Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

October 19, 2017

Some news from France CLXXII

On a cloudy cool humid Fall day looking at the wonderful trees already with the leaves fallen I write this update on my belle France.  Temps are about 17C or 62F rain calling for tonight but none now in my neck of  Brittany.  Over in Paris the temp is a bit hotter but still cloudy at 71F  and no rain call for.

There is a new edition no 37 of the Asterix  cartoon series out already in stores. Entitled “Astérix et la Transitalique” this new adventure takes them into a course on chariots across the transalpine peninsula facing teams coming from many countries at the times including a champion Roman named Coronavirus. Photo is from Les Echos. More in French here: http://www.asterix.com/la-collection/les-albums/asterix-et-la-transitalique.html

Paris

The latest show by Bartàbas and the horses is coming on and expect a tour of France later on. It has been an inspiration for like me all lovers of horses. Putting the art on the arena and showcasing the horse at its very best. The spectacle is call Ex-Anima. See it is a must if in France. You get there for example from Opéra Garnier  take metro line 7  direction La Courneuve-8-Mai-1945 and get off at  Fort d’Aubervilliers, take exit or sortie 1 and walk about 3 minutes to Zingaro at  176, Avenue Jean Jaurès. More here in French: http://bartabas.fr/theatre-zingaro/spectacles/

The dept 93 Seine-Saint Denis tourist office has more in English here: https://uk.tourisme93.com/ex-anima-zingaro.html

From the local newspaper le Parisien I learn of new statues by the Centre Pompidou. Just open this morning the statues of  Renzo Piano (seated) and Richard Rogers (standing), the two architects that built the Beaubourg 40 yrs ago! The statues are in solid inox steel and painted in two tones of green. They are facing in the Place Edmond Michelet facing the Centre Pompidou. The official site is here in English https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en

The Grand Paris Project continues and now approved 51 projects to turn Paris into the modern age (do not know yet if for good or bad). The new architects will unveil a new Paris with a metropolitan identity. It is in combination with the other big project on transportation, the Grand Paris Express. About a third of the sites will be close by one of the future metro stations. Amongst the new concepts are the  «Lumières Pleyel », creating a  space of 176 000 m² in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) including a building that will go over the railroad tracks near the future Olympic Village (Paris 2024) . A metropolitan demonstrator in the area of  Ardoines,in  Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), a future  glass storefront where the warehouses are now been demolish to leave space for a program of  139 832 m², with new activities, commerces and residences. Also, the  «Maison du peuple » at Clichy-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine) a building of the 1930’s that will be renovated including a tower of almost 100 meters(330 feet).  Photo is from Le Parisien. More on the project in English here: http://www.grand-paris.jll.fr/en/grand-paris-project/

The Grand Paris Express in French is here: https://www.societedugrandparis.fr/gpe/le-grand-paris-express-en-resume

Paris

From October 20th to evening of November 5 2017 the rooftop of the tour Montparnasse will be a roller skating ring, time for school vacation. You will have a panoramic view 360 degrees where 80 skaters of all ages and all levels will slide in security. The roller skates will be provided on site but bring protection such as helmets and knee pads. The rink will be available 7 hours per day and two night sessions until 23h. The first is for October 28 on the theme of Halloween!! and the second November 4th with a Disco night! The Tour Montparnasse in the 59th floor at entrance by 33 avenue du Maine. Hours 13h to 20h free admission for the skating, but need admission tickets in the terrace for 17€ More info here: www.tourmontparnasse56.com

News for the frivolous travelers starting next May 2018 at the airport of Beauvais the airline Wizz Air will start flight to Koutaissi in Georgia with 3 weekly flights that will become the longest flight leg at the airport. Also, the Spanish airline Volotea will do flights Beauvais – Ajaccio in Corsica with two flights per week. Tickets are on sale for Spring Summer 2018. Keep an eye on it here in English: https://www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/passengers/

I like to tell you about a great cheese of France. It is from my wife’s region she grew up with it and has not stop even now. I got on it in 1990, and has become my favorite cheese as well.  This is the BRIE and specially the crowned Brie de Meaux. The king of cheese, the cheese of kings crown in the Congress of Vienna 1815 by all leaders of Europe at the time of the peace after Napoleon. A bit of chronological history here:

774 Charlemagne said of Brie ” I just come to discover one of the table most delicious ever tasted” After trying a piece of the Brie de Meaux in the abbey of Rueil-en-Brie. By 999, Robert II the Pious, enjoyed so much that he helped sell it in person! 1200, the Brie becomes a political weapon when Blanche of Navarre served it to flatter king Philippe Auguste to obtained from him the regency of the County of Champagne . 1534; Rabelais cited the Brie in his novel Gargantua. 1600, Queen Margot makes toasts from the Brie to Henri IV that is very fond and stop him from seeing his mistress Gabrielle d’Estrées. 1668 La Fontaine served a Brie in the peak of a raven when telling of the story of the fox for his novel. 1710, king Louis XIV loves the Brie and wanted it every day in the menu.  59  cars do the trip Versailles-Meaux to supply him every week of the cheese for the table of the king!!! 1725 king Louis XV marries Marie Leczinska ,the gourmand queen that invented the bites à la Queen from the Brie cheese. 1815 at the Vienna congress minister Talleyrand a great diplomat serves the brie cheese where all proclaim it king of the cheeses and the cheese of kings. 1980, the Brie de Meaux received the designation of AOC as well as AOP as well as the Brie de Melun, the smaller cousin. You have plenty of official info on this wonderful cheese from the association of cheesemakers here in French: http://www.briedemeauxetdemelun.fr/

And you can see a bit of history here with youtube:

On . the home front my wife is doing ok under treatment ,and has passed all well; now is the long battle with Pancreatic Cancer begins.  All vital organs are ok and no loss of weight. Hoping for the best with lots of enthusiam for life and the 27 years already lived together. So far. Thank you in advance to all my readers for your best wishes.

Enjoy life is beautiful but it can be short. Have a great end of week y’all. Cheers

 

October 17, 2017

Tour de France bicycle race is here again, 105th edition!!!

And we got the schedule for the great one, the Tour de France bicycle race in its 105th edition. This time it passes by my Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh in many stages.

Mark these days down, July 9-29 2018. Here are the stages/etapes dates, and length in km :

Date Etape Km
7 juil 1. Noirmoutier – Fontenay-le-Comte 189 km
8 juil 2. Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La-Roche-sur-Yon 183 km
9 juil. 3. Cholet-Cholet (clm) 35 km
10 juil. 4. La Baule-Sarzeau 192 km
11 juil. 5. Lorient-Quimper 203 km
12 juil. 6. Brest – Mûr de Bretagne 181 km
13 juil. 7. Fougères-Chartres 231 km
14 juil. 8. Dreux-Amiens 181 km
15 juil. 9. Arras-Roubaix 154 km
16 juil. Annecy
17 juil. 10. Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand 159 km
18 juil. 11. Albertville – La Rosière 108 km
19 juil. 12. Bourg-Saint-Maurice – L’Alpe-D’Huez 175 km
20 juil. 13. Bourg-D’Oisans – Valence 169 km
21 juil. 14. Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende 187 km
22 juil. 15. Millau-Carcassonne 181 km
23 juil. Carcassonne .
24 juil. 16. Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon 218 km
25 juil. 17. Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan 65 km
26 juil. 18. Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau 172 km
27 juil. 19. Lourdes-Laruns 200 km
28 juil. 20. Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (clm) 31 km
29 juil. 21. Houilles – Paris 115 km

 

The first stage is from Noirmoutier island into Fontenay-le-Comte on 195 kms on nice terrain but skipping the passage du Gois under water on certains times a day and one of the best roads of the world.

By the 4th stage it will enter Brittany at Sarzeau in the Peninsula or presqu’île de Rhuys . It will continue here on stage 5 going along backroads from Lorient to Quimper. Moving into stage 6 going from Brest to Mûr de Bretagne! a hill of 2 kms on a 10% inclination point (taken with a car and already exciting to do I imagine with a bike will be super). July 13 will be stage 7 from Fougéres and leaving Bretagne into Chartres.

The famous July 14 National Day or Fête Nationale will be from Dreux to Amiens in Picardie. By stage 8. On July 18 o stage 11 will be passing Albertville , a town my wife worked before our marriage.  On stage 18 July 26 the race will arrive at Pau, a nice town for us. Many years ago we used to go here with my wife’s family to see the race passing by.

The last one on July 29 stage 21 will be from our beloved Yvelines dept 78 of the town of Houilles and into the Champs Elysées of Paris. Wonderful!!!

Follow the race officially here: http://www.letour.fr/en/news/2018/2018-tour-de-france-new-places-to-build

See the official map in picture and one of my oldies from 2015 passing by Saint Avé (see tour de france in my previous post in my blog) near my job near Vannes. Enjoy it , one of the traditions of France!

France Saint Ave

 

October 16, 2017

Some news from France CLXXII

This is another day in the saga, and due to Ophelia storm off the Irish coast we are having a different day here in Brittany. It was announced sunny and warm but it turn out grey humid cool and temps in the 15C or about 60F.  And this is time to tell you a bit of what is going on in my belle France.

In the 17éme arrondissement de Paris on the street or rue Mère-Teresa you will see soon a passarelle that will bring together the ZAC Clichy-Batignolles (parc Martin-Luther-King) to the new district of  Saussure-Pont-Cardinet. It will have 120 meters long and will be accessable to pedestrians, bicycles, buses and all vehicules with a speed maximum allow of 30 KPH or about 18 MPH. The bridge passarelle will be open by end of 2017. Métro Wagram, Rome, and the trains station Pont Cardinet take you here. 

There is a new concerts sports arena just behind the Grande Arche de La Défense (Hauts-de-Seine dept 92) business and shopping area. The U Arena able to sit 40K ,and just opening with the concert of the Rolling Stones this coming Thursday. It will be the home of the Racing 92 rugby team of the French first league or Top 14. Inside you will be like entering a big oven of 40 meters high with seats in the shape of U around the field. The stands are exchangeable and could go from 5K to 40K persons, will take 20 hours to change the venue from a stadium to a concert hall. It will have 28 kiosks for food /drinks and an innovative system to order. The beer glasses will be filled from the bottom by a hole in the bottom of the glass. It will be super connected with 4G and Wi-Fi for all and 15K simultaneous connections . On its four corners will have a huge screen of 1600 sq meters to receive the images on 44 video projectors with roof mapping as well as in the 7th levels of 11 totals inside a glass enclosure. More here in French: https://www.uarena.com/billetterie-evenements/concert/no-filter_e17

Something closer to my old neighborhood town , this is the beautiful Saint-Germain-en-Laye:

There is a gorgeous terrace with views over Paris of 2500 meters long just next to the castle that has been pressure clean for the first time in 100 years! The castle now houses the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale at Pl Charles de Gaulle. A magnificent piece of French history where Louis XIV was born in the old now gone castle and a very interesting museum of archeology from the area.  Museum here: http://musee-archeologienationale.fr/  

and castle here: http://www.saintgermainenlaye-tourisme.fr/en/exploring/castle-and-domaine-national

Another great place to be is the Théâtre Alexandre Dumas at Place André Malraux, jardin des Arts. Tel +33 (0) 1 30 87 07 07. More here: http://www.tad-saintgermainenlaye.fr/

You will do well to stop by an old favorite for meat cuts and take out food at the Boucherie Lepeltier, 58, rue de Paris. Tél. +33 (0) 1 34 51 01 60. https://www.yelp.com/biz/boucherie-lepeltier-saint-germain-en-laye

And you look up the mansion on the same street that belongs to Madame de Maintenon ,now there is a wonderful resto is even better at Le Buron du Vieil Abreuvoir, 3, rue du Vieil-Abreuvoir . Tél. +33 (0) 1 30 87 05 58.http://www.saintgermainenlaye-tourisme.fr/en/savour-city/restaurants/le-buron-du-vieil-abreuvoir-991123

To get good CD and DVD to rent out and watch inside the médiathèque  or Library Bibliothèque Multimedia at  9, rue Henri-IV is great and a very good selection. More here: http://mediatheques.saintgermainenlaye.fr/venir.aspx

Every Monday the jazz crowd heads for the animated shows of Lindy Hop at the Bal de la Marine. This is a peniche (boat) at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. They give lessons at the peniche Cercle de la Mer. This is a private club but with interested persons of the ocean you can go in as it is done for 40 years! The quintet of jazz players is call the Césarine & The Swing Cotton. Location le Bal de la Marine Port de Suffren just seeing the Eiffel tower above you .  Time! from 20h and initiation price 5€ a full course 15€. More here: http://www.cercledelamer.com/contacts-2/acces/

Some of the night entertainment of a city made for it are some of my favorites:

The French version of the Opera ,the most Parisian of Verdi, Don Carlos , Opéra Bastille, until November 11 at 18H. https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-17-18/opera/don-carlos

And the Barber of Seville or Le Barbier de Seville, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, from December 5-16 2017 at 19h30; a must theater very nice indeed. http://www.theatrechampselysees.fr/saison/opera/opera-mis-en-scene/il-barbiere-di-siviglia

How about the work of Le Temps qui reste at the nice Théâtre de La Madeleine, 19 rue de Suréne until November 4th. https://www.theatre-madeleine.com/spectacle/piece/le-temps-qui-reste

At the Théâtre Edouard VII, 10 place Edouard VII, until November 14 admission 70€ worth it great show La Vraie Vie and beautiful theater not far from the Madeleine and grand department stores. More here: https://www.theatreedouard7.com/e_affiche_detail_spec.php?id_spectacle=61&rub=1

The Théâtre Le Ranelagh, 5 rue des Vignes (16éme) is showing until January 14 2018 the work of L’Avare. admission 35€. This is a nice seldom use theater but rather nice and a very nice area of my favorite Paris. http://www.theatre-ranelagh.com/fr/saison-2017-2018/l-avare

And not to be outdone, my beloved Versailles at the historically wonderful Théâtre Montansier, 13 rue des Réservoirs is showing the Le Médecin malgre lui .http://www.theatremontansier.com/evenement/le-medecin-malgre-lui-2/

Ok ok so I sneak one here,a real beautiful Brasserie with Parisian tradition of family from the Aveyron region is the Brasserie Flottes, 2 rue Cambon, (1eme) tel +33 (0) 1 42 60 80 89. Of course here any beef is glorious as well as the pig lacquer in honey: more here: http://flottes.fr/

It is England in all it’s finesse with a salon de thé and cakes that are to kill for. This is a library next to my old work place very English, this is WHSmith 248 rue de Rivoli (Ieme). Tél. +33 (0) 1 44 77 88 99. More here: https://whsmith.fr/

Right around the corner you can smell the perfumes at Boutique Fragonard, 207 rue Saint Honoré, Tél. +33 (0) 1 47 03 07 07.  https://www.fragonard.com/en/

And they have launch creations inspire on theatrical objects very original indeed, as well as funny. These are found in the Boutique de la Comédie Française 2 rue de Richelieu, tel +33 (0) 1 44 58 14 30. More here: https://boutique-comedie-francaise.fr/

And by Delamain, there is a friendly ambiance that allows you to discussed all your needs with the salespersons and they find all you need fast too. This is the library or Librairie Delamain, 155, rue Saint-Honoré (Ieme). Tél. +33 (0) 1 42 61 48 78. http://www.librairie-delamain.com/

And do not forget ever when in Paris, you must visit the Jardin des Tuileries, the first masterpiece of the grand gardener of France ,André Le Nôtre. Main entrance 113 rue de Rivoli facing rue Castiglione. More on it here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71304/Jardin-des-Tuileries

At the wonderful Hôtel Nacional des Arts et Métiers, you find a wonderful restaurant inside. From the rue Réaumur  go into the patio of the Hôtel and find the restaurant in a typical Italian trattoria style , mamma mia this is good, and of course the hotel is nice too but not tried.  A great romantic meal in Paris, try it to believe, you will. More here: https://www.hotelnational.paris/fr/page/restaurants-national.13.html

Now, let’s check out the rest of France on some of my most memorable spots. This is FRANCE.

At Rouen  the 2 CV Tour gives you a half hour of fun and you can take it all in two hours with a convertible classic of French automobiles the 2CV horsepower. The 30 minutes ride takes you into the city center/downtown along the rue Jeanne-d’Arc ,rue du Gros-Horloge, place du Vieux-Marché… etc. The 2 hours ride is the total ride in the city center/downtown with a panorama of the Sainte-Catherine (the hill overlooking the city),  panorama Canteleu , and the Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours up a very hilly road. Check it out at 2CV Tour from 29€ to 49€  Tél. 33 (0) 7 64 09 01 76. More here:  https://www.rouen-2cv-tour.com/home

We go to Chantilly , and discovered the  Pavillon de Manse. Here you find the  machine des Grandes Eaux built in 1678  to feed water to the fountains and basins of the gardens of Le Nôtre. The pumps, siphons, and tubes have been restored and the young is encourage to experiment the new. From Tuesdays to Sundays ,family visit animations for 3€ for the 3-15 and 7€ for adults.  More here in French: http://pavillondemanse.com/accueil/visites/visites-individuelles/

At not so much visited but a city full of history and heritage is Orleans . The first Biennale d’architecture (architecture biannual) , organize by the Frac Centre-Val de Loire. During more than 6 months the creation of 48 architects will be shown in about a dozen cultural and historical sites of the city and the region.  It will last until April 1st 2018. More here: http://www.frac-centre.fr/index.php?lang=2

The historical nice abbey or Abbaye de Royaumont, the biggest Cistercian monastery in the region of Île-de-France, and only 35 km from Paris.  This is very nice solemn peaceful and beautiful architecture and history. It is reopening after renovations from now; see it at Asniéres-sur-Oise, Tel +33 (0) 1 30 35 59 00. More here in French, English still been work on:  https://www.royaumont.com/en/home

Just north of Paris at Pierrefonds ,they are celebrating the 150 years of the Castle. There will be aan exposition in  Centre des monuments nationaux until Nov 20th putting together a series of photos and designs of the castle in 1867! In the heart of the forest of Pierrefonds ,the castle and its medieval looks are a figure of imagination and the history of royal France. More in French here: http://www.chateau-pierrefonds.fr/Actualites/Il-y-a-150-ans-premiere-ouverture-du-musee-au-public

Practical information in English on Pierrefonds here: http://www.chateau-pierrefonds.fr/en/Prepare-for-your-visit/PRACTICAL-INFORMATION

At modern yet old Le Havre we are having the 13e Transat Jacques Vabre. Top chrono for  Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Sunday November 5 at 13h35.  However, since October 27th at 16h the festival starts off in the center town with a course village on the wharfs of the basin Paul-Vatine where the 41 sailing boats will be tied up such as Class40, Multi50, Imoca, Ultime..etc. Free admission until November 5th from 10h-20h and to 22h on Fridays and Saturdays. More here: https://www.transatjacquesvabre.org/en/

Then, stick around in nearby Dunkerque for Operation Dynamo , the program on the beach or plage de Malo-les-Bains, the site of the evacuation of the allied troops to England in WWII. You can cap it off at the  Musée Dunkerque 1940, house in a casemate bunker of Bastion 32, HQ of the defense of the fortified sector of Flandre (8€ admission)  . Later ,visit the exposition of  «L’envers du décor», consecrated to the turning of the film Dunkirk or Dunkerque. (free access until Nov 10th) More info at Tel +33 (0) 3 28 66 79 21. And here: http://www.dunkirk-tourism.com/What-to-see-do/Dunkirk-1940/Dunkirk-and-Operation-Dynamo

Going east to lovely Strasbourg to see the unique Château Musée Vodou house in an old water tower dating from 1878. It houses the biggest collection of private object having to do with the cult of Voodoo from West Africa in the world; more than a 1000 pieces collected by a true fan of the cult and Africa. Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 14h to 18h free until 14 yrs of age and then 14€ adults.  Tél. 33 (0) 3 88 36 15 03. More info here: http://www.chateau-vodou.com/fr/chateau-musee-vodou-strasbourg/

Moving in back to Paris we can stop at Epinal  and its museum of images or Musée de l’image, rich of one of the biggest collection in Europe with more than  100K printing on the course of the last 5 centuries from the  17C to our days.  Saints figures, images of Napoléon, the WWI and contemporary artists illustrations. Open Tuesdays to Sundays for just 1€ until 18 yrs old and 6€ adults. More in French here: http://www.museedelimage.fr/le-musee/le-musee-de-l-image/une-ville-des-images

Coming closer to our new home at Nantes, discovered the wonderful city museum of arts or Musée d’Arts de la Ville ;one of the best in the region. After a long period of renovation it is now open with a new building dedicated to contemporary arts ,a new restaurant ,and library bookstore. You can walk from the train station and admission is  8€. More in French here: https://museedartsdenantes.nantesmetropole.fr/home.html

You know there is a Louvre nord, north, yes it is at  Lens. There is a new exposition on the place of music in the old civilizations of the old West to Rome passing by Greece and Egypt. they will do reproduction of sounds from old instruments and the oldest song known in the world. Interesting see it at Louvre Lens until January 15 2018. More here:  http://www.louvrelens.fr/en/musique-et-sons-de-l-antiquite

Going up to the west a bit to where family is located, you come to Le Cateau Cambresis and the wonderful museum or Musée Matisse, showing now the painter and illustrator Alain Godon on the idea of the importance of the voyages of Henri Matisse from New York to Tahiti. An expo of popular colors with 150 works to see. From now until March 4 2018. More in French here: http://museematisse.lenord.fr/fr/Expositions/Godon/tabid/1075/Default.aspx

We move all the way south to Marseille and the Bonne Mère with the exposition of Jack London and his travels in the south seas between 1907 and 1909. It shows a mixture of audiovisuals, marine objects,and photos of the times many of which are on loan from the grand American and European museums. AT La Vieille Charité, 2 rue de la Charité, Marseille. tel +33 (0) 4 91 14 58 80. More in French here: https://vieille-charite-marseille.com/expositions/jack-london-dans-les-mers-du-sud

Back up closer to me at Chinon, in the fortress open every day there is an open space the Camp des Assailants (Attackers camp) showing an exposition on the technique of the middle ages wars; all at the foot of this castle one of the most known in the old kingdom of France. Many rooms traces the history in a museographic showing with multimedia borne in 3D, sound etc. All until November 13. More in English here: http://www.forteressechinon.fr/en/things-to-see-do/events/277-the-enemy-camp-October

How about going to Burgundy and the always wonderful Hospices de Beaune ready for its 157th edition organize for November 19 on a gastronomic weekend of organ, food and festival of wines. More of this a must extravaganza in your travel calendar here in English: https://www.beaune-tourism.com/discover/hospices-de-beaune-wine-auction

Leave you with a jewel of French castles in my wife’s region of Seine-et-Marne, Vaux-le-Vicomte, there is an exposition of film posters of those filmed in the castle from the Iron Mask to Moonraker, and Jean de La Fontaine amongst many such as here: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Ch%C3%A2teau%20de%20Vaux-le-Vicomte,%20Vaux-le-Vicomte,%20Seine-et-Marne,%20France&ref_=ttloc_loc_3

And the official program in English at the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte here: http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/vaux-vicomte-at-the-movies/

What a way to end this post. Enjoy the bounties and beauty of my belle France. Until next time on the printing airwaves of my blog. Enjoy your week, Cheers.

 

 

 

 

October 10, 2017

When France is on strike ,the world shakes ::)

Indeed this is a national pastime , I am convince. Here in my belle France going on strike looks like a party a great event to be out ,and to tell each other of the mess we found in our days at work or travel. I have stories but they seem so natural and so routine that I seldom mentioned them. Now is time to tell at least one.

I had my trip to Cap d’Ail just in the border with Monaco for this past weekend and early week. It seems a natural simple trip until…..monsieur madame Gréve decided to intervene.

I took my usual leisure drive with my car on the N165 road to the airport at Nantes Atlantique, it was first block by a huge accident and long lines of jams , but luckily I left much early with plenty of time, even thus needed to rush to the gate at gate 42 to take my Easyjet flight to Nice Côte-d’Azur airport.

The flight was flawless even still complaint about the lack of food and paying for anything extra you want, not my kind of airline but……you know.  I arrive at the airport of Nice by 14h40 or 2:40 pm

I headed to the Avis car rental counter where I was ask to choose a car so decide to pick a Fiat big wagon, can’t even recall the model name lol!!! Once out of Terminal 2 to the Car Rental Center, was a bit difficult to find the spot J21 ,so needed to ask an attendant, fine. I had purchase a GPS package knowing all these corniches (very tight turns hilly roads ) here and not been back in a while. Finally, got into my car and put on the GPS to reach the closest final destination Port du Cap d’Ail.  Well , this is like a fortress to get out me think, and I do quite a bit of car rentals here (found out some of my collegues found it so as well reassuring not alone lol!). It took me two round trip tours inside the car park and ask an attendant again to finally get my car out of the car rental parking lot going thru security gates and ticket machines and al. Amazing control….!!

And I was on the road, the GPS worked very nicely ,indeed.  But it directed me to the expressway A8, really want to go all the way on the M6007 but already a bit tired of the turns and the desire to reach destination opted for the easy directions on the A8.  This is a toll road twice for a total of 3,90€ each way. The tolls station can take cash coins and credit/debit cards and you can ask for a receipt on a green or red button.

I reach my hotel on the spot, no problems at all. This was the Marriott but on that more on a later post to follow. There was underground parking ,nice for 25€ per day and the cars underneath were awesome !

Now the headache was on the way back fron Cap d’Ail. I left the hotel alright with my GPS but this time it took me into Monaco where the famous regular police check point ask me for my papers just routine and nice manners; we need these.

I already knew by email alert my flight on AF return by Orly then Nantes on October 10th was cancelled due to the air controllers strike on the day in addition to others. So rather than risk an extended strike, decided to change my flight to come back on the 9th October.  The drop off car rental was nice and got on my T2 terminal at Nice.

The flight was to leave at 17h30 and reach Orly terminal Ouest or west by 18h55. However, the flight was delayed on Air France and missed my connection at Orly West! Wow here began the fun. Missed flight and the strike starting officially the employees of the airline were busy and the people screaming for quicker service….me included lol!!!

All flights to Nantes were gone and there was no more schedule because it would fall after 22h and the strike was officially started.  Therefore, after much negotiations with the AF staff, they book me on a flight to Lorient; nearer me and know the airport if you can call that ….

Then, I said to them, wait my car is at the Nantes airport covered parking! and would reach Lorient by midnight (which did ). The employee of AF got to work again for me, (I am Sky team gold member); and told me there would be a taxi at Lorient waiting for me to take to Nantes about 1h43m away and AF will cover the bill!!! Wonderful. The fly was done on a ATR 42/72 two propellers airplane that serve as a taxi to get passengers out of Orly , one group landed like me at Lorient and the plane will take off again to drop another group in Quimper !!!

The cries of passengers to find connections was frenetic and loud , and the airline employees were doing their best to get them out before the strike, even losing money which indeed with me they did.  The gates were changing ,and some cancellation posted on the board, sure was to be many passengers stranded. I heard my colleague was robbed of their suitcase in city center/downtown Nice!! and other colleagues were attack by knife and hospitalize while doing some tourism in Marseille. Just to top it all off for the day.

Me at Lorient a bit past 10pm or 22h the taxi was waiting for me. The guy was a nice talkative type and we had a great trip, it was saying talking the trip goes faster ,indeed. We discussed the world and try to fix it hehehe!!! and figure out he likes Spain and scuba diving but it’s more into rugby then football/soccer…oh well .I reach the covered parking at Nantes airport by midnight.

My car was waiting for me to take me home. The ride out was fine and the road was empty, arriving home a bit past 2am or 02h00. At least, I made it back very tired but glad to be home and now can watch the news on the strike; even the nurses are on strike not enough paid and support  see life is a routine here. The teachers too, not enough staff, we seems to have a bunch of complainers not realizing why 85 millions people come to us to indulge themselves of our way of life !

The good thing it is my last trip by airplane of the year and my time will be taken with the family and taking care of my wife illness; we go to Rennes to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy your week and keep safe in the airwaves! Cheers

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October 7, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan ,XXXVII

Well here is another Saturday and I am at home, the early morning was cold already at 6C then went up to 18C and a bit more sunny. no rain, and nice ride into Vannes to get a few things done before my next trip.

The good thing is that my wife accompany us even if she is beginning to be tired of her sickness which we are going for a second opinion October 11 in Rennes.

As of now we continue in our lives as usual and today we went to get my car a new windshield glass at Norauto ,and then over to Leclerc hypermarket for some groceries, lunch at Flunch cafeterias and visit the wine fair at the hypermarket in a big tent house outside.

Now we are back at home waiting for the big match tonight between Bulgaria and France qualifying game for the Russia World Cup 2018. OF course, live on TV at 20h45 or 8:45 pm. French time

This is part of often routine in out belle France, and my effort to show how we live everyday far from the glamour of the big names ticket fashion of France. Every day working people are very similar all over the world, you don’t have to believe we drink Mouton-Rothschild every day, wear Christian Dior, perfums by YSL, and Michelin 3 star restaurants for dinners lol!!! Nothing of that is the norm here. We do appreciate the tourists who come searching for them ::)

My favorite car repairs maintenance center here is Norauto, the one in Vannes I am client since they open in 2011, I a founding client!!! Here is the link if ever in the area and need a good mechanic: https://centres.norauto.fr/centre/vannes/271

To have groceries is great here, we have hypermarkets and they are all house in a shopping center with many other stores and free parking as well as restaurants; the one we like is Carrefour and most often is E Leclerc at ZC Parc Lann activity business center. This is a huge all inclusive grocery store with the opportunity to buy a lot more than groceries; well practically everything. Here is their location if in the area for shopping! http://www.e-leclerc.com/vanes

We could not walk much with my wife so we had lunch right inside the E Leclerc center while waiting for my car to be done nearby. The chain Flunch (or anglo lingo Family Lunch) is nice at reasonable quality and good prices.  If with a large family, want to eat like any other French family this is your place, more here: http://restaurant.flunch.fr/vannes/flunch-vannes/

While at it, we were in the wine fair of E Leclerc, this is a couple times a year for summer and winter on all supermarkets and wine shops in France, always a big event. You have a great selection of wines from all the regions of France as well as accessories and good advise on hand. We like to come for ideas and some shopping, even if prefer to buy direct from the producers on my travels or Nicolas if not. Hit the bottle sign and go into a book style spread on the wines; here is the webpage: http://www.e-leclerc.com/vannes/promotions/prospectus?OuvrirPaf=1&idPAF=17G034G

And now nice relax ready for the game with some wines from our two loves, France and Spain. Calzadilla syrah allegro 2009 from Huete, Castilla La Mancha and Vouvray moelleux 2014 white for the sweets ::) Bulgaria vs France read all about it here and watch ,we win we should secure first place in the group and advance (oh yes Spain already qualified). More here: http://www.espnfc.com/preview?gameId=431664

Enjoy your weekend wherever you may be or going, and keep your life happy. I will be reporting next weekend from the south of France. Cheers!

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October 3, 2017

Some news from France CLXXI

And continuing with this saga of all things wonderful in my belle France, today was a bit sunny and cloudy mix with nice mild temps of 19C no rain …. And I left a bit earlier from work.

In the arts France is sublime and we have plenty of choices , some of these I would like to mention here in my latest news posts on France ,and Paris in particular.

Let’s start with something unique and rare, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, the biggest French museum dedicated to Jewish history from the Middle Ages to our days, and opened in 1998 in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan ,the building with architecture from the 17C. Inside, you will find more than 12K works of art retracing the Jewish communities in France. admission is 9€ and the expo 8€; it is located at 71 rue du Temple, 3eme arrondissement.  More here: http://www.mahj.org/

You have to go to one of my favorite museums in Paris, the Musée Marmottan-Monet at 2 rue Louis-Boilly 16eme arrondissement.  Claude Monet had cataract problems by the end of his life but never missed a great work of art even if not his.  He usually exchange work with Renoir, Manet or Rodin. And of course, befriended many others such as Delacroix, Corot, Boudin,Jongkind, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Morisot, and Picasso.  All to see now in the expo Monet Collectionneur until January 14 2018. More here: http://www.marmottan.fr/fr/Exposition_en_cours-musee-2576

And as it is one of my favorite areas of Paris, you can wandered around before or after and go see the Les Serres d’Auteuil, great botanical garden French style with architecture of the 1900’s and 5500 plant species as well as trees. It is at 3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil ,more info here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71157/Jardin-des-serres-d-Auteuil-Jardin-botanique-de-la-ville-de-Paris

And why not mention my love , Versailles! The hosts that have come here and visited and al. Now 10 million visitors per year!!! yes crowded at times but its all worth it and to beat the crowds ask me ::) There is a new exhibition showing the paintings, travel guides, tapestries, court attire, and weaponry and more of the times.  This is in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of NYC where the same will be in April 2018 for those lucky NewYorkers and visitors there. The exhibition is call, Les Visiteurs de Versailles 1682-1789, and will be here from October 24 and until February 25, 2018. more here: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/news/patronage-news/visitors-versailles-1682-1789#versailles,-combining-centre-of-power-and-public-space

And the unique Musée Maillol at 59-61 rue de Grenelle, 7eme arrondissement has the exhibition Pop Art Icons That Matter until January 21,2018. 100 masterpieces from the Whitney museum of American Art in NYC showing in Paris for the first time ever!  Some works will be from Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Roy Lichtenstein. More here: http://www.museemaillol.com/en/home

And the Seine knows music indeed. Come to see the La Seine Musicale at 1 cours de l’île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt dept 92 Hauts de Seine. In the old Renault factory now something looking like a yacht with high tech sails and the newest concert hall in Paris area. More info here: http://www.laseinemusicale.com/fr/

And by the nice Musée Jacquemart-André you have the nice exhibition of Le Jardin Secret des Hansen. Until January 15 2018. Museum is located at 158 blvd Haussmann 8eme arrondissement. From the kingdom of Denmark comes the collection of Ordrupgaard created very quickly between 1916 and 1918; included the cream of the Impressionists movement painters such as Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Berthe Morisot, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Courbet, and Gauguin. Dazzling indeed. More info here: http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en/node/2048

And at the venerable Petit Palais of Paris at avenue Winston Churchill you have the exhibition L’Art du Pastel de Degas à Redon until April 8, 2018.  The pastels had their golden age in the 18C with painters like Rosalba Carriera and Maurice Quentin de La Tour. It experience a revival in the 19C and early 20C, and it is this later period that will be showcase in the Petit Palais.  Quick sketches and highly accomplished works by Renoir, Gauguin, Degas, andn Odilon Redon amongst others. More info here: http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en/expositions/art-pastel-degas-redon

Something pedagogic is shown at the Musée de l’Homme by the Place Trocadéro in the 16eme arrondissement. A wonderful scenegraphy on racism and awareness of discrimination in our society, call Nous et les Autres (Us and Others).  Shown until January 8 2018; more here: http://www.museedelhomme.fr/fr/visitez/agenda/exposition/nous-autres-prejuges-racisme

You have a wonderful event going on soon at Le Beffroi in Montrouge (dept 92) just south of Paris the Biennale d’Art Contemporain from October 12 to November 1 2017. Free admission every day from 12h to 19h.  A collaboration of young talent with 7 European cities. More info here: http://www.biennalejce.com/en/exhibitions/le-beffroi-2/

Something around to see the best in the arts.

At Giverny, Fondation Claude Monet, 84 rue Claude Monet get there from gare St Lazare in Paris to the station in Vernon then navette bus to Giverny. This is where Monet lived from 1883 to 1926 and did many of his paintings including the Water Lilies, admission 5,50€ and then varies according to temp collection on display. More here: http://fondation-monet.com/en/

Passing a bit out by Villiers-Le-Bâcle (dept 91 Essonne) you come to the Maison Atelier de Foujita. 7 route de Gif, you need a car from the porte d’Orléans A6 ,then the A10 direction Bordeaux exit Versailles ,direction Saclay on the D3 road  to house. Great fame between the wars in Montparnasse Léonard Foujita buys this house in 1960 and lived his last years of his life here.  The house is intact showcasing the architecture of Japan and France. Free admission. More here: http://www.fondation-foujita.org/foujita-foundation/

Move a bit in the Essonne dept 91 and come to Yerres to see the Maison Caillebotte at 8 rue de Concy. You can get here from the Gare de Lyon direction Melun stop Yerres. Lived by his family from 1860 to 1879 and just open to the public recently. A park of 11 hectares an inspiration for the artist that did 90 portraits here and on the shop you can see original paintings of Caillebotte. admission is 8€ more here: http://proprietecaillebotte.com/

Moving east you come to Barbizon dept 77 and see the Maison-Atelier de Jean-François Millet, the house he lived since his arrival in Barbizon in 1849 to 1875. You see his paintings , engravings ,and personal belongings of his time here. admission is 5€: more here: http://www.atelier-millet.fr/

And then we go north to Auvers-sur-Oise and see the Auberge Ravoux dite Maison Van Gogh; the lodging house that was the home of painter Van  Gogh and saw his last days here, died in 1890. He lived here only two months but the place mark the historical point in painting. Here he does more than 70 portraits, and the furniture especially in the kitchen is wonderful too. Admission is 6€ and more info here: http://www.maisondevangogh.fr/en/auberge-ravoux.php

And keep an eye on the Petite Ceinture of old railroad line now slowly been renovated into an oasis of Paris tranquility and beauty. the line was last used in 1993 but a growing project to renovated is still going on until 2020; The SNCF gave to the city of Paris 22km of the 32km of the line . The next new section to be done are in the 12, 14, 17, and 20 arrondissements. More than 18 km will be open to walkers and runners. More here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71366/La-petite-ceinture

And there you have it. Plenty to come and enjoy the city of lights in my belle France. Cheers and you all have a wonderful week.

 

 

October 2, 2017

Some news from France CLXX

I am back on an early Fall October night, and cool humid light rain, and gray as usual. Temps were up to 19C today but then came down to 15C. Nice cruising there back to the normal routine until next week.

Let me tell you something about my belle France.

Let’s start with food and yes the Toscan kind at Pink Mamma, 20 bis rue de Douai 9eme arrondissement.  Done like a boat under a glass canopy in the 4th floor you are in Florence. Here you can have pizzas, ceviches, and octopus/squids but the real thing is a T Bone of 800 grams for about 48€! From the Big Mamma group more here: Pink Mamma

Inside the Palais de Tokyo at the Les Grand Verres, you have a place with a bar of 13 meters long and creation of big American burgers of Preston Miller; you can reserve a table with an alcove and a view of the Tour Eiffel.  Very healthy food here indeed too: More here: Les Grand Verres

If you are into Madeleines yes those wonderful little cakes then you must visit Jacques Mercier at Chez Mamy Thérése, 19 rue Saint Antoine, 4eme arrondissement.  This is heaven Madeleine and only madeleines of all sorts; as well as a bar of marshmellows! More here: Mamy Thérése

And area away from the hassle of touristic Paris but well worth the stay if for the area only but also, the wonderful hotel Tsuba, 45 rue des Acacias, 17eme arrondissement. 4 stars hotel  located between the place de l’Etoile and the parc  Monceau; with bar, restaurant, and spa; rooms decorated in 1930’s style! More here: Hôtel Tsuba

And I have already mentioned before the new opening of the Hôtel Crillon at the place de la Concorde, well rooms from 1200€ and menu at the restaurant  from 95-260€. All sitting behind its grand facade built in 1758 at the request of king Louis XV. You can dine of choice in the Les Ambassadeurs bar, Brasserie d’Aumont, and the Jardin d’Hiver. Just Paris is all about to the world ::)  more here: Hôtel Crillon

And a bit of good wine in Paris head for the Vintage & Cie cellars at 199 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré 8eme arrondissement; A financier like me just opened this store with over 1000 references where you can find all regions with wine tastings every Thursday evenings, and see the basement, it is decorated like an English club. More here: Vintage & Cie

For the night owls still going strong, head back to an old classic now reopen Le Baron, 6 avenue Marceau 8éme arrondissement . In the early 21C this was the classic club not far from the Champs-Elysées then it came bad times and it closed.  Now it has re open! A private freezer bar velours seats and smoked glass and a dance floor done like the sky with clouds, rock, hip-hop vintage or electro pop will suit you ! More here: Le Baron

Moving more subtle you can come to the Le Bistrot des Cinéastes, 7 avenue de Clichy, 17eme arrondissement. A great program of Art and trials and after the film, in salle 4 above a small stair you find a nice little bistrot with a vintage furniture. Tapas of the world , wines of authors, cocktails to inspire the world and a Calvados bar, reasonable price open until 1AM. More here: Le Bistrot des Cinéastes

How about that wonderful Chou or the Paris-Brest cake. You know it was created in 1910 by Louis Durand a baker/pastry maker from Maisons-Laffitte. As he celebrated the passing of the peloton of cyclist in the Paris-Brest cycling race by the Croix de Noailles near his shop. The crown cream filling looks like the wheels of a bicycle. The Maison Durand still exist at Maisons-Lafitte (one of my hangouts when living in Versailles) ,and now managed by one of his great grandson, Stéphane. A must and a nice racecourse indeed near by. More here: Maison Durand

Another dandy less frequented is the Pâtisserie du Panthéon, 200 rue Saint-Jacques 5eme arrondissement, of course you know who the Panthéon.  Art déco style boutique who does the Paris-Brest too if you don’t want to leave Paris this is it.  Paris-Brest with almonds and caramelized hazelnuts for 5€ portions! More here: Pâtisserie du Panthéon

The famous Galeries Lafayette store at Haussmann has tours of the store with a guide.  A world of watches until October 22nd will be on display with the biggest names in watches; also military style clothing from Army and Navy. Over 70K square meters of store a symbol of Parisien elegance with more than 3500 brands from all the best. See it here: Galeries Lafayette

The biggest Congress hall of Europe is opening November 2017 by the Porte de Versailles.  The Paris Convention Center. A chamber room hosting 5200 persons seated with 72K sq meters of exposition space !!! See it to believe at Viparis. More here: Paris Convention Center

How about cruising from France to UK, well it is many ways and nicer ways. I like it from Dieppe, used to go to this city a lot, now less from Brittany but it’s still magical. You can take the boats of DFDS and go from Dieppe to Newhaven. Also, from Calais and Dunkerque to Douvres Uk. Enjoy the ride it is wonderful to Newhaven! More here: DFDS ferries to UK

Back to sweets at the Le Café Michalak, 60 rue du Faubourg-Poissonniére, 10eme arrondissement. Here you get a very good crème brülée or Trinity cream. There is now a new Flan to kill for it indeed tasted. More here: Le Café Michalak

A new concept in work, my company has it too. I do not believe in it but a growing trend. CoWorking,sharing spaces for better working environment. The American We Work Lafayette started one space near the Opéra Garnier with 2400 places starting of 450€ per month. 33 rue Lafayette, 9eme arrondissement. More here: We Work Lafayette

Another nice coworking place and near my old working area of Paris is the Spaces Opéra Garnier, with 300 places and 60 offices with views of the Opéra Garnier, a winter garden, Parisian bistrot and yoya courses all for about 339€ per month. More here: Spaces Opéra Garnier

The city of Paris and IAU of île de France team up to get some interesting statistics for the young in the city. According to this study, there are 410K children under 18 yrs in Paris out of 2,2m inhabitants or 18,50% of the population. It has 298 elementary schools, and 2300 hectares of green spaces or about 5700 acres or 22% of the total city surface. And this one you should know, it has 313 museums  including the museum on grass or musée en Herbe.

Something for everyone, how the antique historian in all of us? Paris has many examples of the Romans were here. These includes the Institut National des Jeunes Sourds de Paris (125 rue Saint Jacques); Thermes de Cluny (extended on present day blvd Saint-Germain and blvd Saint Michel and see the walls in the museum) , arénes de Lutéce ( done in the rive gauche are by the building at 49 rue Monge where balls like petanque are play today), Aqueduct (found in the parc Montsouris at avenue de Reille), Puits (wells) gallo roman , parking , and the crypte archéologique. The story goes that Paris was calle Lutécia by the Romans, however the name recently has been found out to be from the Gallic word Lucotecia meaning marsh; where the origins on present day Nanterre in Hauts-de-Seine (92) has not been determined yet. You can go from the thermes de Cluny by the rue de la Sorbonne to the place de la Sorbonne and see the vestiges of it. The city contour the areas of the 4eme and 5eme arrondissement of today in the succession of streets such as rue Saint Jacques, rue de la Cité, and rue Saint Martin. At the end of this axis on the current blvd Saint Michel you see the  Roman Forum at the place du Panthéon and rue Soufflot today gone of course. However, there is a trace along the parking of 61 blvd Saint Michel. Last and most impressive by me is the Crypte Archéologique just by the parvis de Notre Dame. There is an entrance and a small museum showing the L’Or du Pourvoir with coins moneys from the period to Napoléon III times. Admission is 8€ more here: Crypte Archéologique

You now the neighborhood around the biggest flea market in the world Puces de Saint Ouen are undergoing transformation all around the fleas.  New restaurants, boutique hotels, cinema, and much more. See it and enjoy it here. For location of the fleas market and see all around it, see here: Puces de Saint Ouen

And all done for tonite, but there is more. There is always more in my Paris, my belle France. Cheers and enjoy life sometimes is too short.

September 10, 2017

Some news from France CLXVIII

This is a cool cloudy Sunday, and already back to the work routine. We have about 16C now or about 61F and rain is in the air. We are still soaking in from our vacation in Spain this past August ,and as always the re start is difficult ::)

Something to get going in my belle France.

The museum Louvre Abu Dhabi has been announce to open on November 11, 2017. Another branch to spread the inmense work of arts and also give rotation to the existing ones for further showcase to the world. There is already one in Lens ,north of France as well as the original in Paris. http://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/

The theatrical show of the film Grease will be the opener for the renovated theatre Mogador. Closed for a year after a fire the theatre will open again September 28 with Grease. Very exciting to have it open again as visited and passed many times by it while living near and working in Paris. https://www.theatresparisiensassocies.com/salles-theatre-paris/mogador-92.html

At this place, Claude Monet collected works of impressionists art from the great ones like him such as Boudin, Corot, Renoir, Cézanne, Manet, and Morisot. The Marmottan museum reveal these works for long unknown of the public in a secluded area of the chic arrondissement 16 of Paris.  The exposition in the museum will be a grand premiere that tracks works of art such as these ,hidden before within the most famous collection of the world. The work to find them was a real detective story and done with the help of  the Museum d’Orsay, art historians, and the Marmottan museum itself. http://www.marmottan.fr/uk/

Away from Paris at Normandy, Cherbourg, there is the 9th Biennale 9 du Art , celebrating the father of the  Little Nemo in Slumberland. An American pioneer of the comics not well known to the public but it has inspired other authors. Winsor McCay was the one who created what was the interior scenes of our dreams many years before the Surrealists found soft clocks in a tree :J Until October 1er. http://www.ville-cherbourg.fr/themes/culture/musees/biennale-du-9e-art-mccay/

The wine exportations have increase by 13% to 4B euros in the first 6 months of 2017! While the spirits have increase 9% to 1,9B drawn by an increase of 14% in Cognac according to numbers provided by the Fédération des exportateurs de vins et spiritueux de France (FEVS).  The big names such as Hennessy  (groupe LVMH), , Martell (Pernod Ricard),and  Rémy Cointreau have benefited from the solid growth in the USA and China. The sales to North America have remained very good with 17% increase as those to China ,Hong Kong, and Singapour 18%. They have just increase by 6% in the European Union countries. http://www.fevs.com/fr/#/communiques-de-presse?idPage=13

Hunting is still big in France; just to get yourself a hunting permit to go hunting in a forest costs starting in 200 euros per year in near coast to several thousands inland such as the forest or forêt Solognote. They are located in all regions and for all pocketbooks ,you can add 150 to 1000 euros according to the game animal. Still cheaper than in other European countries except the East. I know coming this past summer from Spain , the cost of a monteria hunting spree in the west of the country can cost several thousand euros without anything exotic to go. In France, they were 1,8 million hunters down to 1,2M today, with an expensive price for the hunting permit of 400 euros with the federation.  The hunting of wild small game is very popular here with stag deers, rabbits, foxes, wild pigs, hares, and  buck deer hunted in Senlis, Rambouillet, Orléans, Compiégne, and Villers-Cotterêts from September to April. One of the more famous hunting run is the Le Rallye de Bonnelles in the forest of Rambouillet  with the colors of the duchesse of Uzèz where participating cost 3000 euros a year.  Last year in France were hunted 700-800 000 wild pigs, 550-600 000 stag deers, 50 000 buck deers, 5-10 000 rabbits/hares.  The best to know is the magazine Le Chasseur français with 260K copies per month.. The official group is the Fédération nationale des chasseurs.

https://www.lechasseurfrancais.com/chasse

http://chasseurdefrance.com/

No need to tell you the Parc de Sceaux, is a castle, parterre garden, bassins ,trees and just great for walkers and visitors to see just north of Paris in the plains of Hauts-de-Seine. A wonderful escape from Paris on any weekend is well worth the trip; we did often and highly recommended. http://www.hauts-de-seine.fr/cadre-de-vie/patrimoine-vert/les-parcs-et-jardins-du-sud/le-domaine-de-sceaux/

And castle museum here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71394/Musee-du-Domaine-Departemental-de-Sceaux

The adventure is coming to an end at the street Impasse Berthaud (3eme), here Samy Odin, co founded with his father the museum of dolls or musée de la Poupée. Right now showing the exposition  « Poupée des années 1980 »,as well as the permanent collections. You can still see it Tuesdays to Saturdays from 13h to 18H until September 15.  On this date  it will close due to the high rent and upkeep prices . There is a braderie or flea selling on some dolls going from a dozen euros to 950€ . However, the association will continue and will be done by reservation in his home in the 3eme arrondissement of Paris . It will still be worth checking him out there. http://www.museedelapoupeeparis.com/?lang=en

Susan Leiber and husband Kenneth traveled from Texas USA to do what her great granffather had done before. They were welcome at the musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux (museum of the great war WWI in Meaux) In her luggage there were personal belongings of her great grandfather  Lawrence Eugene Leea  kept secret in a chest for many year until his passing in 1975.  All his memories of almost 60 years from his service in World War I ; uniforms, helmet, paris map, translation book English-French, , spats , etc  . The chest, also had letters to his family and to a certain  Germaine, a French women of which he felled in love . Lawrence Eugene Leea served in France from October 1 1917 to August 11 1919 with 24 yrs old when he joined . He describes his passing by Versailles with the peace treaty was signed and later took the road into the  French Riviera or Côte-d’Azur, as mentioned in his postcards still preserved  . All will be display in the museum from November 11 when the exposition of photographs on the entry of the United States in the Great War (WWI). I have been to the museum and it is on my posts in my blog, this is the native town of my wife, so obviously I know the area very well ! Nice story too like many between the two countries. http://www.museedelagrandeguerre.eu/en.html

The race track of Chantilly (Hippodrome) organizes many running of horses and one of the most prestigious in France. They do have prelims for the most important race the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (with over 40K visitors) , the biggest race track run in the world held October 1st 2017. Another of my favorite places in France, here you have gorgeous views over the Castle and the Grandes Ecuries stables . The race track  is bordering the forest of Chantilly with lots of tradition and elegance as well as the birthplace of horse racing in France. Chantilly gets about 40 days of racing per year with such famous races as the Jockey Club and Prix de Diane Longines in June. There is a training center with over 2500 horses,unique in the world.  A demanding racecourse on the principal lane on a positive levelling on the last 600 meters claiming a selective course by the pros. That makes them come here to test the best ,since 1834! When the racecourse or hippodrome opened. http://www.domainedechantilly.com/en/private-events/our-spaces/hippodrome/

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This will get me going, and looking forward already for my next travels in the Americas. Stay tune, and enjoy your Sunday, many are not so lucky with so many earthquakes and hurricanes going on, best of luck to all. Cheers!

 

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August 9, 2017

Some news from France and Spain

 

Hello y’all, this is my last post before my long summer vacation in Spain, and won’t be back to the last day in August. Therefore, I like to thank you all for following my blog up to now and looking forward to more posts for all to enjoy including me ::)

Here in my lovable Morbihan it is sunny ! temps around 18C or 60F Méteo France calls for rain in the afternoon but can’t tell by looking out.  In fact they call for rain into the night …..The Weather Channel has it at 62F cloudy with risk of rain by midday…well I am looking out bright sunny no clouds oh well here goes the weather again.

Paris is at 64F cloudy as well ……and chance of rain today and tomorrow. Madrid is at 73F a bit cloudy but no rain, hey where is the heat wave !! well it says goes up to 95F by Sunday!

A bit more on both countries coming up.

The INSEE, the French statistical office has an increase in tourist for the 2nd trimester of 2017 with hotel nights at 56,6 Millions or a 6,3 % increase over same period last year. The foreign visitors are back with an increase of 10% and it tells France could reach 88-89 million visitors this year or an increase of 5-6% over 2016. Of course, if all else stays the same. Like the latest attempt in Levalois-Perret (92) outside Paris of military Sentinelle security personnel been run over by a car with 6 wounded ,two serious but not death threatening just this morning.

Know about tourism in France from the official French page here: http://uk.france.fr/

In Spain things are popping, according to the provisions of the Spanish hoteliers, Confederation Espanhola de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turisticos (CEHAT) ,they expect 56,7 million hotel nights or an increase of 8,8% over the same period last year. On the whole, they expect to have 80 million visitors this year 2017. The main foreign market is the UK and even the Brexit still has not cause any differences. They have increase by 14% the visits to Spain and increase expending by 19%. IN the long range visitors, the leading market is the USA with an increase of 19,4%, the Asians 34,5% (Japan, China,South Korea,and India), all due to better air connections, weak Euro and terrorist insecurity elsewhere.

Know about tourism in Spain from the official Spanish page here: http://www.spain.info/en/actividades/

There is a new contest on popularity by the site El Viajero Fisgon, that gives the favorite town of the Spaniards to visit. These are in order Ronda, Pastrana, Albarracín, Cadaqués (Cataluña), Alcalá de Júcar (Castilla-La Mancha), Cudillero (Asturias), Santillana del Mar (Cantabria), La Alberca (Castilla y León), Trujillo (Extremadura), Colmenar de Oreja (Madrid), Frigiliana (Málaga), Hondarribia (País Vasco), Altea (Valencia) ,and Vejer de la Frontera (Andalucía) to name a few. More here: http://www.elviajerofisgon.com/

And have you heard the news lately, the song Despacito by Luis Fonsi has become the first video to surpass the 3M views in Youtube and the most likes in history! The video has been seen in 40 countries with translations.  I would not post the video here but easy to find in YouTube.

Why people comes to Spain, well for sun and beach , but not really there is so much to see.  Unesco declares 46 sites for world heritage sites only the third country behind Italy (53) and China (52) and surpassing France (43) and Germany(42)!

Some statistics from Wikipedia ,Eurostat;etc on most hit cities to come:

París is the Unesco Heritage site most recherche

Number of Visits in Wikipedia to these sites during  2015,en millions. París,6,82 m; Rome,5,76 m,,Istanbul,4,78 mi,,Auschwitz,4,64 m, Statue of Liberty NYC;4,09m, The Great Wall of China,3,82 mi,Taj Mahal,3,69 m,Vienna,3,48 m,Budapest,3,43 m,Vatican City,3,34 m,Mexico City,3,26 m,Prague,3,25 m,Pompeii Italy,3,17 m,Venice Italy,3,16 m,Machu Picchu Peru,3,02 m,Moscow,2,81 m,Warsaw Poland,2,7 m,Rio de Janeiro,2,49 m,Stonehenge,2,46 m. Etc etc

And something not done yet, but have folks doing it and sure one to pop over is camping cars. Some tips from Erwyn Himer Group.

To choose the model, caravaning market you have basically four types, the Camper, freer movement, Capuchina, space with bedroom for driver, families or groups, Integrated almost like a bus design and the profil with good quality price ratio. The speed for camping cars is 90 KPH on conventional roads and 100 KPH in expressways/motorways. Parking is allow on designated areas for campings. The rights such as shower, lavabo, and sink need to be empty in spaces designated for that. The leftout water are to be kept in tanks and to evacuate them need to find a sewer or pvc exit pipe like.  Like I said ,not an expert but always curious about them for later on in life ….. more on this here: http://www.erwinhymergroup.com/?lang=en

And where I am going next, well Spain all over the Castilla and Leon and Castilla La Mancha regions. Base here:

 

Enjoy your vacations as I am looking forward to enjoy mine, today is my last day at work lol!!!  Happy camper indeed!!! And a road warrior soon on the motorways of France and Spain!! Cheers

August 6, 2017

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton XX

Here we are on a tranquil Sunday midday already and a bit cloudy temps at 19C about 67F. And time to stop and reflect on my blog and new things coming up.

We are preparing our long summer vacation in our beloved Spain, right with all the family;sad my Dad will stay behind as too frail to do much walking. We have what is call here operation tranquilité vacances; where you can alert the gendarmerie police that the house is empty for vacation and who stayed behind like senior citizens; the police will make rounds to your house even check if doors are well closed etc.

The packing is done with all involved , well me I am always vacation ready so have my things on a corner ready to go already lol!!  The boys will need to organize their equipment ::) video games dvd, iphones etc cables chargers all the works. The brochure for sightseeing all pack, and map ideas done.

We are traveling by car all the way by non tolls roads as we do not like to travel paying taxes ! All the way down to Pau, where we will rest in a hotel for the night before the second leg straight to our house in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca at 1400 meters high. We have done this trips before so we have our stopping point for rest, eat, and shop along the way even in the Pyrénées mountains (more of this on our return in late August/early September. The weather calls for cloudy but no rains temps from 13C to 27C depending on the day and whether morning or afternoon, so nice for car travel!!!

I like to thanks all those who follow, read, comment ,like my blog along the years since November 2010 ,it has been a wonderful experience and I thank my friend from Madrid who encourage me to do it on WordPress. Again many thanks to all, you make it enjoyable.

It has been 465 111 views of my posts with the highest day at 977!!! 865 comments, and 331 blogs followers. My viewers are from countries of my original intention and prove correct. Most come from the USA and France, with bit down the line UK, Germany,Canada, Spain, Italy,Brazil, Netherlands, and Poland; and more. I have already 1057 posts !!! not counting this one…

While still here will be able to watch the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje August 8th between my Real Madrid FC vs Manchester United. More here: http://www.uefa.com/uefasupercup/index.html#/pg

And while in Spain, I will be to watch live! the Super Cup of Spain between my Real Madrid FC vs Barcelona on August 13(at Barcelona), 16(at Madrid) two match series. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/games/spanish-super-cup

Then, on August 23rd in Madrid , we host the 38th edition of the trophy or Trofeo Bernabeu  against guest club Fiorentina of Italy. More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/the-xxxvii-santiago-bernabeu-trophy-will-be-played-on-23-august-against-fiorentina

And the official La Liga Santander, first division starts on August 20th vs Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor to kick off the season; second game at home vs Valencia August 27th. The key games as usual the derby  against Atletico Madrid will be on matchday 12 (the weekend of November 19th) at the Wanda Metropolitano and matchday 31, either the 7th or 8th April, at the Santiago Bernabéu. And the  Clasico at home on matchday 17, which will be played on Wednesday, December 20th. The return tie will be played on matchday 36, on the weekend of May 6th.  The full schedule here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/presenting-real-madrids-2017-18-laliga-schedule

My temple, Santiago Bernabeu stadium: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium

The Club World Cup this year played in the United Arab Emirates will be held December 13  with the semifinals leg and a team to be determine. We are here thanks for being the reigning European Champions. More on this tournament here:http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-to-kick-off-club-world-cup-campaign-on-13-december

Our junior team the Castilla Real Madrid pending confirmation will begin their league 2nd B group I ,on August 20th vs Rayo Majadahonda .More on them and the rest of the farm clubs of Real Madrid here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/academy/castilla

The basketball section of Real Madrid which of course, I ,also, follow will start with the Liga Endesa on September 30th,October 1st vs Retabet Bilbao Basket at the WiZink Center.  The first Clásico will take place on Matchday 8, on 11 or 12 November at the WiZink Center with the return being played on the weekend of 10 and 11 March, corresponding to Matchday 22. The derbies against Movistar Estudiantes will be on Matchday 14 at home on the weekend of 30 and 31 December and n Matchday 31 on 5 or 6 May. More on the schedule here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-retabet-bilbao-basket-in-the-first-round-of-the-endesa-league

The Euroleague will have the Real Madrid at the home of Anadolu Efes in Istanbul on Thursday the 12th of October, and will close out the Regular Season at home against Brose Bamberg on the 6th of April 2018.  The Clàsico here vs Barcelona of the season will be played on match day 12 at the WiZink Center on the 14th of December, with the return leg on match day 23 at the Palau, on the 23rd of February 2018  More here with schedules:  http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrids-fixtures-revealed-for-the-euro-league-2017-18

The Endesa Super Cup will be Real Madrid vs Herbalife Gran Canaria  on Friday the 22nd of September at the island court. The other semi-final sees Valencia Basket take on Unicaja de Malaga. It will be the seventh consecutive season that Real Madrid have taken part in the Endesa Super Cup, having already won the trophy on three occasions (2012, 2013 and 2014). More here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2017/07/real-madrid-to-face-herbalife-gran-canaria-in-the-endesa-super-cup-2017

The WiZink Center for basketball is modern, wonderful right in the city close to the center, a long way from the originals arenas and the one I went first Vista Alegre!!! More on the new Center here: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/basketball/arena

To start your history with the club, Madridista card is perfect for all no matter where you live; the road starts here, and I encourage my readers to be Madridistas, of course ::) More here: (oh by the way Socio is tops ::)) http://www.realmadrid.com/en/fans

So, therefore, I will have plenty of football/soccer to see even on vacation lol!! Can’t be too far from it;my lifelong club is like a family with many friends along the years because of it.In Spain and abroad.

Be good, happy travels, enjoy it now not later, and keep up with the blog please ::) Thanks and Cheers y’all.

 

 

 

 

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