Saturday, July 8
Sometimes graffiti is an improvement, such as this blue monster who decorates an ugly electric panel box in the park at Place du Commerce.
Chenille plant hanging on the avenue Felix Faure.
A historic building that housed a nursery (avenue Félix Faure) has been demolished, except for its façade, which is going to be part of a new nursery building, as the sign below explains. Room for all the little ones!
A couple evenings
ago we had dinner with our friends who are also Nico’s staff (see the cat featured on July 3rd). We went to the brasserie Le Suffren, at the
corner of La Motte Picquet and avenue de Suffren. Tom and I had not been there for eight
years because of corrupt service (i.e., waiter telling us that we should tip
20 percent when we knew darned well the service was already included in the
tab). This time we simply had very bad
service. Food was mediocre. But the company was great. Our friends will be moving back to
isn’t so good in
On our walk, we went just a bit beyond the end of avenue Félix Faure to check out the new tramway which is now almost finished. This will provide a much needed cross-town public transport. Many, many jobs are located in large businesses and institutions that stretch across the southern edge of the city, yet most métro lines go from the outer edges into the middle of the city. Here are the new tracks:
And there is a nice place to sit and wait for the next tram:
Note the plastic film still covering the seats. This is all brand new. The French are so very good at public transportation. To celebrate the tramway’s almost completion, yesterday there was an organized walk (“randonnée”) along its route. Public art in the form of large modern sculptures is also being added along the way.
In the news:
The French version of the Associated Press is Agence France-Presse (AFP). AFP is now suing Google, claiming that Google has violated copyright law by linking to AFP’s news articles and photos on the web. How silly. You can even comment on this story by clicking here. By the way, AFP claims to be “world's oldest established news agency.”
The Tour de
France isn’t getting so much attention this year because it is overshadowed
by the World Cup, which will end tomorrow when
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy continues to be embarrassed by the reaction to his plan to deport illegal immigrant youth. Now a high-level bureaucrat has announced that thousands of illegal immigrant families who have a kid in school will suddenly be “regularized” and will be given the documents they need to call themselves legal! Just to get on AFP’s nerves, I’m giving you this link to the AFP story on this subject here.