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October 16, 2019

Tour de France 2020!

Ok so you are going to K me again this is an event way ahead but me think is good to plan ahead. When you have these big events I think it is always good to know the dates and the towns so you have plenty of time to plan your family’s trip. And I mean plan everything. This is the case with the Tour de France cycling race. The ultimate!!

I am not an expert nor I ride now but still love it and all my family do. For all even the views of the cyclists going thru the wonderful countryside of my belle France is enough to come and see it, either on TV or even better on site. Over the years we have followed it usually around Pau but sometimes near me now and even near Paris. Let me tell you a bit about the 2020 edition of the Tour de France.

A Tour de France entirely in France, with mountain from beginning to end and in which the only test against the clock will be in the penultimate stage, ending in the hard climb to La Planche des Belles Filles. This is the route of the 2020 edition of the Tour de France, which will be held from June 27 to July 19, 2020 dates advanced by the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Southern Grand Départ from Nice will have three exits with an initial stage for sprinters and on the second day there will be a mid-mountain exam with 4,000 meters of unevenness in order to fight the Leader from the beginning. In fact, on the fourth day the first final will appear on high, on the high in Orcieres-Merlette, 7.1 km at 6.7% level.

The sixth stage will be another arrival up in a port like Mont Aigoual, which will link up to 34 km of final ascent. It will be on the way to the Pyrenees, protagonists of the second weekend. Two days, Saturday July 4 and Sunday July 5 with the first with Balès (11.7 to 7.7%) and Peyresourde (9.7 to 7.8%); and the Sunday, with Hourcere and Marie-Blanque. After the rest day, the race will reach the Atlantic coast, between the islands of Oleron and Ré, with the wind as the main protagonist. Nor will forget the Tour de France to honor the recently deceased Jacques Chirac, with the longest and only stage that passes 200 km at 218 ending in Sarran, in a second week that will end with the final in Grand Colombier.

The final berth will be blatantly mountainous, with a day on July 14 with five ports and final in Villard-de-Lans, to give way to one of the great novelties the next day, the Col de Loze, an extension of the station Meribel, which leaves a rise of 21 km to 7.8%, the last four hard and exceeding 2,300 meters of altitude. Everything, after having made the Madeleine before (17.1 to 8.4%). Stage reigns before another mountain day (four ports on the way to La Roche-Sur-Foron) and the decisive 36 km chrono ending at La Planche des Belles Filles, the hand-to-hand duel where the organization expects the winner to be decided.

The stages of the Tour de France and brief commentaries from AS and L’Equipe sports journals.

1st stage (June 27th): Nice –Nice (medium country) 156 km.The first stage of this Tour de France will make a great loop in the Nice hinterland with, rare thing, three difficulties to borrow from the inaugural Saturday.

2nd stage (June 28th): Nice –Nice (high country) 187 km. From the second day, the long but steady col de Colmiane pass (16 km to 6.3%) placed in the first third of the stage, then in the wake of the Turini pass (15 km to 7.4%) both already punctuated Paris-Nice in 2018 and 2019 respectively – and the slightly more affordable Col d’Eze (7.8 km at 6.1%) will stand in front of the peloton, in a Tour de France which begins full slope (nearly 4000 m of elevation gain).

3rd stage (June 29th): Nice-Sisteron. 198 km. Without being a mountainous stage as the day before, the profile of this day will be slightly bumpy when the riders leave the Mediterranean shores for the Provençal hinterland, and will rise to above 1000 m before descending to Sisteron for an arrival which will be disputed between bruisers and/or sprinters.

4th stage (June 30th): Sisteron – Orcières-Merlette. 157 km. A 4th stage that already reaches the 2,000 m of altitude at its arrival: the first days of the 2020 edition will be steep, with the line drawn at the top of the climb of Orcières-Merlette, only 7 km but at 6.7% average. The foot also includes the steepest pass, with a second kilometer of ascension announced at 8.2% average. The riders will have already negotiated a first difficulty at nearly 1500 m before

 5th stage (July 1st): Gap-Privas. 183 km. Runners will leave the Hautes-Alpes gently sloping for the Ardèche buttresses through the Rhone Valley, often open to the winds of the South and, why not, to the curbs. Long-distance breakouts could be a breeding ground for victory if the sprint teams do not lock the race.

6th stage (July 2nd): Teil-Mont Aigoual. 191 km. Back on the slopes for the fourth time in six days with an arrival at Mount Aigoual that the Tour de France had not visited since its only passage in 1987. It’s not so much the last 14 kilometers that will make the difference, with their alternation between plateau and final elevation at a pleasant 4% average, as the formidable and irregular Lusette pass (11.7 km at 7, 3%) just before, including two kilometers passed in 11 % of slope. A total of 34 km climb that will reduce the organisms after not even a week’s drive.

7th stage (July 3rd): Millau-Lavaur. 168 km. A hilly stage but without real big difficulty. If weather conditions do not spread the peloton in small clusters, the riders could come out unscathed.

 8th stage (4th of july): Cazères-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle. 140 km. A sequence of three well-known passes, an arrival in the valley in a rather narrow stage: the Pyrenees stand before the peloton at the end of the first week of racing. Col de Menté, Port of Balès and Col de Peyresourde punctuate this mountainous stage which finally switches to Loudenvielle. The succession of three climbs introduces the lightning but strong passage that makes the Tour de France in the Pyrenean massif.

9th stage (July 5th): Pau-Laruns. (we have been here before!!) 154 km. Second day Béarnaise before the day of rest, again a wild severity. The brutal succession of the Hourcere and Soudet passes, planted well in the middle of the stage with 11 km at 8.8% followed by 3.8 km at 8.5%, barely interspersed with a descent of 5 km before the pass of Marie Blanque and its 7.7 km at 8.6% is added to the table in the last third of the stage, conclude a first week of Tour de France particularly marked by the mountain, unpublished in the modern history of the test.

10th stage (July 7th): Île d’Oléron (The Château d’Oléron) – Île de Ré (Saint-Martin-de-Ré).170 km. The Tour de France will go from island to island (wonderful to see) after the day of rest, for one of the few steps possibly for sprinters.

 11th stage (July 8th): Châtelaillon-Plage – Poitiers. 167 km. New stage with very soft relief, which will still be able to smile to the teams of sprinters on the Poitevin line .

12th stage (9th of July): Chauvigny-Sarran. 218 km. The longest stage of this 2020 edition will lead the pack towards Sarran, through a bumpy course without being really nothing complicated.

13th stage (July 10th): Châtel-Guyon – Puy-Mary. 191 km. A profile that will leave no respite, typical of those stages of mid-mountain that have worn out the bodies of runners in 2019. All incessant climbs and descents, this stage crossing the Massif Central is announced as the one with the biggest difference in altitude of the 2020 edition – 4400 m for 191 km of course. Among other celebrations listed: the Col de Ceyssat pass, the Col de Guéry, the Montée de la Stéle, the Estiade coast, the Anglards-de-Salers coast before concluding by the Col de Néronne pass (3.8 km to 9.1%) which precedes by 5 km the final rise of Pas de Peyrol, a sacred delicacy of 5.4 km to 8.1% of average. And whose 2.5 ultimate kilometers stand at nearly 12% with a passage to 15%. Big program in perspective.

14th stage (July 11th): Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon. 197 km. A stage marked the passage of the Béal pass in the first part of the race. Not enough to decide the fate of the stage before a descent to Lyon and some bumps on the menu in the very last part of the race: the coast of the Duchère, the rise of the Observance and the Côte de la Croix-Rousse will spice up the finale.

15th stage (12th of July): Lyon-Grand Colombier. 175 km. From almost every angle: from Lyon, runners will approach the Grand Colombier by almost all its possible access and drive. First by coming flirting with him from the west, to the saddle of Fromentel (11 km to 8.1%, including slopes between 11.5 and 22% in the last three kilometers), before s’ turn to go down to the north and hang on the Col de la Biche (7 km to 8.9%). They will then have to turn east, join Culoz and tackle the Grand Colombier, which is so difficult (17.4 km at 7.1%), irregular, with a brittle rhythm, where in several places the slopes follow slopes of 12%!

16th stage (July 14th): The Tour-du-Pin – Villard-de-Lans. 164 km. If the Chartreuse massif and the Col de Porte pass, which appear quite early in the stage (km 47) do not already scatter part of the peloton, the Vercors, its climb of access (by Saint-Nizier-du -Moucherotte), its plateau and its final coast at Villard-de-Lans, could legitimately be the theater.

17th stage (July 15th): Grenoble-Col de la Loze. 168 km. The queen stage of this Tour de France will cross the Madeleine and will end at the top of the Col de la Loze Pass, an unprecedented climb to the spectacular finale, destined to become a classic of the Great Loop. A narrow road opened last May and closed to cars has made accessible to cyclists the summit of the Col de la Loze (2 304 m), which connects the valley of Meribel to that of Courchevel. The extraordinary strength of this climb does not lie in its length (21.5 km in total from the foot, Brides-les-Bains), nor in its average percentages (7.8%), but in the unique profile of last six terminals, on the new elevation road. This consists of a succession of impressive walls and floors, with many passages over 20%. Short laces, violent raids and incessant ruptures of slope, which offer cyclists a phenomenal field of expression.

18th stage (July 16th): Méribel – La-Roche-sur-Foron. 168 km. Since it was retracted due to weather conditions in the 2019 edition, here is the Cormet Roselend served on the menu of 2020, but this time in its direction Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Beaufort. Then come a solid sequence of the Col des Saisies, the Aravis, the rise of the plateau Glières (back to the program after an appearance in 2018)

19e étape (17 juillet) : Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole. 160 km. Part of the Ain to join the reliefs of the Jura, it will not present difficulties comparable to the previous days and could benefit the sprinters.

20th stage (July 18th): Lure – La Planche des belles filles (against the clock). 36 km. The only stage against the clock of this Tour de France 2020 will be played on 36 km with a final in hill. And what a rise: the now classic Planche des belles filles, on the program for the fifth time in nine editions. Nearly 6 km to 8.5% (in “normal” version for 2020 after the “Super Planche” of 2019) with ad hoc passages at 13 or even 20%. A chrono during the penultimate stage is not new in the recent history of the Tour de France all editions from 2002 to 2008, then those of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 or even 2017 were filled, with a single change of leader on the eve of the arrival in Paris, in 2011. But the uniqueness of the individual chrono this year makes it a unique event.

21st stage (July 19th): Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines dept 78! – Paris .122 km. As every year until 2024, the last stage of the Tour starts from the Yvelines to reach Paris. By an agreement between the Tour de France and the dept 78 Yvelines! My old home!

The official webpage of the Tour de France: https://www.letour.fr/en/

There ,now you are all set to come in, bienvenue  and enjoy the race ,the Tour de France 2020.

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

 

October 15, 2019

The Christmas markets of my France!

So this is the season to be merrier indeed. Always my best part even if already the second one without dear late wife Martine and the 13th without my dear mom Gladys. I will be with my 3 boys and Dad to weather the seasons and be merry.  And we need to plan ever so earlier these days lol!! So here it is be prepare be ready be merrier !!!Merry Christmas to all:::!!

As the title says, there are many wonderful Marché de Noël or Christmas markets in my belle France. I have written before on some,but this year will post those that I have great memories with the family and been to them on several occassions sometimes two in the same year! Hope you enjoy them as we did/do.

Some of my favorites Christmas market or Marché de Noël, well there are many favorites, let’s just say these are the ones been while living there or nearby.

The marché de Noël or Christmas market at place de la Poissonnerie in Vannes all part of a project of the school Ecole Sainte Jéhanne d’Arc near the Place du Poids Public   many vendors and creators, producers will be at the school yard on December 7th.

From December 20th to January 5th, 2020 at the place Maurice Marchais,Hôtel de Ville in Vannes. A huge Marché de Noël a highlight of the Christmas activities, appointment appreciated by families. An ice rink of 300 m² and a 50 m² ice garden will also offer to the little ones a safe gliding area, equipped with games and accessories. Do not forget your gloves! They are required for skating. A glove dispenser (€ 5 per pair) will be available at the entrance to the rink. On this same square, two gourmet chalets offer sweets: pancakes, chichis, waffles, chocolate, mulled wine, coffee, tea … Every day from 14h to 19h and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10h to 12h. Opening Friday, December 20 from 18h to 22h. More info here in French: Tourist office South Brittany on Vannes Christmas market

Another nice one in my area will be from Friday December 13 to Wednesday December 19 at the Place Notre Dame in Auray, across from the Church of St Gildas. A wind of magic will blow on the city with the launch of the Illuminations that will unfold from December 6 in the streets of Auray. More info in French here: Tourist office bay of Quiberon on Auray Christmas market

One of the best in Brittany will be the Marché de Noël in Rochefort en Terre from December 13 to the 31th 20190 The whole city puts on its clothes of lights to the delight of young and old! Light garlands, stalactites, curtains of lights are installed in the streets and alleys and the park of the castle. Come stroll and admire these lights that will amaze young and old. Wooden chalets and shops of the city: Fairy atmosphere in the Small City of Character from 17h30! We have come every year since 2011! More info here: https://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/feerie-noel-rochefort-en-terre/

Live Magic of Christmas at the Esplanade de Hoche, in Quiberon! The Village de Noël will be there from December 21 to January 4 2020. Come stroll, feast and meet the folks at the Christmas Village, open every day. You will discover gift proposals, an associative scene and booths with the theme of Noël Gourmand! Free skating on natural ice. Every day for free, borrow ice skates, take off on the track! The little ones will be able to take off themselves, wearing shiners, pushing toboggan sleds. A teams of volunteers are there to help you choose the skates. For your safety and comfort, do not forget your gloves and hat! Opening of the ice rink on December 21st. There will be horse wagon or Caleche from 23 to 31 December. Makeup artists from December 23rd to January 3rd 2020. More info here in French: City of Quiberon on Christmas market

At Versailles ,not a specific Christmas market but plenty of events especially for the season. See the lineup on the palace/museum site at their official webpage here: https://en.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/programmation/1?theme[]=136&id=field-theme-136

And, also, at the city of Versailles webpage on these days activities here: https://en.versailles-tourisme.com/visit-and-explore-versailles-the-royal-town/going-out-in-versailles-the-festival-town

For the memories a short film I saw in YouTube that is pretty good to show you the ambiance in a town like Versailles this was a few years back. Enjoy it here:

And on my dear Seine et Marne at Disneyland Paris we will be a big one as usual.  The Noël Enchanté Disney 2019 at Disneyland Paris the traditions continuesin the two parks Disney and the Disney Village.  There will be many thrills and entertainment at the Walt Disney Studios Park and Disney Village. All from November 9  to January 6  2020. More info in French here:  Disneyland Paris Christmas market and celebrations

From November 20 2019 until January 8,2020 hundreds of garlands will illuminate the Christmas 400 pine trees on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris, of course. The installation of trees will last until mid-November and will illuminate the most beautiful avenue in the world with a flamboyant red.

One of the best if not the best in the Paris region happened in Hauts de Seine dept 92 at La Défense. A Christmas Village on the parvis de la Défense from November 21st to December 29th, 2019. The modern neighborhood at the forefront of La Défense is transforming its face as the sun goes down and the lights of the Christmas market come on. Under the Grande Arche of glass and steel, emblem of the city’s economic district, the atmosphere becomes magical thanks to the Christmas stalls. Decorations, gifts, ethnic objects, delicacies, sandwiches with melted cheese: these are the ingredients of this evocative Christmas market. More info here in French: City of La Défense on the Christmas market

For nostalgic sake, here are some small one passed by them and enjoyed many times.

Take it to the Gare St Lazare; Cour de Rome ; the Marché de Noël   November 16-21 2019. Creations made in France . Rendez vous in the street Cour de Rome to see some like Basus, La Fine Equipe, Dagobear, Ullys, TheTops, Furia, Laurie, and Collants Lauve. More info here on the Gare St Lazare and others from SNCF: SNCF Christmas markets and on gare St Lazare

Another small but nice is at the Marché de Noël des Fééries of Auteuil on the Rue Jean de la Fontaine 16éme arrondissement of Paris from December 1-6 2019. 11h to 19h. More here in French from the mayor’s office of the 16 of Paris: Mayor’s office of the 16 arrondissment of Paris on the Auteuil Christmas market

Then some bigger and popular market in Paris proper.

The Saint Germain des Prés 2019 Christmas Market from 1st to 31st December 2019 , and 10h to 19h. You will find many stalls merchants but also entertainment for young and old. It is also an opportunity to find gift ideas or culinary specialties. This is the ideal way to market and prepare your New Year’s Eve meal. Saint-Germain-des-Prés church in the 6éme arrondissement of Paris. More official here but not yet the 2019 just keep an eye on this webpage: Comite of St Germain on the Christmas Market

The Christmas Market of Notre Dame!! This year more than ever be there if possible. It will be from December 14 to December 23, 2019.   Nearly 40 artisans will welcome you for this Christmas Market located on the square René Viviani. You will find artisans, fashion designers and accessories sellers. More info in French here: Official Notre Dame Christmas market

The Christmas Market of Abbesses, Montmartre. From the end of December 2019 to the beginning of January 2020 and 10h to 17h. The Place des Abbesses 18éme arrondissement of Paris, organizes its traditional Christmas market. This is the place to go for the hunt for gifts and local products: all to experience the magic of Christmas family. No web yet available but stay tune for it as awaiting official dates.

And the Paris tourist office on many more here : https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/christmas-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris/christmas-markets-in-paris

There you go be here or be square a magical moment to be in my belle France. Hope you do your planning well and have a wonderful time with family and dear friends wherever you are in the wonderful Earth. Merry Christmas to all!

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

October 13, 2019

More streets of Paris!

So lets get into the streets of Paris!  Ok so you all come here and eagerly get into the metro lol! Never understood why… with so much beauty above ground why go underground? Of course, there is the RER B from CDG airport but there are also buses Air France and Direct Line so much comfortable. And believe me I have tried them all over the years.

There is also the bus in Paris, above ground: and like me the road warrior there is always the first choice for the car; even with all the contraints of doing so in Paris nowdays. Bottom line, once you get to Paris proper (districts or arrondissement 1-20), the ultime best way is to walk its streets. And this is the idea of this post, stretch your legs and have your feet well dressed and do some awesome walking above ground in the most beautiful city in the world, Paris!

One of the streets I entered my eternal Paris the most is by the rue d’Auteuil in that quartier or neighborhood in district or arrondissement 16 of Paris. I usually come in to Paris by car on this street! Lets go on…

The rue d’Auteuil was the main street in the old village of  Auteuil. Founded aound the year  600, this village was located near the vast forest of Rouvray, part of which is the Bois de Boulogne today.  In 1860, the village is annexed by Paris  and the street is name for it.  This street previously in 1813 was designated as the D30 road as the  rue du village d’Auteuil. The part between the streets  rue La Fontaine ,and bd  Murat and bd Suchet were incorporated into the D29 road in 1847.

Some interesting building along this street of rue d’Auteuil are: At no 4 Chapelle Sainte-Bernadette. 11 bis entrance to high school or lycée Jean-Baptiste-Say. No 16 Hôtel de Puscher, 17C, redone in 1806,you can admire the facade on the street rue des Perchamps. No 40, it was for a long time the lodging or Auberge du Mouton Blanc  where Molière, Racine , and La Fontaine were regular vistiors, there is a plaque on the wall. At the end of the 17C it was the LIPP of the times. At No 43-47, there is pretty mansion of the 18C more precisely 1715, known as the Hôtel Antier or Hôtel de Verrières. Moving on at No 43-47  John Adams 2nd President of the USA and one of the founding  fathers of the USA lived here with his wife and two children from September 1784 to May  1785! At No 59 was the site of a mansion from the 18C that hosted many known figures of the time. From  1750 to 1772,it belonged to the painter Maurice Quentin de La Tour. In  1788, was sold to Madame Helvetius  or Anne-Catherine de Ligniville Helvétius.  It was here which was known as the Our Lady of Auteuil or Notre-Dame d’Auteuil or simply Minette gathering the brightest from the time. It was here as well the site of the Condorcet, shock by a demonstration where for the first time came the red flag ,writing the treaty on the prevost justice.  A few years later we find Napoléon  Bonaparte before he was emperor and after 1854, one of this nephews the Prince Pierre Bonaparte, that made famous in January 1870 for the murder of the newspaper men  Victor Noir, real name Yvan Salmon. Finally at no 63-73 was the place of the Château du Coq that in 1717,belonged to  Samuel Bernard  that left it to one of his mistresses  Madame de Fontaine. In 1767, king Louis XV became proprietor  to use it as a fun lover meeting place.

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Another street I have used a lot is the Avenue du Maine by Montparnasse.  It includes the neighborhoods of Necker, Montparnasse Plaisance, and Petit Montrouge in the districts of 14éme and 15éme of Paris. Another of my work offices was by here and really walk and eaten around there a lot.

The Avenue du Maine owes its name to the presence of the Château de Maine, which was, according to a legend, an old hunting appointment of the Duke of Maine at the northern tip of the domain of Sceaux. In fact, this castle whose entrance was located at 142 rue du Château was very far from Sceaux and never belonged to the duke of Maine but had several owners including the literary critic Élie Catherine Fréron. The origin of this avenue is due to Auguste de Bourbon, Duke of Maine. His main residence, located on the site of the future hotel Biron, was located rue de Varenne and his country residence was in Sceaux where his wife, Louise-Bénédicte de Bourbon, received the beautiful spirits of the time as Guillaume Amfrye de Chaulieu, Stanislas of Boufflers, Voltaire, Bernard Bouyer de Fontenelle, etc…

To go from one house to another, you had to take the little streets of Paris that led to the site of the old Saint-Michel gate and then take rue d’Enfer. In order to shorten the route, the Duke of Maine made a path through the countryside of the Montrouge plateau, which ran around the outlets of the rue de Sèvres, rue de Vaugirard and rue du Cherche-Midi, and which joined the  Route d’Orléans ( current avenue du Général-Leclerc) at a place called “Le Petit-Montrouge” in the parish of Montrouge by extending the rue d’Enfer. The avenue seems to have been opened in the late 1730s.  This road bore the names of chemin d’Orléans around 1760,  Nouvelle route d’Orléans around 1763, Chemin du Petit-Montrouge  around 1777, Route du Maine around 1791, before taking, from 1821, that of chaussée du Maine  and eventually avenue du Maine.

Some of the interesting things to see in the Avenue du Maine that I  like are at No 13 house shop of the organ builder  Aristide Cavaillé-Coll!  No. 14 lived the painter Fernand Léger and the Lebanese-American poet Gibran Khalil Gibran  from 1908 to 1910 , there is a plaque. The young Jean Mermoz  future legendary figure of  Aéropostale lived there with his mother, born Gabrielle Gillet a nurse at the Laennec hospital  from 1917-1918 and until his departure for the Aviation School of Istres in October 1920. No 21 the Montparnasse museum, former Grande-Masse workshop of the National School of Fine Arts, At this address was also the studio of the Russian painter, Marie Vassilieff, who opened there in 1915 the  Cantine des artistes , she welcomed there among others: Guillaume Apollinaire, Braque, Cendrars, Chagall, Jean Dannet, Max Jacob, Léger, Matisse, Modigliani, Radiguet, Soutine, Zadkine, etc. At no  33 lived Piet Mondrian from 1912 to 1913 , and left for 26, rue du Départ, nearby. Since 1973, it has been the official address of the Montparnasse tower. At No 44: the Douanier Rousseau lived  here from 1893 to 1895.  No. 79 in front of this number, on May 12, 1902, the Pax airship with its two occupants, aeronaut Augusto Severo de Albuquerque Maranhão and his mechanic, Georges Saché, felled. There is also the  Maine-Montparnasse buildings including the Paris-Montparnasse train station, the Montparnasse tower, and the Atlantic garden. The Church Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge is also here.

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In another area of Paris ,another popular street of mine is the rue Royale near the Madeleine. Where not only by car but walk a lot as one of previous jobs was not far from it.

The rue Royale is a lane of the 8éme arrondissement of Paris. 282 meters long, the street starts from Place de la Concorde and ends at Place de la Madeleine. It measures about 23 meters wide between Place de la Concorde and rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré and 43 meters elsewhere. Its name comes from the fact that this way was opened to give access to the place Louis-XV, current Place de la Concorde.

This rue Royale street replaced the Porte Saint-Honoré, which was at the corner of Rue Saint-Honore, built under Louis XIII and destroyed in 1733 and the rampart that extended to the Jardin des Tuileries. The rue Royale  Tuileries was built from 1758 on a uniform facade design given by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Around 1792, the rue Royale was renamed rue de la Revolution. It then became the rue Royale Saint-Honoré then, in 1795, the rue de la Concorde. It resumed its current name in 1814. After the Restoration, the rue Royale gradually lost its residential character and became one of the high places of luxury Parisian trade, especially from the late 19C.

Some interesting buildings I like are: At No.1 Hotel on the corner of Place de la Concorde where, on February 6, 1778, Conrad Alexandre Gerard in the name of King Louis XVI, Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, Arthur Lee signed the treaties by which France was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States of America!!!.  At No 2 Hôtel de la marine, also known as the hôtel des Garde-Meuble . Today headquarters of the staff of the French Navy.

At No 3 Hôtel Richelieu. The Maxim’s restaurant, established at this address since 1893, is remarkable for its storefront and its Art Nouveau interior of 1899 . No 6: Hôtel Le Roy de Senneville. Built in 1769 by Louis Le Tellier for Jean-François Roy de Senneville , secretary of the king from 1752 to 1780 and farmer general from 1772 to 1789.

To the right of the porte-cochère, the jeweler Fouquet commissioned in 1901 for his shop a remarkable decoration of 1900 style designed by Alfons Mucha and realized with the help of the Maison Jansen. On the noble floor, two lounges have retained their original decor of the 1770s. The passage checker has retained its flat vault. The staircase of honor remains with its railing wrought iron Louis XV. At No 11 a hotel built by Louis Le Tellier, after 1781. The large half-timbered salon was reassembled in Paris at the Nissim-de-Camondo Museum and the bedroom at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Buenos Aires. Queen Nathalie of Serbia lived there.

No 14, at the corner of rue Saint-Honoré at the location of the Credit Lyonnais agency, established at this location since at least 1910, was at the end of the 19C a cabaret with the sign of La Porte Saint-Honoré recalling the old door of the enclosure of Louis XIII who was at this location and was demolished in 1733. The physiologist Claude Bernard lived in this house in 1859.  In April 1939, the building becomes the head office of L’Oréal, the company’s premises also occupy all the buildings belonging to this number and run up to rue Saint-Florentin, parallel to it.  At No 16: the Ladurée bakery founded in 1862. In 1871, while Baron Haussmann gave a new face to Paris, a fire allowed the transformation of the bakery into pastry. Ernest Ladurée has the idea to mix  Parisian coffee and pastry, and thus gives birth to one of the first tea rooms in the capital. Ladurée remained a pastry famous for its macaroons.

At No 21 ,the famous Weber brewery was installed in this building from 1899 to 1961. Before 1914, it was the rendezvous of writers, journalists and artists, frequented by designers Forain and Caran d’Ache, writers Paul- Jean Toulet, Léon Daudet, Marcel Proust, the writings of Time and Figaro, and  comedians like Marguerite Deval. At No 25: entrance to Cité Berryer, which extends to 24 rue Boissy-d’Anglas; location of the old Aguesseau market, inaugurated in July 1746.  At No. 27 and No. 3 Place de la Madeleine building that housed the Austrian Brewery, heavily damaged by projectiles fired during the Commune, in the second half of May 1871; Larue restaurant, opened at the same location in 1886, welcomed Proust in the early 1900s, and from 1924 the monthly meeting called Bixio Dinner.

It was at this street that the nice movie Le Château de verre  or the Glass Castle (1950), by René Clément was filmed.

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Some of the wonderful streets of Paris. Well I could write a book on them but really lazy to do so, these few will do. Anyway , I think it gives a flavor of the architecture and history of  the streets of Paris, eternal, sublime, one can easily get lost on them and be glad . Enjoy some streets of Paris.

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

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October 11, 2019

Some news from France, CCXLVIIII

And back at you with the latest chosen tidbits of my belle France. We are expecting great weather in the coming days so enjoy it. Right now in my neck of the woods we have semi cloudy, and windy and temps of 17C or about 64F while in Paris the more cloudy ad 62F.

Something unusual as if anything is not in Paris!

The Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail  (Our Lady of Work) 14éme, contrasts with many religious buildings, and imposes itself as monumental, unusual, with all at the top, in majesty: a clock.,so that they can have the time. The neighborhood of Plaisance is then only the  hidden district of Montparnasse the old church, located rue du Texel, becomes too narrow for all this world. Father Soulange-Bodin decided to build a larger building in 1898.

Under the ceiling is an inextricable labyrinth of metal hoops and iron columns. A factory, or almost. And for good reason: lack of money, it was necessary to innovate from the foundations in limestone. Metal and wood are cheaper than stone. No stone, no steeple. To adorn the church with a veil of 135 tons of metal. Hence this intertwining of trellises, typical of railway stations. An iron frame with a pale light. The stained glass windows, in Art Nouveau or Geometric style, have warm and cool shades to soften the brightness.

Basically, the Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail rightly sits, under which every second Sunday of October, the inhabitants come to deposit their tools. As you approach, you see at its feet the palette of a baker, a wheelbarrow and even  a barrel. Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail, 59, rue Vercingetorix  14éme. Parish webpage here: Official Parish Church Notre Dame du Travail

And while at it, think of stopping by these usual and unusual places in one of my previous work neighborhood and today entry point by train to Paris. You ,also, see here !  The incredible view of the Montparnasse tower. Impossible to miss: it dominates the neighborhood at  209 meters. Take the time to hop on Europe’s fastest elevator for a drink at the 56th floor bar. Where there is a 360 ° view of Paris, to contemplate behind large windows. Every day until 22h30 or 23h. From 8.50 to 18 euros the entry ticket into the tower. Also, walk around and visit the Jardin Atlantique or Atlantic garden. Perched on the roof of the train station, this green space offers an unusual parenthesis on three hectares. From 8h  to 21h30. Finally head for Shibuya Karaoke located in the lively rue de la Gaieté, this place offers boxes to book with friends. This concept straight from Japan allows you to have fun in groups in rooms depending on the size of the team. Then, everyone chooses his/her  repertoire and the microphone goes when its time to sing. Every evening and Sunday from 14h30. From 6 to 9 euros per person. Contact +33( 0) 1.73.71.87, the latter webpage here: Official Shibuya Karaoke

Every second Friday of the month, the Le Parisien newspaper  in partnership with Meilleursagents.com, gives you an appointment to discuss the state of the market of real estate. For those thinking of buying here a very general view an indication of prices per square meter and by department.

Paris 75: Champs Elysees  8éme 15980€, Saint Thomas d’Aquin 7éme 15929€,  Saint Germain des Pres  6éme 15697€  ,Odeon 6éme 15438€,  Notre Dame 4éme 15106€, Invalides  7éme 14520€,  Monnaie 6éme 14319€,Place Vendome 1éme 14039€

Yvelines 78 : Versailles 7491€, Saint-Germain-en-Laye 7161€,  Le Vésinet  6109€,  Croissy-sur-Seine 5931€, Maisons-Laffitte  5717€, Chatou  5486€

Hauts-de-Seine 92 : Neuilly-sur-Seine  10879€,  Levallois-Perret   9175€,  Boulogne-Billancourt 8432€, Issy-les-Moulineaux 7786€, Montrouge 7400€, Suresnes 7073€

Seine-et-Marne 77 : Serris 4498€ , Chessy  4395€ , Magny-le-Hongre 4294€,  Montévrain  4078€ Bussy-Saint-Georges 3850€,  Bailly-Romainvilliers  3825€, Fontainebleau 3805€

Essonne 91 : Verrières-le-Buisson  4782€, Gif-sur-Yvette  4229€ Orsay 4181€, Palaiseau 3960€, Massy 3916€

Seine-Saint Denis  93 : Les Lilas  6127€ , Montreuil  5917€, Saint-Ouen 5668€, Le Pré-Saint-Gervais 5556€, Bagnolet 5489€

Val de Marne 94 : Saint-Mandé   9379€, Vincennes  8864€, Charenton-le-Pont  8342€, Nogent-sur-Marne 6205€, Saint-Maurice 5907€

ps for my American friends not use to meters and euros, one square meter is 10,76 square foot.  The exchange rates changes everyday but today is at 1 USD equals 0,91 Euros or 1 euro is 1,10 USD;ok

Live the life of Hamlet at the Château de Vincennes The viewer are free to move in different spaces, living closer to the plot of “Helsingør – Castle Hamlet” mythical play of Shakespeare, played from this weekend. The castle of Vincennes is the scene of a show that brings the public into the heart of the subject, which makes it rub shoulders with the characters of Hamlet, the king of Denmark, Claudius or Ophelia. “Helsingør – Hamlet Castle” is a creation of A2R company – Antre de Rêves and co-produced by the Center des monuments nationaux.  Château de Vincennes , 1, rue de Paris. Admission from 22.30 to 38 €. More info  Webpage : https://www.le-secret-paris.com/helsingor

It is a fair return of history that restores its lost legibility to a precious place in Paris. Today Friday, October 11, The Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris or Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (MAMVP), located in the 16éme arrondissement, will reveal its new finery. More specifically: improve the reception conditions of the public in the hall, and allow a greater fluidity between the different spaces, especially those reserved for temporary exhibitions.

The MAMVP unfolds in the eastern wing of the Palais de Tokyo, just in front of the art center of the same name. Originally created for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in 1937, the design of this overall building, largely open on the Seine, clearly meets the canons of Art Deco: refined ornamentation, symmetry, recourse to a classical order and soberly monumental, especially for the colonnades, stylized motifs, out of all the picturesque  In this Palace of the museums of modern art as it was called in its beginnings. The two establishments had been programmed, one for the city, the other for the state. While it had been kept almost as it was until it was opened to the public on July 6, 1961, the MAMVP has gone through many work campaigns over a period spanning nearly sixty years. More info  Webpage : http://www.mam.paris.fr/fr

The Vendages de Montmartre ! Shows, walks, exhibitions, concerts and tastings will punctuate the Butte until  this coming Sunday October 13  to celebrate the 86th edition of the harvest. For the opening evening of the Cuvée des Couleurs, a large participative and colorful fashion show was organized last Wednesday at the city/town hall of the 18éme arrondissement. Great novelty this year, a night race will animate the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre. This 5 km race will start from the Place Louise-Michel  at 20h, it is free and open to all on registration.

During 4 days, young talents will perform in a series of spots of the district; song, pop, electro, rock … Décibels Vendanges offers us to (re) discover a series of emerging artists. A village full of flavors at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur, the Parcours du Goût offers us, once again this year, the opportunity to taste the products of a hundred producers from the ïle de France and other regions. The Route of Taste, rues Azaïs, Saint-Eleuthère, Cardinal Guibert,  and Parvis of the Sacre Coeur October 11th to 13th from 10h to 19h

Let’s do honor to this coming Sunday October 13 whose temperature will be around 24 degrees C! At 15h, you will visit the vineyards, one of the most atypical places in Paris, accompanied by the historian Jean-Manuel Gabert who will enlighten all on its history and its grape varieties. Visit of the vineyards, Rue des Saules  18éme of course! From 10h-11h-14h-15h rdv hours.  A guided tour not to be missed, followed by a concert of Equivox, gay and lesbian choir of Paris, which will open the colorful and musical ball. The group of bodypainters Nice to Paint You, makeup artists and experienced graffiti artists, will take care of you to glitter and colors on the sound of the eclectic titles of DJ Thierry Lecamp, who will be responsible for making us dance all evening. The Rainbow Ball, Place Saint-Pierre  from 17h – 19h30. More info webpage : https://www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com/the-fete-des-vendanges-de-montmartre/

The Greenroom Expérience, placed under the most total mystery and the promise of musical diversity and cultural mixing. We let ourselves be guided in the unknown, where the line-up is kept secret until the end to cultivate a confusing effect of surprise, between essential headliners, musical leaps in the past and new emerging talents that surely would not be ever crossed. The sensory and explosive paintings where the leitmotiv dear to Greenroom “mix music, match people” will prevail in minds. We take advantage of “La rue est à nous”  ot the street is ours, from its walls colored with tags to its paving stones that beat the rhythmic pace of the fanfares.Unloads on Dance like no one’s watching, a dance track punctuated by disco and electronic sounds, a tribute to the LGBT + communities of the 1970s where the watchwords are tolerance; The most seasoned night owls will rage at Rave against the machine where music is perceived as a tool of protest and claim. Greenroom Experience , free admission for adults with obligatory reservation via the ticket office  Studio Lendit, plaine Saint-Denis, 16, rue André Campra – Saint Denis. Facebook webpage : https://www.facebook.com/events/2614551545304370/

It is a surge of joy that will seize fans of Lord of the Rings. More than 200 pieces on 1000 m2, manuscripts, illustrations, all the magic of the work of the great JRRT Tolkien gathered in one place. You dreamed of it? Direction the National Library of France!  BnF In 1937, J.R.R.T. Tolkien, professor of medieval languages and literatures of Oxford, published The Hobbit and became one of the most important figures of the 20C. The BnF or National Library of France unveils both man and his work, with the largest exhibition on the subject, in collaboration with the Oxford Bodleian Library. Tolkien, Journey to Middle-Earth, From October 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020. BnF Quai François-Mauriac, 13éme. More info  webpage : https://www.bnf.fr/fr/agenda/tolkien-voyage-en-terre-du-milieu

And there you go another plateful of things to see in my belle France and especially my eternal Paris! Never a dull moment and all is fun! Hope you enjoy the series Some news from France and I thank you for your readership over the years.

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

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October 9, 2019

The Massy-Palaiseau station at Massy!

Ok so lets get you to another sort of off the beaten path area of my eternal Paris. This is a place that has been just passed by and only use its transport hub , an important one especially if living in the west of France like me::)

There is a way to get direct from my Vannes train station on the TGV service to Roissy CDG airport or even Disneyland Paris. This is the connection station sometimes and sometimes it goes direct, talking about Massy-Palaiseau . Let me tell you a bit more on it and hope you can use it as well

A bit on the town itself.

Massy is located in the department 91 of Essonne in the region Ile-de-France.  It is at 15 km from Paris-Notre-Dame, point zero of the roads of France, 16 km from Evry, F km from Palaiseau, 34 km from Etampes, 28 km from La Ferte-Alais,30 km from Dourdan, 39 km from Milly-la-Forêt and only 13 km from Versailles. The town is bordered on the north by the course of Bièvre for about 1.52 km (old river now gone from Paris see Rue du Biévre)

The Massy-Palaiseau station, opened in 1883, is currently part of a multimodal hub connected to RER B and C and completed since 1991 by the Massy TGV station (I take)  served by the five French high-speed lines, Atlantique to Rennes , Nantes and Bordeaux, South-East to Lyon then Mediterranean to Marseille and Montpellier, North to Lille and Brussels and now Eastern Europe to Strasbourg. There is also bus stations of Massy-Atlantis and Massy-Vilmorin

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The TGV, RER and bus stations are interconnected by a  241 meter footbridge to allows passengers to reach the RER, TGV and Vilmorin and Atlantis bus stations. In 2022 there should be added the Express line 12 of the Ile-de-France tramway via the Massy-Palaiseau station and the new Massy-Europe station. This line will use up to Épinay-sur-Orge the old Grande Ceinture line and then will run in tramway mode to Courcouronnes and Évry by following the A6 autoroute.

Massy

By road , you have the two ancient roads prior to the 18C, the national road 20 heir to the great royal road from Paris to Toulouse, currently the 920  road (this have taken from Paris to Toulouse! both when name 20 and now 920 )to the far east and the 188 road from the east to the southwest (old road of Chartres main axis of old Massy constituted of the avenue of President-Kennedy,  Rue Gabriel-Péri, rue du mai 8 1945 and the rue de  Paris).

Other than the intersection on TGV from Vannes to Roissy CDG which I have taken several times, there is little to see other than the main one me think of the Opera de Massy, Cultural Center Paul Bailliart, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance.  There is ,also, the Château de Vilgénis rebuilt in 1823,  from its origins of 1755, now owned by Air France!

Some transports info on Massy station to follow

City of Massy as how to come here

Area tourist office Paris Saclay on the TGV intermodes at Massy

And there you go ,the transport tribulations of my belle France. Yes, you notice too almost everything is routed by Paris yes indeed. It all has to do with a National government of a Republic that wanted to crown its jewel in one city, Paris.

The Massy-Palaiseau station is nice big areas, plenty of eating places and easy panels me think. The trip from the west is long ok for me but my father is difficult and he has taken it with me and the boys too. However, it is a great alternative to get to Roissy CDG for many including me and avoid the Paris center, and it is very easy about 32 minutes to Disneyland Paris.

Enjoy the rides at Massy-Palaiseau. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

October 8, 2019

A castle and a museum, fit for a King ,this is Saint Germain en Laye!

I have come here many times as it was very close to my old home you know in that other palace/museum and Saint Germain en Laye has a nice market too.  Needless for me to tell you it is one of my favorite cities in France ,and yes they are many!. My family enjoy it very much, and we remember well the times in the market, the flea market searching for postcards of old, and the interesting antiquities museum inside the castle of Louis XIV , well sort of. I have walked its streets and taste the great places we usually went. It is always with great memories that we have come here thereafter. And yes this is in Yvelines dept 78 of the ïle de France region!

I have told the story in other posts so simply will tell you this is a very old city, and the first mentioned of a castle was from king Louis VI the Fat  in 1124, and James VII and II of Scotland and England lived here for 13 years after his exile from the revolution of 1688 ,and his daughter Louisa Maria Stuart was born in exile here in 1692. James II is buried in the Church of Saint-Germain across from the castle’see that post). The town grew because of the castle and the forest that surround it which are magnificent with a wonderful view of Paris in the distance and its monuments at the park done by Le Notre. The name is old possibly from 972 AD when king of the French Robert I had built a monastery in honor of Saint Germain ,probably St Germain des Prés. The name of the town can be translated as Saint Germain of the forest in new French. It is from here that in 1837 the first railroad line in France is born linking St Germain en Laye with Paris!

Saint Germain en Laye, is very close to Paris, easily reachable by RER A trains (several locations in Paris), and SNCF trains at Grand Centaure station, coming in from Gare Saint Lazare in Paris. if coming by car as  I do always is good to drive on the perimeters roads but once close to city center best is to walk and leave your car at a parking garage. The most obvious is by the RER station, two call RER and Chateau parking in two levels. The other is to go underneath the Vieux Marché or market area on ave de la République, or the parking Pologne at rue de Pologne or the Monoprix store parking. The city is old narrow streets so you are best to be prepare and use to driving in this conditions, if you are, then it will be a breeze, otherwise can be bothersome.

Of course, the castle then, and now the museum of antiquities or musée national des antiquites it covers in three floors wonders of the old days found in the surrounding areas, and it is considered one of the best in its genre.  Behind you see an archdoor leading to the Pavillon Henri IV restaurant (great dining) an enblem showing this is where Louis XIV was born. The parc and gardens were done from  1668 to 1675 by the great gardener of France André Le Nôtre, and it has an expansive view over Paris and the vineyards of Le Pecq that after doing so from antiquity are now back in form from 2000 onward producing pinot noir base wines!

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The National Archeological Museum or Musée d’Archeologie National and it opens its door under Napoleon III in 1867.  Some official guidance webpages are the Castle/Museum: http://www.musee-archeologienationale.fr/

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And the tourist office is here:  https://www.seine-saintgermain.fr/fr/

S Germain en Laye

The top French football/soccer club PSG or Paris Saint Germain trains here at Camp des Loges. The team was the fusion in 1970 of Paris FC and St Germain FC.  The webpage is here:  https://www.saintgermainenlaye.fr/595/stades.htm

During WWII the city is occupied by nazis troops and finally liberated by Americans, the European commandant is set up here as the United States European Command from 1954 at Camp des Loges. (see above today is the training ground of the football/soccer PSG!).

Plenty of museums such as the muséé Maurice Denis on a royal hospital founded by Madame de Montespan, at Le Prieuré 2bis rue Maurice Denis Tél : 01 39 73 77 87 www.musee-mauricedenis.fr

And Musée Claude Debussy, the musician at 38 rue au pain and free admission but reserved in advance at the tourist office, programme  http://www.ot-saintgermainenlaye.fr/fileadmin/omt-site/document/actualite/Concerts/02Saison_musicale_2011-2012–09_08_11.pdf

Also, to visit are the Castle of or chateau du Vals right at the end of the grand terrace that overlooks Paris, it house since 1927 the retirees of the Legion d’Honneur of France. And the castle or Chateau de Hennemont  built early 20C by a pharmacist of different architectural styles , it sits right at the entrance to the city on the N13 road. By the Rampe des Grotte you will see fountain dedicated to the dragon,neptune, and whales, the only remains of the new castle that existed there built by Henri IV but left in dispair when Versailles was built.It sits now behind the resto pavillon Henri IV.

Many beautiful mansions or hôtels particuliers were built and remain wonderful properties to see in town, these are , Hôtel de Bontemps, 9 rue Roger-d-Nézot, built 17C for the room maid of king Louis XIV. Hôtel de Fieubet, 2 rue Voltaire, adviser to king Louis XIV and chancellor of the queen that acquires it in 1670 and resold it in 1693. Hôtel de Guise, 17 rue des Coches,  rebuilt in the 18C it belongs to Henri de Guise, grandson of king Henri I.  Hôtel de Noailles, at rue d’Alsace a wonderful property of the dukes of Noailles governors of Saint Germain until the revolution and built at end of 17C by architect Hardouin Mansart,  a road was created in 1836,crossing the central property of the building the two wings still standing at 10 and 11 rue d’Alsace. composer Mozart stayed here in 1778. Hôtel des Maréchaux de Villeroy 18 rue de la Salle ,property of  Nicolas de Neuville, duke of  Villeroy (1597-1685),minister of State of king Louis XIII, and one of the governors of king Louis  XIV in 1646 , becoming marshal of France the same year.  The property passes to his son François, raise with Louis XIV and also duke of  Villeroy, he was marshal of France, and governor of  Louis XV as well as minister of the council of Regents . Hôtel known as Conti and Hôtel known as de Soubise, Place Charles de Gaulle, built between  1754 -1758. The Hôtel Conti  was purchase by Louis Armand 1er de Bourbon-Conti, Prince of Conti . Property of  Louis-François de Bourbon Conti, prince of Conti that fought under Louis XV in Germany, Flanders and Italy during the war of succession . In 1754 ,the Duchess d’Orléans, daughter of  Louis-Armand  de Bourbon Conti sell the hotel to Georges René Binet, first room maid of dauphin Louis Auguste, future king  Louis XVI. the hotel was renovated between 1754- 1758 as well as the neighboring Hôtel de Soubise . Hôtel de la Feuillade, 24 rue du Vieil Abreuvoir, belongs to François d’Aubusson, duke de la Feuillade, marshal of France in 1675 and  vice-roy of Sicily in 1677. It passes on to his heir and now to the city. Hôtel de la Marquise de Maintenon, 23 rue du Vieil Abreuvoir  a modest home at first built after 1643  and purchase by madame de Maintenon in 1680. She never lived here as she was living with the king at the chateau de Saint Germain ;today there is no public admitted but you can see the outside.  Hôtel du Duc de Montausier, 22 rue du Vieil Abreuvoir built in the 17C and renovated in the 19C it belongs to the Duke of Montausier (1610-1690), governor of the dauphin .It later was occupied by Marshal  Lyautey from 1887 to 1891.  Hôtel de Crequy, 10-12 rue de Paris, renovated and enlarge in the 18C and then in 1979/1980. It has at second and third floors iron balconies of the times of Louis XV. The door is done from the 19C  in wood.

The market is second only to Versailles in the region in my opinion, very nice at the Place du Marché Neuf ,on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8h30-13h – Sundays from 8h30-13h30. The plaza is gorgeous and many nice shops around it such as the Comtesse du Barry.  You can,also, shop in over 850 stores in city center, one of the largest choices in the whole region, even better than Versailles. One of my favorites is the Galerie Saint Germain,built at the place of a boys school from 1907, it became a middle school or collége in 1946, then a lycée technique municipal, or technical high school in 1975. Now there are a brasserie and about 20 stores,open Mondays to Saturdays from 8h30 – 20h00, Sundays from 8h30-14h00. You can walk in by  13 rue de la Salle, – rue des Coches, – or by rue au Pain. More on the galerie and shops in St Germain en Laye here: http://stgermaincommerce.over-blog.com/article-les-galeries-saint-germain-105754872.html

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Other than the fancy Pavillon Henri IV, hotel, resto, bar at  https://www.pavillonhenri4.fr/en/   you can have several good deals from a simple menu sandwich, dessert and soda for 6,50€ at the Fournil de Pierre, 11 Rue Salle webpage: http://www.fournildepierre.fr/votre-fournil/saint-germain-en-laye/saint-germain-laye

To nicer such as Brasserie du Théatre,  Place Charles de Gaulle  just by chateau and church; webpage: http://www.brasseriedutheatre-78100.com/

Also, La Fontana italian and pizzeria (real Italians), 2, rue Croix de Fer , from RER A take rue Léon Désoyer to rue FR Roosevelt on the N13 and right on roundabout and there they are,worth the trip:webpage Yelp reviews: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/la-fontana-st-germain-en-laye

La Fringale,24, rue Saint Pierre  bar à vin and tapas, great, just from RER A to rue au pain, then ave de Paris turn quickly right on rue Saint Pierre. Webpage of Gault Millau guides: https://fr.gaultmillau.com/restaurant/la-fringale?locale=fr-FR

To eat, and see the very best for sports go to the Bitter End, 20 rue St Pierre, for some drinks and light food. Webpage: https://www.bitter-end.fr/

I do shop and enjoy the Famille Mary, 14 rue de Pologne, honey, pain d’épice, bio, supplements,soaps all derived from honey, this is the local branch stores all over,  webpage: https://www.famillemary.fr/saint-germain-en-laye

Also next door , my dear late wife Martine favorite, Damart, 20 rue de pologne, great clothing for men and women very old traditional name in France, we do like it; webpage : https://www.damart.fr/magasins/saint-germain-en-laye

For bread, pastries and all sort of goodies are favorites was Boulangerie Bertrand , 18 rue de Pologne,no web tel +33 01 34 51 02 65. And for chocolates, macarons, fine pastries and cakes Pâtisserie Grandin, 13 rue au Pain,  webpage: https://patisserie-grandin.fr/

For hotels, well we have not stayed in any but for business lunch I had event at the wonderful fancy Pavillon Henri IV (see restaurant above)  grand, webpage: https://www.pavillonhenri4.fr/en/rooms-suites.html

Hope you enjoy this wonderful Saint Germain en Laye, a royal town of France. Worth a detour or a train ride from Paris. You will be delighted.  And remember , happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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October 7, 2019

Disneyland Paris , a review !

I have written on it in my blog way back and already told you about my escapades with the family here and Florida USA for many years. It is a park to visit with younger kids and good for the whole family. Let me bring some updates to my previous post. Oh yes ,the title of course, says it all, Disneyland Paris is here to stay, in Europe!

Well here it is by popular demand Mickey invasion of France and Europe ! It started very slow, even lack of crowds, bad marketing, many fine tuning ever since including the addition of serving wine inside the park; and now its cruising ,very popular. It used to be called Euro Disney Resort then Disneyland Paris Resort to now Disneyland Paris. It has been a huge success, the most visited theme park in Europe , the largest Disney resort to open outside the Unites Staets , and the only resort outside the USA that is completely owned by the Walt Disney Company!. Uniquely Franco-American cooperation!

I have lived for many years within an hour of World Disney in Orlando ,FL, USA, so many trips there with 3 boys and plenty of family and friends visits, including concerts at night. Coming over to France, it seems not important to go here, tented many times but never did until finally the boys cried out as we got a great deal at work 21€ admission for all the parks for one day with parking included, so there we went… It was only about 1h30 from where we lived.

Disneyland Paris has two parks so far , Disneyland Park, and Walt Disney Studios Park, and nature resorts Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, and Villages Nature Paris.  For shopping and dining out you have Disney Village, an entertainment district containing a variety of restaurants, entertainment venues and shops. And  Val d’Europe, a shopping center (mall) with a variety of outlet shops and large department stores.

Disneyland

You have easy connection from Paris many stations of the train RER A line to  Marne-la-Vallée–Chessy station located between the theme parks and Disney Village.  It also goes to Gare de Lyon. There are TGV connection as well to many cities in France ,including Vannes where I am now. There are services from and to London St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International by Eurostar. There are also Thalys services to both Brussels and Amsterdam.  Free shuttle buses provide transport to all Disney hotels and Les Villages Nature® Paris (except Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch) and Associated Hotels.

The town chosen for its main entrance is Chessy.  You get here by car on the autoroute A4 exit/sortie 12,1 as we always do. There is , so they tell me  a bus service straight from the airports that service Paris such as CDG , Orly,and Beauvais, the service is call VEA, and the webpage in English is here  : http://vea-shuttle.co.uk/disney-paris-shuttle-rates.asp

Some tips, it is always better to be there ahead of opening time, even if waiting in line for most shows open 10h but check the season you are coming for the hours as they can change and be there at least 30 min opening time shown, you will be ahead of the crowds. Have planning with your family the rides ,attractions you want to see most, and head for those first upon entering. Hold your lunches late, as when they are eating you are in ::)  Bring picnic items , there is a picnic section just before entering the park to your left, or coming out of the RER A  turn to your left as if going out of the park and the picnic area will be on your right.  Buy the tickets ahead of time, either at the Disney webpage or this site we use in France, in French , at any FNAC store in Paris, more info in English here: FNAC tickets for Disneyland Paris

Marne-la-Vallée Chéssy where the resort was  built, it was for many years agricultural and unused lands, near the region of my dear late wife Martine (Seine et Marne dept 77) . It has become just like Orlando, FL did , a humming ground of buildings houses, apartments, stores, shops, malls, growing every month.  People ask me when is best times, well difficult question but the Disney folks tells you to plan to stay mid-week Tuesdays to Thursdays  during mid-January through mid-March or mid-April through mid-May.

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Of course, our favorites were Space Mountain ride, the Star Wars galaxy ride, the IMAX movie cinema, the Rainforest Cafe resto, Planet Hollywood resto, for French Auberge de Cendrillon at Fantasyland. Official Disneyland Paris webpage: Official Disneyland Paris in English

Disneyland

Disneyland

Our lodging was at the old Holiday Inn Disneyland, now call Vienna International Magic Circus Hotel with game rooms, circus decoration, large good resto and the best the indoor heated swimming pool with all facilities and amenities the kids love it. The webpage is here: https://www.viennahouse.com/fr/magic-circus-paris/hotel/vue-densemble.html

Disneyland

For our favorite shopping mall  Val d’Europe , and great it is go here, in French  more info:   https://val-d-europe.klepierre.fr/Shopping  . The Sea Life Aquarium next to Val d’Europe actually attach to it is great for the whole family and we had visited. More info here:  https://www.visitsealife.com/paris/

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There are huge investments coming up  with about 2B USD even a Star Wars pavilion. This is a site to keep up with the renovations and improvements in Disneyland Paris: https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/eep

If you are from other than the USA do come here it’s very nice, if you are from the USA do come here its different, less, but French, and you want to brag back home you were here too.  Hope you enjoy your family stay at Disneyland Paris (see read is not in Paris but in Chessy, Seine et Marne dept 77 , region of Ïle de France!).

Hope you enjoy the post. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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October 7, 2019

Levallois-Perret ,anyone?

Ok so let me tell you some of roundabouts that usually do not fall into the Michelin tourist book lol! Indeed ,France is the most visited country in the world according to the official UN WTO but there are still many places where they don’t show up at least not much in my belle France.

One of this spots is Levallois-Perret a town situated in the Hauts-de-Seine department 92 of the Ile-de-France region. Occupying the right bank of the Seine river, the town is bordered   by Asnières-sur-Seine, Clichy, the 17éme arrondissement of Paris,   Neuilly-sur-Seine, and the Seine river, facing Courbevoie.  The main public transports here are the train station Clichy-Levallois SNCF train station line L, Gare de Pereire – Levallois RER C located in the 17éme arrondissement of Paris. The metro station that have taken is the line 3 Pont Levallois-Bécon; Anatole France and Louis Michel; and the RATP bus lines (I have taken the 84 93 and 94); and others available such as 20 163 164 165 174 238 274 275 341 etc.

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A bit of history I like , and can’t write anything in France without the roots!

In 1215, the abbey of Saint-Denis, owner of the royal palace of Clichy, acquires a plot on the site called the vineyard to priests to practice viticulture.  1429: Jeanne d’Arc gathers her army on the plain of Clichy-Levallois for the lifting of Montjoie (upsetting the lords of France). This episode precedes the unsuccessful assault on Paris,at Porte Saint-Honoré (today 15 rue de Richelieu).

According to Abbé Lecanu, historian of Clichy, there is a very close proximity between St. Vincent de Paul, priest of Clichy between 1612 and 1625, St. Louise de Marillac, Antoine Portail and the parish of Clichy. It is in Clichy that  Vincent de Paul  Antoine Portail, his dearest and oldest companion to the Congregation of the Mission met. After having been his pupil in catechism, Father Portail is his first assistant, the first secretary of the Congregation and the first director of the Daughters of Charity. He died in 1660, the same year as two other Clichois: Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul.

Nicolas Levallois had such veneration for Saint Vincent de Paul that he founded the village of Levallois, September 27, 1845, with a Catholic liturgical festival in honor of the patron saint of Clichy. Levallois also gives the name of this patron saint to the market and the street leading to it. He finally ensures that Saint Vincent de Paul appears on one of the three stained glass windows surmounting the tabernacle of the Saint-Justin Church. On either side of the stained glass window depicting the Ascension of Christ before the Virgin Mary and the Apostles, we see on the right the stained glass of Saint Justin, patron saint of Levallois and, on the left, the stained glass window of Saint Vincent de Paul, patron saint from Clichy.

During a good part of the 19C, the territory of the future town of Levallois-Perret belongs to the family of a relative of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1806, Count Jean Berenger bought a large property in Clichy, at a place called Planchette. At that time, the village of Levallois does not exist yet. This count of empire, close to Lucien Bonaparte, Stendhal and Benjamin Constant plays a determining role for the success of the coup d’état of 9 novembre 1799 (18 Brumaire) . Appointed State Councilor for life by the Emperor, he takes a considerable part in the preparation of the Civil Code, the Code of Civil Procedure, the Commercial Code, the Code of Criminal Investigation, and the Penal Code.

The project of a city on the future site of Levallois-Perret is born in 1822 when a subdivision operation is launched at a place called Champerret (the stony field), after the disappearance of two hamlets still existing in the 18C: Villiers and Courcelles , by Nicolas Eugène Levallois with the help of a friend geometer Rivay, an operation that is a great success. The village of Levallois is officially born September 27, 1845, day of the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul (former priest of Clichy). It corresponds to the day when Nicolas Eugène Levallois bought his first parcel: “the vineyard to the priests”.

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In 1845, when Nicolas Levallois draws the plans for his city, he integrates without hesitation the property of Jean Berenger. But he categorically refuses any intrusion into his domain, and does not want to sell his property. Nicolas Levallois will have to wait for his death, in 1850, to begin the fragmentation of the locality of Planchette. It will take almost half a century. Count Bérenger’s family will be expropriated from his last parcels (the current Parc Planchette but also the lands used to make the Place des Fêtes, current Place de Verdun) in 1924. On June 30, 1866, Napoleon III promulgated a law of creation of the town of Levallois-Perret, law taking effect on January 1, 1867. Until this official creation in 1867, the history of Levallois-Perret merges with that of Clichy to which it was incorporated.

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The historical monuments of Levallois-Perret of special attention are: the Temple de la Petite Étoile (Little Star) inaugurated in 1912; the former Hertford British Hospital, the Moorish villa of the Villa Chaptal, The Ravel hall is located in the premises of Maurice Ravel conservatory and host several cultural events. Other anecdotes are that the very year of the creation of the town (1867), Gustave Eiffel installs his workshops where all the elements will be made, which will then form the famous Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. In 1878, the famous bicycle manufacturer, Clément Bayard, buys a vast piece of land and all the inhabitants take up again the challenge that the Meyer cycling champion launches in 1893 to a rider, Colonel Cody, better known under the name of Buffalo. Bill. The outcome of the competition between the machine and the animal is eagerly awaited in this city which, born with the industry, lives in the cult of the technical innovations. The local Levalloisians are disappointed to witness the victory of the horse on the bicycle!

Famous at the cemetery of Levallois are of course Gustave Eiffel, whose tomb is the only one that is not in alignment with others. It is indeed turned to his tower, each of its pieces which was manufactured in his workshop in Levallois-Perret. The revolutionary Louise Michel, the composer Maurice Ravel, the generous Marie-Jeanne Bassot, founder of the Social Residence, but also Madame Soleil who knew the notoriety with its radio forecasts and Leon Zitrone, the famous journalist specializing in sports and royal weddings.

This is the city of Levallois-Perret on its history in French: City of Levallois-Perret on its heritage

TOurist office dept 92 Hauts de Seine on the Ravel salle in Levallois-Perret

City of Levallois-Perret cementery see map lot 10 Gustave Eiffel

And of course, I do walk here too and do like one particular restaurant away from Paris that is worth the detour.

The restaurant of Laure and Thomas, the Le Chartier at 146 rue du Président Wilson in Levallois-Perret is to recommend by yours truly. They are “Master Restaurateur” since 2011 . This title is issued by the prefect after an independent audit, rewarding the excellence of the best professionals of traditional catering. The cuisine is elaborated on the spot with fresh products , of quality (without any frozen). A cuisine that changes every season, like the menu à la carte every quarter. Different appetizers and dishes each day on the slate (ardoise). A simple and good quality cuisine. Also, a great wine menu, beautiful wine list at all prices. Nice bistro, wine bar, restaurant, inn, Chartier is a table like been at home . The dishes are traditional and beautifully presented, very good and at affordable prices. Since 1996, the Le Chartier offers a warm welcome and generous dishes.

More on their official webpage here: Official Chartier Restaurant at Levallois-Perret

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And there you go another dandy right next to Paris so easy to get to and see something different of my France. Enjoy Levallois-Perret for its history, and good food away from Paris!

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

 

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October 4, 2019

Some news from France, CCXLVIII

And here I come back to you with more news of my belle France or is it Paris! Well its all concentrated you know. We have a semicloudy day today in my neck of the woods of Brittany/Bretagne and windy but no rain so far and temps of 16C or 62F  and the same in Paris with 63F as well as cloudy. We are already into the Fall season and it shows on the tree leaves!  Now, lets get into the news shall we. Hope you enjoy it!

Nice things to see in the 19éme arrondissement de Paris !

Between the exhibitions of the City of Science and Industry, the Géode, the large spaces for sports, concerts, the Cabaret Sauvage, it is a unique complex. There is also an equestrian center. The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (City of Science and Industry) of La Villette.30, av. Corentin-Cariou 19éme. More info here: http://www.cite-sciences.fr/fr/accueil/

The bookshop or atelier created a youth workshop and an annex dedicated to art books and comics. Librerie L’Atelier . 2 bis, rue du Jourdain  20éme  Several others in Paris, more info here : https://www.librest.com/librairies/L-Atelier.html

Original films and original versions are play here in a nice environment. There is also a nice bookstore specialized in cinema and a caféteria where you can sit and talk about the movie at the exit … These are very friendly places. The cinemas MK2 quai de Loire and quai de Seine.7, 19éme.  More info : https://www.mk2.com/salles/mk2-quai-seine-quai-loire

The parc  de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge  is a very bucolic and unknown place.  Another dandy in my eternal Paris. Spaces landscaped by good gardeners create a strong mineral presence. This is where Jean Jaurès made his speech on peace in 1914. It is a popular place, with lots of cultural events. The park is at  5, av. Debidour 19éme . More info city of Paris : https://www.paris.fr/equipements/parc-de-la-butte-du-chapeau-rouge-1811

Another wonderful walk in my eternal Paris is from the villas where we can see Montmartre. I like to walk between these small typical brick worker houses. There is the Villa Danube , populated by artists, the Villa Kronstadt or Villa Amalia. It’s a little countryside  in Paris … You can hear the birds singing in the morning. They are between the rue de Miguel-Hidalgo, rue  de Mouzaïa,rue  de Bellevue and rue David-d’Angers 19éme arrondissement of Paris!.

The Fréres Gruss brothers presents a new show, called Les Folies Gruss, which takes the codes of the cabaret year creating a before and an after-show. The new show, entitled Les Folies Gruss, from October 12th 2019. And to continue to capitalize on their heritage, but also to familiarize the spectators with their universe, they went digging in the tradition of the cabaret by shortening the show in itself  1h15 for the new formula against 2h30, and by creating a “pre-show” and an “after-show”. Les Folies Gruss Bois de Boulogne,  carrefour des Cascades ,16éme.  More info : https://www.folies-gruss.com/

A Parisian tradition that won’t stop even if now heavily on visitors is the Cabarets. Here are my favorites over the years, but not been to one lately!

The Moulin Rouge at 130, the beautiful age. That of the Eiffel Tower, too. Born both in 1889, the year of the World’s Fair. The year that pushes Paris into modernity, a century after the French revolution. Two symbols of the Belle Epoque that will make Paris, with the urban transformation led by Baron Haussmann, the most attractive capital of the world. The Moulin Rouge opens its doors on October 6, 1889, succeeded for the cabaret of the butte Montmartre, become a Mecca of the Parisian festival, immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec (which will see a major retrospective, “Toulouse-Lautrec. From 9th October at the Grand Palais, see my previous news from France). The Moulin Rouge, 82, boulevard de Clichy  18éme. More info : http://www.moulinrouge.fr/

The Lido nestled at the top of the Champs-Elysees, the small entrance is shared with UGC Normandy cinema. It’s a bit odd, especially on a night when Tout-Paris is running for the premiere of Joker, but, after the first five meters, it’s time to go into another world with curiosity.  The blue star-studded carpet pixelated golden walls, mirror on the ceiling and from the outset one of those huge chandeliers to make Louis II of Bavaria jealous. Without realizing it, the visitor has just crossed an airlock of two huge armored doors. The Blue Bell Girls, charming smile, minimum 1.75m, are as comfortable strings rhinestones in punches.  The Lido, 116 bis, av. Champs-Elysees Paris  8éme . More info : https://www.lido.fr/fr

The red doors of Madame Arthur (installed in the walls of the Divan of the World). The public, rather chic and trendy, between 35 and 50 years, is already in a good mood. Madame Arthur is one of the most fun places in Paris. When Madame Arthur reopened in late 2015, the troupe sang in front of four people. Today, thanks to word of mouth, the cabaret is packed. Of all their skills, this is the one that best reinvented the great tradition of Parisian cabaret, by rejuvenating the public. Madame Arthur, 75 bis, rue des Martyrs 18éme. More info : https://www.divandumonde.com/le-cabaret/

Near the bar, Michou, 88 springs (yrs old), greets the spectators. The man is friendly, his impressive career and his biography, The Blue Prince of Montmartre, published by Éditions du Cherche Midi, is to be read. Here, in the corridor covered with photos, he poses with Alain Delon as with Jean-Luc Lahaye. In the intimate room, the walls covered with mirrors are lit by small flowery lamps highlighting two large portraits of the boss. For decades, his cabaret has been a must-see address for all-Paris. The gap with the delicacy of the show opposite, at Madame Arthur’s, with real singers and real musicians, is abysmal. Chez Michou, 80, rue des Martyrs. 18éme. More info : https://www.michou.com/

The Le Paradis Latin is a show as a hybrid show that mixes the codes of classic cabaret with French cancan and acrobatics, and a succession of contemporary dance paintings with a touch of circus. If the costumes are very studied and created by the team of On will have seen everything, the staging has also enjoyed large means, when it is not a Pegasus coming out of the ceiling, it is a cloud on which two singers move. In two parts, the show begins with a meal alternately animated by the singers. A foretaste in details led to enter the dance thanks to the main actors of the magazine: the waiters and their ballet of plates. Le Paradis Latin, 28, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine  5éme.  More info : https://www.paradislatin.com/

Always have a leg up. This is the motto of the Crazy Horse, since its inception in 1951. Seek the novelty, draw inspiration from the zeitgeist. Meanwhile, the sculptural dancers, whose origins are more and more diverse, continue to roll out the magazine Totally Crazy. Twenty paintings follow each other, including the classics as well as the best of each collaboration over time. A show always sparkling, interspersed with numbers of singers, jugglers, contortionists.  Crazy Horse, 12, av. George-V  8éme. More info : https://www.lecrazyhorseparis.com/

Something outiside Paris we love over time a wonderful place and event.

Under the title «Jardins divers, jardin d’hiver» or various gardens, winter gardens, professionals and amateurs meet up at the Domaine de Villarceaux. On the program: market and plant exchange, conferences, barter of seeds, bookstore gardens and sale of honey … The 2019 edition is combined with  Jardins ouverts or open gardens. At the Villarceaux estate castle in Chaussy , dept 95 Val d’Oise.  Tomorrow Saturday 5 October and Sunday 6 October from 11h to18h. More info : http://villarceaux.iledefrance.fr/fil-actus-du-chateau/jardins-ouverts-fete-plantes-villarceaux

And the Nuit Blanche (White Night) is coming again to Paris! This weekend!

Nuit Blanche  offers athletes (and others) two loops of 10 km untimed, combining running and walking in cultural venues. The choice will be made from the place de la Concorde, for a parallel trip to the Seine river, west (blue and yellow loop) or east (red and green loop). Meeting is at the place de la Concorde. Departures between 22h and 23h30. More info : https://nuitblanche-grandetraversee.fr/inscriptions2019/select_competition

The Cité Internationale Universitaire is the flagship location of Paris South Station. Visitors are invited to discover through a creative journey ten works scattered around the park: two in the main courtyard, three in the International House, three on the big lawn, one in the House of Korea and a stroll to meet the artist Camille Voyenne throughout the evening.  Cité Internationale Universitaire  17 boulevard Jourdain 14éme. From 19h to 02h. More info : http://www.ciup.fr/citescope/nuit-blanche-a-la-cite-internationale-86481/

This year, some fifteen artistic platforms designed by contemporary artists will start from the Place de la  Concorde to the Place de la Bastille. The public will be able to see a mobile exhibition, made of monumental works. The Parade. The procession from Place de la Concorde to Place de la  Bastille. From 19h to 22h. More info : https://quefaire.paris.fr/82465/la-parade

The wonderful recipe with a touch of Brittany: A simple blue Lobster with potatoes. Ingredients for 2 persons are:  1 blue lobster about 800 g,  120 g of new potatoes,  60 ml of raw farm cider,  60 ml of muscat,  1 coffee spoon . from Noilly Prat,  1 coffee spoon  spring water ,  ½ unprocessed lemon,  110 g butter + 20 g for roasting lobster,  Fresh cucumber,  Salt

Step 1: the lobster:  Bring a large saucepan to the boil and cook the lobster for 3 minutes from boiling. Let it cool and peel it. Cut the tail into thick slices. Cut the claws and paws into small cubes. Wash the potatoes and steam them in their skin. When they are cooked, remove the skin and cut into small cubes, keep warm. Peel and cut a piece of cucumber into 8 thin slices, salt slightly.

Step 2: the sauce: In a small saucepan with a thick bottom, reduce the cider and muscatel by half, lower the heat and stir in the butter. Add a few drops of lemon, the Noilly Prat and a spoonful of water. Salt lightly (do not pepper).

Just before serving, combine the diced potatoes with the butter sauce and leave on very low heat for a few minutes. Quickly pan lobster rolls in a knob of melted butter.

Step 3: Dressage :  In a hot soup plate, place dice, claws, cucumber slices, butter and potatoes, and place lobster loaves. Grate some lemon peel over and serve.

Ps: I gram= 0,035274 ounces. 1 gram= 0,033814 US liquid ounces.

And there you go enjoy your weekend me with the lobster will do!! And do come on over ok. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 27, 2019

Some news from France, CCXLVII

So excuse me for coming back so soon but things happened in my belle France that made it necessary for me to come back with Some news from France. I usually or hardly ever dealt with politicians but there is always an exception and this time there is. On a semi sunny day in my neck of the woods and temps of 16C or about 61F ,Paris a bit more 64F but same cloudiness!

Let me tell you some news but most of all a tribute to Jacques Chirac of France, his France and my France.

Jacques Chirac, is dead. He was elected Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995 , he served the longest period as Mayor of Paris;but, also,  Minister, Head of Government or President of the French Republic (France). A remarkable men indeed.

The quai Branly museum free for ten days! To honor this great men Jacques Chirac. The Eiffel Tower will be off tonight September 26 from 21h(9pm). Others such as singer Julio Iglesias (Spain)  “good memories with my dear President Jacques Chirac, he has always been generous with me. Mr President, you have always been a great champion for Europe “.  On RTL, Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe pays tribute once again to the man whose mentor Alain Juppé was one of the most faithful. “In Jacques Chirac, there are everything, absolutely remarkable sides, nice, truculent, warm, visionary and more complicated sides, darker. Because Jacques Chirac was a Frenchman, a Frenchman in the full sense of the word”. The Palais de l’Elysée  presidential palace explains that the family of Jacques Chirac wishes “a popular walk” to the Invalides, this coming Sunday September 29 , according to Europe 1. The Palais de l’Elysée confirms the organization of a popular tribute. It will take place at the Invalides around 14h (2pm), Sunday, September 29th. Jacques Chirac will be buried in the Montparnasse cemetery with his daughter Laurence, announces his family. The ceremony is open to all on the popular tribute on Sunday  linked to the strong relationship that Jacques Chirac had with the French people. Everyone who loved him will be able to come. The burial should take place next  Monday  September 30th in a strictly private affair, indicates the son-in-law of the former head of state, Frédéric Salat-Baroux, husband of Claude Chirac. Bernadette Chirac very weakened. The couple’s acquaintances say they are worried about the health of Jacques Chirac’s wife, who is 86 years old and deeply hurt by the disappearance of her husband.

Even from shops he frequented, people remember him.  The waitress Nicole at the Rhumerie for twenty-eight years, overflowing with emotion. It must be said that the former President of the Republic had his habits in this institution of the 6éme arrondissement created in 1932. “He came three times a month on average, says Nicole. We saw him a lot when he was mayor of Paris and after his seven years, but not during. He did not have time … He was coming with his wife when he was a student. ” !

Some of the nice acts he did !

He was the Prime Minister who launches the Carte Orange card. The Orange card, the ancestor of the Navigo pass, which went on sale on July 1, 1975, and became an immediate success. In the presidential campaign in 1981, Jacques Chirac fought against the radar, and the “fury” with which “we track down the motorist instead of chasing the gangsters”!!!. As Mayor of Paris, from 1977 to 1995, Jacques Chirac defender of motorists will try to tackle the traffic jams in the capital. In 1985, he launched a campaign with the slogan “Paris wants to ride, we will all help it”. He opened the inauguration of the first Parisian automatic metro, line 14, on October 15, 1998.

In 1987, he engaged France in the adventure Disneyland Paris. In April, he signed the agreement with the CEO of the Walt Disney Company for the creation of the amusement park, the tourist complex and the development of sector IV of Marne-la-Vallée!!! Seine-et-Marne dept 77!

My previous Senator of the dept 78  Yvelines ,when lived in Versailles, Sophie Primas announced the death of Jacques Chirac in the Senate. The woman asked for a moment of meditation by announcing the death of the former president during a working session.

Jacques Chirac holds the record for the longest term as mayor of Paris. Bearer of projects that punctuate our Parisian life today, Jacques Chirac was very active indeed ,some more of his credit as Mayor of Paris.

He began by stopping net the project of urban highway which would have connected the A10 to the district of Montparnasse since 1977, first year of its mandate. This aborted project still left traces: an enlargement of the Rue Vercingetorix , quickly transformed into a green field.

In 1982, he launched the famous “Motocrotte” to overcome the problem of dog poo on the sidewalks of Paris. It is the symbol of the Chirac era, when cleanliness equipment regularly plowed the streets of the capital. Long live Chirac, long live the motocrottes!

Jacques Chirac was very sensitive to the condition of seniors. Since arriving at the City/Town hall, a box of chocolates is distributed every year at Christmas to the poorest pensioners. A nice attention for people he did not want to see forgotten.

Mayor Jacques Chirac has long supported the construction of the Palais Omnisport Paris Bercy, now called AccorHotels Arena. This big hall of spectacles and sports events is inaugurated in 1984 in the presence of the mayor himself!

He also supported the project to create an emergency device, known today as Samu . It was created thanks to the support of Jacques Chirac, asked by Xavier Emmanuelli on November 22, 1993. Samu Social continues to help many people.

And now something I am involved in first as donor and then as Treasurer  and he help enormously; Thank you Mayor of Paris eternelle! Read on (I do have a post on it)

The Palais des Tuileries or Tuileries Palace  now destroyed, whose construction began in 1564 under the leadership of Catherine de Medici, at the site previously occupied by one of three tile factories established in 1372 next door from the Quinze-Vingts Hospital, not far from the old Louvre, and where André Le Nôtre was born in the now garden he later created!. Expanded over time and unified with the Louvre Palace in 1860, it had a huge facade of 266 meters long, and about 328 meters if we count the pavilions of Flore and Marsan that remain, and includes the museum of decorated arts now, and it was the focal point of the great historical axis of Paris with the perspective in row of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde and the Jardin des Tuileries conceived from this palace. It was the royal residence in Paris of many sovereigns including Henry IV, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI ,but also Louis XVIII, Charles X then Louis Philippe, and imperial such as Napoleon I and Napoleon III. Meanwhile it has also been the seat of the First Republic and the Consulate. Its role of official seat of the French power was interrupted by its destruction by voluntary fire of the communards on May 23, 1871. The ruins of the Tuileries Palace were finally demolished in 1883, the presidents of the Third Republic then being installed in the Palais de l’Elysee.

Many times tried to reconstruct it such as in 1882, Jules Ferry, Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts, supported the reconstruction of the palace and entrusted Charles Garnier  (opera de paris etc) with the mission to reflect on this project. In 1958, when he was back in power and wanted to leave the Elysee Palace, General de Gaulle also planned to rebuild it and make it the residence of the President of the Republic.

However since 2002, a national committee for the reconstruction of the Tuileries or Comité National pour la Reconstruction des Tuileries campaigned for the identical reconstruction of the Tuileries Palace, with funds raised from private companies, and individual donors. The cost was estimated at 350 million euros according to the Committee. The Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac; who  had signed an agreement for the private reconstruction with a land lease period of  99 years still in effect!And I am glad to be directly involved!!!

We had created a webpage Tuileries.Org for it here: https://www.tuileries.org/

And there is more history on this private initiative to showcase its history: https://www.chateaudestuileries.fr/

Some bits of news to add that I like

The 99th edition of the biggest flea market in France. Visit the l’île des impressionnistes (Impressionist Island ) at Chatou in the Yvelines dept 78 right off Paris going on until Sunday, October 6, 2019. Nearly 400 merchants are installed on the island. More info here: Official Foire de Chatou

Alain Ducasse will open a school in the Hauts-de-Seine .The campus will offer in September 2020 several programs, from two months to three years, sponsored by prestigious chefs. It is not only the cuisine that we want to teach, it is also a knowledge to be, the respect and the traceability of the products. Go Chef! This is the one he has now stay tune for opening date in the other here: Official cooking school Alain Ducasse

The mythical Orient-Express passes in Créil in the Oise dept 60 region of Hauts de France north of Paris. Until November 2019, two mornings a week, the famous luxury train passes through the department. These cars, almost 100 years old, all have a singular history. The Gare de Créil here: TER SNCF Gare de Créil

Yes yes, buildings look normal, but you never see anyone coming in or out. In all, there are 12 in Paris! The mysteries of my eternal Paris!!! There you go door or facades lovers have a whack at them lol!!!

In the heart of Paris there are fake facades that hide RATP recovery stations or traction substations. They allow the supply of electrical energy to a section of a metro line or RER. In Paris, they can be found at 54 rue des Petites-Ecuries in the 10éme arrondissement, and at 141 boulevard Diderot in the 12éme arrondissement. In addition, EDF (electricity company) transformers are hiding behind other dummy buildings, at 53 rue des Archives in the 3éme arrondissement, at 27 rue Bergère in the 9éme arrondissement, and 14 rue Duvergier in the 19éme arrondissement. These buildings are actually facades that house electrical installations. Interestingly enough, the RATP owns five dummy buildings in Paris. The reason ? They hide large ventilation shafts. First, the 29 rue Quincampoix in the 4éme arrondissement, which is a trompe l’oeil not very discreet. It masks a ventilation chimney of the underground tunnel under Les Halles. In the same way, 44 rue d’Aboukir in the 2éme and 174 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis in the 10éme both house ventilation shafts. At 3 rue de l’Aqueduc in the 10éme, there is a dummy building that houses a ventilation  grilles of the RATP. But a small peculiarity, only the 1st floor is a trompe l’oeil, since the rest of the building is inhabited. And then,  the most impressive. The 145 rue Lafayette in the 10éme arrondissement hides a ventilation shaft of the RER B. It is actually a real facade, kept as it is to hide this aeration since the early 1980s. Two other addresses are dummy buildings, as the 78 rue de La Condamine in the 17éme arrondissement which houses a data processing center, and the 1bis rue Chapon in the 3éme, which is an artistic installation of fake facade pressed against a wall.

And there you go another passing of my belle France, hope you enjoy the post . Done mostly in rememberance of Jacques Chirac.

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

 

 

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