Posts tagged ‘Paris’

November 28, 2022

A train station at Houilles !

I have found me another old picture of our boys and parents using public transport in the Paris area and why not included it in my blog. Part of family memorabilia and using public transport as not always on the road warrior mode in my belle France. The town of Houilles is located 7 km from Paris (Porte Maillot) and about 8 km from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, It is in the dept 78 of the Yvelines and in the Île de France region,

This was in the Houilles-Carriéres sur Seine train station, and I was there with my twin boys coming from Paris I believe or going to Paris, The Houilles – Carrières-sur-Seine train station is on the Paris-Saint-Lazare line to Le Havre,and is located on the territory of the town of Houilles, near Carrières-sur-Seine which it share ownership, The station is listed at 80, place André Malraux ,but if you go there like me it is really at 7 Rue Robespierre.

Houilles train station twins oct05

The station is served by RER line A trains running on branches A3 (Cergy) and A5 (Poissy) and by Transilien lines J and L. RER A trains are from or to Cergy-le-Haut or Poissy on one side, and from or to Boissy-Saint-Léger, Torcy or Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy (Disneyland) on the other, Line L trains come from or go to Maisons-Laffitte or Cergy-le-Haut on one side, and Paris-Saint-Lazare via Nanterre-Université on the other side, . Line J trains come from or go to Mantes-la-Jolie on one side, and Paris-Saint-Lazare on the other. The fastest Paris journey from Gare du Nord to Houilles Carrières-sur-Seine takes 25 minutes. This route takes you with only a single change at Châtelet – Les Halles station. The complete route passes through 8 stations, The exits here are on the RER A
St-Germain or Cergy or Poissy / Boissy or MLV Chessy, exit/sortie 1 Place de la Gare, 2 Rue du 4 Septembre ,3 Rue Robespierere ,and 4 Rue Maurice Berteaux.

The things to see here which I have not are the Saint-Nicolas Church, dating from the 19C. The City center has nearby the country house of Victor Schœlcher,and where he died on December 25, 1893. He was a French journalist and politician, He is known to have acted in favor of the definitive abolition of the slavery in France, via the decree of abolition, signed by the provisional government of the Second Republic4 on April 27, 1848. He was also elected deputy of Martinique and then of Guadeloupe. His father sent him to Mexico in 1828, the United States and Cuba in 1828 until 1830 as a sales representative for the family business. When he is in Cuba, he is revolted by slavery. This house, acquired by the City of Houilles in December 2011 is at the old Rue d’Argenteuil, which was renamed Avenue Schœlcher in tribute to its illustrious resident.

The official Transilien public transport of Ïle de France region on the stationhttps://www.transilien.com/fr/gare/houilles-carrieres-sur-seine-8738640

The town of Houilles on the station and connectionshttps://www.ville-houilles.fr/deplacements

The town of Houilles and its historyhttp://www.ville-houilles.fr/lhistoire-de-la-ville

There you go folks, a simple passage of time and more memories into my blog. This was territory we by passed by train and car and glad I have the Houilles-Carriéres sur Seine train station in my blog. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

November 27, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXXVI

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we continue into the half way point of Fall season. Most said winter will be harsh and already by early December temperatures will be lower down to 3C ! However, is that time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years (tomorrow!!) And for those non Roman CCCLXXVI is 376 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine, coming inside our dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The surroundings of the Eiffel Tower may not be renovated in time for the Olympic Games, A court decision has weighed down the ambitions of the City of Paris. It confirms the prefecture of police in its refusal to authorize the development work of the Trocadéro and the Quai Branly. Yeah ! Keep Paris as is !!

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has decided to file a complaint for defamation against the Minister of Public Accounts. On France Inter this Wednesday, Gabriel Attal affirmed that a system “which comes under Ponzi” exists within the City/town hall of Paris. He notably returned to the derogation which the City has long benefited from: capitalized rents. A system that allows the city to claim decades of rent in advance from social landlords. An organization that falls under the “Ponzi” system, a fraudulent financial arrangement used in particular by Bernard Maddoff, one of the biggest crooks in history, in the eyes of Gabriel Attal. When the snakes rattle there is something underneath, Stay tune…..

Janvry Christmas market: the small village of Essonne dept 91 ready to welcome 100,000 visitors ! This town of 630 inhabitants is organizing the 25th edition of its famous Christmas market from today Friday. Magical decorations, merry-go-rounds and nativity scenes from around the world: for two weekends, the crowd is expected for this unmissable end-of-year event, which brings together 140 exhibitors. To accommodate everyone, several car parks are available, especially along the parc animalier (350 places) and the pré des vaches or meadow of the cows (about 70 places). The main street of Janvry will be entirely pedestrianized. But don’t worry, the city has thought of everything: three small trains will run in a loop to bring people who want it to the market. Janvry market, today Friday from 12h to 20h., Saturday and Sunday from 10h to 19h Same hours from December 2 to 4. Free entrance. Webpage : https://janvry.fr/animations/le-marche-de-noel-de-janvry/

The La Défense Christmas market sees its opening finally postponed, It was to open this past Wednesday but it will still be necessary to wait a little longer to stroll through the aisles, between the exhibitor huts of the Paris La Défense Christmas market (Hauts-de- Seine dept 92). The opening of the 27th edition of this event, long considered the biggest Christmas market in Île-de-France region, was postponed this past Wednesday due to a negative opinion from the safety commission. The inauguration scheduled for the next day Thursday, at 18h, is also postponed. It is said might open by November 28 next Monday, Webpage : https://xmasparisladefense.com/

The Klin d’œil creative market is back for a special Christmas edition, right in the heart of the Halle du Carreau du Temple! The Klin d’œil team has already conquered the regulars of the Carreau du Temple with its creative, joyful and colorful market accompanied by numerous DIY workshops. For the end-of-year celebrations, the weekend of December 17 and 18, 70 creators take over the majestic Halle , At the heart of the market, a mulled wine, a photocall with Santa Claus and even a massage session await you for a warm moment in a Christmas atmosphere. And also, a concert, a swing ball and many other surprises! Klin d’œil market, Halle du Carreau du Temple, 2, rue Perrée 3éme Saturday December 17 from 11h to 21h30, Sunday December 18 from 11h to 19h, Free admission,Webpage : https://www.lecarreaudutemple.eu/evenements/klin-d-oeil-2022/

It is on a journey through time, into words and into life itself that Laure Adler invites us in her “Heure bleue” on France Inter. On the occasion of exhibitions (including that of the National Library of France) and the rain of publications that accompany the hundred years of Proust’s disappearance, she devotes a remarkable series in four parts to the one she playfully calls ” Marcel” as if it was above all a question of dusting him off, of refusing to make him the author of an icy cathedral and an impracticable mountain except by initiates. To begin this series, it is Jean-Yves Tadié, the great biographer of Marcel Proust, who first recalls that he was a Jewish and homosexual man at the time of the Dreyfus affair, in a largely ruthless and anti-Semitic society. That when he won the Goncourt Prize in 1919, he received a ton of insults since many would have found it fashionable to reward a veteran of the Great War (WWI) instead. In the second episode, Laure Murat recounts how her life changed by reading Marcel Proust and confides that she left her aristocratic family, never to see them again. The historian and author, who teaches Proust at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), speaks of the consolation that Proust provides. The following two episodes give the floor to illustrator Stéphane Manel, who publishes a graphic novel adapted from the memories of Céleste Albaret (Monsieur Proust, 256 pages, governess and confidante of Proust, and Anne Simon, research director at the CNRS, while the essential Jean-Yves Tadié comes to close this joyful series. Webpage : https://www.radiofrance.fr/franceinter/podcasts/l-heure-bleue

Amazon on Monsieur Proust book : https://www.amazon.com/Monsieur-Proust-Review-Books-Classics/dp/1590170598/

The charm of Dunkirk, sublimated by the Baron noir series, is not flashy From the port of port de grands vracs or large bulks, which sees the arrival of iron as well as exotic fruits, on the seafront of Malo-les -bains, the tourist spot of the city, the North Sea brings the city to life at the same time as it offers it a permanent spectacle. the Braek dyke is sublime from the first light of day. To the west of Dunkirk, after the port, this strip of land is covered with bitumen for more than 6 kms. The site, reputedly closed to the public despite its intense attendance, is spectacular: you have to imagine a kind of airstrip with holes in it, Dunkirk tourist office : https://www.dunkirk-tourism.com/things-to-do/

The private Canal Plus on the Baron Noir Series : https://www.canalplus.com/series/baron-noir/h/6251363_50001

A Sausage Walk with lots of dachshunds to cuddle in the heart of Paris On Sunday December 4 2022 from 11h to 13h, for a Sunday walk between the Mirabeau and Alma bridges. The Paris Sausage Walk offers a solidarity axis and aims to collect donations for the association Teckels Sans Doux Foyer. To become a donor, all you have to do is buy bags, posters or badges available on site. The Assoc webpage : https://www.teckelsansdouxfoyer.org/presentation.html

The Paris living on the sausage walk : https://vivreparis.fr/la-sausage-walk-une-marche-de-teckels-organisee-a-paris/

Next spring, the Louis Vuitton Foundation will unveil a huge cross-exhibition dedicated to the “four-handed” creations of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. A look back at one of the greatest friendships in contemporary art. Headliners: Basquiat and Warhol come together in a must-see exhibition. This unique exhibition offers you a rich and crossed journey between the two legends of contemporary art, to be discovered from next April 2023, Throughout this journey, you will discover more than 100 common paintings retracing the fruitful collaboration between the two artists . Basquiat x Warhol, Four Hands is the most important exhibition ever dedicated to this singular work. Following their meeting in 1982, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol developed a great bond and produced nearly 160 paintings together, almost daily! This intense collaboration will give birth to original works, some of which will even be among the greatest of their respective careers. Basquiat x Warhol – À quatre mains, Louis Vuitton Foundation, 8, avenue du Mahatma-Gandhi 16éme ,From April 5 to August 28, 2023, , webpage : https://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/fr/evenements/basquiat-x-warhol-a-quatre-mains

In the context of the global energy crisis,(brought on my incapable politicians we continue vote for!) Vincennes has decided not to install its traditional ephemeral ice rink this winter. To achieve significant energy savings in the face of rising gas and electricity prices, the town decided this year to replace it with a 600 m2 roller skate track. This “more sober” installation will be set up on the esplanade of the Hôtel de Ville for Christmas. The track will host 4 themed parties (Roaring Twenties, 50s, 80s and 2000s). Experienced riders will be able to evolve on the surface without constraint and the youngest will be able to learn in complete safety in an area which will be reserved for them, in the presence of a UCPA animator. Val de Marne dept 94 tourist office on the event : https://www.tourisme-valdemarne.com/agenda/piste-de-roller-de-noel-a-vincennes/

It is at Port de la Gare, at the foot of the National Library of France, that Quai de la photo will open its doors in May 2023. Free exhibitions, a festive place to live and an integrated marina, this new multi-purpose structure has many surprises in store for you ! The floating art center will host temporary and permanent exhibitions with free access on an area of ​​more than 1000 m2. Something to delight photography enthusiasts who will discover both the big names in contemporary photography, but also many emerging French and foreign artists With its integrated marina, Quai de la photo will also offer excursions aboard small boats (100% electric of course). And if you are looking for an exceptional place to organize an event, the floating art center can even be privatized!Quai de la photo berges de Seine – rive gauche or Left Bank, Port de la Gare 13éme Free admission, Webpage : https://quaidelaphoto.fr/

Ouessant and Molène, the islands at the end of the world, the two islands planted off the high seas of Pointe Saint-Mathieu have a unique history and identity in this Iroise Sea subject to the excesses of the weather.

Molène, eyes in the sea, Leaving from Ouessant, it only takes 30 minutes to reach Molène by boat , A tour of the island on foot! (There are no cars). A short hike of 1h15 to take in the sea air. From the very quiet port, the path runs along the east and then south coast. Mounds of fresh seaweed cling to the shore. The potent smell appeals to gulls, which greedily dip their beaks. In front of the pyramidal landmark and up to Beg ar Loued (southern tip of the island), the sun in backlight iridescent the greenish blue sea. There are a few dry stone walls there that give this Breton island an air of Ireland… At the Pointe de Roëlen, a rock higher than the others, the island culminates at 26 meters , gives a view of Ouessant , the islets and the line of gray roofs of the village of Molène, surmounted by the spire of the Saint-Ronan Church. Head for the village, completing the tour by a ribine or path and the statue of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Retour. What remains to be seen is the church, its English cemetery and the Drummond Castle museum. And then the frescoes of the Abri Roussin,or shelter ; the Calvary, the semaphore, the soda ovens, once used to burn seaweed. A whole small heritage witnessing a subsistence and mutual aid economy turned towards the ocean.

The Ponant islands on Molène : https://www.iles-du-ponant.com/iles/ile-de-molene/

The local Irose Brittany tourist office on Molène island : https://www.iroise-bretagne.bzh/itineraire/lile-molene/

On Yusin Beach, on the north coast, on a stormy day, the spectacle of waves crashing against the rocks of Ouessant Island is mesmerizing. At the Créac’h lighthouse, the show is also spellbinding. It is at the Ponte de Pern that the piece reaches its heights. Due west, the cape receives with mute self-sacrifice , it is used to it, all the anger accumulated by the ocean. Packets of water exploding on the rock, mush of shaggy foam, iodized explosions slapping the faces. Hypnotic! The charms of Lampaul in the capital there are rites: go buy Le Télégramme newspaper as soon as you see the plane from Brest arriving; have a coffee at the bar-tabac Ty Butun; look at the window of the Ouessant Image gallery, by photographer Dominique Baot, a tireless surveyor of the island; finish the day at the pub Ty Korn (the “Tyk”), justice of the peace for Ouessant evenings. How good it is then to be sheltered after dark when the raging ocean harasses the last inhabited land of western France !

The Ponant islands on Ouessant : https://www.iles-du-ponant.com/iles/ile-douessant/

The Ouessant island tourist office : https://ot-ouessant.fr/phares-navigation.html

At FC Versailles, the first on the bench with the Brazilian Cris, the former player of Olympique Lyonnais has been the new Versailles coach for a week. He will experience his baptism of fire on the bench this Friday, November 25 in Villefranche-sur-Saône on behalf of the 13th day of National league. On a grass half-pitch at the Porchefontaine stadium in Versailles (Yvelines 78), Welcome to Versailles !! webpage : https://fcversailles.com

Three years separate the first from the second edition of the Grand Prix for the best Parisian pastry. The culinary event launched in 2019 was therefore back yesterday Thursday with twelve participants and a very specific theme: Parisian gardens. The prize was awarded to pastry chef Jordan Talbot for his piece “Autumn Wake”. who works at Maison Lucas Carton, located at 9, place de la Madeleine, in the 8éme arrondissement of Paris, On the podium, the works “Fleur de Miel”, by Hugo Spiesser-Ferrette (Christophe Michalak pastry shop) and ” L’Idylle” by Louise Riot (hotel-restaurant Molitor) came second and third respectively.

After the success of the first edition of Chez Monix last winter, the bistro welcomes you back to its chalet with gondola, fireplace, raclette, unlimited fondue and mulled wine of course! Discover a charming mountain village in the heart of a forest of fir trees, for an immersion in the atmosphere of skiing, just 10 minutes from the Porte Maillot. You can also board the barge of the Splash to enjoy a good seafood platter in the restaurant La mer à verre. And in addition, Chez Monix offers you to privatize your gondola to spend a privileged moment with your loved ones! Other venues at Là-Haut in Suresnes, Sapristi in Rueil Malmaison, Saperlipopette in Puteaux, Le Bistrot Pas Parisien in Colombes and Bistrot Top Chef in Suresnes offer you the flavors of the mountains just outside Paris! Chez Monix Port Van Gogh, Asnières-sur-Seine (Hauts de Seine 92) , Webpage : https://lesbistrotspasparisiens.com/

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do take the air of the Fall season with style in France better ,me think,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

November 22, 2022

My memorable moments at the Intercontinental Hotels !!

I have written on them before, but just found me some brochures of those wonderful years spent at the Intercontinetal Hotels of France that made write again this new post, This was a great moment in my life as we had all the family together and had a blast, Memories that are still intact as well as the friendship of those collegues from yesteryear still in touch, Let me tell you briefly on this wonderful experience with especially the so called L’Inter hotel of Paris ! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Paris intercontinental hotel entr brochure

A bit of background to the newcomers to my blog, The Intercontinental Hotel or l’Inter (now the Westin Paris) on rue Castiglione near the Tuileries garden,  and the Le Grand Hotel Intercontinental and its wonderful Café de la Paix by the Opéra Garnier were my hangouts. The HQ handling all the hotels was at the Intercontinental Paris or affectionally called L’Inter. It was at the corner of the streets 3 rue de Castiglione and rue Rivoli. The offices were again in the mezzanine area off the general public but we could walk all over, and I did as my job will take me to see the restaurants/bar personnel as well as the rooms. The walks between the l’Inter and Le Grand were sublime passing by the Place Vendôme into the Place de l’Opéra!!  The Le Grand hotel is at the corner of 2 rue Scribe,and 12 blvd des Capucines.

Other IHG properties, I was responsible for was in Cannes, the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in the Croisette!  I was, also, responsible for the Holiday Inn -pl de la République in Paris (now a Crown plaza hotel), and the Holiday Inn Disneyland ,(the hotel is now call the Vienna House Magic Circus Hotel), of course, I not only visited on business but also stayed with the family while going to Disneyland Paris (see posts).  So why I have good memories of it and always will remember them? Well , I used to worked in them, and was in charge of all intercontinental hotels in France that were owned by the group IHG at the time base in Windsor, England, with European hq in Brussels Belgium. Two wonderful years bouncing from one to the other in an top management position in the Accounting dept.Memories forever,thanks guys!!

Paris Christmas inter et grand hotels 2005

Paris intercontinental hotel Club level brochure

While at the L’Inter hotel had the distinct pleasure of helping out a fund raiser for the Hurricane Katrina (2005) in New Orleans, LA USA, It as an effort by the entire expat community on providing free host in the great salons (historical monuments of France) for charitable events , This was a huge success with more than 500 guest and musicians from the US and some base in France, All proceeds were to the American Red Cross.

Paris Inter Crescent city jam katrina hurricane 2005

Paris Inter Crescent city jam katrina hurricane program 2005

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Paris inter hotel katrina fund raising 2005

We as a family and me employed there went thru wonderful Christmas parties for the employees, to welcoming and meeting some of the famous and known such as U2, Condoleezza Rice , Sec of state USA; Stéphane Bern , French actor, presenter and many many more. Working with the upper class of the French nobility including Princess Napoléon, to the marquis and dukes of France; and the famous brands who held many events in the hotels from Louis Vuitton, to Chanel, to the fabulous Fashion Weeks of Paris !! Never to forget and now fix into my blog for eternity,

Paris Christmas inter hotel 2005

Paris IC hotel Christmas party fam middle seats Dec2005

From the brochures that I kept as souvenir, this one is one of my favorites so will translate here for you and me, Another memorable brochures of a wonderful property and people, the L’Inter or Intercontinental Hotel Paris, (now a Westin Vendôme Paris hotel).

Paris intercontinental hotel winter garden brochure

Paris intercontinental hotel salon napoleon brochure

The first king of France to fall in love with Paris was Philippe Auguste constructed the Louvre dungeon around 1200, while creating the ramparts of the City, The huge tower which was destined to become the royal castle in the 16C was the starting point of the superb promenade whose central section leads into the Champs Elysées, this extends to the top of the Chaillot slopes and is crowned at the Etoile by the Arc de Triomphe, During the Renaissance, Queen Catherine de Médicis ordered the Tuileries Palace (gone see post) situated at the angle of the Seine river to complete the Louvre ensemble whose extremities form the great Marsan and Flore pavilions, The garden was designed and enlarged by André le Nôtre (see post) who previously had created the gardens of the Palace of Versailles,The Tuileries Gardens (see posts) bordered by the Seine river and the future place Louis XV constructed in the 18C, From the Louvre folks passed in front of the Capucins, Cistercians and the convent of the Assumption later the Polish church,

These monasteries emptied during the French revolution became meeting houses and felled quickly into decay, The Fall of the monarchy is marked as August 10th 1792 and from the Tuileries the king Louis XVI sought refuge in the Riding school which was razed to the ground during the construciton of the rue de Rivoli as the crossroads of the rue de Castiglione,It was decided to build a road from the rue de Rivoli to the place Louis XV (now place de la Concorde), The Rue de Castiglione running from the rue de Rivoli to the Place Vendôme commemorates one of Napoléon Ier victories during the Italian campaign of 1796, In May 1871 several areas were burnt to the ground by the great fire including the Rue Royale, Tuileries Palace, and the Ministry of Finance, good fortunes the blaze did not reach the Louvre and its precious collections,

The new parliament of the French Republic refused to replace the roof of the Tuileries Palace whose stone were removed to Corsica by the Pozzo di Borgo family rivals of Bonaparte, In 1878, the Continental Hotel rose up from its ashes, Its portals situated in the Rue de Castiglione were erected on the site of the monk’s former refectory, Gilded drawing rooms enriched by sculptures and mythological scenes , a Moorish style winter garden walnut panneled Henri II drawing rooms and an electric dynamo machine feeding the incandescent lamps from 1887, All the latest discoveries and developements made available by progress were incorporated from the very infancy and the five hundred rooms became the meeting place both for the members of the elite and heads of State, It is here on Saturday April 13 1889 while the inauration of the Tour Eiffel that a sumptous dinner was organised in honor of M, Gustave Eiffel, Some of the menu included gonale cream, Dieppe turbot with Mousseline sauce, Nevers-style lamb saddle, Russian-style lobster, Dombe orange and vanilla glazed cake punch, fruit basket, sweets, small wine ovens: Médoc in a carafe, Pommerol St Emilion, Champagne Frappé, coffee and liqueurs.

In 1883 ,Victor Hugo presided over the luncheon given here to celebrate the publishing of his complete works, From Peter 1st of Serbia, King Fouad of Egypt and on several occasions Empress Eugenie (Spanish wife of Napoléon III) , the last monarch to reside at the Tuileries Palace, all spent periods of time in the hotel, In 1940 Jean Giraudoux set up his information office in the drawing rooms of the last Empress, The Nazis later occupied the building for four years and the Continental Hotel once more renewed its normal activities continuing until 1968, With the Inter-Continental Hotel we witness the ultimate matamorphosis still sparkling from the recent beauty treatment, These lines of historical praise join together to form a magnificent bouquet of which as Montaigne puts it «  I am but the narrow ribbon to tie around » Sublime indeed,

There you go folks, a wonderful experience of many memorable moments never to be forgotten, You in eternal Paris, and in the marvelous area of beauty,luxury and high class, The hotel even today I say its worth a stay, eat in, visit anything there is worth it me think, Again, hope you enjoy the memorable post on the Intercontinental Hotels of France and especially on the L’Inter !!

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

November 21, 2022

Parc Asterix, le French park !!!

As I was on themes park visiting again, I remember this memorable park we came with the family upon arriving in France, OF course, we came back a couple times more early on and then went away into the Morbihan breton, I like to update this older post with new text and using the old pictures, Bear with me and hope you enjoy it as I,

Let me tell you about the Parc Asterix, le French park !!! The quiensentional French attractions park. There are many themes parks in France but this one is as much French as any, therefore, if you come to France for all French  ,then you need to bring your children here, period. I know I took mine earlier, tiny kids of about 10-12 years old and they love it so much still today young men they still remember fondly of their visits here with Mom and Dad.  At the more French parc Asterix , a tourist complex including a theme park and now three hotels opened on 30 April 1989. The theme park is dedicated to the world of comics from Uderzo and Goscinny, and  it is located in Plailly, Oise, dept 60 about 30 km from Paris. It is not open all year, need to check their schedules online.

parc-asterix-roller-c-2005

I like to tell you a bit about their history as I like it,

From 1981, Albert Uderzo, after visiting Disneyland in California, imagines a project of an amusement park on the theme of Asterix. The summer of 1987 marks the beginning of the construction of the park ,the location is chosen among other things , because of its network of communications such as the nearby Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport at only 10 km away, a private interchange connects the park to the A1 highway and a shuttle service makes the junction with a metro line.

The 22-hectare amusement park is completed in 1989 with five thematic areas: Via Antiqua, the village of Asterix, the Rue de Paris, the Great Lake and the Roman city. In 1993, Great European Theme Parks was founded in response to the arrival of Euro Disneyland. Its members were Europa-Park, Alton Towers, Parc Asterix, Efteling and Liseberg. By 1994, it was already profitable, and in the same year, Parc Asterix SA was introduced to the Second market of the Paris Stock Exchange. In 1998,it bought the Grand aquarium Saint-Malo .In 1999, it merged with the Grévin-France Miniature Museum Group. The company then becomes Grévin & Compagnie SA. This year, 1999   the 3-Hiboux (owl) hotel with a capacity of 100 rooms is inaugurated in July. The Hotel des 3 Hiboux added in 2017 50 additional rooms to reach the number of 150. In addition, a convention and seminar center is in addition to the availability offered by the park. In june 2002 , the Compagnie des Alpes acquired Grévin & Cie via a takeover bid and created CDA Parks (Compagnie des Alpes ) ; in turn control by Caisse des Dépôts since same year, It now counting 12 parks and the current owners. Webpage : https://www.compagniedesalpes.com/en

There have been some innovations such as the “Lutèce Plage” or lutecia beach event which consists of a beach and entertainment on the shores of the Grand Lac in summer. Another event celebrating Halloween during the event “Fear on Parc Astérix” ,The new Attention Menhir !, , A new system named Filotomatix, a time slot reservation service is launched.

Today, the Parc Asterix park is officially composed of six universes, which are:

Via antiqua : This part allows access to the heart of the park. The public can find all the traditional services there, such as information points and cash desks. The “street” also contains many shops and food outlets such as the croissant de Diane, the large market of Lutèce, the Gallic galleries, the bonbon palace, at Rahazade, Numérobis, Gravedanlonix or even Le Bon Légionnaire. It is decorated according to the lands traveled in The Adventures of Asterix such as Belgium Gaul, Germany, Rome, India, Helvetia and Egypt. Lutèce can be recognized in various places. The attentive observer sees the Bocca della Verità, the Manneken-Pis, a Swiss cuckoo clock and the Nemean lion.

The Roman Empire: It presents itself as entirely decorated on the theme of the Roman Empire. True to the cartoon, the public will find humorous signs and inscriptions, including a sign pointing to Rome in all directions, in accordance with the proverb “All roads lead to Rome”. This district offers five attractions and one show: Romus and Rapidus: a Rapid river on board large buoys; Les Espions de César: aerial circuit where passengers board small, slow-moving vehicles, formerly equipped with pedals to increase their speed; Le Carrousel de César: carousel on the theme of the main comic book characters ; The Little Train: Children’s Train ; Caesar’s Challenge: Mad House on the Recruitment of the Roman Legion ; Gaulois-Romains: le match: show taking place in the 940-seat Roman arena located at the exit of Via Antiqua.

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The Ancient Greece: The village was previously included in the Grand Lac district. Entirely dedicated to the theme of the Hellenic world and its mythology, it illustrates the humorous style famous in comics by Uderzo and Goscinny.Seven attractions and one show are located in this area:The Trojan Horse: a flying carpet-type attraction, The Flight of Icarus: roller coaster on the theme of the flight and then the fall of Daedalus’ son;The River of Elis: peaceful journey aboard small buoys in the typical Greek gardens in reference to Elis ; the Lernaean Hydra: octopus-like attraction in the image of the Lernaean Hydra; Tonnerre 2 Zeus: wooden roller coaster with a height of thirty-three meters and a speed of around 90 km/h ; Discobelix: Ancient Olympic Games-themed Disk’O Coaster attraction; Pegasus Express: Launched Roller Coaster , with the specialty of going back halfway; The Poseidon Theater It was named dolphinarium before the district became a clean zone it is redesigned and reopens in 2022 to offer Les Plongeons de l’Olympe, a diving show performed by athletes,

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The Vikings : The theme district is home to six attractions: La Galère: rocking boat type attraction; L’Escadrille des aces: merry-go-round of small planes ; The Mini Carrousel: carousel for toddlers ; Les Petits Drakkars: merry-go-round of small boats;Les Petites Chaises volantes: merry-go-round of flying chairs reserved for children ; Goudurix: metal roller coaster. Long holders of the European record for inversions with 7 elements, Aerolaf: Aerobar This bar which rises along a thirty-five meter tower is not considered an attraction. It is operated by a company external to Parc Astérix, the latter receiving remuneration from said company.

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A travers le temps (Through time): Illustrating Paris, the first part of this universe focuses on the life of the Middle Ages and its knights. The area then evolves, moving from the Middle Ages to the 17C and 18C. It is within this zone that the majority of special events take place during the Halloween period. The visitor finds five attractions and three shows: Les Chevaux du roy: carousel similar to its Roman Empire counterpart, but oriented to a medieval theme ; National 7: circuit of clunkers through a small countryside evoking the blue route During the seasons of Peur sur le Parc,(Halloween) the course is redesigned and renamed Le Chemin des Sorciers;The Flying Chairs Carousel; The Oxygenarium: descent of buoys in a large slide. The script is summarized as follows: “Ferdinand de Teffélé, on the occasion of the Paris Invention Fair, offers a machine to take a breath of fresh air. Decontamination, expiration, arrival at the tops of the peaks and it’s the fall”. ; Attention Menhir: ten-minute film shown in a three-hundred-seat 4-D cinema. Named Les Studios Idéfix, this theater replaces the Cinématographe. The attraction lasts twenty minutes in total ;Hands down on the Mona Lisa: stunt show. A chase between thieves and policemen, with pyrotechnic effects ; The House of July 14: animated automata.

Bienvenue chez le Gaulois : (Welcome to the Gaul): This area contains twelve attractions and offers two shows: Toutatis: launched roller coaster, scheduled for 2023; Épidemaïs Cruises: boat circuit going around the village Passengers find characters from the main adventures of Asterix (Astérix chez Rahàzade, Asterix chez les Helvètes, etc.); The Cauldrons: Cup-type ride where visitors sit in cauldrons During the Halloween period (Peur sur le Parc), the attraction sees its decoration slightly altered as well as its name (Les Chaudrons infernaux); Menhir Express: log-type attraction. Course between the forest and the Egyptian zone ending with a fall of thirteen meters; La Trace du Hooray: bobsled roller coaster Nine hundred meters of descent at a speed approaching 60 km/h; Grand Splatch: aquatic circuit on the heights of the rock of Asterix – emblem of the park, visible from the highway – ending in a fall ; The Little Storm: music express ; The Little Bumper Tanks: Bumper Cars for Children. ; At Gyrofolix: Nebulaz-type ride, planned for 2023;  Chronos: magic show taking place in the 600-seat Panoramix Theater ; Du Rififi dans la basse-cour: show at the Bard’s theater featuring a Roman soldier accidentally catapulted into the Gallic village, Transgénix (the soothsayer).

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There is ,also, the Forest of Dogmatix (Idéfix) with Énigmatix: Small waterfall, Challis: Barnyard, Lavomatix: Jump around; Hydrolix: Aérodynamix Junior logs: Magic bikes.. Egypt : his 2.5 hectare Ancient Egyptian themed area offers visitors two attractions: OzIris. The course includes five inversions as well as a passage under a pool after a lift of 40 meters. ; and SOS Numérobis: junior roller coaster with a length of two hundred meters.

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The Parc Asterix had one hotel ,the Hôtel des 3 Hiboux , and now has two more, the la Cité suspendue, and the Les Quais de LutèceAnd how you get here! Be early and if you are like we come by car and got on the A1 autoroute:highway/motorway, and between exits 7 and 8 ,there is a private ramp to come into the park at approx. 40 min/30 km from Paris. Parking paying now 15€. By shuttle at CDG T3 ,and from RER B station “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle”, But never taken these public transports fyi.

The official Parc Asterixhttps://www.parcasterix.fr/

The Paris tourist office on the Parc Asterixhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/72750/Parc-Asterix

The Chantilly-Senlis tourist office on the Parc Asterixhttps://www.chantilly-senlis-tourisme.com/en/la-destination/le-parc-asterix/

There you go folks, you can read it is more European, French and an enjoyable part of living here with children. The Parc Asterix is a must to visit especially with children to teens, Hope you enjoy the post and the parc as I.

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

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November 20, 2022

Wines news of France XXXVII !!

Well, we are right into mid Fall season , and November 2022 ,is coming along fine, the temps are warmer so say the so call experts. Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wines news of France. First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers! Oh yeah, the wines of France are just super simply awesome and a great tradition. Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give you some news shall we. I have taken several old posts into one for the memories’ sake. Hope you enjoy it as I.

This is just in and need to have it here ,update: The sale of wines from the Hospices de Beaune, the oldest charity auction in the world, once again broke a record on Sunday (today) , an emblematic cask reserved for the cause of children winning 810,000 euros. The recipe for this “piece”, as a cask is called in Burgundy, was this year reserved for the Princess Margot and Vision du Monde children’s aid associations. The 228 liter cask (288 bottles) was sold for 810,000 euros (excluding costs), beating by a hair the previous record set last year, at 800,000 euros. The proceeds from the other batches are intended for equipment and the renovation of the four hospitals and six nursing homes, i.e. a thousand beds, which are currently grouped together by the Hospices Civils. The latter do not receive any aid from the State for these expenses, which are therefore entirely financed by the vines given to the Hospices since their foundation in 1443. The official Hospice de Beaune : https://www.hospices-de-beaune.com/

At the Chateaux Grand Launay and Haut Lorettes in the south-west of France, pruning shears and machines are running at full speed for the harvesting of the reds. Most are reporting will make a great vintage, thanks to a very hot summer. We are, in France, one of the regions that has evolved the most technical and environmental in the last ten years, and the range of 5-15 euros, Bordeaux is unbeatable in quality . But we have no clear message ! vis-à-vis the consumer, lamenting the image hyper traditional Bordeaux. Indeed there are lots of properties in Bordeaux little known or hard to know that produces top wines at affordable prices! I am next to the Salon Gastronomique et vins of Vannes Nov 2022. Very good properties and affordable there indeed!

Do you know the wines of Tavel? Many years ago were my introduction to French rose wines! They were qualified at the time of kings of roses, a reputation that still precedes them today, as its wines astonish by their richness and complexity. It is a magnificent, powerful and generous wine, deep pink, revealed by the typicality of its terroir and the variety of grape varieties, from which it draws its floral and fruity aromas on the palate. With age, it develops shades of red fruits, grilled almonds and spices, far from the usual simplicity of the rosés of our aperitifs. webpage: http://www.vin-tavel.com/fr/l-appellation-tavel/appellation-aoc

From one vintage to another  to be or not to be considered Cru Bourgeois. The handicap is more or less important according to the notoriety of the property. It’s a bit complicated to understand.  A  Cru Bourgeois can be a year and not be the next one, to appear or not in the official selection for a given vintage, the following or the preceding one. Either because it chose not to compete at all and did not submit samples in year N, but may review its choice the following year; either because the samples presented did not convince the jury on this vintage; either because it has unfortunately not disposed of the volume required to compete (harvest amputated by frost or hail …). Life is never so simple even in the wine business! The rule will therefore change with the next classification since the label will be issued for 5 years. To be or not to be considered  Cru Bourgeois from one vintage to the next, the handicap is more or less important according to the notoriety of the château.  In 2003, Chasse-Spleen was distinguished “cru bourgeois exceptionnel” and Gressier Grand Poujeaux “cru bourgeois superiéur”. The classification was split in 2007. Result, Chasse-Spleen has slammed the door of the crus bourgeois, Gressier Grand Poujeaux remained, but not for all vintages. Now presented as the wine produced by Chasse-Spleen,  the cuvée  sold directly by the property and online via the market place, it does not really need the umbrella “cru bourgeois”.

These are just some of my favorites in a condense write up ok. Château Le Crock(Saint-Estèphe); Château Lilian Ladouys (Saint-Estèphe); Château Paloumey (Haut-Médoc); Château de Taillan(Haut-Médoc);Château Bel Air Gloria (Haut-Médoc);Château Lamothe-Bergeron (Haut-Médoc); Château Malescasse (Haut-Médoc).;Château Fourcas-Borie(Listrac-Médoc);and Château Haut Breton Larigaudiére(Margaux). You won’t go wrong with any.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte: Today, the Union of Cooperatives located in Chouilly (Marne) Associates 4 500 winegrowers for a surface of 2 100 hectares and 10.4 million of bottles produced. Which puts the mark, in terms of volume, just behind Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. Today, 40% of our volumes are destined for the international market. They would like to achieve parity with the French market, i.e. 6 million bottles sold in France and 6 million elsewhere, and that’s within five years.  They have great margins of progress in the United States, where they are imported and distributed by the group Ste Michelle. They benefit from its network. In addition, they have signed a three-year partnership with the Canadian company Cirque du Soleil last May. We are now their official supplier in the US and Canada. They are already the preferred brand of the French, as confirmed by several studies carried out by the Nielsen group. Indeed they are all over the supermarkets !!

Nothing so surprising about these Cistercian lands overlooking the three villages of Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses, in Côte-d’Or (21). Among the many owners, the Maison Louis Latour alone has about twenty hectares, a continent on the scale of Burgundy. Aubert de Villaine, also co-owner of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Vosne-Romanée, has invested heavily in recent years, with three parcels and a closing contract, for a total of about 6 hectares. The Burgundian family Méo-Camuzet is also present today in Corton, like the Freys who bought the château of Corton-Andre, renamed Corton C, Patrick Landanger of the Domaine Pousse d’Or and others. Thus, 20% of the Corton-Charlemagne appellation has changed hands over the last twenty years!!

Among the great villages of the Côte de NuitsMorey-Saint-Denis is undoubtedly the most unknown or even the most misunderstood of the wine aficionados. The story explains much of this disaffection: until the 1960’s, the wines of Morey-Saint-Denis were bought by the traders of Côte de Nuit and Beaune to assemble them with wines of Chambolle-Musigny or Gevrey-Chambertin, better known and easier to market. Another significant element, the absence in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis of large historical family property, pioneer of bottling at the Morey-Saint-Denis estates has taken on its neighbors a delay of notoriety that the town still behind, All of these considerations deserve to be reviewed. Modest in area with 133.53 hectares of vines, the name of Morey-Saint-Denis is not lacking in advantages thanks to five Grands crus: Clos de Tart, Clos de la Roche, (which has added its names to that of the town), Clos des Lambrays, and Bonnes-Mares, mainly located on Chambolle-Musigny, but a small part of it is included in Morey-Saint-Denis. These five Grands Crus pass through the town, from the south to the north, glorious succession of exceptional terroirs in the middle of the hill.Therefore, try them more and you will be delighted.

With skewers of poultry; the ideal, is the red wines of the Loire Valley type Sancerre or Saumur-Champigny  (love it) which give the response to poultry with their fruity, their vegetable tip but also a characteristic sour freshness. But the Burgundy red wines such as the Mercurey or the Beaujolais wines also lend themselves to the game of concordance with this type of food.  Lovers of white wines and skewers that mix poultry, lemon and vegetables will turn to a little fleshy cuvées; Meursault, Pouilly-Fuissé, white wines from the Massif de La Clape. With grilled fish, try the rosés Provencal, the white wines of Cassis, those of the range of Ballet or Corsica enjoy the company of a bar or a grilled sea bream. And with sardines? Prefer the rosés of Roussillon, like those of Collioure powerful, with aromas of red fruits. The rosé, color of summer, is also the wine of the Grill par excellence! Prefer those who possess matter and density such as the rosés of Tavel, a rosé Bourgueil or a Marsannay.  There you go from 45 years of wine drinker, collecting, selling, and diploma guy from France and Spain. Enjoy it !!!

A great men of wine I have followed for several years and enjoyed his wines is Bernard Magrez, owner of four Grands Crus Classés in Bordeaux, and about 40 other domains in the world. Taking aim at developing new vineyards and also to take position in new territories. He had purchased the Château de Sartre and its 33 hectares in the appellation Pessac-Léognan. The castle was owned by the Perrin family, and produces 140000 bottles two thirds red and one third white each year. Now, it will allow Bernard Magrez to offer a complete line of Pessac-Léognan wines of high quality such as Château Pape Clément, Clémentin, the second wine and now Château Le Sartre . This latest purchase will allow a domaine of land of 54 hectares in the Haut-Médoc bordering his other property the Château La Tour Carnet that has itself 180 hectares. The idea is to increase the production of the second wine of La Tour Carnet. He had also made an acquisition of a property of 1,5 hectares in Pomerol as well to add to his portfolio which includes one hectare of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as well as a sign promise to developed wine in the country of Georgia. Webpage: https://bernard-magrez.com/en/bernard-magrez-2/

Tom Sullivan , an American story in purchasing the Château Gaby in Fronsac just over the Médoc in Bordeaux. The vineyards descend to the Dordogne river. There he and his wife owns a mansion that they enjoy spending time in . In little time Mr Sullivan has acquired four properties there, The Château Gaby appellation Canon Fronsac, also Château Moya appellation Castillon côtes de Bordeaux, Château du Parc, appellation Saint Emilion Grand cru and Auguste appellation Bordeaux Supérieur all in bio, He finds the wines from Napa very tannic and pre fabricated so he turns to France and especially the Bordeaux. Today, 90% of his 320K bottles are produce in his properties in France and the wines are exported with good recognition in the USA especially on the west coast but also in Miami and New York. Webpage: https://www.chateaugaby.com/our-wines

But those who continue to appreciate a good bottle, and there are more and more of them, especially in Paris; no longer hesitate to push the door of one of the 600 or so Parisian cellars shops, almost a quarter of wine merchants have developed their bar. wine and more than 60% offer delicatessen products. La Grande Épicerie du Bon Marché cellars has a clientele 80% Parisians. True national pride, wine is above all a marker of the strong identity of French gastronomy, especially in Paris. What comfort the 87% of Parisians who drink wine in restaurants (against 81% for all of France), but who find the wines too expensive. It must be said that, according to Statista, wines are 26% more expensive in gourmet restaurants in Paris than in the rest of France, and 15% in independent restaurants and bistros. (Of course Paris carries a price!)

An effort to revive the first vineyard in France which had some 42,000 hectares at its peak in the 18C, before completely disappearing after WWII. The numbers are: 14,363 cafes and restaurants were identified in Paris in 2017, which represents 61.3% of Ile-de-France establishments (Source: CCI de Paris Île-de-France). 604 wine merchants are established in Paris, i.e. + 11% between 2014 and 2017 (Source: CCI of Paris Île-de-France). 8,800 bars and restaurants in Paris have an IV license, which allows them to sell alcohol (Source: CCI de Paris Île-de-France). 8.84 restaurants per 1,000 inhabitants in Paris far ahead of Lyon (5.62), Bordeaux (6.77) or Marseille (5.22) (Source: CCI de Paris Île-de-France). 5.40 euros average price of a glass of wine in a restaurant or an independent bistro in Paris. An amount which rises to 9.10 euros in a gourmet restaurant (Source: OpinionWay for Wine Paris). 52% of wine consumers in Paris consider themselves to be enlightened amateurs  (Source: Wine Paris). 250 sommeliers are members of the Paris and Île-de-France Sommeliers Association.

There you go folks, another wine episode of my belle France! The wines of France that is, superbe, sublime, wonderful, gorgeous, enjoy without moderation but accompanying a meal, family table just perfect. See you in the vineyards of France.

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

November 17, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXXV

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we continue into a mild Fall season. That time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLXXV is 375 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Fall season mild higher temps for the season is announce. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine, coming inside our dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Quick, this is an update! Last November 16 2022, Louis Vuitton announced the opening in December of Louis Vuitton Dream, a free exhibition space where you can discover the most important collaborations of the house, as well as the creations of designers and artists. At the same time, a room is provided to stop for a coffee and taste chocolates, made in collaboration with chef Maxime Frédéric. But the house has more than one trick up its sleeve: it is now announcing the forthcoming transformation of part of its headquarters, located opposite La Samaritaine. Part of the place will indeed become a hotel, and as you can imagine, it will not be a hotel like the others! Luxurious and dazzling, but also splendid for the unique view it will offer over the City of Light. Stay tune!

At the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, cancers demystified,While 1,000 people are diagnosed every day, cancer remains a taboo subject for nearly one in four French people . For the first time, an exhibition for the general public lifts the veil on the different aspects of this complex disease. To be discovered from the age of 14 at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris until August 2023. In constant increase in France for 30 years, cancer is today a real social phenomenon: nearly four million of our fellow citizens face or have already faced this disease. There are over 200 different cancers. Even if they all have in common an anarchic proliferation of cells, they do not attack the body in the same way. For the same organ, we can find very varied cancers. A 26-minute film follows the journey of four patients, each at a different stage, thus providing an overview of conventional care (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery) but also more innovative ones such as hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies and supportive care (nutrition, psychology, etc.). Without forgetting an inventory of research in France through interviews with 11 high-level Cancer researchers, Until August 8, 2023 at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie de Paris, 30 Av. Corentin Cariou, 19éme. Webpage : https://www.cite-sciences.fr/fr/au-programme/expos-temporaires/cancers

Three or four paintings by the famous 19C painter Gustave Le Gray exist in the world, but few of his paintings have been formally identified. The auction, this coming Thursday, November 17, of a painting by the painter and photographer, by the Toulouse auctioneer Marc Labarbe, is therefore an exceptional event, which is of interest to many museums. This large painting, representing the artist’s wife, Palmira Madeline Gertrude Leonardi, an Italian met in Rome, with whom he had six children between 1845 and 1857, four of whom died prematurely. Le Gray rose to fame under Napoleon III but, crippled with debt in 1860, he abandoned his wife and children. Exhibited at the Salon of 1853, was kept by his descendants and is therefore completely unpublished. A painter by training, Gustave Le Gray had followed the teaching of Paul Delaroche at the School of Fine Arts, before leaving for Italy. Alongside his activity as a photographer, Gustave Le Gray never stopped painting, portraits and orientalist scenes being his favorite subjects. Webpage : https://www.marclabarbe.com/

At the end of September,2022 the first works for the future Cable 1 cable car were launched in Créteil, in the Val-de-Marne.(94) The project led by Île-de-France Mobilités will connect Créteil to Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in less than 20 minutes.It provides for the creation of five stations in Créteil, Limeil-Brévannes, Valenton and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, over a 4.5 km stretch. This first phase of work should extend until the summer of 2023. It is located on the road RD1, at the Créteil – Pointe du Lac metro station of line 8, where the terminus of Cable 1.webpage : https://cable1.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/

Paris is the city in Europe where self-service electric scooters are used the most. The Parisian company Fluctuo observes and analyzes micromobility services around the world. According to his data, Paris is the capital in Europe where the use of these machines is the most intensive. And if they continue no cars only scooters will be on like in some other major cities of our world lol ! .webpage : https://european-index.fluctuo.com/

Removing the heating on the terrace means 10% less annual turnover according to some restauranteurs, Established for 32 years in the Marais (4éme) where he has three restaurants (le Fer à cheval, les Philosophes and la Chaise au plafond), Xavier Denamur, known for his fight against junk food, readily presents himself as “restorer of the Republic”. Anxious to respect the law, which now prohibits heated terraces, he was among the first, last spring, to remove his braziers. The 12,285 owners operating a terrace in Paris have been notified. In addition to the fine if they continue to heat the outside, those who have not dismantled their devices by January 1, 2023 will have to pay compensation for irregular occupation of the public domain. So no more terraces in Paris another new look of the new City government, and soon there will not be Paris as we know it, I am far from it now !

Nearly eight years after the first developments, lanes reserved for buses (and in some cases taxis) on major roads and motorways represent only 1% of the length of the region’s national road network. It is obvious that will influence the design of future road public transport networks in the outer suburbs: even the most express “express buses” will prove to be ineffective if they remain paralyzed in the daily traffic jams of the main axes of the Ile-de-France region. Of course, keep cutting roads and the jams will become a battle cry ! Stay tune for 2023 !

This one for the memories of old Paris and we even had celebrated my boys birthdays on them, Bankruptcy of Chez Clément (see post restaurants: two years firm required against the former boss, Five years in prison, three of which are probationary. And the definitive ban on managing. for misuse of company assets and fraud, in the case of the takeover of the brand. Hearing the sentence requested by the prosecutor against him, this past Monday, before the Nanterre Criminal Court (Hauts-de-Seine 92), Stanislas Dewynter is stunned. The shock is severe for the one that All-Paris knew in the early 2000s as a talented businessman, who reaped success with his twenty chic and trendy restaurants. It was delighted that he bought the Chez Clément restaurant brand in 2012, the operation precipitated him into the abyss, They are all gone sadly for some mismanagement deeds.

One good news for me and many memorable moments with my dear late wife Martine in her native town, The Majestic cinema in Meaux (Seine et Marne 77), the UGC buys the walls and resumes the work suspended for two years ! The work must resume this Thursday (tomorrow). The Majestic cinema building, in the city center, has therefore officially been sold for 900,000 euros by the city to the General Cinematographic Union. or UGC ! Great news for my first movie outing in France ever !! webpage : https://www.ugc.fr/cinema.html?id=39

Surprise not as I know the area but Orly airport: thieves scour duty free stores, border police crack down and call passengers to be vigilant yes indeed, ,Since the start of the school year last September 2022, Orly border police (PAF) officials have arrested fourteen thieves. Most of the thefts were committed in the duty free shops in the terminals, The border police, who work closely with Groupe ADP to ensure the safety of travelers, invite the public visiting airports to always maintain a certain vigilance, Of course, common sense prevails always, Orly webpage : https://www.parisaeroport.fr/orly

A traditional building, called a “mandir”, will open alongside Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist places of worship. The first stone of this building was laid in early September 2022 in Bussy-Saint-Georges (Seine et Marne 77) . By 2026, a mandir a traditional Hindu temple will emerge from the ground in Bussy-Saint-Georges. It will join the other places of worship on the Esplanade of Religions and Cultures on the Allée Madame-de-Montespan, a true haven of peace where Muslims, Jews, Jews, Buddhists and Christians.Just by the Disneyland Paris area ; webpage : http://esplanade-religions-cultures.org/

This winter, the Musée de l’Homme is transformed into a real art museum! From today Wednesday November 16 to Monday May 22, 2023, discover how our artistic practices have evolved, from prehistory to the present day. On the program: ancient objects from collections from all over Europe, films, photo projections, audiovisual installations, interactive devices… Enough to discover prehistoric art from all angles.Arts et Préhistoire at the Musée de l’Homme 17, place du Trocadéro 16éme, Webpage: https://www.museedelhomme.fr/fr/exposition-evenement/arts-et-prehistoire

Discover the links between the mineral world and the living world, through beautiful ceramic pieces! The Sèvres porcelain factory and the National Museum of Ceramics are hosting Living Forms, an exhibition bringing together nearly 350 works, ceramics from the Renaissance to the present day. Put into perspective with paintings, pieces of goldsmithery or even scientific objects, the collection questions us about our own relationship to the living. living elms, Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée nationaux, 2 place de la Manufacture – Sèvres (Hauts de Seine 92) Until May 7, 2023, Webpage :https://www.sevresciteceramique.fr/programme/actualites/formes-vivantes-exposition.html

For Alberto Giacometti, a large 6,000 square meter museum in the center of Paris, The Swiss Artist Foundation, cramped in its premises in Montparnasse, will open in 2026, in the former Air France terminal, at the Invalides. Since 2018, the Giacometti Institute, created in the 14éme arrondissement of Paris by the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation. It holds a collection of exceptional abundance: 95 paintings, 260 bronzes, 550 plasters, thousands of drawings and engravings, such considerable archives and a large part of the artist’s library. But, precisely, to show them, the 350 square meters located rue Victor-Schœlcher, in an Art Deco style private mansion in Montparnasse, turned out to be cramped, precisely because of the success of the exhibitions mounted by the Foundation, in Paris and a almost everywhere in the world, and the constantly growing reputation of the artist.Webpage: https://www.fondation-giacometti.fr/en/giacomettimuseumschool

It is on the side of a railway wasteland, in the 20éme arrondissement of Paris, that a forest should grow by 2024 ; the City of Paris has announced the purchase of a former station of the Petite Ceinture to open a new section, from Cours de Vincennes to Rue Volga, and transform the whole into a new vast park, a beautiful wooded and vegetated space. On the program, an urban forest therefore, with 2000 new trees planted, but also a clearing and an opening onto the garden of the Charonne station. No need to go to the Bois de Vincennes, the 20éme will also have its own forest.webpage : https://www.paris.fr/lieux/jardin-de-la-gare-de-charonne-2693

And as usual , my end of post culinary delights of my eternal Paris, and belle France!

Le Doyenné, in Essonne (91) , elected best table in France by Fooding, A few months after its opening, in June 2022, the farm-restaurant of Saint-Vrain, created by two Australian chefs in an old castle, is already consecrated by the gastronomic guide .Fooding an alternative Michelin guide that was “cooler”, which revealed its 2023 list on Monday. Four Parisian addresses received a price. The best bistro in France is in Paris at the Bistrot des Tournelles (4éme), the best antidepressant is assigned to Soces (19éme), the best Frit Style is at Reyna (11éme), while Fooding d’amour returns to this furious madness what is Jones (11éme).Webpage : https://lefooding.com/en/prize-list

Looking for inexpensive places students and lovers of cheap cocktails, you are not dreaming, the 2.50€ pints in the heart of Paris do exist! From 16h to 02h, Au Taquet bar welcomes you for an extended happy hour that won’t hurt your wallet. Open from Monday to Saturday, the bar is located between the Poissonnière and Cadet metro stations, you can have a good time with friends and share good cheese and charcuterie boards, always at reduced prices! At Le Taquet 19, rue Bleue 9éme no web yet,

Nestled in the heart of the 8éme, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées and Parc Monceau, is one of our beloved brasseries: La Belle Poule at 18, avenue Hoche 8éme Open 7/7 from 7h to 02h no web yet,

Le P’tit Mousse,with its wooded interior of this fisherman’s hut-style brasserie, the pretty blue and white checkered counter behind which you can see the small series of bottles selected by Thierry, the boss, as well as the large boat suspended from the ceiling, we are embarking on a little exceptional taste journey. Here we are by the sea! Le P’tit Mousse 9, rue Rambuteau 4éme ,Open Tuesday to Friday evenings, Weekends all day until 23h30 no web yet

Le Petit Chinon is the promise of traditional, no-frills cuisine, served promptly in the heart of Paris. Sunny terrace, authentic decoration, warm welcome and good food come together to make our lives easier and simplify our lunch break. On site or to take away, Le Petit Chinon is the ultra practical brasserie for those in a hurry! Le Petit Chinon, 23, rue du Louvre 1éme , opne from Monday to Saturday from 8h to 21h no web yet

It is on a pretty tree-lined square that the Café Joséphine has decided to settle. On one side, a restaurant with tablecloths whose slick decoration was directly inspired by Joséphine de Beauharnais: herringbone parquet flooring, velvet sofas, giant bouquet of peonies and subdued lighting. On the other, a cocktail bar inspired by the world of Josephine Baker, embodying freedom, aesthetics and generosity. Here, you can enjoy traditional French cuisine in a friendly Art Deco setting, Café Joséphine, 1-3, place des 2 Écus 1éme Monday to Saturday from 8h to 01h, Sunday from 10h to 23h, Webpage : https://www.cafe-josephine.fr/

Chez Cézanne, we have a taste for good work, even in a simple way. A few steps from the Jacquemart-André Museum, we find this good address with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Great products and quality ingredients come together in this kitchen in the heart of Paris. Bistrot Cézanne 13 Avenue Herrick 8éme, Webpage: https://hankcinasky.wixsite.com/website

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do take the air of the Fall season with style in France better ,me think,,, And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

November 5, 2022

My memorable restaurants of my eternal Paris !!!

This is not an easy task, and have written briefly on my favorite restaurants of Paris in my blog. However, felled needed to be back to tell you more about the my memorable restaurants of my eternal Paris !!! These were all with nice anecdotes. Hope you enjoy it as I.

We had to go out with a bunch of collegues from work,and I suggested this time this restaurant which I have been before, this is a gem, been over and over . The Au Petit Riche, 23 rue Le Peletier,9éme walking from the grand dept stores on Haussmann to rue Le Peletier left , and it was a great choice. We were on the second floor or 1er étage in France, nice view over the window on the street below, and away from the more noisy street level area. Needless to say the service was awesome and the food oh well out of this world. In 1854, a restaurant opened its doors along rue Le Peletier (9éme) to accommodate coachmen, machinists and employees of the Opera who did not want to mingle with the bourgeoisie of the Grands Boulevards. A century and a half later, Au Petit Riche is still there ! Indeed for the enjoyment of all, .Au Petit Riche restaurant, one of the last establishments in Paris with as much authenticity. It is one of those places that has always been fashionable , and whose walls have great stories to tell. In every sense of the word, since the stairs are filled with autographed photos of great people who enjoyed themselves at the table of this institution, between great actors and former presidents of the French Republic. The Onion soup au gratin, and the terrine of foie gras or duck breast and its tangy spiced juice,are my favorite and tried several times here, At the Au Petit Riche, exceptional French cuisine is honored, with a menu that changes with each season. Finally, what makes Au Petit Riche special is its decor with tables in wood, brass and tablecloths in white fabric, banquettes in red velvet and mirrors on the walls, waltz of waiters in aprons and bow ties, no doubt, we are in a Parisian restaurant that looks like a brasserie. Which almost makes you think of a vintage train, with adjoining boxes that end in a huge room 6 meters under the ceiling. Upstairs, private rooms to feel alone in the world with friends, colleagues or family, with several all-inclusive menus, to relax and enjoy. Sublime, webpage : https://www.restaurant-aupetitriche.com/en/

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My favorite hangout in the area Le Café de l’Esplanade ,52 rue Fabert, 7éme,  just off the side seeing all the canons of the army museum! great service and glorious food. Another dandy by the Invalides!  The Café de l’Esplanade is also a business meeting place, for those who deal quickly and elegantly ,,,. By scanning the large seasonal menu, you will find your choice in this well-crafted compilation of fashionable ideas with well-integrated Asianism like my favorite dish crevettes rôties coco citronnelle or roasted shrimp coconut lemongrass, The Bar du Café de l’Esplanade is also an establishment often frequented by high personalities looking for a simple, calm and friendly place to relax with friends. The Bar du Café de l’Esplanade is characterized by its interior reflecting a calm and relaxing atmosphere. It thus features the famous “made in Costes” decoration implemented by Jacques Garcia, The interior enjoys a clever mix of burgundy and orange tones. The whole establishes a Napoleonic framework. Webpage: https://cafe-de-lesplanade.fr/

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I had a group of fellow travel forum travelers from Australia coming to Paris ,and I set up the meeting at the Café du Commerce, 51 rue du Commerce 15éme. We had a blast, and the  service, the food and the wine was very good. Not to mention the company was party like and very nice talks.  This former bouillon opened in 1920, does not lack charm with its retro Belle Epoque style setting full of green plants, its dining rooms on the ground floor and on the mezzanine on three levels, around a large patio interior topped with an opening glass roof. The dining room located after the entrance displays a nice retro 1920s decor , which I love, It is in any case a good address, both for the honesty of its cuisine, the quality of the products, and for its reasonable prices. We love the beef selection even if we settle for a nice fish and chips, with a fish, probably cod, coated with a frying not too greasy, accompanied by good fresh fries and some a tartar sauce.  The quite exceptional setting is one of the strong points of the place thanks to a spectacular and remarkable height under the glass roof which illuminates this splendid establishment, with tables in the loggia, the luxuriant vegetation, the bistro furniture, the benches, the tiling of random floor, and woodwork. Without forgetting a look at the top of the pediment where a portrait medallion of the industrialist Marcel Dassault refers to his editorial in the weekly magazine Jour de France, aptly titled Le Café du Commerce.Webpage: https://www.lecafeducommerce.com/

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I had to welcome a friend on his family visit to Paris and chose to have lunch and drinks at La Terrasse du 7éme resto at 2 Place de l’École Militaire 7éme, diagonally across the école Militaire, all there in the square is good and sublime! It welcomes without fuss for serious dinner parties with fresh products. My favorite dish here is the homemade ravioli with prawns and Thai jus ,but any time you can seriously settle for a club sandwich or a hearty croque monsieur, served with fresh fries and mesclun salad . Wonderful ! The pleasant staff show a high level of hospitality at this place. At each of your visits, you will be entitled to a relaxed service, and pay an adequate price to eat at this restaurant The decor is modenr and the spectacular atmosphere let guests relax. Indeed. Webpage: https://www.laterrassedu7.com/

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Le 7éme Vin restaurant,68 ave Bosquet, brings nice memories.  This place rocks ,never a let down all handle by able friendly courteous service. I again, was asked by a famous travel forum to host a get together and I chose this place which had been couple times and knew the owner Olivier.  The anecdote here is the group of about 10 individuals talks, ate, and especially drank until pass the hours of the restaurant which was 23h or 11 pm ; we stayed until 01h00 or 1 am ! Again, wonderful are near the école Militaire. All visitors adore superb French cuisine at this restaurant. Try a tasty beef bourguignon which is my favorite here. The friendly staff will welcome you to this place all year round. Worthy service is always a pleasure. I, also,  recommend this place because it offers a low price. At this restaurant, customers can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and huge decor. Webpage: https://restaurant7emevin.fr/

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Joe Allen, 30 rue Pierre Lescot,1éme. Open  Sundays to Wednesdays from midday to 00h30 ,and Thursdays to Saturdays from midday to 01h. Tel +33 01 42 36 70 13. Metro Chatelet lines 11,4. The New York address in Paris and a great place to meet with me and other Americans here. In the Halles district,the oldest American brasserie in Paris, opened its doors on January 20, 1972.  The view of Rue Saint Denis from the window of this restaurant will leave you with unforgettable memories. I, also,  recommend this place because it offers an adequate price. In this place, customers can enjoy an exotic atmosphere and a spectacular modern decor with brick walls and New York posters. The waiters are welcoming and professional to make you immediately at ease. Webpage: https://www.joeallenparis.com/

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The Bodega Cambronne, 37 rue Cambronne , 15éme t. I did my walks after a long meeting and just about time to eat found this place; of course Spanish name and never heard of it, I went in. It has been a complete surprise and good food thereafter. Come and revive the Spanish music to your ears with concerts organized at the Bodega Cambronne every weekend. You can,  also eat Spanish very well here;  we love the tapas and the sangria not to leave out the good Spanish wines. The Spanish cuisine under the direction of a talented chef is magnificent here. Friendly staff will welcome you to this bar all year round. Good service is always a pleasure. There’s a serene vibe and huge decor at La Bodega. The quality of the cuisine served in this establishment makes it a must if you want to find one of the best restaurants in Paris. The Bodega Cambronne is above all a reference in terms of tapas. You will therefore not be surprised to see it appear among the best tapas bars in Paris. Indeed a nice find Webpage: https://labodegacambronne.fr/

paris la bodega cambronne at rue cambronne mar13

Another walk in Paris ,been on an assignment in Roissy CDG, went into Paris for the eternal Parisian nights and hungry went for one of my favorite areas , the Place Saint André very near the Place Saint Michel which we have come to eat in the past on the now closed Chez Clément. I found me the Le Clou de Paris, 1 Rue Danton. Fantastic service and the food was delicious lentils and sausages with bacon, ,crême brulée, all with a quart of Bordeaux house red and expresso coffee,sublime and nice to have found it ! Choose a table inside or outside (better). The good rating of this place would not be possible without an efficient staff with prompt service always a pleasure. Delicious dishes at a reasonable price are offered here. At this place, guests can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere.Indeed and great views over the square. No Webpage, only the RestaurantGuru reviews which deserves more than what is given! https://restaurantguru.com/Le-Clou-de-Paris-Paris 

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The Villa Verdi Italian restaurant at 42bis, avenue de Suffren, 15éme. Very friendly , got even to practice on my Italian a bit lol!  Very nice indeed, and  good reviews by all;this was recommended by a Parisian friend, and good deal. After a walk around Parc du Champ de Mars, many visitors stop by this restaurant. The convenient location of this spot makes it easy to reach by any transport. Great pluses of this restaurant are its professional service and the well-trained staff. You will appreciate attractive prices. At Villa Verdi, guests can enjoy the lovely atmosphere and modern decor. An excellent choice for Italian cuisine in a chic avenue close to the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. Webpage: https://www.villaverdi.fr/en/

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The Indiana Café was a meeting of expats many years back, and was as good as today. Many visits later on with friends and family always great crowds, wonderful service and a great pastrami burger with a good Affligem beers, and double noisette coffee lol !. A great place and chain and glad they are still going strong.  Most visitors have drawn attention to the fact that you can have perfectly cooked burgers here. and good quality burgers are on the menu. As well as good cocktails. All to be enjoyed indoors or on the terrace all year round. The Indiana Café is a chain with several locations in prime areas such as Montparnasse, République, Maine, and Bercy. Memorable times in Maine and République ! It has heated terraces which makes an attraction in summer and winter alike. Ideal from breakfast to a good evening with friends, this Indiana Café chain offers food all day long, and on Sundays have brunches but never tried on Sundays. Webpage: https://www.indianacafe.fr/restaurants-indiana.html

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There is Pizza Pino, it was the meeting place for lunch of the American community in Paris for several years which I participated. The pizzerias are very popular and found in several locations in Paris. My favs are the 57 bd de Montparnasse and the 4 Place de la République. The Champs-Elysées location has closed unfortunately. Pizza Pino, a brand that has existed since 1968. The brand attaches great importance to the freshness of its products as well as their taste. You agree that it is always pleasant to devour generously garnished pizzas! The pizza dough is not frozen. Every morning it’s the same ritual for the pizza maker: he shapes it, prepares it, makes it. This is also the obligation of freshness. Parisians will rediscover or discover the pleasure of eating a pizza on fresh dough and cooked in a wood-fired oven.Sublime! Webpage: https://www.pizzapino.fr/

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And last but not least , the Comptoir Principal ,29 Bd de Grenelle, 15éme. I was there only for a cup of coffee once early in the morning and another on the way out in the late afternoon. However, the service was fast courteous and from what visitors are saying it seems a good place to be. I did stop by myself later on for an apéro! This is just around the Tour Eiffel where my last office in Paris was. Before ,the pandemic event, November 2019 I came back for lunch and was sublime indeed. I have written down! Entrée: Roscoff onion broth, emmental crumble . main dish :Grilled octopus, olive oil & peppers, warm potatoes. dessert: Brioche french toast, caramelized apple, whipped cream all down with a bottle of Bordeaux red house wine! Whether on the large heated terrace or inside on the guest table, in cozy armchairs, you feel good at the Comptoir Principal. You will have good memories of this place because it is known for having good service, and a friendly team, always ready to help you.  A huge decor and a pleasant atmosphere allow customers to relax. Also the possibility of discovering cocktails created by Barmaid Jennifer Le Nechet, voted best bartender in the world in 2017. Webpage: https://www.comptoirprincipal.com/

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There you go folks, eternal Paris has an ever lasting good repertoire of restaurants and for all tastes! I just like to have again, not just my favorites, but those that gave me a nice anecdote of good memories. Hope you enjoy the list, and do try them !

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

November 4, 2022

Some news from France , CCCXLIV

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we continue into a mild Fall season. That time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLXXIV is 374 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Fall season mild higher temps for the season is announce. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine, coming inside our dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

At the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, cancers demystified , While 1,000 people are diagnosed every day, cancer remains a taboo subject for nearly one in four French people. For the first time, an exhibition for the general public lifts the veil on the different aspects of this complex disease. To be discovered from 14 years old at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris until August 2023.Cancers, the first general public exhibition dedicated to the subject. In partnership with the National Cancer Institute (INCa) and INSERM, they wanted an exhibition that was both very educational and hopeful, through testimonials of remission, the state of research and information on treatments. Cancers, until August 8, 2023 at the City of Science and Industry, 30 Av. Corentin Cariou, 19éme, Webpage : https://www.cite-sciences.fr/fr/au-programme/expos-temporaires/cancers

Serge Vial had bought the business of this popular bistro in 1986 ,located at 136, rue Marcadet (18éme), It’s over. La Divette de Montmartre bowed out this past Sunday evening to music. The famous 18éme arrondissement Parisian bistro is no more. On the sidewalk, the “commando sausage fanfare” played until 20h, even if the party lasted until midnight, to the delight of the regulars, who came to greet one last time Serge Vial, the manager , and Michèle, his wife since, The eternal surporters of Saint Etienne football club, it was my favorite since NJ days and even met one of their players in a car dealer in Miami that has escape his name ! The sport magazine Onze Mondial on La Divette for memories of always : https://www.onzemondial.com/ligue-2/on-etait-a-la-derniere-de-la-divette-de-montmartre-le-mythique-bar-des-supporters-de-l-asse-a-paris-802621

The madness of country music in Île-de-France and in the Oise dept 60 ! Everywhere in Île-de-France and in the Oise, country clubs are full of members. Because this dance from the United States seduces by its accessibility and its conviviality Indeed must be a craze as in my area in Morbihan breton they do festivals where it is included too, I did it while in college just for the girls lol !! Comes to mind Finky’s in Daytona Beach, Florida !

Justice has ordered the return of an impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro, “La Fileuse“, to the Mullot family, farmers from Seine-et-Marne (77). Jean-Jacques Bauer, the descendant of a Parisian collector looted during WWII, claimed it. The case was dismissed. It is a small impressionist painting by Camille Pissarro, dating from 1874, rather dark, entitled “La Fileuse”, which was the subject of a legal showdown between Meaux (Seine-et-Marne 77 ) and Paris. With on one side, a family of farmers from the small village of Aubepierre-Ozouer-le-Repos, in possession of the canvas worth some 150,000 euros. And on the other, the Parisian Jean-Jacques Bauer, 92, whose Jewish grandfather, Simon, a collector, based in rue de la Pompe (16éme), had been robbed of 93 paintings in 1943, including 13 by Pissarro, by the Vichy regime under the Nazi boot. So the farmers kept it

It was described by Emile Zola in “l’Assommoir”. The Lavoir Moderne Parisien, located at 35, rue Léon, in the heart of Goutte-d’Or, in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, is on the verge of dying despite its notoriety. To support its occupants in their fight, a vast petition has just been launched. Among the first signatories, Annie Ernaux, Nobel Prize for Literature. The objective is simple: to push back the City and thus challenge the mayor (PS) of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, in order to save the Lavoir. A place transformed in the 1960s into an atypical performance hall, with obvious cachet. Since 2008, even if its existence is regularly threatened, the theater has always resisted. This is what needs to be save not a road closure as the mayor likes to do better !!Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LMParisien/

The RATP structures are subject to a detailed inspection every five years. That of the Austerlitz viaduct in Paris, on line 5, 118 years old, has just started. The machine once positioned in the middle of the viaduct which crosses the Seine – from Austerlitz to Quai-de-la-Rapée, the agents of the RATP Infra division who took place there begin their inspections. They have barely more than three hours of intervention before having to clear the way for the resumption of commercial traffic in the early morning. So a lot of work going on to update these old structures many ride on daily !

What if the dream of resuscitating the Château de Saint-Cloud finally took shape? The supporters of the reconstruction multiply the projects to convince the State. The monument was destroyed by flames during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 (like several others among them the palace of the tuileries) and whose ruins were razed in 1892 . Laurent Bouvet has been dreaming about it since 2006. Founder of the association Reconstruisons le château de Saint-Cloud . A building that has known illustrious guests such as the brother of Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon I and Napoleon III. Assoc webpage: http://reconstruisonssaintcloud.fr/Accueil.html

Come and decode the language of coats of arms at the National Museum of the Renaissance, Do you know heraldry? The exhibition “The Coat of Arms of New Times” invites the visitor to travel in the past by deciphering the secrets of coats of arms, which were not used only by kings. The opportunity to learn that their use has not completely disappeared. “The Coat of Arms of New Times”, the brand new exhibition at the National Renaissance Museum of Écouen (Val-d’Oise 95). Webpage: https://musee-renaissance.fr/agenda/evenement/le-blason-des-temps-nouveaux

The largest Santa Claus house in Europe will open on November 12 2022 on the Jablines-Annet leisure island. Families will discover, until December 24, fifteen tableaux vivants amidst toys, elves and reindeer. Mandatory reservation. the regional leisure island will welcome elves and reindeer, in the middle of snow-covered fir trees. Webpage: https://jablines-annet.iledeloisirs.fr/acces-ile-de-loisirs-de-jablines-annet.html

For its 50th anniversary, the unmissable Saint-Arnoult péage or toll takes a look in the rear view mirror, Commissioned on October 30, 1972, this vast gateway to and from the Paris region initially had 20 lanes before almost double in the 1990s. But for the largest toll in Europe, the future can be imagined without barriers thanks to “free flow”. For so many motorists, the Saint-Arnoult (Yvelines 78) toll is or has been “the” gateway to and from the Paris region, a sort of first (and last) stopover for families going on holiday by car. A barrier crossed daily by around 80,000 vehicles , more than 160,000 on average on summer days , which has existed for fifty years now. Oh yeah so many time early on, and then know how to avoid it lol! More infoVinci webpage: https://www.vinci-autoroutes.com/fr/conseils/peage-saint-arnoult/

The Pizza at 9.99 euros, beer from 3 euros… in Paris !, the new Fluctuat Nec Mergitur takes place at Place de la République, Written in large capital orange letters, the new sign “Café-bar-restaurant”, added next to the motto of the City of Paris, “Fluctuat nec mergitur”, which gave its name to the establishment, announces the color. Created in 2012 by the architectural firm TVK, the famous glass pavilion on Place de la République (3éme arrondissement) has just reopened in a style reminiscent of the 1970s. The Paris tourist office on it: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-restaurant/129995/Cafe-Fluctuat-Nec-Mergitur

At the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy. We dive there, young and old, in universes that defy perceptions and habits. Are you ready ? From the ground floor, the scenography of the course is immersive: gigantism and jubilant excess are put into space, then on the first floor the colors darken, the walls tighten and after a narrow labyrinth-like corridor, the ceiling lowers to evoke a more distressing universe. The atmosphere calms down in the last part, where the collapses of the story express the promise of a new world order. the exhibition presents works that revolutionize perception such as paintings by Max Ernst, MC Escher, Victor Hugo, Gustave Doré, but also those of big names in contemporary art such as Wim Delvoye, Elmgreen & Dragset! From November 19, 2022 to March 19, 2023. webpage: https://musee-des-beaux-arts.nancy.fr/agenda-2192/architectures-impossibles-24187.html?cHash=6efb221434ac84027e017c3e8dd147cd


Saint-Nicolas celebrations in Nancy: 40 days of cultural and popular festivities as magical as they are warm .From November 18 to January 3,2023. We rave about Place Stanislas adorned with its giant Christmas tree, we cheerfully put on our skates for a tour of the ice rink on the Quai des Glaces, marvel at the chandeliers made by children, teenagers and seniors initiated to the practice of glass with a blowtorch. Head for Place Charles III, Place Vaudémont, Place Simone Veil, Place de la Carrière and Porte Saint-Nicolas! Rich shows with 107 performances by 22 street art companies, activities such as ice sculpture, photo booth, etc., Ferris wheel, street parades, ice rink, flash-mob and extraordinary creatures… the Grand Parade of Saint-Nicolas brings together many local participants as well as artists of all nationalities, while the Butcher’s Children’s Band cheers loudly and the mayor finally hands over the keys to the city to Saint-Nicolas! Webpage: https://saint-nicolas.nancy.fr/accueil-2250.html


At the Musée de l’Orangerie, the political collages of Mickalene Thomas, the American artist, inspired by Monet, exhibits works where she intersects questions of gender and race with the history of art. Born in 1971, in New Jersey she develops a work in which questions of gender and race, and artistic questions are inseparable. Thus, when she uses the title and part of the composition of Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, she substitutes three young black women for the female and male characters in the first scene of Manet’s canvas. They are surrounded by flowers, in front of a view of Monet’s garden at Giverny. webpage: https://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en/whats-on/exhibitions/mickalene-thomas-avec-monet


You like Claude Nougaro, you’ll like Toulouse, ( I openly admit I do !) Born in Toulouse but became famous in Paris, Nougaro had an ambivalent relationship with his city, which he sang about in “Toulouse”, “C’est une Garonne” and “Toulouse, to win “. However, he returned to live there late. Since then, he has been one of the heroes of the Occitan capital. When his career took off in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Nougaro abandoned the surroundings of the Canal du Midi where he was raised by his grandparents. The poet’s birthplace is located at 56, boulevard d’Arcole, on the edge of the neighborhood where he grew up, in a once popular suburb, Les Minimes, and its red brick which is everywhere in the city. Its basilica, one of the tallest buildings in Romanesque Europe, is a coral flower that the sun sprinkles when the light shines on this octagonal bell tower which soars towards the sky in stages, to culminate at 65 meters. The surroundings of Saint-Sernin Basilica are enchanting: here begins the pedestrianized town and its rue du Taur which leads to the Capitole. Having returned to Toulouse from the end of the 1980s until his death in 2004, he is honored in many ways. Represented under the arcades of the Place du Capitole by the painter Raymond Moretti, among 28 other images emblematic of Toulouse history, his giant photo is also present on a wall at the corner of rue Valade and rue Pargaminières. And his statue, like a rock star leaving the stage, appears behind the Capitole ! info webpage: https://www.hautegaronnetourism.com/activites/maison-natale-de-claude-nougaro/

Lapparra, the lair of goldsmiths . Owner of the Lapparra goldsmith workshop since 2014, designer Odile Casset de La Chesneraie is bringing a new lease of life to this house founded in 1893 in the Marais, in Paris. At the beginning of the 19C, there were 150 goldsmiths working in the workshops of the rue du Temple, in the Marais, in the heart of Paris, making cutlery sets, champagne coolers, trays and other items in silver or manufactured in various precious metals. There were so many of them that they sometimes had to share the same address. This was the case at 157 rue du Temple, where three workshops were located. Among them, Lapparra, the last survivor of this history which made the rich hours of French decorative arts. Odile Casset de La Chesneraie Independent designer, she collaborates with Hermès or Dior, but also several theaters, for which she creates sets, costumes and hats, before specializing in tableware. Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/LapparraOrfevre/

The rivers of France irrigate the territory of the country by forming a thousand places of leisure, contemplation and nature walks. Some of my favorites are:

Nearly 500 km long, the Dordogne has its source in the Massif Central and merges with the Garonne to form the Gironde estuary. Crossing six departments, it first winds its way through the wooded slopes of Cantal and Corrèze, before becoming more welcoming in the Lot, where canoeing opens up remarkable landscapes on the limestone causses and pretty Quercy towns. . Further on, in the Dordogne department, it winds between belvedere villages and castles, in a very “postcard” setting of the south-west of France.

The Saône, the major tributary of the Rhône is a placid river that originates in the Vosges and crosses the Haute-Saône and the Côte d’Or, before skirting the beautiful wine-growing regions of Macônnais and Beaujolais. Its particularity is to be the most important river in France by the size of its hydrographic basin.

The Odet, this Breton coastal river, located in Finistère dept 29, is sometimes considered the most beautiful river in my lovely Brittany. There are several reasons for this… Born in the heart of the region, in the Black Mountains, it sinks north of Quimper into a wild, wooded and humid furrow: the Stangala Gorge, ideal for beautiful hikes. After Quimper, where merchant ships once sailed, it widens out into a valley overlooked by private castles before flowing into the Atlantic at Bénodet, one of Brittany’s most popular seaside resorts.

Coming from the Lozère plateau, the Tarn flows from east to west crossing several departments of Occitanie, before joining the Garonne near Moissac. Watering the towns of Albi and Montauban, it is crossed by the Millau viaduct, one of the most famous bridges in France, but really stands out as a tourist destination in its upstream part, at the level of the famous Gorges du Tarn. Between Sainte-Enimie and La Malène, the river cuts deeply into the Causses Méjean and Sauveterre, offering one of the most splendid road trips in France.

The Seine, the river that waters Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! In his journey through the capital, he exalts the beautiful buildings, the François-Mitterrand Library, the Louvre museum, that of Orsay, the National Assembly, the Eiffel Tower… After Paris and the splendid site of Andelys (Château- Gaillard), the Seine undulates in loops to form some of the most typical landscapes of Normandy. Its mouth at Le Havre is the pretext to discover this port city classified by UNESCO.

The Loire, the river king of France. This great river crossing France almost from side to side is in itself a “tourist novel”. Its source, the Mont Gerbier de Jonc, in Ardèche, is the object of an invigorating pedestrian pilgrimage. Upstream and downstream, it runs along on foot and by bike, notably by borrowing the Véloloire and the Eurovélo 6. Above all, in the Center and the West, it crosses one of the most historic territories famous of our country, the “Châteaux de la Loire”. Chambord, Blois, Amboise… announce the beautiful city of Nantes and the port of Saint-Nazaire.

Capital magazine has teamed up with two market experts , SeLoger and Empruntis to offer you a real estate tour of France.
For this eighth edition, Capital takes you to Occitanie. We have selected the eleven cities currently most sought after by the inhabitants of the region and newcomers aspiring to change air: Carcassonne, Narbonne, Nîmes, Colomiers, Toulouse, Béziers, Montpellier, Tarbes, Perpignan, Albi and Montauban. In the pink city of Toulouse, it is impossible to become an owner for less than 1,150 euros per month. Montpellier, a house is acquired for more than 2,000 euros in monthly loan payments. fyi

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do prepare for a wonderful Fall season with a bang. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

October 29, 2022

The toilettes (WC) in France !!

Well, this is a very special need and when we are traveling , essential to know where to go ! I like to dare talk about the toilettes (WC) , rest rooms and especially the public toilets of my belle France. Do you know how they came about? You know where they are if in need in the middle of a trip? Then, read on and feel at ease…literally. Hope you enjoy the post and get a joke as I.

My lovely Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh is at the top of the ranking of the regions best equipped with public toilets (WC). With 1,652 installations, our region has one public toilet for every 2,000 inhabitants, according to a study by the Water Academy. Brittany is obviously a region that shows good citizenship and pays attention to health issues, is also a very touristy region and the number of clean public toilets gives a good image ,Public toilets are toilets made available to passers-by or visitors to a site open to the public. Of course, I have to start with this info! They are all over usually by the church or city/town hall of a town.

A useful site to know and find public toilettes in my beautiful Morbihan dept 56: https://www.toilettespubliques.net/departement-morbihan.html

In Paris there are nearly 435 sanisettes installed. Their access is free, and they are accessible to people with disabilities. In addition to toilet facilities, the City of Paris also has a large network of accessible toilets and urinals in its parks and gardens. In total, 300 toilets and urinals are accessible in the Parisian gardens: 7 Decaux sanisettes, 2 channel urinals, 5 “uritrottoirs” and 149 toilets which total 290 individual cabins. If a person is trapped in the room, call 33 (0) 1 30 79 79 79 who will do what is necessary for a repair to take place quickly. The only old remaining public toilet in Paris is located near the Maison de la Santé, boulevard Arago (14éme), it is the only example of a public toilet dating from the beginning of the 20C. The others were gradually withdrawn and/or destroyed.

The city of Paris on public toilettes: https://www.paris.fr/pages/les-sanisettes-2396

The Paris tourist office on plublic toilettes: https://en.parisinfo.com/practical-paris/useful-info/public-toilets

A bit of old history of public toilettes let me to find this bit of info. Rome, 1C AD , the Emperor Vespasian had the idea of establishing a tax on the collection of urine, which was used in particular for the preparation of fabrics before dyeing, ammonia having cleansing properties, In order not to soil his pants by squatting on his toilet, Bert Vandegeim (Belg) would have tied his pants around his head like a turban. His wife would then have compared it with an Ottoman padischah, thus giving this name of “Turks” to the toilets just invented. The French still believe that the low toilets on which one must squat uncomfortably to carry out the needs ordained by nature, imposed on them by the Ottoman Empire. That’s why they call them “Turkish style” toilets, Why do we say in plural the toilets (toilettes)? The use of the plural toilets, to euphemistically designate a lavatory, dates from the 20C. Chiotte (toilet) feminine name derived from chier by 1885, used in the plural for “cabinets (of ease)”; use in the singular (20C) sometimes leads to a change to the masculine. So we say « toilettes » and not toilette.

I did a bit of research online and found some information on the WC, toilettes or rest rooms, It was only at the end of the 18C, when it was forbidden, by the King, to satisfy one’s natural needs on public roads, that public urinal projects began to emerge again. to alleviate difficulties in complying with this edict; and this in particular thanks to Antoine de Sartine, lieutenant general of police from 1759 to 1774, who decided to install “barrels of ease” in the streets of Paris.

In Paris, the people deposited their excrement in the road which is a public place to deposit their household waste. Residents of private dwellings used chamber pots. At Versailles, courtiers relieved themselves on the balconies, behind a curtain, a door or in the courtyard without hiding from it. In France, the toilet flush appeared in 1775, Alexander Cummings (UK) added a curved pipe in the shape of a U which prevents odors from rising. The water in this pipe was replaced with each flush. Before 1840, the modern toilet flush with the bowl was not widespread. In Paris between 1791 and 1869 the first urinals were born, it is then the appearance of the first vespasiennes. “Necessity” chalets are also emerging, which finally allows women to relieve themselves in a place other than their home. In 1857, Joseph Gayetty (USA) marketed the first packet of toilet paper. Roll-shaped toilet paper appeared around 1907.

The public toilettes on the Yvelines (78) and Versailles: https://www.toilettespubliques.net/departement-yvelines.html

Like other French fashions of the 1680s, the word toilet was used in many countries, and originally referred to objects of hairdressing and body care arranged on a dressing table covered with cloth and lace, on which stood a mirror which could also be draped in lace; the set was a toilet. Then the word toilet was euphemistically adopted in expressions such as washroom . This change was related to the introduction of public toilets (as in trains) which required an indication on the door (WC or water closet eng) . In France, wash room(s) is another term that is generic and attributed to toilets. Initially, it was a small room in a house, a cabin, today an office, in which one retired in order to indulge in an intellectual occupation requiring intimacy and concentration: reading, painting, collecting singular historical, precious, natural science, Arts … work objects ..etc, even to arrange its appearance and dress. By destination as by euphemism, the washroom is therefore this small room where you can relieve your needs in complete privacy and without the possible scents or sounds inconveniencing the other people present, therefore strategically located away, even out of the way. It remains with the invention of the flush in the 16C, the place reintegrated with splendor the wealthy residences, always a little away from the living rooms and dining rooms, and became the lavatory or place of ease now employed throughout the Francophonie (French speaking world).

In 1834, a year after a major cholera epidemic, Count Claude-Philibert de Rambuteau. Prefect of the Seine, Haussmann’s predecessor, decided to apply the hygienist theories very fashionable at the time. He had 478 vespasiennes (as for Roman Emperor Vespasian ) installed along the main roads of Paris. First called “Rambuteau columns”, these individual pissing cubes earned him a lot of ridicule. Five years after this invention, advertisers were authorized to post on wooden panels backed by vespasiennes… which are therefore the ancestors of the Morris columns , these column-posters that were created in Haussmann’s time. The increase in car traffic is most certainly the first factor in the disappearance of pissotières (pissing cubes) in Paris, but their bad reputation is also not unrelated to their frequentation by homosexuals ,no longer tolerable, and from the 1960s, their disappearance, voted by the National Assembly, is recorded. Little by little, the urinals disappear one after the other, becoming ancient relics of a mythologized gay Paris. In November 1981, the first JCDecaux pissotière, a jewel of modernism, inaugurated a new era of mixed toilets, paying , and rid of homosexual hugs. It was in 1981 that Paris saw sanisettes flourish on its sidewalks for the first time. At the end of December of that same year, the capital had 59 in service.

The Public Toilettes site for all of France, you won’t be far from one ::) https://www.toilettespubliques.net/

The JC Decaux’s 433 gray sanisettes will soon be replaced in Paris. The new public toilets must be installed by the end of the current contract with JCDecaux, on December 5, 2024. Already managing more than 400 sanisettes in the city, JCDecaux has won the call for competition from the mayor of Paris to replace them with a new model by 2025. These are 435 new-generation automatic maintenance toilets ,which will be gradually deployed between 2024 and early 2025 to replace current equipment dating from 2009 , The sanitary facilities will be particularly sober, since water consumption will be reduced by nearly 2/3 and electricity consumption by 1/3 per compared to current equipment , But that’s not all: the teams in charge of cleaning the toilets will travel on cargo bikes or in electric vehicles for major repairs ,Result in the coming months…

The official JC Decaux on publit toilettes: https://www.jcdecaux.com/press-releases/jcdecaux-ramps-development-its-fully-accessible-self-cleaning-toilets-essential

There you go folks, a public service from yours truly! Now no more worries on the run, and this road warrior appreciate them a lot. The in town/city public toilettes are an essential part of road travel ,and glad France is at the point of modernity. Again, hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

October 25, 2022

Some news from France , CCCLXXII

This is my latest from my belle France ; as we continue into a mild Fall season. That time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLXXII is 372 ! ,with another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are in Fall season mild higher temps for the season is announce. We will be tidy and drinking a nice glass of wine, coming inside our dining room! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

A rare and joyful exhibition at the Philarmonie de Paris which plunges us into the “Grand Sound Bestiary”; an immersion in the turbulent history of the Indians at the Quai Branly museum; Also, Tintin revisited by the Atelier des Lumières , all for the Toussaints or All Saints Day(November 1st)

There is more going on such as the Toy Museum of Poissy, which traces the life of toys from Antiquity to the present day, through 600 exhibits, opens for several months to a very unique exhibition. “Little beasts of all kinds! is its name, allows you to (re) immerse yourself in the fabulous menagerie of childhood: dinosaurs, monkeys, dogs, bears, elephants… From stuffed animals to virtual animals, the most adorable little creatures are coming from October 19, 2022 to July 9, 2023. For your greatest pleasure, and that of your little cherubs, the exhibition offers a chronological and playful approach to animal toys, at the heart of childhood culture.musée du jouet de Poissy ,1, enclosure of the Abbey, Poissy (78).Free admission

The Thoiry Park invites us again this year, from October 30 to March 5, 2023, to discover the largest Chinese lantern festival in Île-de-France: Thoiry Lumières sauvage. On the program, a magnificent spectacle through an enchanted walk at the foot of the castle whose gardens are illuminated by more than 2,000 lanterns. On a musical background, this magical journey once again crosses the forests with animals and insects of all kinds. The ocean is also honored with a 20-meters-long moray eel and an 8-meterd-high shark. Parc zoologique, rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, Thoiry (78).

The 35th edition of this traditional meeting on the Place de l’Europe , Versailles, begins this Saturday, October 22 2022 and awaits you every day of the Toussaints holidays. The event even continues until November 13 to allow families to enjoy a friendly moment in a festive atmosphere. Duck fishing, thrill rides, rifle shooting or flying chairs, the attractions on offer are in the purest fairground tradition. Something to delight young and old.Parking de l’Europe, 9, avenue de l’Europe, Versailles.(78) Free admission, with paid attractions

Buzzers, questions on a giant screen and games of light: all the elements are there for family fun. Accessible from 9 years old, the Quiz Game offers participants, up to 6 in number, to compete around various themes such as cinema, music, series, news… 3, avenue Louis-Pasteur ,Maurepas(78) . Single price of 22 euros per person.the webpage ; https://enigma78.fr/

The building permit issued by the Hauts-de-Seine(92) prefecture to the Société du Grand Paris to build the future Pont de Sèvres station in Boulogne, as it does not comply with the flood risk prevention plan. A decision that does not interrupt or delay the construction site, the delivery of which is scheduled for 2025. Grand Paris webpage : https://www.societedugrandparis.fr/gpe/gare/pont-de-sevres

The largest solar farm in Île-de-France was born on a former oil site in Yvelines, (78) the Total group announces that it can supply the equivalent of 5,600 homes with electricity thanks to this vast installation located in Gargenville, 50 km from Paris, And it must be the largest of its type in Île-de-France with those of Marcoussis (Essonne 91) and Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne 77). I know where it is, used to drive by there D130/D190/A13 ! This project will be along the D130 road !

The Volunteer Animal Brigade and the 30 Million Friends Foundation intervened in a house after a report concerning a potential Noah syndrome. They managed to recover the animals one by one after six hours of discussion with their owners, who lived with them in deplorable hygienic conditions. Animals piled up in all the rooms, even in the toilets. This is the terrible discovery made this past Thursday in a dirty and dilapidated house in Val-d’Oise (95). Thanks to the intervention of the 30 Million Friends Foundation and the Volunteer Animal Brigade (BAB), 58 dogs and a rabbit were rescued from the deplorable conditions in which they lived with their owners. No further info to id this s o b !! 30 Millions webpage : https://www.30millionsdamis.fr/

and the BAB : https://www.assobab.fr/

Holders of the annual pass subscription allowing them unlimited access to Mickey’s kingdom are unhappy and they let it be known. They demonstrated this Saturday afternoon in front of the Paris park. Despite a subscription that costs them 499 euros per year, they cannot enter as often as they would like. On the side of Euro Disney, no comments. Officially, they can come whenever they want, unlimited. In reality, it is much more complicated, OF course, never buy these passes anyway, buyer beware,Even Disney !!

The host Stephane Bern reveals to us the underside of the number of his show “Secrets d’Histoire”, on France 3 TV, devoted to the painter of the 19C, in her castle in Thomery (Seine-et-Marne 77) where she painted for 4O years in the midst of an extraordinary menagerie. A real crush, in the painter’s studio, in the company of Katherine Brault, the owner of the castle now. The lively Katherine Brault who bought, five years ago in Thomery, near Fontainebleau, the castle of this singular painter of the 19C, of which we are celebrating the bicentenary of her birth. Rosa Bonheur that is, Webpage : https://www.chateau-rosa-bonheur.fr/en

The exhibition at Versailles: his passions, his favourites, his extraordinary destiny… Louis XV, an unknown king ! Stuck between Louis XIV and Louis XVI, the one who should not have reigned finds colors for the tercentenary of the return of the court to Versailles, through an exhibition at the Palace, while the apartment of his favorite, Madame du Barry, highlight of this fall, reopens this Saturday after restoration. Louis XIV, Sun King. Louis XVI, beheaded king. More flamboyant or more bloody, it does not exist. Between the two, Louis XV resembles the invisible, despite more than fifty years of reign. Who was he, what trace does he left? Vague memories of a libertine king. False, according to experts. Or to put it into perspective: the queen would have permanently closed the door of her bedroom after having given her ten children in ten years. Thank you goodbye.lol !!Webpage : https://en.chateauversailles.fr/news/exhibitions/louis-xv-passions-king

Mon Grand Plaisir shopping center: water is infiltrating everywhere, the only bakery is closing permanently, Persistent water infiltrations have decided the manager of the L’Esprit d’Antan brand to permanently lower the curtain this past Wednesday. A legal standoff is engaged with the Compagnie de Phalsbourg, owner of this shopping center in Yvelines.(78) , Ok sad to hear as we used to come here for shopping and visit my boys school friends for birthdays etc in Plaisir (78) From Versailles easy D10 (Rue du Général Leclerc ) and then D11(Ave Jean Jaurés) This is their webpage : https://mongrandplaisir.com/

With her thick eyebrows, her flowery headdresses and her colorful dresses, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an icon. The Musée de la mode or Fashion Museum in Paris is also devoting an exhibition to her unique look until March 5 2023. T-shirts, toys and scented candles are produced with her “Frida Kahlo: beyond appearances” effigy. This is the title of the exhibition at the Palais Galliera, which presents more than 200 personal effects of the artist. There have been some noise as the use of her figure, name etc and the descendants are complaining, so more noise later, Webpage : https://www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr/fr/expositions/frida-kahlo-au-dela-des-apparences

The Passage Pommeraye and its staircase, in Nantes, Have a post on this ,one of my favorite places there, Here Lola, the smiling lovers of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the tragic ones of Une chambre en ville took a few steps (films) . The Passage Pommeraye, designed in 1840 to transform an unhealthy neighborhood into a fashionable place, was built by Jean-Baptiste Buron and Hippolyte Durand-Gasselin, and ruined its designer Louis Pommeraye, but fortunately continues to enchant the people of Nantes. With its rococo excesses, it bears witness to the good fortune of the city at the time, due to the maritime trade, but also to that of slaves, and to the birth of its industry. Today owned by about sixty traders, it is considered one of the most beautiful covered passages in Europe, with its three levels (it was built on a sloping ground, nine meters difference between the top and the bottom) . Obligatory selfie on the central staircase, one of the city’s attractions, the very one that Lola made legendary. Then, leaving the Galerie de la Fosse, we stop to taste the famous Nantes cake from the Georges Larnicol house,(I am eating one right now lol!!) buttered and sweetened to perfection. It links rue de la Fosse to rue Santeuil and rue du Puits-d’Argent, and the districts of place du Commerce and place Graslin. Webpage : http://www.passagepommeraye.fr/

The Galerie Bordelaise , rue Sainte Catheine, Americans, refugees in Bordeaux after having fled the Mexican war, undertook the construction of this superb passage. They wanted to imitate those they had seen in Paris. Bet succeeded in 1838 thanks to the architect Gabriel-Joseph Durand, who took over the large windows, the barrel vaults and the splendor of the passages of Paris. Its particularity: to be built… diagonally. Two iron gates and very beautiful marble columns mark the entrance. A little everywhere on the facades, we find a cornucopia, the main decorative motif. It has been used by kings, heads of state including Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Marie and Catherine de Médicis, General de Gaulle and Queen Elizabeth II. It is dominated by a glass roof, and its main facade has three levels and five bays. It ends at the Place du Chapelet and if you continue you will find on your left, the Church of Notre-Dame and then the Cour Mably which are both worth a visit. A webpage of living in Bordeaux : https://vivrebordeaux.fr/connaissez-vous-lhistoire-de-la-galerie-bordelaise/

A book, Descendant of the Cartier brothers, Francesca Cartier Brickell retraces, in a book to be published on October 20, the family saga since the beginnings of the jeweler, in 1847. A turbulent epic made up of distant travels, crowned heads, strokes of genius and disillusionment . At the Cartiers, we are one of those dynasties where, when someone goes down to the cellar to look for a vintage champagne, he can very well come across a treasure of a completely different nature. In the story that concerns us, this someone was Francesca Cartier Brickell, granddaughter of Jean-Jacques Cartier, himself a member of the fourth generation of jewelers, the last to have reigned over the family empire, before ‘it was not sold, between 1962 and 1972 , From these rediscovered exchanges, from an investigation spread over ten years and from the testimony of her grandfather, Francesca Cartier Brickell drew an epic of 600 pages, published in 2019 and today translated into French. Gold, precious stones and, of course, the classics of the house ,Santos, Tank or Crash watch, Trinity ring, which Jean Cocteau would have suggested after the death of his lover, the novelist Raymond Radiguet, punctuate a chronological story that intertwines aesthetic quest, great travels, crowned heads, fraternity, love of women and business sense. Of course, Amazon has it, webpage : https://www.amazon.fr/Cartiers-Untold-Family-Behind-Jewelry/dp/052562161X

Natural daughters of eau de cologne, these radiant and feminine fragrances are now enjoying renewed interest. Their secret? Floral, spicy or citrus notes, focused on freshness. It was the 1970s that gave birth to these radiant and feminine waters, an absolute expression of naturalness and transparency. Natural daughters of eau de cologne, they provide more style and hold on the skin, while keeping the citrus in the background. And quietly manifest another femininity, less seductive, for women in search of emancipation. One immediately thinks of Ô by Lancôme (1969) and Eau de Rochas (1970) which, with Eau Folle by Guy Laroche (created in 1970 and no longer exists), so to speak invented the “fresh water” label, combining allure and sophistication. The use of hedione, a fresh synthetic floral note with infinite diffusing power. Their heirs have not been unworthy, adding their personal touch to the original freshness. If Diorella by Dior,(1972) distils a floral scent on the skin, Cristalle by Chanel imposes, in 1974, green and aromatic notes in purity. A source of serenity and the brand’s timeless best-seller, Eau d’orange verte by Hermès,(1979) dares to introduce the spiciness of spices and mint into a deep bath of citrus. Equally innovative, Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert by Bulgari,(1992) invents a new expression of freshness with its tea note. There you go ladies, I am on untested waters but feel they are nice and good, I stick with my Azzaro::)

This is a question going around and recently asked of my former collegues in my former firm, Should animals be allowed in the office? After Grenoble, Suresnes and Nice, the City of Paris wishes to authorize its agents to come to work accompanied by their pet. Let’s be clear, the dog in the office exists, but it has always been the prerogative of the boss until now. Nemo, the Macron dog, can relieve himself during a meeting at the Elysée, the German shepherds of the Biden drag themselves on the carpet of the Oval office, no one comes to ask if it’s all hygienic. On the other hand, when it is Josie from accounting who takes her family dog, things go less well. Allowing animals for all is therefore a democratic progress, the extension of a privilege from the top to the rest of the company. A 2017 study claims that the presence of an animal leads to a “23% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease”. Another, published in 2012 and carried out with dog owners who take them to the office and others who leave them at home, indicated that the former had a lower level of stress than the latter. The dog contributes to the good atmosphere The proof, in tech, Amazon prides itself on welcoming 7,000 on its campus and Google has opened a Café Yoshka, a tribute to the group’s first dog, who died in 2011. For these companies, it is a question of facilitating interactions and cooperation. That would be a great idea, can only think of having my Rex in my office superbe !!!

First all women’s cabaret in the 1950s before becoming a Mecca for Parisian parties, the legendary Pigalle club Chez Moune has reopened its doors Created in the 1950s by Madame Moune, the legendary Pigalle club Chez Moune was at the he origin of the first cabaret in Europe reserved exclusively for women, A trendy and revisited micro-club, which nevertheless fits in the extension of the aesthetics of the female cabaret and its history , The walls are covered with red velvet, neon lights display mischievous quotes and signature cocktails bear the names of famous female figures, On the music side, a bias, that of eclecticism rather than a majority electronic color, to rotate several DJ’s then quickly launch weekly thematic meetings, 80’s style- 90’s, Latin ,Behind this choice, the artistic director Manuela Morales López, ex-Mademoiselle Mouche Chez Moune, 54, rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle in the 9éme of Paris. Free admission, webpage : https://chezmoune.business.site/

This is for the level header who think Paris is all clean and safe, I know better hanging out very late at night for several years,and big City resident for most of my life, Oh well, these are some advise which I concur which why I am posting it here, We may say that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, but sometimes some places are really bad. The Rue Crémieux , Station Châtelet , the tourist bars in Saint-Michel, the clubs of the Golden Triangle around the Champs-Élysées and in the 8éme arrondissement in general , The bars of the Grands Boulevards ; the pickpockets who are just waiting for your next moment of inattention to take you out empty, The forecourt of the Gare du Nord, Rue de Lappe in the evening, a very bad place for teenagers who are barely of age and old people who are a little weird. The Lamarck-Caulaincourt elevator/lift, climb the 90 steps on foot. But that’s when it’s in working order, and that’s rare. The Montparnasse underground passages , as Châtelet long lines below to join the line 6 from the line 12 ! A hell. Having to catch your train as you come out of the line 4 ! Mission impossible, you can be sure to miss it if you don’t have half an hour in advance. The Boulevard Magenta ,the crossroads boulevard de Magenta / rue Lafayette where things never move forward, the most dangerous cycle path in the world, the bus that takes forever to reach Barbès… whether you are by bike, motorbike or car, it’s a miracle if we survive lol ! The Place de la République ,the demo that blows your ears, the skateboarders who run over you, the crazy people who are even crazier when they approach you, the cops who annoy you , and less cars of course, The metro line 7bis, one of the most useless metro lines in Paris is, of course, one of the least used. The Noctiliens night bus lines only if necessary no other choice, The Parc de la Villette at night you will not find us walking alone for a health walk in the evening, it is La Villette ! . And the advise is not to try. The 16éme arrondissement has a high rate of pickpocketing lately but do not know if persist, and if not by car, can be boring to walk especially at nights. Les Buttes-Chaumont when it’s sunny , actually I don’t know, don’t stick to each other or look for another park, right ! It is crowded !

The Le Paon qui boit, the “first non-alcoholic cellar”, has opened in the 19éme arrondissement It offers some 400 soft drinks or going to the Paon qui boit, it is better to have time in front of you. Webpage : https://le-paon-qui-boit.odoo.com/

Thierry Marx no longer drives in Paris on a motorcycle but on a bicycle. His days are still just as busy. The 63-year-old marathoner gets up every day at 5h45 a.m., goes to a judo session in Vincennes (Val-de-Marne 94), before joining Le Mandarin Oriental, the Parisian palace that houses his two-star space shuttle look, Le Sur-Mesure, and an office, where he manages current files, his bakeries ,Thierry Marx Bakery ,and his cooking integration schools , Cuisine mode d’emploi(s). The “High Speed ​​Chef” has also just signed the new TGV card, and in June opened Madame Brasserie, an establishment on the 1st floor (2nd US) of the Eiffel Tower. A childhood dream. His webpage : http://www.thierrymarx.com/

There you go folks, another round of my some news from France coming to you freely by the road warrior travel guy . Hope you enjoy this post and do prepare for a wonderful Fall season with a bang. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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