-Elysées Committee, a non-profit association, was created in 1916. It acts in favor of the promotion, development and international notoriety of the avenue and the Champs-Elysées district in Paris. The Comité Champs-Elysées on the stores in the avenue : https://www.comite-champs-elysees.com/shopping/

There you go folks, another nice shopping walk in dandy Paris and the most famous avenue in the world, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées! Plenty to shop here and these galleries are nice, architecturally and historically impressive as in Paris. Hope you enjoy it and do shop by them!

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

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November 25, 2021

Place de la Concorde!!!

Really should I give it a different name, this short one says it all to the world, this is the Place de la Concorde of my eternal Paris. A must to walk it and see its wonders of architecture and history all around it.  So this is a very popular spot in my eternal Paris. It seems the world convenes here after a long walk along the Ave de Champs Elysées or the Rue de Rivoli! I was lucky enough to even worked just around the corner from it and walk to work from the Gare Saint Lazare passing close and seeing it every day . Of course, I have told you about it before in my blog, but this is new text , more history and new older photos not in my blog yet. Hope you enjoy the Place de la Concorde of Paris!

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Well this is the most famous square in Paris, me and many others think.  However, do you know it started out named “Place Louis XV” in 1763. Later named “Place de la Révolution”  during the period of terror in the French revolution, and finally took the name of the  Place de la Concorde” in  1795, to mark the reconciliation of a Nation. Again, it was re-named  “Place Louis XV” in 1814, and further  “Place Louis XVI” in 1826.  It was not until the reign of king of the French Louis-Philippe in 1830, that it takes the current name for good of the  Place de la Concorde”. As Concord or harmony of a nation. King Louis XVI was guillotined on January 21, 1793 as well as Queen Marie-Antoinette, the Girondins, Danton, Mme Roland, Robespierre and many others. During the reign of Terror, 1119 people died there.

Public transport passing by here or close are bus lines 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, and 28. Metro stations  Concorde- Line 1 | station Balard -Line 8 | station Porte de la Chapelle / Mairie d’Issy – Line 12. Also, the wonderful underground parking Concorde !webpage: https://fr.parkindigo.com/parking/paris-75008/place-de-la-concorde-75082100

More of this wonderful unique Place de la Concorde!

The Place de la Concorde is located at the center via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon.  Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées district of which it is the eastern end. But the two buildings that border it to the north, on either side of the rue Royale, are in the Madeleine district, still in the 8éme arrondissement, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois of the 1éme arrondissement.

Looking around we can say the Place de la Concorde has the following landmarks, On the north side, at the end of rue Royale, you will see the Madeleine Church. The building to the east is the Hôtel de la Marine, On the west side, the buildings were initially mansions of senior officials. They are now partly home to the Hôtel de Crillon, one of the most luxurious palaces in the world, and the Automobile Club de France, a private club. Finally, to the left of these buildings, set back, is the United States Embassy, ​​built in the 20C. In contrast, on the south side of the square, behind the Pont de la Concorde, you will see the Palais Bourbon, an 18C building which is today the parliament of French deputies, the National Assembly (see post). On the east side is the Tuileries Garden, (see post) one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris, and on the west side is the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, (see post) the most beautiful avenue in the world !

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The ditches were filled in, two fountains were installed, statues representing towns in France, rostral columns and above all the Luxor obelisk which had been offered to King Charles X. It is the largest square in Paris, and one of the most famous sites in Paris with its emblematic obelisk. Eight statues are placed on the corner sentry boxes representing eight French towns. Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes, In 1795, a famous sculpted group, the horses of Marly was placed at the entrance to the Champs-Elysées. On either side of the obelisk, are place two large cast iron fountains, called the Fountain of the Seas and the Fountain of the Rivers. The square was surrounded by candelabra and rostral columns.

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In 1913, Camille Flammarion proposed to the City of Paris to draw on the Place de la Concorde the lines of the largest sundial in the world. The City released funds in 1938, but WWII interrupted the progress of the work. Flammarion’s dream was finally realized on June 21, 1999, the day of the summer solstice, at the initiative of the Astronomical Society of France. The 31.4 meter high obelisk serves as a style for the dial. The curves of the solstices, the lines of the equinoxes and the lines of hours were marked, on the pedestrian zones, by heat-sealed bands in bronze color and, on the roadway, by 400 bronze nails.

A curious plaque remains visible at the corner of Place de la Concorde and rue Boissy d´Anglas. Protected by a piece of plexiglas, it mentions a curious name to say the least. It is in fact the Place Louis XVI. It recalls the name that the square bore between 1826 and 1828 and the beheading of the king on this same square on January 21, 1793. Difficult to read and difficult to admit that this mark has survived when we know what happened on this so-called Royal square at the time.

The last architectural development was in 1931 with the disappearance of the Hotel Grimod de La Reynière, built in 1775 in compliance with Gabriel’s ordinance but disfigured over time by successive additions, and its replacement by the United States Embassy in accordance with the original project. Since 1937, no notable change can affect the place which is classified as a whole a historical monument of France.

The Paris tourist office on the Place de la Concorde: https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/90907/Place-de-la-Concorde

The outings webpage of the city of Paris sortir Paris on the Place de la Concorde in French: https://www.sortiraparis.com/arts-culture/histoire-patrimoine/articles/172709-histoire-de-la-place-de-la-concorde

There you go folks, a wonderful must see while in Paris. Get the inmense feeling of this eternal beautiful city with the sights of architecture and history all around you in the Place de la Concorde!!! Paris is indeed a mouvable feast!

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

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November 25, 2021

The port de l’Arsenal of Paris!

And even thus, have mentioned in previous posts, briefly, feels it needs a post of its own. This is quant, historical and great works of my eternal Paris. The area is visited often and especially for the night owls of the Place de la Bastille. However, need to tell you more with new text and older pictures on the Port de l’Arsenal of Paris!

The port de l’Arsenal or bassin de l’ Arsenal, connects the Saint-Martin canal (see post) to the Seine river, between the quai de la Rapée and the place de la Bastille. It was once a freight port which since 1983 has become a marina. It is part of the network of Parisian canals and constitutes the border between the 4éme and 12éme arrondissements of Paris. The reason it was named Port de l’Arsenal is because it served from the 16C to the 19C as a depository for weapons and ammunition.

The Arsenal basin has a body of water which is 3 meters above the level of the Seine river. It is connected to the river by a lock to allow navigation. The Arsenal lock is the 9th lock on the Saint-Martin canal. A footbridge, called the Passarelle Mornay, (Rue Mornay) was built in 1895. Spanning the two banks of the Arsenal basin, it links Boulevard Bourdon in the 4éme arrondissement to Boulevard de la Bastille in the 12éme arrondissement. The Paris-Arsenal marina opened in 1983, offers 177 berths. When the marina was put in place, the Port-de-l’Arsenal garden was created on the east bank of the basin, on the Boulevard de la Bastille side; in 2017 it was integrated into the newly created Rives-de-Seine park. The Jardin de l’Arsenal is located 53 boulevard de la Bastille in the Place de la Bastille, on the western edge of the Arsenal basin, Inside, the space is more classic, but nicely highlighted by a rose garden, sculptures and pergolas that bloom in the spring. You will also find a large playground for children and a restaurant with terrace, very pleasant on sunny days. See the picturesque little wind mill at the entrance to garden too!

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Indeed, there is no other port that allows river cruise passengers to stop in Paris! You should also know that the cost of parking at the Port de l’Arsenal is, for the same length, about twice as high as on the banks of the Seine. you have to be very sociable to live in this village where the boats, if they are not side by side, are perpendicular to the quay and therefore very close to each other. In return, there is a real common life with a Yacht Club created in 1983, which organizes the barbecue at the Port de l’Arsenal every first Thursday of the month, In order to facilitate stopovers, boats holding an annual mooring agreement must leave the port at least 21 days a year, including 7 consecutive days between June 1 and September 30. For boats less than 8 meters, 30 days out are mandatory.

A bit of history I like

Between the 16C and 19C, on the site of the basin stands an arsenal which gave it its name. To reinforce the defense capacities of the city of Paris, Charles V the Wise decides to build an additional enclosure in 1356 surrounded by two ditches, which will then be regrouped in only one under François Ier. At the time of Henri II, two bastions were added to that of the Bastille, After the destruction of the Bastille during the French revolution in July 1789, the Arsenal basin was dug to replace the ditch that filled the moat of the fortress with water of the Seine. The Canal Saint-Martin was built between 1822 and 1825, joining the Bassin de la Villette and the Seine at the Arsenal. It made it possible to shorten the journey between Quai Henri-IV and Île Saint-Denis from 35 to 12 km, passing under Place de la Bastille and at the same time bringing drinking water to the heart of Paris.

.The passage of the metro, upstream of line n ° 1 and downstream of line n ° 5 of the basin, required the construction of two metal bridges at the Bastille, for the rails and the station, and the widening of the Morland bridge. above the lock, in 1879 and 1928. The Arsenal metro station, now closed, is located on line 5 Bobigny / Pablo Picasso – Place d’Italie. Closed September 2, 1939, it has never been reopened. The access to the station was located on Boulevard Bourdon, at the outlet of the Mornay footbridge which crosses the port of Arsenal.

The Paris tourist office on the port de l’Arsenalhttps://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73151/Port-de-l-Arsenal

The city of Paris on the port de l’Arsenalhttps://www.paris.fr/equipements/port-de-l-arsenal-19156

The Fayolle marine, management company of the port de l’Arsenalhttp://www.fayollemarine.eu/pages/les-ports/localisation.html

There you go folks, another dandy in beautiful Paris. This one could be call an off the beaten path sight but worth the detour me think. When I go, I parked by the Bastille Indigo parking next to it, wonderful walks thereafter! Hope you enjoy the Port de l’Arsenal of Paris as I

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

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November 24, 2021

Rue Tronchet of Paris!!

Well here I am nostalgic again, and even if had mentioned in other posts briefly, feel needed to have a post of its own for old times ‘sake! This is the memorable Rue Tronchet of Paris, and I like to tell you a bit more on it ;hope you enjoy it as I.

My very first job in the city of Paris took me from Versailles rive droite train station to the St Lazare train station of Paris. Ok cars was not convenient because in France when you work in big towns the cost of public transport is rembourse 50/50, and you get to use in my case my Navigo card pass even on weekends so the price was very cheap. In going there, I have told you took the metro line 12 to Concorde and then my job in Rue Castiglione of the Intercontinental Paris Hotel (see post) (today the Westin Paris Vendôme..). However, after finding the trip so difficult , yes cramped metro wagon, technical problems cancellations, and a total of 18 minutes which of course counted the walks in underground halls; someone at work gave the idea of walking;oh oh oh sublime walking in Paris!!

It became a family past time to walk in Paris after getting in with our car on private visits and walking from Gare St Lazare train station to rue Castiglione job.  It took me by the grand department stores of you know who , (see posts), and passing by the Church of the Madeleine (see post), and getting around some fancy streets such as Rue St Honoré. Before all that passed by nice quant Rue Tronchet, which became my favorite spot and breakfast or lunch or dinner over the more than 2 yrs worked around here. And this finally…., is the reason of this post.

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The Rue Tronchet is a street in the 8éme and 9éme arrondissements of Paris. Starting at Place de la Madeleine and ending on Boulevard Haussmann, it links the Madeleine district and that of Europe. Very commercial, this street houses a small shopping mall at number 11 as well as many offices. The street also receives the large flea market of the 8éme arrondissement in June.

It received its name in memory of François Denis Tronchet , who was one of the defenders of king Louis XVI during his trial under the French revolution. He,also, participated in the drafting of the Civil Code.  The Rue Tronchet occupies the site of the grounds of the convent of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on the rue de la Ville-l’Évêque, occupied by the Benedictines then suppressed in 1791,during the French revolution, and of the farm of the Mathurins. It was extended in 1858 to Boulevard Haussmann by removing a section of the old rue de la Ferme-des-Mathurins, to take into account the decision to build the new Paris-Saint-Lazare train station, not in place de la Madeleine, as it had initially been envisaged but further north.

Remarkable buildings that I like passing by for long periods are/were :

No 1: formerly Madeleine-Palace Hôtel, where Jean Cocteau lived at the end of 1934

No 5: back from Mallorca and Nohant, Frédéric Chopin lived on the first floor from October 1839 to November 1841. Dinah Félix, last sister of the illustrious tragedian Rachel, died there 1909,

No 7: Pourtalès hotel. Built in 1838-1839 for Count James-Alexandre de Pourtalès, in a style inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and modified in 1865-1866 then 1869-1870 The facade and the interior courtyard with arcades are reminiscent of Tuscan palaces. A monumental staircase leads to the first floor where the apartments and the collection of works of art by Count de Pourtalès were located. The interior decor, including the gallery where the sponsor’s famous collections were displayed, was destroyed. These collections were sold for public sale in February 1865, according to the wishes of their owner. On the latter’s death, the hotel passed to his son, Count Edmond de Pourtalès-Gorgier and his wife, née Mélanie de Bussière, the embodiment of elegance and the air of the great world during the Second Empire and the beginnings of the Third Republic. The hotel was the subject of a restoration campaign in 2006-2008

No 9 Alfred de Musset / Aimée d´Alton , a small place rented by Alfred de Musset, where he had an affair with Aimée d´Alton in 1837,

No 11: is part of the Art Deco real estate complex called “Palacio de la Madeleine”, located at 25-29, place de la Madeleine, 11, rue Tronchet, and 9, rue de Castellane. It housed various departments of the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) including the National Directorate of State Interventions (DNID) and the commission of fiscal offenses were transferred to this building in 1974, Before, this passage, this market and the surrounding office buildings are part of the “Palacio de la Madeleine”. This set of buildings was built in 1930 on the site of one of the busiest markets in Paris destroyed in 1920. With a surface area of ​​4600 meters, it had three entrances: Place de la Madeleine, Rue Tronchet and rue de Castellane.

Some of my nostalgic spots walking by here every day for more than 2 years were the Café Madeleine , hôtel Massena (where met friends for breakfast!) , Paul 35 Rue Tronchet Aux Tortues and Guerlain parfums store next door, 35 Rue Tronchet, Their webpages are :

Store Guerlain parfums : https://stores.guerlain.com/int/en_INT/boutique/france/ile-de-france/paris/paris/FR16127

Paul at rue Tronchet : https://www.paul.fr/paris_haussmann_tronchet/catalogsearch/result/?q=rue+tronchet+pain

The hôtel Massena : https://www.paris-hotel-massena.com/en/page/hotel-paris-8-arrondissement.3.html

Café Madeleine, 35 Pl de la Madeleine corner with Rue Tronchet : https://www.cafemadeleineparis.com/apex/a171847/r/cafemadeleine/contact1?session=291821726844

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my eternal Paris. So many memorable spots that will keep me busy now telling you all about it, and then some as will return to the city soon. When you walk these streets then you will understand why many said Paris is the most beautiful city in the world!! A mouvable feast indeed!! Hope we can continue to enjoy for more generations.

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

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November 24, 2021

Assamblée Nationale de France!!!

I need to have this in my blog, new text , older pictures of the National Assembly or Assamblée Nationale de France. The lower house of representative of the French government, which I have visited and you can too. Another look into the real French world. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Not to go much into the political government trivia, just a bit for giving a better understanding of this house in France, which can be visited, The Assamblée Nationale or National Assembly is the French institution which forms, with the Senate, the Parliament of the Fifth Republic (current France). Its role is to debate, propose, amend and vote on laws, and to monitor the action of the Government. Unlike the Senate, it has the power to force the resignation of the government by passing a motion of no confidence. It sits at the Palais Bourbon (yes!!) in Paris. Since 1986, the National Assembly has had 577 members, called deputies, elected by direct universal suffrage by first past the post in two rounds for a period of five years.

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In this building since 1799 has housed all the lower chambers of the French Parliament The President of the National Assembly has a role of directing the debates and organization of the work of the Assembly. He is the fourth person of the State in the order of precedence during the official ceremonies, behind the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and finally the President of the Senate. The Hôtel de Lassay is a private mansion located on rue de l ‘ University. Current residence of the President of the National Assembly, it adjoins the Palais Bourbon, seat of the lower house of Parliament. The different names given were the “Conseil des Cinq-Cents” instituted by the Constitution of Year III in August 1795, the “Chamber of Deputies of Departments”, the “Chamber of Representatives “, the ” Legislative body “, the ” Chambers of deputies “, etc. That of the National Assembly, chosen in the fervor of 1789, does not reappear, if we except the brief parenthesis of 1848 and that in 1946.

As required by article 33 of the French Constitution, the sessions are in fact public and therefore accessible to every citizen, in public forums and on video. I have been lucky to be here for sessions on two occasions and it was interesting, another way to live the real French life. It is located on the Quai d’Orsay in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris, in the row of the Pont de la Concorde and the Place de la Concorde. It is guarded by the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Republican Guard. This site is served by the metro stations ,National Assembly (line 12) Concorde (lines 1,8, and 12) and Invalides (lines 8 and 13).

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A bit on the architecture I like

The north side facade is decorated with a bas-relief pediment done from 1838 to 1841 and which represents an allegory of France, surrounded by those of Force and Justice. It remains to this day. The rest of this facade dates entirely from the First Empire (Napoleon I). At the bottom of the stands are four statues of great figures in French history: Sully, L’Hospital, d’Aguesseau and Colbert; On either side of the steps are installed a statue of Minerva and another of Themis ,Still on the sides, are two bas-reliefs ordered in 1837: Prometheus animating the Arts and Public Instruction, In the courtyard of honor is also the sphere of human rights commissioned by the National Assembly in 1989 as part of the commemorations for the bicentenary of the French revolution. It is a monumental sphere of black granite on a white marble plinth, placed on a circular lawn and partially surrounded by a hemicycle punctuated by sealed plaques, in which are inscribed the preamble and the articles of the Declaration of the Rights of man and citizen.

It houses a very precious library (and beautiful), the collection of which was made up of goods confiscated from the emigrant aristocrats (thats revolutions for you) . Among its treasures, the minutes of the trial of Joan of Arc, the manuscripts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the collection of terracotta busts of parliamentarians by Honoré Daumier, and the Codex Borbonicus, a codex native to central Mexico. The library was decorated in the 19C by Eugène Delacroix. The painter embodied, in five domes and about twenty pendants, Science, Philosophy, Legislation, Theology and Poetry, represented in warm allegorical scenes in color. The main rooms are the Salle des Pas-Perdus, and the Salle des Quatre-Colonnes. Both are places where journalists traditionally interview deputies. They cross it to get from the meeting rooms to the hemicycle by taking the connecting corridor which adjoins the main courtyard and leads to the library , The Salle des Quatre-Colonnes welcomes in each of its angles statues of Lycurgus , Solon, Cato d’Utique and Brutus; they once adorned the Hall of the Council of Five Hundred, There is, also, the Casimir-Perier room houses statues of General Foy, Mirabeau, Portalis, Tronchet, Bailly and Casimir Perier, The conference room houses a statue of Henri IV, as well as four busts of Lamartine, Dupont de l’Eure, Cavaignac and Ernest Picard.

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A bit of history I like

The house of representative or the National Assembly of France or Assamblée Nationale … Ahh this one is unique , right across from the Place de la Concorde, and sits on the Palace of Bourbon, ooops sacre bleu the site of the Bourbon royals!   The Palais Bourbon is the name commonly given to the building that houses the National Assembly.  The Palais Bourbon was built by Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, Mademoiselle de Nantes, the legitimized daughter of king Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, who had married Louis III of Bourbon-Condé, duke de Bourbonnais and 6th Prince of Condé. The Palais Bourbon and the Hôtel de Lassay were erected simultaneously, from 1722 to 1728, on land acquired by the Duchess of Bourbon in 1720 and which she ceded a part to her lover, the Marquis of Lassay.  Confiscated in 1791,during the French revolution,  the palace “before Bourbon” was nationalised. It houses in 1794 the future École Polytechnique before being assigned to the Council of Five Hundreds by decree in 1795. However, by the time they set up a room for them, the five hundred would not settle there until 1798. The Bourbon Palace will therefore be assigned to the second Chamber of Parliament under the various regimes: Council of the Five Hundred, legislative body, Chamber of Deputies, and National Assembly.  The Palais Bourbon welcomed, from 1798, all the lower chambers of the French parliaments, with the exception of a short period of 1871 to 1879 (period during which it sits in the hall of the wing of the Midi of the Palace of Versailles, following the insurrection of the commune of Paris), then after the Government and Parliament fled to Bordeaux and then to Vichy during WWII in 1940. 

For the anecdote, it was not far from my work area in Paris, where I was able to visit a couple times and listen on debates!! You too can do it just get a reservation , id papers and go for it,its worth the detour. Enjoy the visit!!! This is to reserve online : https://www.billetweb.fr/assister-a-une-seance

And here tells you the order for the day of debates especially the Finance Law working on by the govt right now, in French of course: https://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/dyn/seance-publique

The official National Assembly or house of Reps of France on its historyhttps://www2.assemblee-nationale.fr/decouvrir-l-assemblee/patrimoine

The Paris tourist office on the National Assembly of Francehttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71377/Assemblee-Nationale-Palais-Bourbon

There you go folks, a dandy off the beaten path of eternal Paris! Worth the detour, very educational ,historical ,and just gorgeous architecture to see in the  Assamblée Nationale de France, the National Assembly of France, sort of like a House of Representatives (US). Hope you enjoy the post and do come!

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

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November 24, 2021

Curiosities of the Jardin du Luxembourg!!!

Ok so looking back again, saw several of my posts on the Jardin du Luxembourg of Paris. As often happenning lately, saw several pictures of mine not in those posts! Therefore, they need to be in it, this is a must garden to visit while in Paris or nearby! Let me tell you about some curiosities of the Jardin du Luxembourg!!!

One of the grand site of my eternal Paris. Coming here since neons times and then with my boys to ride the boats in the basin, and more. Coming for work, I even stop by bus 82 to take glimpses of it. It is a sublime garden park, that is the Jardin du Luxembourg of Paris!!!

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The Luxembourg garden was created in 1612 at the request of Marie de Médicis to accompany the Luxembourg Palace. It has been the subject of a restoration under the second empire and now belongs to the domaine of the Senate of France. It covers 23 hectares of which 21 are open to the public. In 2010, the Senate delegated the management of the museum to the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais with the mission of organizing exhibitions there.

The Senat (senate) of France is entered by the 15 Rue de Vaugirard also the closest to the petit luxembourg, orangerie, museum. It can be reach by Metro Odéon lines 4 and 10, Maubillon line 10, and St Germain des Prés line 4, also, RER B stop Luxembourg-Senat.Several bus lines stop here I have taken bus 82 leaving you at rue de Médicis corner with Rue Soufflot you have a view of the Panthéon, ,The Medicis fountain is best reach by Rue de Médicis near the RER B station and bus stop 82 ! By the Observatoire entrance west or ouest (fr) on rue Auguste Comté I have often found on street parking !

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The Senat (never been but did twice the Assemblée Nationale) debates, usually on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, are open to the public. Those wishing to attend must obtain an invitation from a senator . With this invitation ticket and an identity card, they must then go to the Senat reception at 15, rue de Vaugirard. Access to the session is guaranteed subject to availability. Alternatively, you can ask the Paris tourist office for a guided visit. The official Senat of France on the garden heritagehttp://www.senat.fr/visite/jardin/patrimoine_architectural.html

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The Orangerie built in 1839 is located in the Allée Delacroix ; in the summer the Orangerie serves as temporary exhibitions. The current orangerie, located in the western part of the garden, dates from 1839. It houses around 180 crate plants including 60 citrus fruits, mainly sour orange (34 bitter oranges), but also date palms (19 phoenix, 7 chamaerops), oleanders (46) and pomegranates (24). The finest and oldest specimens of sour orange are exhibited every year in the garden, from May to October, along the southern facade of the Palace. Their age is estimated to be around 250 to 300 years.

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The Carrousel du Jardin du Luxembourg turned for the first time in 1904. In 1906 he was celebrated in a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. The music kiosk is closer by the RER B stop on Rue de Médicis , The oldest merry-go-round in Paris is hidden in the shade of the chestnut trees of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Inaugurated in 1879, it is built to the plans of Charles Garnier, four years after the architect completed the Opera which bears his name. 22 white, brown and black horses, three pairs of deer, an elephant, giraffes and two cradles make up this sublime rotating machine, but that’s not all! Beyond making the delighted children twirl, the merry-go-round is also a set of rings to the delight of the little ones who twist themselves to unhook the hanging rings.The pic is not the carrousel could not find it, but have one on the kiosque à musique or gazebo bandstand, where music concerts and cultural events are held and it was built in 1888.

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Robert Desarthis created the first puppet theater in France in 1933! Indeed, the theater of the Jardin du Luxembourg  is the only room devoted only to puppets. In 1930, the first turning point: it obtained the concession of Parc Montsouris. He created the “Guignolia” theater, the first of its kind built in hard. In 1932, the company gave a series of performances at the Paris theater. The same year, the little wooden Guignol in the Luxembourg garden, falling into ruins, was razed by order of the Senate. The children of Senate employees were gathered to applaud the three shows and thus choose the lucky candidate for the concession. Tournament winner: Robert Desarthis with “Reviens Guignol”. It was the second turning point. In April 1933, the theater finally had its puppet theater. It was in 1933! To this day, it is still the only theater of its kind. 275 seats, machinery ahead of its time, a proscenium for attractions, an orchestra pit, a projection room, an advanced sound system, 150 projectors, a system engineer … string puppet. Today, puppets, sets and accessories are countless. Translated from the official webpage, a unique theater my boys like it, maybe yours too.  The official Theater of Luxembourg gardenhttp://www.marionnettesduluxembourg.fr/acceuil.html

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And one caught while passing at night!  The Davioud Pavilion at 55 bis rue d’Assas, inside the Jardin du Luxembourg was formerly called the buffet de la Pépinière in 1867, this pavilion, originally a café-restaurant, was built by Gabriel Davioud. The small building now houses free public lessons of the Luxembourg Horticultural School, as well as the lectures given by the association of court auditors , and by the central beekeeping society. In summer, the Davioud pavilion hosts various exhibitions of artists, painters, sculptors, visual artists, Who was Mr Davioud ? Well he was the Inspector general of architectural works of the city of Paris, and chief architect in the service of walks and plantations working under the direction of Baron Haussmann, sculptor, and landscape designer, We ,also ,owe him, the fountain very close to the garden of the Observatory , surmounted by the sculpture by Carpeaux “The four parts of the world”, the two theaters on the Place du Châtelet, and the Saint-Michel fountain, He will also draw the plans for the Champs-Elysées gardens, the gates of the Parc Monceau, the magasins réunis or stores together on the Place de la République, the fountain of the water tower on the Place Daumesnil, the Palais du Trocadéro (now destroyed), entrance pavilions in the Bois de Boulogne, Nice architecture layout for this building indeed ! I translated the above from The Senat on the  Davioud pavillion: http://www.senat.fr/visite/jardin/pavillon_davioud.html

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Some webpages to further help you plan your trip and is a must are:

The city of Paris on the gardenhttps://www.paris.fr/equipements/jardin-du-luxembourg-1793

The Paris tourist office on the gardenhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71393/Jardin-du-Luxembourg

There you go folks, always a happening place, full of Parisians and visiting families fun for all and a must to visit while in Paris. The jardin du Luxembourg are sublime. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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

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November 23, 2021

Jardin des Tuileries!!!

And I am coming back to my eternal Paris, never too far away mentally and physically. And of course, to tell you a bit more anecdotes of the wonderful Jardin des Tuileries!!! It has many memorable moments in my life visiting it and working across from it and visiting again. Hope you enjoy this latests post on it as I do!

The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, and was created in the 16C. It is the oldest and largest garden in Paris with 28 hectares, It is, in fact, at the crossroads of the Louvre Palace/Museum, the Place de la Concorde, the Seine river, and the rue de Rivoli. Right along the Terrasse des Feuillants exit onto rue de Rivoli and into the rue de Castiglione you have a nice carrousel , nearby a Children’s playground and before your eyes lit up seeing the wonderful Obelisk of the Place Vendôme, Just magical!!! The jardin des Tuileries memories forever and glad to have worked next to it for about 2 yrs and visited zillions of times, my by far favorite garden/park in Paris, Other than walking into it you can reach it by taking the Métro on line 1 Tuileries station, or lines 1 ,8, and 12 Concorde, Also, most convenient bus lines 42, 69,and 72. The above was the entrance to the garden I took to go in just to relax at lunch, walk, sights and sound awesome!

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In the 13C, this area of ​​the city included fields of squash, or cucurbits according to their scientific name, as well as tile factories. Queen Catherine de Medici was behind the construction of the Palais des Tuileries (Tuileries Palace) (see post) in 1564. Many rulers lived there. This palace no longer exists today. It was destroyed during the Paris Commune 1871. However, the garden still exist !!! In this garden, there is also a fountain, a menagerie, as well as a cave dating from the Middle Ages and decorated by Bernard Palissy, a famous ceramist. About fifty years later, the orangery and silkworm farm, a building in which silkworms are raised, will emerge. The orangery houses citrus fruits in winter, which cannot stand frost. However, the garden was rehabilitated during the reign of King Louis XIV. The latter, as well as his Prime Minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, ordered that it be completely redesigned by André Le Nôtre, the famous gardener of the king who was at the origin of the development of the gardens of Versailles and Vaux-Le- Vicomte palaces(see posts). By entering this garden, you are a historical witness of the redevelopment carried out by André Le Nôtre, who made it into a French garden. Le Nôtre carefully studied painting and optical effects to redesign the Grand Carré, which is remarkable for its play on perspective. He corrected the distortion due to the distance by shifting towards the East the small round basins of the reserved gardens, located to the left and to the right of the round basin (on the Place du Carrousel side), which seems much larger than the Octagonal Basin while it is twice as small! The Tuileries Garden has a multitude of entrances. Entering from the Place de la Concorde side, you can see on your left the Terrasse des Feuillants, the Jeu de Paume museum, built in the 19C, On your right, La Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau, symmetrically, is located the Musée de l’Orangerie. Today, it no longer hosts citrus fruits, but the famous Water Lilies by Claude Monet !

From the rehab of the 1990’s about 125,000 plants are placed each year by the estate’s gardeners, the irrigation water being channeled from the Ourcq canal (whose river has its source in the Aisne, 80 km from Paris), thanks to a high pressure pump and computerized management. Yes techno keeps the beautiful old running smoothly for all of us, I thanks the gardeners of Paris !!!  In the center of the Jardin des Tuileries, stands the octagonal Basin, near which chairs have been placed so that you can rest, read, chat, and even sunbathe! You can also daydream and stroll on the Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau or Waterfront Terrace which overlooks the elegant Orangerie building and borders the Seine river ! The central alley, as well as the narrower paths perpendicular to it, are lined with elm trees and lime trees. Many sculptures are scattered around the park. At the entrance near Place de la Concorde, you can admire statues from Greek mythology. This garden also hosts statues of Rodin, the most famous of which is the thinker, statutes of Giacometti, known for his characters with slender limbs, but also works by Jean Dubuffet, Henri Moore, Max Ernst ,etc etc.

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Of the many beautiful ones, I like to single out my all time favorites in sublime gorgeous Jardin des Tuileries of my eternal Paris. The ones I comtemplated the most while using my time from work or family visits. These are :

The statue “La Fame mounted on Pegasus“, the work of Antoine Coysevox , is located at the entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries, on the Place de la Concorde side, to the right as you enter, where it dominates the main gate.

Statue of Diane a la Biche. It can be found in allée de Diane near the entrance on rue de Rivoli. It is the work of Guillaume 1er Coustou.

Statue of Apollo. This bronze statue is the work of Paul Belmondo. The father of Jean-Paul Belmondo cinema actor recently passed away,RIP

Statue “Cassandre putting into the protection of Pallas”. This statue, located around the small basin, near the Carrousel garden, is the work of Aimé Millet, and dates from 1875. It was exhibited at the Salon of 1877, at the Universal Exhibition of 1878 and at the Luxembourg Museum, before being installed in the Tuileries garden.

Statue “The Centaure Nessus removing Dejanire”.  This statue, located around the small basin, is in marble and was sculpted in 1892 and placed in the Tuileries in 1894.

The Sphinge des Tuileries. A sphinx has the body of a lion and the bust of a woman. A very fine copy is on a pillar of a small entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries overlooking avenue du Général Lemonnier, at the corner of the Quai des Tuileries.
Statue of « EVE », The statue of Eve was made in 1881 by Auguste Rodin.

The statue « Le Baiser » or the Kiss by Auguste Rodin is on the right side of the Tuileries garden, opposite the Orangerie. Before creating the marble version, Rodin produced several smaller sculptures in plaster, terracotta and bronze.

Statue “RETURN FROM HUNTING” . The statue is located in the Tuileries garden near rue de Rivoli and avenue Lemonnier.

As part of the statues representing rivers, the Concorde entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries allows you to admire four sets dedicated to the Nile and the Tiber and for the French rivers to the Seine and the Marne on the one hand and to the Loire and Loiret on the other hand. 

The Paris tourist office on the Jardin des Tuilerieshttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71304/Jardin-des-Tuileries

The city of Paris on the Jardin des Tuilerieshttps://www.paris.fr/equipements/jardin-des-tuileries-1795

There you go folks another dandy post by yours truly on the most beautiful garden in Paris, me think. The Jardin des Tuileries showing history, architecture and gardening desings beauties all in one and central to the best of my Paris. Hope you enjoy the post and see you soon around Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, and most visited by UN-WTO standards.

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

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November 23, 2021

Snow days in Paris-Versailles!!!

And now that we are heading into winter again, I saw a couple pictures inspired me to write this new post. Weather is something we keep an eye for it all the time as we like to be on the road a lot. Not to many are aware it snow in France and not just the mountains so therefore ,here is my take on snow days in Paris-Versailles!!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The cold snow days are coming and are you prepare ? Yes it snow in France too and not just the mountains, For info, in my new neck of the woods Bretagne have not seen snow per se in 10 years living here, just flakes a couple years, Let me tell you about snow in my old stumping grounds, the Paris -Versailles area.

First, some historical facts, Snowfall is 12 days per year on average; the snow rarely lasts more than a day in inner Paris. Since the start of the surveys at Parc Montsouris, the driest year was 1921 with 271.4 millimeters and the wettest year 2000 with more than 900.8 millimeters. meteorologists establish the possible scenario of the winter of 2021-2022, which would unfold under the influence of La Niña. … For the time being, it is above all in December that they detect a “slight cold anomaly”. Result, there could be snow at low altitude….

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Some historical facts from the winters of 2009-2010, The snow made its return this Wednesday, February 10 in the morning. It came to brighten up Paris on January 16, and it was indeed back on Wednesday with beautiful sunny weather to the delight of walkers and photographers. Météo France had forecast accumulations of 2 to 7 centimeters of snow. A bit of trivia ; the meteorological winter takes place from December 1 to March 1, unlike the calendar winter which is from December 22 to March 20. Therefore cold weather and snow can happened before we say Winter is here !

Paris by Concorde to Eiffel snow day people Dec10

The temperature in Paris in January is incredibly cold with temperatures between 2 ° C and 6 ° C degrees (about 36F to 43F) ! It is recommended to dress warmly and to remember to bring your mittens! during the month of January in Paris. You can expect an average of 15-22 rainy days, so be sure to bring a waterproof jacket to stay dry this month. The temperature in Paris in February is incredibly cold with temperatures between 2 ° C and 8 ° C degrees (about 36F to 46F), as well.  According to the European model(future estimates), for France, the month of December would see temperatures that are generally seasonal or even fairly cool over the country with negative anomalies rather present between the East and the North-East of the country. This would suggest rapidly winter conditions over the country with a fairly early onset of cold, especially near the eastern borders but a feeling rather seasonal in the rest of the country. If temperatures should globally be within standards over most of the country, this time it would be the eastern and northeastern regions which could even have temperatures a little milder than average.

And the future trend base on past episodes tell us that, climate change was talked about way before and still the talk of the town ! Unsurprisingly, there is an average upward trend. The 2019/2020 winter was the hottest on record! It broke a record of temperate climate, with an average temperature of 7.9 ° C, (46F) or 2.6 ° C above the 1981-2010 normal. The three other mildest winters are 1977, 2007 and 2016 with 7.7 ° C (46F). Among the most notable cold winters, the winter of 1963 holds the lowest value for a century with a negative average temperature of -0.1 ° C , The elderly will also certainly remember these three consecutive harsh winters between 1940 and 1942 during the occupation. In 1954, you could even cross the Canal Saint-Martin on foot! The three most severe cold spells occurred in February 1956, January-February 1963 and January 1985. Those of 1956 and 1963 were also the longest ( 21 days). That of 1985 saw the lowest average daily temperature (the maximum did not exceed -10.0 ° C (14F) at Parc Montsouris Paris on January 16 1985. Among recent winters, 2010 is notable, with 21 days of snowfall. The 20-day threshold has been reached only 10 times in a century, and had not been since the winter of 1979.

I was so busy driving in snow picking my boys from a bus stop by Europe in Versailles that cannot find pictures ; this was a worry moment, Let me tell you now, My boys went to high school in Le Chesnay(today le Chesnayy-Rocquencourt) and use the bus network phebus of Versailles as towns are next to each other with just a street separating them, The episodes of snow of below came on December 2010 and Versailles was completely cut off by order of the mayor, as too much snow in town, and all block. Obviously the buses stop too and the kids were forgotten to tend for themselves (nice planning). I took my car with my dear wife and went to get them, but was stop by gendarmes or military police as no one was allow into Versailles !! My call for getting my kids stuck was to no ear as only talk to the mayor we have orders not to let anyone in town !!! Well, this road warrior you dont tell that when my boys are stuck in cold heavy snow bus stop in the middle of Versailles !! I took some dirt grass road near the palace and got me into the city drove to the Europe bus stop got my boys and came out smiling, there you don’t mess with the road warrior!!lol ! An amazing stressful day to say the least that happily ended well for us but a mess for everybody else as the news keep coming back of closures, and cars left on the road and people going to shelters !! France is not ready for a heavy snow storm as my old NJ was ! This is a picture across from my home

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Therefore, Météo France has placed the Yvelines (dept 78) on snow / ice orange vigilance, like around thirty other departments in the northern part of France as well. In a context of low temperature today (between -4 and -1 ° C),or 25F to 30F, On Wednesday December 8, 2010 will remain as the day of all the mess due to transports in Ile-de-France region. Access to Versailles was completely impossible (read above). In this town, the palace closes its doors. About fifty towns in Yvelines are preparing to open accommodation centers, especially in gymnasiums, to shelter people stranded on the roads. The Ile-de-France CRICR identifies 425 km of traffic jams in Ile-de-France, a new historical record. The previous one dated October 21, 2008 with 377 km of traffic jams. At 20h (8pm), we had descended to 381 km. In the Yvelines, local Versaillais who saw their trains stop at Saint-Cloud train station due to heavy snowfall returned home on foot !, about 10 km away !!! Thousands of motorists are preparing to spend the night on the road. Many axes are blocked, totally or partially on the A86, N118, A4, N4, A12, A13, A1, etc,

Many other axes remain “impassable”, the A13 between Porcheville (Yvelines) and Paris, the A3, the A12, the A6, the A4, the A10 between Marcoussis (Essonne) and Wissous (Yvelines), the A4, the A86 and the N12 in Val-de-Marne, the A104 near Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport … The Palace of Versailles has closed its access to the public “by precautionary measure “, in particular to prevent any risk of visitors falling into the park, as well as to allow estate personnel to return home. The entire road network of the Yvelines department 78 was saturated, preventing the desalting machines from clearing the roads, according to the prefecture. It advises to “avoid any displacement” and has set up a crisis unit.I took care of that as per above !

The Sytadin system of traffic monitoring in the Ïle de France region,a must to read before leaving home: http://www.sytadin.fr/

The Infotrafic system for roads in France I use and good to use: https://www.infotrafic.com/home

The Méteo France weather servicehttps://meteofrance.com/

The Méteo Bretagne, been a unique region we have our own weather… : https://www.meteo.bzh/

The France Ouest newspaper weather service I keep an eye on for more local focus: https://www.ouest-france.fr/meteo/bretagne/pluvigner-56330/

There you go folks, cold is coming and even already here with 5C this morning in my neck of the woods, and who knows for the snow wait and see. In the meantime, if visiting come prepare for a homey winter holidays. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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