Opening up … again Posted by Tim Hildreth on May 25, 2021 in Culture, News, Travel & Geography
Just over a year ago, I wrote a post called Opening Up.
While it already felt long, we were really still in the early days of Covid, and France was coming off of their first significant confinement and trying to get back to normal.
Twelve months … and multiple re-confinements and a few couvre-feux later … France is opening up … again.
After l’apérue, here comes la terrasso-thérapie!1A play on ‘La thalassothérapie‘ which is popular in France and refers to any therapeutic treatment based on the sea and products from the ocean. Saltwater baths, seaweed wraps, etc. are very popular options in thalasso centers around France.
Famous for their terraces (and for café culture), restaurants, bistros, and cafés across France welcomed people back mercredi 19 mai pour retrouver “la joie et la convivialité d’un moment en terrasse“.2Wednesday May 19, for (lit. to find again, to meet) the joys and conviviality of a moment on the terrace. Click here for video.
Train de nuit
It used to be common for people to get around Europe on overnight trains. Ces trains-couchettes allowed passengers to doze off in one city and wake up the next day 100’s of miles away in another city or even country. In my youth I took the night train from Paris to the French Alps for a ski trip, to Spain for a school trip, and to Austria for the Sound of Music Tour. 😉
Just a few years ago though, it looked like France and the SNCF might be done with their trains de nuit. Budget issues, old trains, and “la concurrence des avions low cost“3competition from budget airlines made this magical mode of transportation less attractive for the government and passengers alike.
But once again you can savor the “slow life, prend son temps[, et] retrouve[r] le goût du voyage“4take your time, and rediscover a taste for travel on the Paris-Nice just like the Premier ministre5Prime Minister did this week.
Des Chats sur les Champs
Parisians (and the French in general) love their cats. So its no surprise to croiser6come across, meet a few en se baladant à Paris7when wandering around Paris. But since March 3rd of this year (and running through le 9 juin8June 9, a different sort of chat has graced the jardins9gardens along the Champs-Elysées.
The Belgian auteur de B.D. et sculpture10comic book author and sculpter Philippe Geluck has created 20 sculptures en bronze11bronze sculptures representing his famous personnage de B.D12comic book character.
- 1A play on ‘La thalassothérapie‘ which is popular in France and refers to any therapeutic treatment based on the sea and products from the ocean. Saltwater baths, seaweed wraps, etc. are very popular options in thalasso centers around France.
- 2Wednesday May 19, for (lit. to find again, to meet) the joys and conviviality of a moment on the terrace. Click here for video.
- 3competition from budget airlines
- 4take your time, and rediscover a taste for travel
- 5Prime Minister
- 6come across, meet
- 7when wandering around Paris
- 8June 9
- 10comic book author and sculpter
- 11bronze sculptures
- 12comic book character
- 13news report
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