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February 20, 2017

Some news from France CXLXIII

Ok so the saga continues early in the week, cool humid foggy in the 10’sC 50’s F and no sun yet but no rain either. Not bad after all, the week started ok doing my planning for business travels to come.

First, let me tell you about the wonderful world of Auguste RODIN. Shortly after his heart fell after the separation from Camille Claudel, Rodin go to lived in the Villa des Brillants in 1893 with the idea of leaving from it all. He died in the summit of his glory in 1917. His 100 years are celebrated with appearing in the coins of 2€ from the Monnaie de Paris soon in circulation, to the film interpreted by Vincent Lindon that will have his biopic expected out in May. His collection is now in the Hôtel Biron at Paris 7éme where most of his works is held or at Meudon (Hauts de Seine dept 92)his last home. In this modest house of red bricks sitting on a hill facing Mont Valérien where today it is very calm.

In the interior, modest furniture, the table on pylon, a small bed in upper level, all over antiques, his passion with over 6000 of them. There is his major work of “Amis de la dernière heure “.  His atelier shop , main room big and lighted with a renaissance bed in the middle. Rodin, full of work had built the pavillon de l’Alma, where he shows his work in the garden in 1900. The current museum conserve the spirit of his atelier shop, here several works in plasters.  Of which many had a splashing revue and even scandals such as the ” L’Âge d’airain”, in 1877. Rodin was accused of making the model from a men. Several years later he did the famous thinker or “Le Penseur” that was treated as a gorilla by his contemporaries; also the ” Balzac” ,and ” pingouin”.  Several years before his death he wrote : The real artist always express what he think at the risk of shoving all the  establish prejudice or ” Le véritable artiste exprime toujours ce qu’il pense au risque de bousculer tous les préjugés établis “.

Musée Rodin Meudon, 19, avenue Auguste-Rodin, à Meudon (92). Open Fridays to Sundays 13h to 18h. admission 5€ More at  http://www.musee-rodin.fr/fr/le-musee/le-musee-rodin-meudon  and the 100 years anniversary info here: http://rodin100.org/en

In this exceptional scenario where there is an amphitheater like no other in Paris, this is Theâtre 13 at the  103A boulevard Blanqui . The theater has two displays that of « Jardin »  and « Seine ». The garden was closed for 2 years of renovations. It will open now to the public with two days of guided visits , spectacles and concerts all free. More here  http://www.theatre13.com/

The new movement now is to upgrade the WIFI in the Paris metro and trains to 4G . The line 1 of metro to the gare de Lyon. Also, the line 5 at Bastille, and the line 6 at  Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile. In all five stations of the line 1 and four of the RER A. The idea started in  2013 to do the coverage of 3G and 4G  in the 320 stations of the metro and RER A,B  to be done by 2016.  However, this was not achieved and extended goal to do by end of 2017. The work is difficult as underground created in the last century there are already  3 000 antennas to link 300 kms  of cables and fiber optics.  It will enough to send your telephone into WIFI mode ,connect to the network « RATP gratuit » , and accepted the user conditions.  The access is free and easy , connection is pretty good but limited to 20 minutes. In the metro , the stations are gare de Lyon (Quai métro L1 direction La Défense), gare du Nord (Zone d’échange line 4 – SNCF / Line 4 at the counter machines level), Charle-de-Gaulle Etoile (Salle d’échange sortie/exit Carnot), Saint-Lazare (Salle d’échanges), porte Maillot (at the level of counters), Chaussée d’Antin (at the level of counters) ,and  Gallieni (Zone accès Eurolines). In the RER at the la Défense (Salle d’échange, Quai RER A Direction Paris, Mezzanine (1), Mezzanine (2)), Auber (Salle d’échange), Cité U (at the counters level) ,also, at Marne-la-Vallée Chessy (at the counters level). More info here in French for more : http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ratp/v_153411/du-wifi-sur-le-reseau-ratp/

At the rénovation of the stairs to the Grande Arche de La Défense, the escalator is been renovated for quite a while now slow due to high winds. It should be done by April 1st 2017 in the presence of the President of the French Republic (France). It will ,then, be open to the public every day; the panoramic elevators/lifts will allow you to climb to the top of the Arch where it will be a restaurant, exposition space, auditorium, and exterior promenade to see Paris at 360°.  More in French here: http://defense-92.fr/tourisme/le-toit-de-la-grande-arche-reouvrira-le-1er-avril-2017-44847

The Great Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), a legend amongst the greats of the painting, his imaginary milklady painted as a real queen with a sort of Virgin Mary immortalised in the daily work and exposed at the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam.  Exceptionally, it will be exposed since February 22nd to May 22nd at the Louvre in the company of 11 other works by the artist master of Delft.  The French museum is  organising  an exposition of 70 paintings on what they call the people’s scene or the daily scènes of life. The 17C was the golden century of Dutch art and it is believe that 5 million paintings were done in 100 years. Vermeer did not invented the genre, but he created a style that surpasses all the others.  There are 36 works of Vermeer that are known, and a third of it will be reunited here . All next to the « La Laitière » , you will see the « La Dentellière » , a lady of high society in a work of art. Exposition : « Vermeer et les maîtres de la peinture de genre ». Paris, musée du Louvre, hall Napoléon. More here: http://www.louvre.fr/en/expositions/vermeer-and-masters-genre-painting

Do you know the kig ha farz ?  this is a tradition of the Finistère region of Brittany, it means literally « beef and stuffing or the equivalent of the pot-au-feu. It is made of vegetables  (cauliflower, carrots, onions, beans, and leek) , and meat of beef and pork ; the cooking is adaptable to the left overs, all cook in a bowl to boiled.  The stuffing it is prepare by putting a sort of pancake barter  with black wheat or  barley in a bag closed by a string that goes into the boil dish for about an hour.  Later, we cut it in slices to serve with the vegetables and meat . You should come here first but if not, in Paris go to Chez Michel near the gare du Nord at  10 rue de Belzunce, 10éme. Tél. +33(0) 1 44 53 06 20. Will cost about 35-50 euros for an entrée-plat or plat-dessert with a glass of wine.  More in my favorite resto link in France that is in the bottom of my page in blogroll, here : https://www.lafourchette.com/restaurant/chez-michel/208405

What it is with the soaps vs shower gels? The square soaps are making a comeback! All led by the simple cosmetic firms and the boutiques . One exceptional is the savon de Marseille .  They have come up with processes that cook in cauldrons and cold pressing allow to produce soaps with less grease and richer in vegetable glycerin with characteristics of detergent wash soap, hydration,  and grease . These are like the brand Gaiia. Also, those of  Enfance Paris ,and the Brazilian brand Granado, now commercialize in France by the department store Le Bon Marché since 2012, with delicate perfums of chesnuts of Brazil, witch hazel,  iris, and orange flower and its packaging retro.  The luxury sector has embrace this resurgence in the soap, such as Hermés now has a line of them with iconic motifs of the house; Chanel has them too.
Find them here:

https://www.gaiia-shop.com/

http://www.marius-fabre.com/fr/3-savon-de-Marseille

https://www.enfance-paris.com/

http://www.lebonmarche.com/marques/granado.html

http://france.hermes.com/parfums/le-bain-hermes/coffret-3-savons/3-soaps-gift-set-64184.html

http://www.chanel.com/fr_FR/parfums-beaute/parfums/p/femmes/coco/coco-savon-pour-le-bain-p113910.html#skuid-0113910

The Basilique de Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis dept 93) necropolis of the kings of France from Dagobert to Louis XVIII, prototype of the Cathedrals of Notre Dame de Paris will see its tower arrow of 85 meters again.  It was raised between 1190-1230 and in disrepair from 1846 due to violent storm that befell 12 bells in the region, and needed to take it down in 1847. The ok to built is ok with conditions on the financing, this will happened soon so stay tune. In the meantime ,there is the webpage : http://www.saint-denis-basilique.fr/en/

Now what about that word “Château” that is define an AOP region in wine country of France. It should not be confuse with the word Château….. the viticole designation was created for good by article 7 of the decree law of May 4 2012. It simply states the word Château is designated to those wine regions of AOP designation that are issue from grapes harvest on plot of land that are use for wine production as well as making it.  This is well known in the area of Bordeaux from the 19C and extended to the SouthWest, Languedoc-Roussillon,Provence, and Rhône regions. In the south, there is ,also a château in Champagne, the Château de Boursault. In Burgundy  there are some but rare as the majority of plots here are too small and owners with different plots in different areas . The first time the term was seen was from a decree of August 19 1921  given life to an existing wine exploitation and to provide a cultural meaning as said in a bottle.  Therefore, when the bottle says “bottled in the Château”  is about a businessmen or négociant that purchased the wine already produce to have bottled himself under the commercial name of his choice, cannot use the word Château ; unless as often happenned in the Bordeaux region  that this négociant is also the owner of the vineyard.  SO he is under the term proprietor and not négociant .  Another distinction is not to have the name Château if the wine comes from a non AOC area such as a table wine level.

After all these, how can our American friends taken a tradition of a century and a half could take this name to use in their vineyards areas. when there is already a English term for it such as “Estate”, unless only for economic intentions ,they pull the cork too far ::) France , UNESCO World Heritage immaterial for gastronomy and wine.  Cheers

Have a great week everyone !

 

February 19, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan XV

And finally Sunday, quiet on the city and mild temperatures in the 50’sF 10-12C bit cloudy sun wants to but can’t; and leisure time awaiting some football/soccer games.

I was out yesterday, our working horse day with the family as more travel abroad looms and our summer house in Spain is booked. We have so much nearby it will take more than a blog to tell you, and we are quasi middle distance from it all. Just found out maybe have visitor friends from the USA coming in July! just to check out my area I know, they will be surprise as usually won’t venture out of Paris and the south of France.

The last time I see wrote about the area of Lorient and Guidel was back in 2016, for Lorient alone was back in 2013! yet these are about 30 minutes from my house; goes to show you how much there is to see around here.

For confirmation on what to see, here is the tourist office of Lorient

http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/votre-sejour/liste.cfm/visites/?type_prestation=&motscle=&commune=Lorient&dateingenie=&dureeIngenie=&submit=Search

And some in English from the city homepage here: http://www.lorient.fr/eng/

For confirmation on what to see, here is the tourist office of Guidel http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/commune.cfm?region=guidel

And some from the city homepage of Guidel famous for it’s surfing mecca : http://www.guidel.com/temps-libre/sports/guidel-ville-surf/

You can reach Lorient to Guidel on bus line 60, takes about 36-40 minutes here: http://www.ctrl.fr/se-deplacer/horaires/fiches-des-lignes-regulieres/#searchtc18840

We of course, took a leisure car ride along the D16 into the D33 to connect with the expressway N165 direction Lorient.

We came here to do some shopping with my other half Frenchie who loves a particular store here call Damart, going back to grandma habits lol! so she finally got her shoes. Always nice to walk around the square Place Alsace-Lorraine even with construction going on around it and see the big branch of Galeries Lafayette as well as the modern Church of Notre Dame de la Victoire built in 1955 after WWII had destroyed the one there from 1810.  There is a nice carrousel and kiddie rides as well as an important bus terminal .

Oh yes Damart is here: https://www.damart.fr/magasins/lorient

then, we continue for a leisure ride back into the N165 direction Guidel and its beaches. Taking exit 45 at Guidel road D306 direction Guidel you are in town in 15 minutes! We pass by the town to see our old hangouts by car and continue to Guidel Plage or beach along the same road D306 here we stop for lunch at a picturesque stop on the bay along the road D152 several restaurants overlooking the shallow waters of the bay coming in from the ocean. We ate at La  Plage , ::) or The Beach a resto pizzeria place with a nice fish and chips , Britt Breton blonde beers, coffee and sweets combination or café gourmand , and the other had from chorizo and mussels to four cheese pizza to more fish and chips all with the same beer or desperados and the same café gourmand coming to 22.50€ per person reasonable for a beach town with a view overlooking a nice terrace. It is by the beach Le Bas Pouldu. no webpage some reference for location: https://www.pagesjaunes.fr/carte?bloc_id=029778055400000000C0001&no_sequence=0&code_rubrique=54053000

In Guidel town, you have a nice Church Saint Pierre et Saint Paul in place Polignac city center,  surrounded by shops ,restos, and parking !

For the beaches this is a site I use here that is pretty good info for them before arrival for orientation, facilities and safety: have on Guidel : http://en.plages.tv/seaside-resorts/guidel-56520

They are better known to surfers but good for the whole family with shallow water and playground for kiddies; two big section of games and restos ,one by Le Bas Pouldu and the other by plage de la Falaise.(cliffs beach).

Along the beach boulevard road D152 you arrive at Fort Bloqué, a nice stretch of sandy beach and the great fortress built in 1748,  that like yesterday in low tide you can walk to it! Can’t go in thus, it is a private property! This is already part of the adjacent town of Ploemeur, more info the beach here that is public, http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/ploemeur/plage-du-fort-bloque/tabid/8475/offreid/60889b33-8241-4c8f-9a53-123ecfa2ffff

http://en.plages.tv/detail/fort-bloque-beach-ploemeur-56270

and this is the regional TV France 3 in French but a nice video on the Fort , trying last time for sale in 2015. http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bretagne/morbihan/lorient/vous-cherchez-une-demeure-de-prestige-le-fort-bloque-est-nouveau-vendre-744641.html

On the way back, well, we did our groceries right there in Guidel at the Super U supermarket. Just coming back up on road D306 direction Lorient. Nice clean store, and friendly service all ready for beachgoers and al. more here: https://www.magasins-u.com/superu-guidel

Another nice, fast, inexpensive family outing in our lovely Morbihan. You are welcome, Degemer Mat ::)

Cheers and enjoy your Sunday!

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February 18, 2017

Some news from Bretagne XIII

And this is my Bretagne, now for the last 6 years of my life. Wonderful coves, harbors ,beaches and great forest of king Arthur fame. I am in the Morbihan dept 56 the only one in France ,name not French ::) but Breton. Degemer mat= welcome to the old dukedom of Brittany.

The weather was nice today about 56F enough for folks to come out and even walk on the beach, great fun for the surfers here! We did our errands and some sightseeing nearby in our department, some of that later. For now, some news on Brittany.

From March 3-8 you have the Festival de la Parole Poétique or the poets speech rights festival in the Sémaphore, this itme an homage to Jim Morrison. More here: http://maisonpoesiequimperle.blogspot.fr/

and here: http://www.printempsdespoetes.com/index.php?url=agenda/fiche_eve.php&cle=48113

The 16th Rencontres du Cinéma Europeen will have a run March 1-7 in Vannes, special presentation will be on Flandre. More info here: http://www.cinecran.org/10797-2/

Something found and good to come in just for Le Vinocrate, 24bis rue Paul Guieysse in Lorient. From a selection of wines from the famous Guide Hachette, you will have meals and wines all matching. Directions here: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/le-vinocrate-lorient

Another good and tasted is The Galway Inn, 18 rue de Belgique in Lorient, folk, jazz, country blues and Traditional music ,open 17h to 2h, great ambiance always. Games on Tuesdays at 20h. More info here: http://www.thegalwayinn.com/

A bit late but if around until February 22nd, come and enjoy Récré Days in Lorient fun for the entire family. More than 50 activities for young and old. More info here : http://www.recredays.com/2017/01/04/maxi-recredays-parc-des-expositions-de-lorient-4/

Quelle Histoire or what a history going on at the archives department of the Morbihan until June 23 2017. 56 dates telling us the story of the area and France; very good and free admission. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9h to 17h30. More info and directions in French here: http://www.archives.morbihan.fr/informations-pratiques/horaires-et-acces/

Right by Guidel Plages you may want to see the Galerie Kerbrest, expo of paintings and sculptures by local artists from Grancher, Gurun, R Hess, C Mingant and others. Open everyday from 15h to 19h during  July-September, and all Sundays in off season.  More here, http://galeriekerbrest.blogspot.fr/

About going for a boat ride or fishing in Doêlan just south of Quimperlé on road N165 direction Moêlan-sur-mer. This is Passion Mer: aboard the boat Océanide I you can go for one hour or all day max 10 persons so very individualise. rates from 15€ for 1h to 80€ for all day.  More in French here: http://www.passion-mer-doelan.com/

nice small Casino at Larmor Plage open every day from 10h at 24 bd de Port Maria. roulettes machines, table games, bar restaurant and good ambiance on the beach. More here : http://www.casino-larmorplage.com/

Les émancipéés Festival will be in Vannes from March 10-12 showing all about music,books, and theater all at the Théatre Anne de Bretagne. The presentation around Scénes du Golfe or scenes from the gulf (Morbihan).  More here: http://www.scenesdugolfe.com/festival-les-emancipees-tab-127.html

At lorient in the Espace de Sciences of the Maison de la Mer you will have the Circuits portuaires until Feb 24th and then again from April 4-28. All about the sea from tides to rades to fishing and naval secrets… reservation is a must at the tourist office +33 (0) 2 97 84 78 00. http://www.lorient-tourisme.fr or more here in English: http://www.espace-sciences.org/your-visit

Now for the youngsters taken a cue from my sons, there is a nice discotheque by the beach area of Guidel in the town of Quéven =Paradisio, open fridays , Saturdays, sundays and eve of holidays with music from the 70’s and 80’s with buffet all sundays evenings. More here: first tel +33 (0) 2 97 80 21 20 or cell/mob +33 (0) 6 12 45 58 63: http://www.guidedenuit.com/discotheques_morbihan/paradisio

And to close out, the Festival of gastronomy and wines in Vannes. Salon des Vins et de la Gastronomie March 4-6 at the expo center Le Chorus in the Parc du Golfe. This has only a 5€ admission and its very popular here already in it’s 25th edition. More here; http://www.salondelagastronomie.fr/nos-salons/ouest/salon-des-vins-de-la-gastronomie-de-vannes-56

And the le chorus exhibition center here with directions in French: http://www.lechorus.com/infos-pratiques

Enjoy visiting the Breton lands of France. It’s magic just ask Arthur, Merlin,and Morgane ::)

 

 

 

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February 15, 2017

Some news from France CXLXII

Here we are again, this is mid week , long and gray and a bit rainy very light mist and temps in the 8C or about 46F. This was an unique day. Well I take the same route to work but they had the road barricaded due to construction of a new extension of the road D767 in Grand Champ and needed to take another road, first time on it!!! thru very small villages and twists and turns road ,narrow and wow it took the same time on the traject !!! Made it home ready for later the Real Madrid football/soccer game vs Napoli in the Champions league 8thfinals.

What have we come up with to tell you, plenty , all new exiting news of my belle France.

The city of Paris has a project to change the beautiful île de la Cité by 2040. Hopefully, this is not some eco terrorist idea to continue degrading Paris. They are thinking of making the parvis de Notre Dame with a transparent glass wall to show the underground of the vestiges of the archeological ruins, together with the police headquarters ,the Hôtel Dieu hospital and the Palais de Justice (where the Sainte Chapelle is). Sort of a glass enclosure and garden by the place du Marché aux fleurs (flower market).  It includes two passerelles linking the river banks to the foot of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and a square with direct access to the river Seine in the south of it, with a small boating harbor with péniches boats and barges.  The reason is to give the island a bit more life than now; actually only about 1000 persons live here permanently and the rest are the tourists, there is no schools, no voting booth few shops and the most imposing buildings from the exterior only occupied about a third of the space of the Louvre alone.  The entire space will be about 100 000 sq meters razing the old hospital and the police headquarters will be set up for housing. Shops can be installed in the street level of the building; parking by the Place Dauphine. All this came up in an article in Les Echos business journal. More from the tourist office; http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/83430/Ile-de-la-Cite

Next to renovate and improve is Euro Disneyland, now call Disneyland Paris that opened in April 1992 at Marne-la-Vallée in Seine-et-Marne dept 77 east of Paris. Before it was only fields of beets. Now the  area has 60 hectares with 29 attractions, 7 hotels, and the Festival Disney (now call Disney Village). It is as a whole the first attractions park open in Europe. After some shaky start it started it upwards move with the opening in 1995 of Space Mountains, from earth to the moon! By 2002, a second park is opened , Walt Disney Studio dedicated to the cinema. Then, in 2008 the Tour de la Terreur or terror tower opened.  By 2012, it was already on its 20th anniversary, the first European tourist destination with about 16 million visitors. By 2014, a new attraction came on the Ratatouille the adventure of Remy. After ,again going thru some down trend in attendance , the park is expecting a rebound on its 25th anniversary in 2017 with a huge plan of renovation and innovations in the park ,that will not affect it’s operating hours. From an article in Les Echos. More from official site: http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/

Another famous site that is also going thru some transformation is the Roland Garros tennis stadium ,hope of the French Open. After many years trying by the French federation, FFT, and two justice decisions in end 2016 and early 2017, the work can finally moves on with a still due date in 2020. The new design will have finally 5000 additional places in what was the Serres d’Auteuil a historical site , covering the court Philippe-Chartrier, the central court, will be raise 31 meters to partially cover the extension into the autoroute A13 for about 6400 square meters , replacing the training courts now located between the  courts of Suzanne Lenglen and Philippe Chatrier. In addition, the privatitation and annexation of a part of avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil of about 4500 square meters, giving way to a change in circulation of traffic.  This will give an additional 1200 spaces. All again promise by 2020 according to the association. In French you can upload the pps file looking up “MODERNISATION DE ROLAND-GARROS: Nouvelle victoire au tribunal pour la Fédération Française de Tennis” HERE: http://www.fft.fr/actualites/espace-presse/communiques-et-dossiers-de-presse

Now for the lovers in all of us and in memory of Saint Valentine, perfums are in order ,first some numbers: In 2016, sales in Valentine were 4,5% of the total perfums market, Mother’s Day at 5% and Christmas with 25%! Sales are progressing at about 5% per year for the last five. At the end of August 2016, the Milleniums folks represent a sales volume of 390M € progressing at about 4% per year on the world market. Source : NPD, Marché du sélectif France,  and the Le Parisien journal.

Some of the newest hits on the perfume trail are : N° 5 L’eau, Chanel; feminine essence ,light and wear by Lily-Rose Depp.  La Femme Prada, L’Homme Prada . new love version in duo interchangeable, fluidity in a perfume. L’Homme idéal, Guerlain: the guys stuff, male senses with hot vanilla, viril leather and strong wood. Contre moi, Louis Vuitton. gourmand and addiction in all its dimensions; work vanilla like a second skin, regressive juice with pastry smells. Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming, Dior . a perfume to feel love, and here you will, the fragrance at the heart of the designer today re invented with flowers and fruits. Source, Le Parisien journal

 And now we have an Airbus A-380 straight from the airport Toulouse-Blagnac coded the 4L DD  landing at Le Bourget at 15h30 to join the collection at the museum or musée de l’Air et de l’Espace . The plane is one of four testing planes of Airbus and has  3 360 flying hours. More on the museum :http://www.museeairespace.fr/

Something closer to my old home that now will have a second chance is the Haras National des Bréviaires. This horse center has been put under the comité régional d’équitation Ile-de-France, CREIF.  Here, they will create a house of horses with work that will last about 1,5 years. Some of the good things that will happened is the construction of a stable twice bigger than what they have now as well as 225 additional horse stables to host up to 300 horses. It will have a trotting trail and gallop in it’s 56 hectares as well as an obstacle course. A museum and Library will complete the center. More here : http://www.haras-des-breviaires.com/

About something to eat and surrounded by history, but not in Paris;just outside.  The Brasserie Biron, a site of rdv of Kurt Russell, Charles Aznavour ,and Pierce Brosnan; all have come to drink a glass here . The brasserie or brewery restaurant is located in the same neighborhood name in the town of  Saint-Ouen. The same of the famous flea market of Paris generally known as. Here you will be serve typical dishes like a tête de veau ravigole or boeuf bourguignon done from recipes of the same chef Jacques Dehays for the last 35 years. The restaurant only open with the market so only 3 days per week, weekends and Mondays. All over the walls you will see portraits of Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean Gabin as well as one from the flea market from their time. This is the real France of the times, the rest of the week the owners take care of their small hotel , Hotel Villa Biron ,just a couple steps from the restaurant. It has 10 rooms that have already host the actrice Mathilde Seigner while filming the series Sam.  The brasserie here : http://www.brasseriebiron.com/  and the hotel here: http://www.hotelvillabironparis.com/

One of my favorites shopping places and where used to rent cars is the shopping or centre commercial des 3 Fontaines at Cergy (Val d’Oise dept 95) off the A13 direction Rouen.  It is one of the top 20 biggest in  France with about 13 millions visitors per year. The new renovations will begin in September with paintings, flooring, lighting, etc all re done new.It will be done at night and will take about a year to do.They will do a covered parking with 3150 spaces either underground, super structured or on the roof of the shopping center. More here: https://www.3fontaines.com/

And ,still another improvement to a nice park I have taken my boys since early age even visiting before living permanently here; the Parc Astérix. The building of the Pégase Express, a rollercoaster of about 1 km long, in a mythical ride with strong sensations link to the mythology and the cartoon BD of Goscinny and Udezo. The train stop will be call Lutéce, Alexandrie, or Olympie. The speed will be up to 52 kph or about 30 mph and for 3 minutes you will go thru a tunnel to reach an antique temple where sleep the terrible Medusa. It will give you a scare and make the trains go in reverse while looking at a Pegasus 5 meters high, the winged horse. To house this train, a station will be built call Montparnassos from the train will depart. The building housing it will be 17 meters high and 24 meters wide.  You will need to be 1 meter (about 3,3 feet) tall to ride it. It should be ready by next June 2017. More here: http://www.parc-attraction-loisirs.fr/le-parc-asterix/

The official site is here: https://www.parcasterix.fr/preparez-votre-visite

Now just finish with some interludes and my Real Madrid won 3×1 over Napoli!!!!!!!!!!! So my week is done hehehe ,you have a good end of week ok cheers.

Paris

Photo courtesy of Les Echos  Business Journal

 

February 12, 2017

Some news from France CXLXI

And at last Sunday, again wintery cool at 2C or about 35F, cloudy and just before mid day. At Paris we have about 36F feeling like 30F light rain maximum of 49F chance of rain 70%. Tomorrow a bit better at 54F low of 38F and no rain announce.

Continuing with our VI Nations rugby championship after yesterday thriller between England and Wales won by England, this afternoon our time, is France vs Scotland. Allez les Bleus!!!

The Catacombes that depository of bones in Paris closed again and finally reopen this weekend with its long line of waiting at the Place Denfert-Rochereau (14eme), one of the museums of the city of Paris most visited with 500K last year to discovered its 2km of underground deathly galleries. Bear in mind the number of visitors underground is limited to 200 at any time,and the entrance can be interrupted at any time if heavy affluence. You better come prepare for cold with some warm clothing as the temperature is never higher than 14C or 57F. The entry is done by 1 avenue du Colonel Henri-Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau) from 10h to 20h30 except Mondays.More info here:  http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/

And according to the Le Parisien newspaper the Apple store was given the ok to be at 114 avenue des Champs-Elysées, on top of a store IKKS already in the building ,and near the Lido cabaret.

The first ice skating ring 210 meters high in the Tour Montparnasse! open since this past Friday. A synthetic floor without water or electricity! It is at the Observatoire Panoramique de la tour Montparnasse, 33 avenue du Maine (15eme), open until March 5th from Mondays to Fridays midday to 20h and the weekends 10h to 20h, cost is 9,50 to 15€ free for the younger than 7 yrs old. More here : http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/practical-information/rates/

Somethings nice to do in Paris , go to the Parc Floral near the Chateau de Vincennes open from 9h30 to 17H.  Floral collections, tuboggans and slides for kids or a walking tour of the park with admission.  More here: http://www.parcfloraldeparisjeux.com/info_pratique.html

While above see the wolfs at the parc zoologique de Vincennes. At 15H there is the feeding of the four wolfs and take advantage of say hello to the monkeys and giraffes etc ; it’s a zoo. open from 10h to 17h admission online are cheaper from 13€ more here: http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/en

And do go to the Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, it has a beautiful building dating from the colonial exposition of 1931, with 5000 residents from 300 different species from all continents. There are shows for cocodriles and piranhas. Open from 10h to 19h admission from 3,50 to 5€ :metro Porte Dorée line 8; more here: http://www.aquarium-tropical.fr/

And on the cour d’Honneur of the Chateau de Fontainebleau the famous iron horse stairs or escalier en fer à cheval dating from Louis XIII is due for renovation taken one year and about 2M €; donations expected. More here: http://www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr/The-Cour-d-Honneur?lang=en

Caumont Centre d’Art ,3 Rue Joseph Cabassol  in  Aix-en-Provence show the exposition  “Marilyn” telling the history of the relationship of Marilyn Monroe and the photographs and photographers in her history. The show will be on until May 1st . Admission 13€ . More here: http://www.caumont-centredart.com/en/home

Until April 27th the exposition Ingrés et ses éléves-Dessins de la collection des Beaux-Arts. A multiplicity of graphic practices of the masters and their students;  more here  http://www.beauxartsparis.com/fr/expositions/expositions-en-cours

Down south nice town, often by pass, the Chalons-sur-Saône in Burgundy, has a wonderful museum ,musée Nicéphore Niepce, all about photography. 28 quai des Messageries, near the river Saône, open every day except Tuesdays and Holidays. Sept to June 9h30-11h45 / 14h-17h45, and July/August 10h to 18h continuous.  See from June 17 to September 17,2017 the exposition : Par-dessus tout :l’objet photographique. More here: http://www.museeniepce.com/index.php?/exposition/futures/Par-dessus-tout-objet-image-photographie

And as Saint Valentin approaches what better way to express it in PARIS!

At the Musée Rodin, you are in for a romantic evening with a background of Jazz and poems lectures, getting deeper into the artist love affair with Camille Claudel. An evening call Soirée Love au Musée Rodin, Tuesday February 14, 19h to 21h admission 20€ and 15€ for the 18-25 yrs old. More here: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/fr/agenda/activite/soiree-love

Get on the game Hunt, starting from looking for a mysterious cabaret dancer or chasing a pickpocket in the metro, each couple has its enigma. For those going further, there is even and asking for marriage game quick you have only 60 minutes to do it! Escape Hunt, 5 rue d’Hanovre (2eme) February 14-15, 76€ for two persons. More here :http://paris.escapehunt.com/en/

In Double Fond with its specialists on the closeup, magic, the evening starts with a dinner (champagne, cocktail hors-d’ouvres, win) by magician servers that will come to each table. Later ,the master Alexandra Duvivier takes the orders with an spectacle especially made for the evening with there is a mix of plays, magic and comedy. Each couple learn a trick of magic! I have done this one before and it is wonderful, recommended. Saint Valentin, au Double Fond, 1 place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, (4eme) Tuesday February 14 from 19h; 100€ per person. More here: http://www.doublefond.com/programmation/spectacles-en-soiree/les-rendez-vous-incontournables/saint-valentin/

In a industrial deco the Point Ephémère ( 200 quai de Valmy) or FMR for the locals is very alive . Here the Parisiens find themselves in a terrace with its restaurant bar, then see an exposition or listen to a concert,and on the big plaza talk, argue and listen with a plastic goblet in front of the Canal Saint Martin, before going to dance all night at the electro beat. A wonderful place to be for the young and the young at heart. http://www.pointephemere.org/agenda-global

Want a real Parisien night a la Prohibition times ,then come to the 12, rue Frochot and visit the Bonnie and Clyde. You go down into the cave underground at the rare bar allow to stay open until 6h in Paris. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 22h to 5h30, close Sundays , Mondays and Tuesdays.  off Place Pigalle and metro Pigalle. no webpage call ahead,cell/mob. +33 (0) 6 17 94 16 91

And when nearby my beloved Versailles do not forget to try O’Paris pub (15 Rue Colbert) very near the palace, and one of my favorite hangouts when lived in the city. Here you have in drafts such goodies as Guinness, Kilkenny, Stella Artois, Loburg, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Leffe Ruby, Magners, Becks, Beer of the month and other whiskies, like Jameson, William Lawson’s, Clan Campbell, Bushmills, Black Bush, Jack Daniel’s, Dewar’s, Aberlour, Four Roses, Southern Confort etc The Happy Hour is from 16h to 20h every day except weekends and holidays. In some evenings you have animated nights and on Mondays there are quizzes, blind test , games etc. Thursdays they have the after work. On large screen TV’s you have the major sporting events as well.  Regular hours are 16h to 02h and weekends from 14h. More here: http://www.puboparis.com/

And why not suggest the best place to eat in my town of old; Le Boeuf à la Mode, right behind the marché de Notre Dame market (4 rue au pain).  It has a 1930’s deco in all floors, try the first floor or 2nd floor for those from abroad; fresh produce, from the region, and well made. Continuous service from 12h to 23h . Coming to eat there regularly since 2003! http://www.leboeufalamode-versailles.com/en/

Above same owners in Paris at La Bombe, 20 rue du 4 septembre, La Planque, 17 rue de Choiseul, Le Carré, pl St Augustin (ate here too very good); 12 Place Saint Augustin (near gare St Lazare) :see the virtual tour at the one in Versailles here, go up the stairs ::) http://www.leboeufalamode-versailles.com/en/virtual-tour/

Again ,see the Galerie des Carosses in the Grand Ecurie across from the palace, great carriages drawn by the Kings of France. Open February 26 , March 19 , and April 16 and 30 2017. admission 10€ more here: http://reservation.versailles-tourisme.com/fouette-cocher-la-galerie-des-carrosses.html?&cid=1&action=result&resa_action=result#thaut

see the Opus at the Académie Equestre in the Grande Ecurie as well. horse show par excellent wonderful a must even if the price is 26,50€ it’s worth it. More here: http://reservation.versailles-tourisme.com/voie-de-l-ecuyer-opus-2017.html?&cid=1&action=result&resa_action=result#thaut

At the not far Chateau de MaisonsLaffitte, you can see in cinema splendeur the movies that have been filmed there . Until March 6 admission 8€. See the movies like Chéreau directing Adjani in the Queen Margot; the kitchen scene of Gérard Depardieu in Vatel, the monumental stairs of Uma Thurman playing Cécile de Volanges and given to the viscount of Valmont played by John Malkovich. The scenes of Surviving Picasso by James Ivory or the Love and Death of Woody Allen; the costumes series of D’Artagnan of Claude Barma or the last of the series Versailles etc etc.  From Paris you get here best by train, RER A from Saint Lazare. More here: http://www.chateau-maisons.fr/Actualites/Le-chateau-de-Maisons-au-cinema

And if you do get here for the movies, do not forget to get your gourmet goodies at one of my favorite stores in the area, Epicerie de Longueil; main street and not far from the RER A train station, more here: http://www.epiceriedelongueil.com/

Enjoy your Sunday, I stay with my memories of travels and good living, always trying harder. Cheers

February 11, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan XIIII

And we are on Saturday, and the day is gray as in winter time. Temps around Vannes and Lorient areas where I work and live is cool, a bit breezy, temps came down to 0C or 32F and now it is up to 2C or 38F. Anyway , life goes on and we need to go out and do our daily living duties.

We took a swing by the Lorient side, it is about 35 kms and can be done in 30 minutes on the N165. We took a visit to Lanester, this is really a shopper’s town. It has a huge area where stores are clustered like ants.  A bit on the tourism around is found in the area tourist office here in English:

http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/commune.cfm?region=LANESTER&lng=en

The stores here are like I said clustered around one shopping center , call, La Galerie, here is the link

http://www.la-galerie.com/geant-lanester

It’s smallish for my habits but it does the work with video games ,clothing, and eating places to spend a good afternoon or more.

An older name for it was the centre commercial deux riviéres, and since renovated and change to La Galerie now with 52 stores anchored by a big hypermarket Geant Casino. Which for a quick trip will do all in shopping site; the webpage is here: http://magasins.geantcasino.fr/magasin/lanester/CG305

We found bargains as much as 70% in the Inter Sport store, and fail to find a good pair of sports shoes. Here is the link to the InterSport store : http://magasins.intersport.fr/fr_fr/magasin-de-sport/lanester/intersport/00581-000

Anyway ,we did our groceries at the Geant with plenty of good prices.  However, before heading home we had our meal of the day. This was at the cafeteria A la Bonne Heure of Casino supermarkets. 16€ per person with a main dish, entrée, dessert, bottle water, half bottle of red Bordeaux wine, and all you can eat entrée and desserts !!! This is the one : http://restaurants.casino-restauration.fr/casino_restauration/bretagne/morbihan/lanester/DM280-ALBH/lanester

And you can find others all over France ,here: http://www.restaurant-alabonneheure.fr/

In time to come home and now watching as I write the Rugby VI Nations match between England and Wales, ,8×15 so far at halftime. Cheers and have a great weekend everyone!

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February 10, 2017

Montparnasse Paris to from Vannes ,and the bus 82

Well this has been a humid cool week and temps going down to minus Zero and up to 9C , slight rain and foggy nights and mornings, but again this is our mild winter, just nice.

I had one of those occasions where it takes me to Paris, the city of lights, love and all included. After seen so many bloggers write about Paris, I can only feel lucky to have worked in it, lived nearby, and be able to visit every month. Because ,Paris once bites you it’s an eternal love affairs.

I took the train ,TGV, this time from Vannes, found myself a free parking area on rue de Strasbourg behind the Station so decided to give it a try and it was wonderful. The TGV or trains in general are very punctual here and mine left exactly at 6h23 (6:23 am). Direction the wonderful gracious train station of Montparnasse in Paris, of course.

If you read my blog, you know I am not a fan of public transport, but on a business trip ,they will do just fine and free. Rather than take the metro or subway or tube, I rather stay above ground and soak in the city. Why take the underground when you are in Paris for enjoyment take the bus instead. It’s easy.

Right by blvd Montparnasse in the place 18 juin 1940 you take the bus 82 across the street direction hospital Americain and the way back its the Luxembourg. The bus 82 route map is here: http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?nompdf=82&loc=bus_paris/

I took it round trip and it was easy, nice with available seat and near to where I was going and coming; besides saw above ground the beautiful Paris for a metro/bus ticket T; a lot cheaper than the tourist buses.

The weather was clear cool but nice no rain and just wonderful to walk and take the ride by bus.  This bus 82 takes you into the Invalides, and pass you in front of St Louis church, and then the monument to peace and the Eiffel just in front of you. You go behind the école militaire and into avenue de Suffren. Great!!!

You, also, past wonderful less known churches such as Saint Françis-Xavier Blvd des Invalides, more here: http://www.sfx-paris.fr/content/patrimoines-caches-sfx

As well as one of my cinemas near my old office in rue d’Odessa in Montparnasse, the Gaumont Pathé, more here: http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-gaumont-parnasse/

Here I saw two of my favorite eating places; La Terrace by 7 a wonderful restaurant in the Place de l’école Militaire, more here to read about it ,recommended: http://www.laterrassedu7.com/

And a nostalgic one where I have taken many friends visitors to Paris on avenue de Suffren, the 7Vin resto; more about it here in my favorite site see my blogroll below my main page for more too: https://www.lafourchette.com/restaurant/7eme-vin/26635

Of course, I had my lunch at a nice business lunch in the 7th floor of a building nearby, with wonderful views of  Paris. The return by bus as well it took me right in front of another of my favorite restos Pizza Pino in blvd Montparnasse with the tour Montparnasse in view. More here and a great place upstairs to meet you friends ::) https://www.pizzapino.fr/fr/pizza-pino-montparnasse/

Once back IN Vannes, got around the station to reach my parking and go home in 35 minutes, nice and easy. Of course, some shots of my main train station ,Vannes.  Another wonderful day in Paris, always good to be back anytime. And already looking forward to the next time.

You too can come and one day meet, in our Paris. Cheers and have a great weekend. I am in my Breton lands.

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February 4, 2017

My travels in the Morbihan XIII

Well an off day humid, sun in then out, cool about 8C or 49F , we just did a bit of tour in our area nothing special just routine living in the Belle France.

In this case, wonderful living in the historically beautiful Brittany and on the only Département or state or province as you call it in France that is not name French but Breton. Again for new readers of my blog, Mor=sea bihan=small or small sea or in French petite mer.

Tourism in the Morbihan here : http://www.morbihan.com/

In our routine, the day started by going to our friendly store for building materials Castorama and get some more stuff;not to be done right away but stacking away for when better weather comes in we attack the basement. This store is at Vannes.

Then , we stop by another emblematic store of ours Norauto for car maintenance shop but this time to check on their scooters as one of my son’s is looking to buy one. Shop around but these are made in China and the talk in the forums is not good;brand RIDE ….

Then ,on the way back home we had lunch in one of our favorite home restaurant here at the town of Plescop , Les Trois Soleils, a complete menu of entrée, main dish, dessert, 33cl Pelforth beer and coffee expresso all for 16€ per person, great deal of real food. We had lasagna, brandade de morue or codfish in a potato purée, steaks and fries, mousse de chocolate, buffet all you can eat entrée with cold cuts, pate, salads, etc, the expresso coffee etc.

Here you have a sports bar with a mural posting all the local and national scores; the bar is even open Sunday evening. The resto is open Mondays to Saturdays from 7h30 to 20h; Sundays open with reservation for groups only.  No webpage it is located in the city of Plescop on the boundaries of Vannes on the road D779E in the center Zone Artisanale Trehuinec ,Plescop 56890

We came on the D779 so stop by Grand Champ to get some last minute groceries and gas/petrol. The reliable Carrefour Market that is even open on Sunday mornings is a good choice.

And of course, we made it on time to see the beginning of the VI Nations rugby championship pitting the best of the North Hemisphere. Scotland just surprisingly beat Ireland, the favorite to win it all , 27×22. Now I am leisurely awaiting the great match from Twickenham of England vs France!! just beginning now with the national anthem, and La Marseillaise is playing excuse me…. Ok!

Enjoy the VI Nations a new sport for me that caught up fire when taken by collegues at work in Paris to the Au Metro bar to see a France vs Ireland in the VI Nations of 2008. Stay tune. And if want to read more on this sport, tournament see it here : http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/home_standard.php#sbVCdiMXcbEIPHEb.97

Cheers and enjoy your weekend!!!

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February 3, 2017

Some news from France CXLX

We are back to ok weather not cold at all but rainy and humid now  at 9C or 46F. And we are getting some bad action in Paris and we should know better by now that the free flow of people has to be regulated for the safety of many more.

At the Carrousel shopping center that communicates with the Louvre museum there was a terrorist today and wounded some soldiers before he was wounded seriously with gun shot in the abdomen. This ,part of operation Sentinel going on in the Vigipirate anti terrorist alert in France. Glad they were there or it would had been worse.  Providing assistance to the population we have avoided a major calamity, more in French here: http://www.defense.gouv.fr/operations/operations/france/sentinelle/sentinelle-assistance-a-la-population

In the meantime, life goes on and so does the expositions at the Louvre. You will be able to see the expo Vermeer et les maîtres de la peinture de genre; looking back of what the Dutch painters did in France. All going from the Sphinx de Delft to now, many works of art will be shown including the La Laitérie and  portraits from painters from the Golden age on the Dutch will be display at the Sully wing to see the exposition of the Chefs-d’œuvre of the collection of Leiden, in the Dutch golden century. You will see as well the French painters Valentin de Boulogne in the Réinventer Caravage, all of the above will be on from February 22 to May 22 2017.

And the ever present photomaton photo machines around France, well in Paris they have installed some golden metal structures with curtain and the crowning ornament where you can take photos in black and white ,4 photos for 3€!  This is fotoautomat and these are at the 53bis rue des Francs Bourgeois (4eme), Palais de Tokyo (16eme), rue des Trois-Frères (18eme) and on the Centquatre (19éme). The webpage is at http://fotoautomat.fr

Another outfit is doing the same but in numerique photos call Tabobine ; 4 photos for 2€. They have 28 cabins already in Paris. They are in chic branché sites; and the webpage is at http://tabobine.com/#implantation

The overcrowding in Paris continue even more now with the automobile restrictions and the lack of planning and money. The metro line 14 between Saint Lazare and Mairie de Saint Ouen is late in it’s construction. IT was supposed to be in service by 2019 but now that is even doubtful.  This extension would have been for 5,4 kms and 4 additional stations. This in order to decongest the line 13 already saturated. The biggest problem have been water found in the Porte de Clichy even at 50 meters  when the platform was to be at 26 meters deep due to a leak in the Phreatic nape  and as the tunnel building machine  Magaly has stopped it cannot continue to drill towards Clichy-Saint-Ouen, as long as the waterproofing is not seal. The city hopefully keeps its hope to finish it by 2019 even with the drawbacks mentioned. The line 12 is to be extended from the Front Populaire to the mairie d’Aubervilliers and done by 2019 as well.  However, it has been extended finish to 2020 as well. This is all according to the transport site for the île de France region, Stif.

Due in time for the Valentine month of February we have the Maison de Victor Hugo, Place des Vosges putting on one of his famous poems in an exposition call La Pente de la rêverie until April 30th.  You will be able to see the works of Piranèse, John Martin, François de Nome and the poet himself. http://maisonsvictorhugo.paris.fr/fr/expositions/la-pente-de-la-reverie

Another famous house that of the Maison de Balzac is showing until April the paintings inspired from the writer in Une Passion dans le Désert. Telling the story of a soldier and a panther that also inspired other artists like Gilles Aillaud, Eduardo Arroyo and Antonio Recalcati.  http://maisondebalzac.paris.fr/fr/une-passion-dans-le-desert-0

A great exposition call  Sérénissime ! Venise en fête, de Tiepolo à Guardi at the museum Cognac-Jay until June 25th. Reviving the great parties and carnivals of the city of the Doges thru about 60 works of the great masters of the city of Venice. http://museecognacqjay.paris.fr/fr/les-expositions/serenissime-venise-en-fete-de-tiepolo-guardi

You run to see the wonderful portraits of Walasse Ting, and American artist of Chinese origin. It will be shown in the Museum Cernuschi until February 26. The  Walasse Ting, Le voleur de fleurs; bring about 70 works of the painter including the monumental compositions of the women in vegetal corps, charge and color of erotism at its finesthttp://www.cernuschi.paris.fr/fr/expositions/walasse-ting-1928-2010

It you are into orchids then run to the Jardin des Plantes and see thousands of them in Mille et une Orchidées.  Until May 14 2017; more here : http://www.jardindesplantes.net/fr/preparez-votre-visite/agenda/exposition/mille-orchidees-2017

Come to the great event of Grand Musée du parfum that open last December in a mansion at 73 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré and previously mentioned in my blog.  An unique olfative experience; a perfume museum.  More here: http://www.grandmuseeduparfum.fr/

And for the music incline, com to see the Romantique Authentique in the auditorium of the museum of Orsay from February 21 to June 13 2017 . Four concerts to discover the romantic repertoire for instrument of the times. http://www.musee-orsay.fr/fr/evenements/concerts/presentation-generale/article/romantique-authentique-44872.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=219&cHash=33a3077c3a

Come back to the 19C at the museum Marmottan-Monet and meet the honorable impressionists representing one of the most importants in Camille Pissarro. The expo Le premier des impressionnistes ; from February 23 to July 2 2017 showing the work of the artist thru 75 of his works.  http://www.marmottan.fr/

Get on February 26 at place Gambetta for the Carnaval de Paris. Promenade in costumes and its great parade of floats of high color and a warming entry to winter. More here: http://www.carnaval-paris.org/paris-ville-festive-par-excellence/

And for the lovers of Opera there is plenty in Paris. The works of Mozart to the honor this month, first , La Flûte enchantée at the Opéra Bastille until February 23rd. https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-16-17/opera/die-zauberflote-la-flute-enchantee

And at the Opéra Palais Garnier , see the Cosi fan tutte until February 19. https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-16-17/opera/cosi-fan-tutte

And just tomorrow we start with the VI Nations rugby tournament. Starts tomorrow and there is a France vs. England match 16h50 hot in England. It will be at the Stade de France near Paris for the match France vs Scotland on February 12. More info here : http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/fixtures_and_results.php#0hZk9EOIXySXjbsF.97

A wonderful Church of Paris has been renovated beautifully done. The Church Notre Dame de Lorette from the 19C renovates its baptism chapel and its paintings !!!  The Church  Notre-Dame-de-Lorette was built between 1823 and 1836 You must not miss the Chapel of the Virgin, and it lateral chapels such as Chapel of Marriage, Chapel of Baptism, chapel of communion, chapel Sainte Thérése, Chapel Saint Etienne , and Chapel Saint Hippolyte.  All places keeping wonderful paintings , sculptures and bordering. It is at  8 Rue Choron (9eme) near metro Le Péletier line 7.  More in French here: http://www.notredamedelorette.org/666-2/

Paris is eternal, there is always something to do. And you know you will be safe ,the best protection in the world, Sentinel. Cheers

 

January 30, 2017

Some news from France CXLVIIII

Ok never to far from the happenings in my belle France here are the latest. Today was foggy and rainy here in Vannes , as we expect the week to be but temps in the 10C or 50F. In the Paris region, they expect a mix cloudy and or rainy days with temps in the 50’s F.

Let’s talk about those wonderful passageways in Paris. The passages; one is the passage des Panoramas entering by bvld Montmartre ; the first one to show up the sky with glass ceilings in 1805. It is a wonderful relic of Paris joining the Bourse with blvd Montmartre to go near the Théatre des Variétés. 20 years later in 1826 the Galerie Vivienne opens; gorgeously decorated housing relics of great name and taste such as the  librairie Siroux (1828), and the  caves Legrand (1880).  The passage Verdeau ,passage Jouffroy, and passage Bercy . You can see and read all their story at the association that cares for them to preserve what was over 60 and now only 19 remains. Take care of them ok. The association is here: https://www.passagesetgaleries.org/index2.html

The Paris transformation is going on, with new lanes ,trying to eliminate the car hopefully elections are near. The wonderful Boulevard Périphérique is 35 kms long, with about 1,2 millions vehicles each day, at a maximum speed of 70 kph (already reduce from 80) and an average speed of 38,9 kph due to traffic jams. The beltway road was finished in 1973 and still has about 100 000 folks living just off it. It has 99 radar cameras link directly to the control center by fiber optics. The goal is to change it for the better by 2030…. The Eco terrorists wants to lower the speed even to 50 kph which will be terribly ridiculous (they better go after the factories to and lower employment) .  They are proposing to reserve two lanes to bus ,taxis, electric cars,and the auto sharing or covoiturage. The traffic lights will have tricolors or other panels to regulate the traffic flow and will have green areas (of course) along the boulevard concrete. Hey another great idea but like I said way until May….

The wonderful Centre Pompidou is celebrating 40 years and some suggestions for improvement are flying off its top too. For one the restaurant on top George (in honor of G Pompidou) is very expensive even with the panoramic view terrace in top floor. The simple sample menu has Badoit water at  8€ ,Cesar salad at  24€ , An omelette as you wish cost you 15,50€  the raw meat tartare or the tuna a la plancha is 39€ ; well that is why we have many tourists lol! For fun ,there is a new gallery for kids below the boutique, dedicated for the 13-16 years old and in the basement or  sous-sol, ready to smile for the little ones opens Wednesdays Saturdays and Sundays from 14h to 18h only. Some anecdotes on the centre was that it took 681 presentation to show the winning architect  Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the opening was January 1977. It had  5 000 invited person on a private opening at 21h. Amongst those that came for the grand opening were the Princess Grace of Monaco, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, the president of Senegal, and the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor as well as the dictator Mobutu of Zaire.  The Republican guard welcome them as well as president Giscard d’Estaing.  Today ,you go in by one door that of piazza but at the beginning it was a ant place to come in by four doors south, north, east and west. Salvador Dalí is the superstar of the Centre Pompidou. His two expos were the most visited still today ;840 000 visitors in 1979-1980, and 790 000 in 2012-2013.  The first time the personnel was on strike and even Dali could not get in! Salvador Dalí  is the only artist to have open admission in the center for 24/24  for 3 straight nights in March 2013. In the top 10 of most visits we find two Frenchmen ,Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), in 1984, and Pierre Soulages, 97 years old today in 2009-2010 as well as the one sought by foreigners with more than 500 000 visitors.  The musée national d’Art moderne, is in the  4e and 5e floor housing about  120 000 works dating from 1905 to 1965, where much is housed in the reserves of the museum for lack of space.  The MNAM  is the biggest museum of modern and contemporary art in Europe and the second in the world behind  MoMA in New York,USA.  However, the Beaubourg is the first loaner museum in the world. We can learn here about 250 languages or dialects from the popular English, German Spanish to also the  lapon, Zulu or navajo. Beaubourg,is a trip in our world. More here: https://www.centrepompidou.fr/

She has 241 years old in need of conservation who is this girl , well the statue of the Dame Fortune, quai Conti (6eme) in the court of the Monnaie de Paris, it is going thru a participation campaign to restore it and you can participate here :  https://www.culture-time.com/fr/projet/dame-fortune?utm_source_=%20ORST  . Sitting on a marble base, it is installed the sculpture of Louis-Philippe Mouchy since 1775.

Finally, the île Seguin will have its development : this is the old Renault factory island and now will have a cultural center of 24.500 m2, done by RCR Arquitectes. In other a hotel  «Arty» with works of art in each of it’s 220 rooms and 13 .000 m2, on top a pool, spa, and bar with a panoramic terrace.  heavy site to open but all is here: http://www.ileseguin-rivesdeseine.fr/

Somebody send a letter to the director of the Maison de Balzac in Paris asking for an advise on the chimney that was always call in his family the chimney of Balzac. Well it is !!! and nicely found, more here: http://maisondebalzac.paris.fr/fr/la-maison-de-balzac-soffre-un-faux

The old guards’ room of Catherine de Médicis that was made into a boutique where the funds were consecrated to the botanic vocation has closed its door on January 6 according to the Le Figaro. After 20 years of existance as a boutique, the pretty library or librairie du jardin des Tuileries, located at the entrance of the wrough iron door has closed. The content has been send over to the Louvre library boutique where opens Wednesdays to Mondays from 9h to 19h ,night time on Wednesdays and Fridays to 21h45.  More here: http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/en/boutique/museum/musee-du-louvre/

The Rétromobile from February 8-12 at the parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles (15eme)  admission 18€; free under 12. It will showcase the adventures of the secret agent Goldfinger 007 and show the Aston Martin DB5 car as well as many gadgets from the movie.

The next rendez-vous is on Cinecittà when the studio  Willy Rizzo (7eme) rends homage until April 1st in the show  «Rendez-vous à Cinecittà» , photos but also designs from the many who passed by here. Names like Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Anita Ekberg etc the best of the Italian cinema of the 1960’s. Studio located at 12, rue de Verneuil (7eme.  Monday to Saturday from 11h to 19h , admission is free.

After a great success on their first album , recognized by theirs Victoires du Jazz 2014 ,Thomas de Pourquery and Supersonic are back with ” Sons of Love” (coming out in March 2017).  To see them at the Gaîté lyrique,3 bis rue Papin (3eme)  until April 25 2017, admission 24,20€.  More here: https://gaite-lyrique.net/thomas-de-pourquery-supersonic

On February 7, 14, 21,and 28 2017 and with the resounding voice of André Malraux we honor WWII heroe Jean Moulin on the night at the Panthéon or La Nuit au Panthéon. time 18h45 admission 10€ Place du Panthéon (5eme) ;more here in French: http://www.paris-pantheon.fr/index.php/Actualites/La-Nuit-au-Pantheon

If you like chic Paris and who doesn’t, then you go this hotel from the 19C and great views of the hill and Paris. Hôtel Particulier, Pavillon D23,avenue Junot (18eme) . webpage: https://en.hotel-particulier-montmartre.com/contact

And of course, have photos in other posts, but leave you with the amazingly beautiful  Sacré-Coeur at 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre (18eme). The Church to see Paris and for Paris to see the Church. A must anytime. http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/

Enjoy your week, I am back at work dohhh!