We headed down for a weekend visit with friends in Ravière. On the way, between Burgundy and the Loire Valley lies the region of Guédelon (gay-de-lone), “a land full of tastes, color, culture and literature, history and memories.” We had…
Take a train and go outside Paris and “chiner” for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a “vide-grenier”. People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.
Paris Plages is open mid-July to mid-August, even if it rains. To watch the updated video in HD high quality, I suggest you put the YouTube setting to 720p (the wheel in lower right corner of video).
On the Hotel de Ville plaza play volleyball or wheelchair basketball. Fill up your water bottle at the “Eau de Paris” stations (eau=water). This is the 12th annual Paris Plages sponsored by the mayor’s office of Paris (Mairie de Paris). Paris Plages is always in three locations: Along the Seine (Voie Georges Pompidou), Hôtel de Ville plaza, and Villette. Music, activities, dancing, etc.
This is a reissue of yesterday’s deleted post. The video was not high quality.
Music: Charles Tenet “Marie-Therese” photos: Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson
A lucky victim of a potential pickpocket scheme is Mary Kay. She recently had the tingling “beware” effect of someone’s presence and kept her wallet. In Mary Kay’s recent post on Out and About in Paris she shares tips and photos on how not to become the victim. Undercover police save me from losing everything. This is the court follow-up to my pickpocket adventure. Beware they are still out there.
This is an update of yesterday’s entry for planning your July 14 day and evening. The theme for this year’s 14 Juillet festivities was a commemoration of the Great War (1914-1918). Eighty nations who participated in the conflict participated in the Champs Elysées military parade. “War and Peace” was theme for the fireworks and music on an almost full moon evening. Whatever you do, place to be is right there in front of the spectacle. We had the side view from Pont d’Alma.
While on the plane, spend less than two hours scrolling through the pages of Tom Reeves’ helpful ebook, “Dining Out in Paris: What You Need to Know before You Get to the City of Light”. The delightful book is heavy with information, light to carry and easy to read “cover to cover”.
Tom, who has a Paris website, Discover Paris! of walks, tours and activities, gives advice and cultural contrasts clearly enough that his audience is encouraged to pull or push open the door and walk in to a restaurant or local shop.