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The Château in Sceaux (France)
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com A mini-Versailles (but the castle standing is of more recent date) South of Paris (can be visited via public transportation) with a HUGE and amazing park and formal garden. This was the first Sunday of the month, so it was free. Spending most of a day here and bringing a picnic would not be a bad idea. They seem to allow people onto the lawns, and it's pleasant and fragrant, with dramatic views all around.
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Raw Milk From A French Vending Machine
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com I like milk, but limit it. I love goat and horse milk, and raw cow milk, when I can find it, is a treat. In the Corrèze département of France, I was happy to find outdoor raw milk vending machines.
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A VISIT TO A SPECIALTY FOOD STORE IN PARIS SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com This store specializes in "Antilles" products -- Caribbean and North African, generally. There are often clothing items for sale here, sometimes there are souvenirs, toiletries, and alcoholic beverages. Sometimes, at the front entrance on the street level, there is a vendor selling food. I saw a sign inside the store today indicating that they do catering, also. Saint-Denis, which has a border contiguous with Paris, is very mixed and 80 languages are spoken here daily. There are currently no Asiatic stores here in town, which is an inconvenience for me, but there are Portugese stores, we have the largest market in Europe running here three mornings per week (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday), and there was a Turkish grocery store near me for awhile, which, regrettably, went out of business. Saint-Denis is, to me, the Brooklyn of Paris. It is huge and has a main section, La Plaine Saint-Denis (the world's first industrial zone), and Ile-Saint-Denis, which has its own city hall and is an island in the River Seine. Saint-Denis is so big, I've never been in all of it. France's busiest maternity ward is right down my street, as it the world's first Gothic cathedral. I found the perfume I was looking for for a nice YouTube lady -- it was the very last bottle they had! I literally had to get down on my hands and knees and sort through a basket to find it. It took a long time, but I got it! Next, I will get a prepaid container of some sort at the Post Office, and pray it doesn't get stolen -- in the past year, a lot of mail and packages I have sent to people in the USA has gone missing. People are desperate, and stealing anything of value, it seems. Very sad.
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The Often-Overlooked 17th Arrondissement of Paris, France
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Paris has 20 arrondissements, each with its own city hall ("Mairie"), mayor and four quarters (probably based on the old parish system). Lacking major tourist attractions but full of authentic charm and history, the 17th is quite something. Haussmann's replanning of the city on a major scale in the 19th century can clearly be seen here, and there are beautiful buildings, large and small, from that period. A "villa" is an impasse or a group of buildings (usually), and at least one can be seen on this clip. These tend to be highly desirable places to live. Le Petit Ceinture was an outer/innerbelt rainway system encircling Paris. It fell into disuse long ago. Up until a few years ago, once per year or so, people could ride parts of it for fun, but I think that has stopped. Some of this sadly abandoned but useful rail line (corruption and bad planning the culprits) can be seen in this clip, though it just appears as an oasis of green trees to your left. Parts of it have been covered with tennis courts and such. Now, Paris is having to reinstall tramway systems at great cost and inconvenience. It's a darn shame and something most cities let happen -- buses were promoted. Sundays are very quiet in France, and most of Paris is closed on Sundays, but we visited the Square de Batignolles, a beautiful park designed by Haussmann, an oasis of green with a duck pond, water features, an orangerie, a tiny grotto, and places to chill out. A walk in the Batignolles quarter of the 17th revealed beautiful buildings, mews-like streets and plazas, quite a few restaurants, florists and cafés open and busy, and NO TOURISTS ANYWHERE. It has a village-like feeling, yet is elegant as can be, despite train tracks to Gare Saint Lazare and a huge construction project for an Olympic Village which never happened. A great many big hotels have gone up here and are still going up, and if you like the Ibis chain, you might consider their huge tower here. Your stay in Paris will show you some of the real character of the city if you stay around here, and remember, the métro system is pretty darn user-friendly. Yes, it closes overnight, but neither Paris nor France in general are "night" places. The smartest visitors get up early and do their sightseeing in the morning, first thing, stopping at noon for lunch and a siesta, going back out in the afternoon to stroll, shop and hang out.
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Volailles (Marché de Tournon, France)
 
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copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Dailymotion: LisaFalour cutecatfaith.com "Volailles" means "poultry" in France and refers to birds -- generally, it refers to the edible types. I stayed one night in Tournon, on the Rhône river in France. I love markets, and this one was one of the best I've seen in this country. This clip is less than four minutes long and focuses on some live poultry for sale. They are sold as food and to improve breeding stocks, as pets, and some people keep certain types around pretty much just for "decorative purposes. I think I saw only chicken and ducks for sale here. I've also seen quail, guinea fowl, geese, turkeys and other live poultry for sale. The French tend to love poultry and are pretty fussy about it/them. Free range, quality fowl are favored. My favorite is "pintade," or guinea fowl, cooked in cider, shallots, apples & thyme. Bonless breast of duck recently came in for first place in a French survey of preferred dishes. It's called "magret de canard." This market runs every Saturday morning and is all outdoors. The reason I say it is one of the best I've ever seen is that there was a tremendous variety of goods on sale, and everything was at what I considered to be a "good price." There were some notions and products for sale, but mostly, this market was food, wines, spices, condiments, plants and flowers. Driving from Paris to the South of the county (I spent a couple of weeks on the Côte d'Azur on the Mediterranean) can be very tiring, so staying one night, mostly to sleep and rest on the way but also for a little bit of sightseeing, is really fun. I stayed at a hotel called LES AZALEES and it is old but there is a new annex, even some "accessible" rooms, if I understood correctly. Their restaurant does not look like much, but in fact, was really, really good -- I was too tired to look around for someplace else to have dinner. I tried the one right in the hotel and was not disappointed. I almost never take hotel breakfasts, however. I prefer to go out for those -- it's usually cheaper and better. Tournon has an interesting history and I found it to be very pretty and its residents very pleasant. Your video responses and comments are welcome. I will be posting many clips from this trip on this channel, my other one on YouTube, CUTECATFAITH, and over on Dailymotion under "LisaFalour." The hotel room was well, well under 100 euros for two people with a double bed, and since I do not drink alcohol these days and neither does my spouse, an excellent full dinner for two, in courses, was easily in the 50-euros-or-less range. I went for a full "fomule" which had a first course, second course, a cheese/dairy course, and then a dessert. He just went for a main course and dessert. First courses are the "entrée" in France. The "plat" is the main course. If you don't take a "menu" (usually for lunch) or a "formule" you order "à la carte." Sometimes they have two starter/appetizers I am interested in, so I just order two of those for the meal. I am American-born but am now French, and am accustomed to the "cheese course" which could come before a sweet dessert or in place of one. Remember, if you drink wine, avoid salads with vinegar in them, or it ruins the palate. Tournon is technically in the Ardèche, but right near the Drôme. I saw LOTS of vineyards above the town. If you visit France and don't go to any markets at all, whether indoors or in "halles," you're really missing out. Many sell much more than food-related items, and even if you don't cook or will be staying where you cannot prepare food, there are always prepared edibles to take away and enjoy later.
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I Keep Using the Word "Scary!"  Rocamadour (France) Funicular
 
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Not very original, but hey. I have several clips up of this place, which is the second-most visited site in France, second only to Mont Saint-Michel. I have two YouTube channels and also post on Dailymotion under "LisaFalour." This near-vertical city/village is in a huge canyon and there are lots of caves around. Saint Amadour might interest you, and if you like pilgrimages for religious or spiritual purposes, you cannot go wrong here but I warn you, this is a strenuous place to visit and if you get dizzy easily you will not enjoy all this! I suggest you park at the top. It is free. Have plenty of two-euro and fifty eurocent pieces on hand. To get into this precipice area, there is no attendant, and you must insert a two-euro coin to get in. There is no way to get change. Wear gloves, as the railings are rusty. I am disabled so this place was a real challenge for me but I am glad I made the visit. My spouse loved it, didn't recall his childhood visit at all, and he climbed down all the steps and back up. From this high point at the château, I took a funicular lift thingie down to the sanctuary level. There, you need a fifty eurocent coin to use a pay toilet. You will need it, as there are no comfort facilities in the sanctuary area and it is a long walk. The sanctuary area is semi-troglodyte, meaning carved into the cliffs. Saint Amadour was discovered here in about the 12th or 13th century, the tomb and body anyway, I forget, and this place was created around the tomb. There is a Black Madonna here and amazing architecture. As I said you don't have to be religious to enjoy this place! There is no restaurant here at the sanctuary level but there is a large, nice gift shop. If you have no money to spend, you can just enjoy the setting and walk around and sit quietly. Watch your step, however! From there, you can take a vertical elevator down to the city. There is only one street. You must pay for the lifts. I bought round trip tickets. The town has a lot of kind of dumb shops and many tourists, but hey. There are some nice products you can buy in the village, such as soap made of donkey or horse milk, and it's not bad, just very commercial, you dig? You can ride a little train to the other side and look at the city from a distance to appreciate its aspects better. You might feel silly riding a dumb little tourist train but it spares you a strenuous, long walk on narrow roads not at all set up for walkers! Again, if you are physically up to this visit, I recommend it. I think there are aspects of this place all ages would enjoy. You really don't have to spend a penny here except for the pay toilets. If you want to stay in a hotel here, that is probably very fun to do for a night or two. I do not recommend this place in July or August and get here right at 9 am, it gets hectic by afternoon. We were outta there by about noon and went and had a lunch in Martel. copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com
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Dealing with Mind Games/Harrassment at Work Part 1
 
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It was hard indeed to choose a title for this clip, which is part 1 of 2. A recent article in French mainstream news discussed "psychopathic behavior in the workplace." If I understood it correctly, it's definitely on the increase here in France, and something like 30% of employees could be characterized as engaging in psychopathic behavior. I'm not too surprised. The article went on to say that this is unfortunate not only because it usually brings illegality into the picture, and at the very least it is highly unpleasant to have to put up with, but that it's not cost-effective for employers and for society. They, employers, are tending to choose psychos as employees, however, encouraging their bad behavior, and not facing that it's "bad for the bottom line." Here in France, it's hard to prove, and even if you have proof, it's hard to prosecute, you won't gain much or win much, and it could very well have you blacklisted from your profession. It's happened to me -- I know. Well, I didn't much care for being a paralegal here or in the United States, anyway, but really, going through all that years and years ago here was just dreadful. If your employer in France has any problems with your work, they must notify you very quickly, in writing, and send it to you via registered mail. You have 15 days to pick up the letter, then you have 15 days to respond in writing, via registered mail. A meeting will then take place, and you will likely have the right to have a union official or other coworker present. If you work for the French Republic, however, in, for example, a teaching job, these rules may not apply -- you'll have to check. Regular labor courts, the "Prud'Hommes," might also not apply in that case. You'll have to know this if you are, for example, a visiting professor for a university here in France. Be prepared. Do not expect any witnesses to any harrassment or mistreatment to stick up for you, testify on your behalf, etc. here. For any verbal complaints about your work, ask for them to notify you correctly, in writing, as noted above. If you are "mis à pied," shown the door, again you must be informed of this in writing, you have the right to respond, etc. Generally, unless you have committed a criminal offense such as hitting someone or destroying something, for which they should call the police or fire department, do not yield to verbal intimidation. Stay calm. If need be, feign illness, ask them to call the fire department for an ambulance immediately, go to an emergency room, fill out a police report, etc. If you are accused of theft, they cannot wait a month or two and then accuse you. They must close their books and verify their property each month -- it's their responsibility. (Be honest at work, please -- do not steal, make trouble, etc. -- it is not worth it.) If a coworker hits you, you should call the police or authorities immediately, report the crime, sue that coworker, and sue the employer for allowing that to happen. This is not a litigious country and any awards paid are minute, but you must do this. I had a coworker then a boss lung at me and threaten to hit me on two occasions, but they did not touch me. I had a coworker spit on me here -- he was yelling at me and it may have been an accident -- but I should have reported it. Bodily fluids and all that. They claim there is a system to help harrassed workers here in France, but I haven't found that to be the case. There is a system, all right, but it doesn't work -- the subsidized lawyers collect their fees, drop you, lose your dossiers, etc. Complaining to the "batônnier" is not likely to get results. Remember, the labor court judges have salaries paid by the employers. Remember, the industrial doctors are required to report anything they learn about your health to the employer -- this is different from normal French medical privacy/secrecy. Don't give them a urine sample. Don't submit to a blood test. Don't tell them a thing. That's my advice. As long as you really haven't done anything wrong, it will likely come to naught. Continue to ask for guidance. Keep copies of everything. They will not. Usually, two strikes and you're out. Collect unemployment. Quitting is not a good idea -- you will lose your social benefits (if any). Learn the rules, follow the rules, and be smart. You're not in Kansas anymore. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: CUTECATFAITH, SLOBOMOTION cutecatfaith.com
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Astonishing, Wind-Tossed Castle of Le Marquis de Sade
 
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Lacoste is in Lacoste, France in the Lubéron region of Provence (département Vaucluse). It has been owned, operated and restored by the Pierre Cardin family. We experienced the "mistral" here, the strong winds. When I first moved to France in 1994, one of the first books I read in French was a collection of the correspondence of Le Marquis, many of which dealt with this domain. You can see many objects in the rooms here, such as the statue of the eagle, which are both a reference to his writings as well as to local wildlife. We were here in September, 2012. We stayed nearby in Gordes, in a rented, furnished house with private pool and gardens. I am available as a private guide and consultant with regard to France, visits and doing business here. I have another channel on YouTube called CUTECATFAITH and also post on Dailymotion under "LisaFalour," and I have a website. This region has everything to please. I am disabled and found getting around a bit slow and difficult, but I just took it slowly and managed. There is an important art school in this village and it was full of charm. If you are willing to come a bit early or late in the warm seaons, prices drop dramatically. copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com
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A PROSTITUTE'S TRUE STORY -- By "Anonymous"
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com I did not write this. The author insists upon anonymity. I was invited to share this with the world by the person who wrote this true account. This story is read in French on Dailymotion, grouped among the videos of "LisaFalour." There, it is titled, "L'HISTOIRE VRAI D'UNE PROSTITUEE PAR ANONYME."
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The Beat Hotel (Paris, France)
 
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Sort of between Notre Dame and the Staint-Michel fountain is Rue Git-Le-Coeur, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris (métro: Saint-Michel). The street is so short, I didn't bother noting the addresses of the hotel and the shop described here. "Ci-Git" is an expression found on very old French graves, and means, "Here Lies." Or "Here Rests." So, the name of this street means, "Here Lies the Heart." The Beat Hotel became apartments for many years, I believe, but is now a hotel with a commemorative plaque on the front. Skip Notre Dame and its madding, disrespectful crowds -- right across the Seine is the oldest church in Paris, with a lovely garden, few people ever in it, and an astonishing architectural central feature I'll leave you to discover! I'm available as a private guide and facilitator in and around Paris, France (and elsewhere, when doable). This particular Sunday had a clear blue sky (very rare in Paris) and was 24°C -- unseasonably warm. Though most of Paris is closed on Sundays, this touristy (but pleasant) area still has things open, including the famous book and print sellers along the River Seine. copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com
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Electric Cars and Shopping in Paris, 20th Arrondissement
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com I'm disabled and my spouse never waits for me, so I had to move along and this is a little shaky at points. If you want me to help you rent a car or bicycle or do anything else in or around Paris, I can, but I charge for that. I am easy to reach via my website, noted here. I provide consulting in the arts and sciences and can help your business grow or expand here, or help you relocate here, and I export. I've lived in Paris Saint-Denis since 1994 and am American by birth. I speak French fluently and have a dual nationality. Since we had just been in the nabe to see a free art show (Marcel Storr) and weren't there for shopping, we were not able to ascertain whether any of these prices were good or not, but there was tremendous variety in this area. The 20th is not a very posh area. It is already very expensive to buy or rent in, however. There are still areas of Paris which are very dangerous and unpleasant, unfortunately. Père Lachaise Cemetery is not far from here and you might want to see the free museum at 121, rue de Ménilmontant, which is open from 11 am until 6 pm from Tuesdays through Saturdays, buy some food here, and then take a picnic into the huge cemetery.
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1955 (?) Citroën DS "Break" (Station Wagon) and Citroën 1995 ZX "Flash"
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com I like the ArizonaPublic YouTube channel -- he often cries out, "Cool car!" My childhood friend in the States, Paula, used to call the DS models "sports hearses." When you pronounce "DS" in French, it is a play on words meaning "goddess." Our own modest Citroën car, "The Dinkmobile," is shown, also. The owner of the old car is in a DS Paris-area car club, according to a sticker on the windshield. I am pretty certain theirs is a 1955 model. It's not that hard to get one of these cars in perfect condition for the price of a new car, we found in checking some ads! Citroën cars are real "goers." We see the "deux pattes" models which have been running since after WWII! They just go and go with ordinary maintenance. Most cars in France run on diesel and are manual transmission. There is almost no resale value for any car with automatic transmission here. I don't know why that is. Thanks to my spouse, who only learned how to drive in 2002, The Dinkmobile has been in a couple of bad accidents. No one got hurt. So our car is a bit banged up and if I understood him correctly, the frame is now cracked. We will probably retire our car out in Brittany as an "emergency" vehicle and use his father's Citroën Xsara. His father is now too old and too ill to drive, and the mother has a driver's license but refuses to drive. (Licenses are for life here!) We like the sleek lines of all the DS models up into the 1970s. The ZX model we own is still extremely prevalent here in France. They have "power nothing" and are not comfortable, no fun to drive, and boring to look at, but they're unobtrusive. We call ours, "the thing that gets you there!" The mileage is fantastic and we ran it on cooking grease for several days! It does require inspection every two years and normal maintenance, some of which has been costly at times (broken ball joints and so on).
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Rollerblading in Parc LaCourneuve (near Paris, France)
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com This was my first time out in weeks, as I have been very ill and hospitalized. Today was my "fête," my Saint's-day. People in France have two birthdays each year. One is the day of their birth, the other their Saint's-day, in which people say, "Bonne fête!" Although France is now the most secular country in the world, many people still have Christian-type names, referring to specific Saints, often. "My" Saint is Saint Elisabeth of Hungary. November 17 always seems to be an unlucky day for my spouse, however, just as May 4 always seems to be, for me. LaCourneuve park is either the largest public park in France, or in the top few of the biggest. They are expanding it, also! It is somewhat to the Northeast of Paris and is adjacent to Saint-Denis, where I live. It is accessible from Paris by métro, bus, tramway or commuter train. It's a very big near-suburb and doesn't have a great reputation, but it doesn't have a totally terrible one, either. It just is what it is. The lands which are now the park used to belong to the Abbey church of Saint-Denis (the basilica, which got cathedral status in the '60s), the world's first Gothic cathedral, 12th c., organized by Suger. Abbey churches were only for the use of clergy and aristocracy. Saint-Denis, the capital of France before Paris, was the number one place of Christian pilgrimage in all of France for over 1,000 years, and was a kind of Disney park for Christians, full of smaller churches for the public, convents and monasteries. The public was only allowed into the basilica for certain festival days, when they were permitted to file past holy relics of Saint Denys and two other martyred clergy. Saint Denys was the first Bishop of Paris and the Romans didn't like him. The story that he was beheaded on Montmartre and walked to Saint-Denys (formerly "Pays de France" and before that, it had a Roman name I do not recall -- during the first French Revolution in the 18th c. it was known as FRANCIADE) with his head in his hands is obviously just legend, but he and the two others slain with him were probably killed close to Saint-Denis, en route in flight, attempting to seek safety. Montmartre is just South of here and were I on a higher floor in my building, I could see it from here. The Abbey church had over 200 people in residence and a lot of trees, animals and crops had to be kept to feed and maintain them all, so La Courneuve was full of orchards, pastures and sources of food, fuel and whatnot. It is important to us to be able to have a big park nearby. In NYC, I enjoyed Prospect Park in Brooklyn tremendously. In LaCourneuve park, you can run your dog in special areas for that, there is a huge equestrian center where police horses are kept and besides riding lessons and private boarding, there are show events, there is a firing range, there are at least two lakes, and lots of trails for bikes, hiking, running, sports fields, etc. Paris is full of green spaces but if you want some actual nature, often with castles and Cistercian abbeys, you have plenty of choice, much of it available via public transportation. I have lots of clips up on this channel, as well as my other channel here, CUTECATFAITH, and on Dailymotion, I post under "LisaFalour."
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Pataphysics -- Mosaic-Making Machine and More
 
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Videos and photos are permitted at Le Palais de Tokyo museum of modern art in Paris, France. Digital video recording, comments and annotations copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: CUTECATFAITH, SLOBOMOTION cutecatfaith.com Some of my artwork and writings appear in the FREAK WAVE series of books, and there is quite about me (as Lisa Baumgardner) in MODERN WOMEN by The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010). Pataphysics, Vorticism ("BLAST"), Jarry and UBU ROI as well as studies both formal and accredited and informal at various pataphysical colleges as well as more traditional institutions of learning around the world have been major influences in my life in all ways. This is in the NOUVELLES IMPRESSIONS DE RAYMOND ROUSSEL part of the SOLEIL FROID group of expositions in Paris, France at Le Palais de Tokyo. www.palaisdetokyo.com Roussel's influence is huge and he invented the mobile home, too -- was the first to travel and live in one extensively in Europe or anywhere else in the world. In this part of the show were works by Jules Verne, Pierre Loti, Salvador Dali, Joseph Cornell, et cetera. Breton considered Roussel part of the firmament of Surrealism, and his visions are manifest all around us daily. It isn't just art, it's philosophy, science, theatre, politics (including human rights), literature, music, design, architecture, and alternative/renewable energy -- and then some. This machine selects, sorts and applies materials (such as human teeth, in this case) in order to make mosaics. It uses solar energy, et cetera. A more modern work shown in this clip by a contemporary artist takes pistons toward music appreciation.
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Mini-Users' Guide -- The RER Train System (Paris, France)
 
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This is mini, all right! When in and around Paris, you may need the RER ("reseau expresse régionale," I think that stands for) trains. They do interface a bit with the métro system in Paris proper, but essentially, it's a separate train system run by both SNCF and RATP. You cannot use your regular métro/bus/tramway tickets on the RER system. The new NAVIGO electronic pass system will work, however, as long as you have it keyed to the right zones/distances. I don't like RER trains. I just don't find the system user-friendly. I find the trains unreliable, unsafe, dirty & difficult for people with reduced mobility. Still, rather than fussing about their faults, it's better to learn how to use them. Buying a round trip/return set of tickets will be cheaper than one-way, and if you think you're going to make that journey a few times, buy a "carnet," or ten-pack, for the best savings. There are still human clerks, but they usually only speak French and are not geared toward any great level of customer service, I've found. There are automatic vending machines which you can maybe use coins for, but they're more geared for credit and debit cards. I've been in the Greater Paris ("Ile-de-France") region from the USA since '94, but I still never look forward to having to use any RER train. There are no toilet facilities, but if you do find a train car with a toilet, it will not open if the train is underground, and you could get locked in if it is. Give yourself a lot of time if you have to use the RER, as they are often late, canceled, etc. This is the truth! I LOVE France and am now a French citizen, but I must call a spade a spade, and the RER is less than good. Period. Always keep your ticket with you or be sure to validate your NAVIGO pass correctly. You will probably need the ticket to get out the exit stile. You might also meet an inspector who will want to verify that you paid. Everyone in France must carry their identity card or passport on them at all times. If you are visiting, be sure to get your passport stamped, to prove you are in the country legally. This is the only thing they will accept. Carry your ID separate from your wallet/bag and always leave a few photocopies of it in a safe place. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
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Interesting Architecture -- Paris, France (17th Arrondissement)
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Check out that street full of mansions! We checked the Internet when we got home and these are very famous buildings. Most were city single-family homes. "Hôtel Particulier" is French for "mansion." Few people visit the 17th arrondissement, which is a shame. When you get near the outer city limits of Paris, things tend to get VERY interesting. Everyone who visits tends to stay in the center. Many of the near-suburbs which have borders contiguous with Paris are terrific, and there are métros, buses, tramways and rentabikes to get you there and back. These can be the smartest places to stay -- way cheaper, more "authentic," and perfectly connected to the city itself by a very good public transportation system. I met an Australian lawyer here on business, and he always stays in a hotel at the métro stop MAIRIE DE CLICHY. He just takes the métro to his appointments from there, loves the prices and the shops and services -- way affordable by Paris standards. I recommend the hotel F1 on Avenue Lenine in Saint-Denis, but beware, it's only 39 euros per night, this is where smart budget travelers stay, and it's often fully booked. There's a full range of shops and services nearby, quite a bit of free legal parking, many ways to get into Paris for the price of a ticket, lots of local sites of interest, and so on. If you stay there, try to get a room overlooking the cemetery, however. Avenue Lenine is noisy. Sunday is down-time in France. Everyone recharges their batteries. Most of Paris shuts down on Sundays but the city has many museums it runs which are free to the public, for your after-lunch culture fix. Sunday lunch in France is long, pastry is eaten, and everyone talks and unwinds. Try to get invited to someone's home -- always bring flowers. Never bring wine! The etiquette here is complex!
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The Emperor Napoléon's Bedroom
 
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The first Sunday of every month in France is "heritage day," and many cultural attractions which normally charge admission are free. Napoléon Bonaparte built a château at Reuil-Malmaison for his empress Josephine, who was of quite aristocratic lineage and whose story is very interesting. If you like the Empire style, you must see this place. It is just to the West of Paris. You can get there via public transportation from Paris. We drove, and the parking was free this day. The River Seine is nearby, and although I didn't find the building itself or its contents quite my cup of tea, I still loved the visit, and the gardens are charming. There are usually some additional exhibits here to see in the outbuildings, too. copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com I know of at least one travel book, in English, about all the cool stuff you can see AROUND Paris via public transportation in less than one hour. Have a look. Central Paris is great and you could never run out of things to see or do there, but it would be a shame not to get outside the city limits at least a little. The air is cleaner, the forests wonderful, and there are castles, museums and sites of interest all around. As much as I like Paris, I find its immediate environs extremely pretty, and restful to visit. I do travel itineraries for people here and am an available guide. In addition to business consulting and creative consulting, I can probably help make your visit to France more pleasant. Paris, in particular, can be daunting. It's a tough nut to crack and not extremely user friendly. Also, you might have specific interests and only have a limited time period for your visit and a tight budget. I can probably help. Please subscribe. I do another channel on YouTube, CUTECATFAITH, and over on Dailymotion, I post under "LisaFalour." Thank you.
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THE HLM IN FRANCE -- SOCIAL HOUSING
 
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Modern Morning Rush Hour -- the New Paris, France (La Plaine Saint-Denis)
 
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Paris decided to put its "Manhattan" in La Défense, just to the West of the city, in Puteaux, Courbevoie and Neuilly. Conceived in the 1950s, works began in earnest on La Défense in the 1960s, with the famous CNIT structure -- a solid concrete shell. By the 1980s, many corporations had their headquarters in La Défense. I've always felt it looks a bit like something out of "A Clockwork Orange," and Jacque Tati's "Playtime" (in fact, some of that movie was filmed in La Défense in some huge, open spaces before things were built). Paris wanted to, and still wants to, preserve its charming old buildings in the center, and keep its qualities as a vibrant and cosmopolitan yet beautiful capital city, full of green spaces and "personality." Saint-Denis is a huge city just North of Paris. It was the capital of France before Paris (PAYS DE FRANCE) and was a fortified city in Medieval times and even before then. It has a border contiguous with Paris. Saint-Denis is so huge, that since I moved there in 1994, I haven't been everywhere in it. It's comparable to Brooklyn, New York. Saint-Denis has an island in the River Seine (Ile-Saint-Denis), with its own city hall. (The main city hall of Saint-Denis, L'Hotel de Ville, is near the famouse Basilica.) The entire Southern section of Saint-Denis is known as La Plaine, and was the world's first industrial zone. When the Paris-Brest railroad got running around 1852, Breton-speaking, wooden-shoed peasants came to work in the many factories. The Breton presence was still felt here until fairly recently, but most of the few Breton businesses have now closed, as the owners have retired or passed away. (It was not required to teach French in public schools in Brittany until 1936. Breton is a Celtic language.) I've watched La Plaine completely transform in the past 15 or so years. Maps I had when I first moved here are no longer useful. The highway into Paris was covered in large part, and square miles of slum buildings were razed. Old warehouses and factories, highly polluted, were destroyed (this is still a highly toxic zones, and many bombs were found here from WWII and even before). The land is so polluted, when you take the 13 métro train between Porte de Paris and Carrefour Pleyel, the smell is unbearable. Gasworks had been here. Grass would not even grow in the Stade de France. The soil had to be trucked out, "cleaned" and brought back. This story was hushed up. In another decade, if there's still a world as we know it, tall towers will fill the sky. To my eyes, everything around Stade de France looks new, shiny and sterile. It's quite deserted, at night. copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com
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Billionaire Mile (Paris, France)
 
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This street is called Mandel and then Martin. I think it's in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. The absence of shops and services is a sure indication very, very rich people live here. This is sort of between Trocadéro and the Bois du Bologne. I spotted an RER train stop here called MARTIN. You could also begin walking here from by the Passy Cemetery near Trocadéro (métro Trocadéro) (or Rue de La Pompe). The cemetery is very pretty, by the way, and full of interesting, famous and sometimes very tragic graves (such as many victims of the Concorde plane crash in 2000). As you can see, there are bike lanes here, so you could rent a Vélib bike if you can figure out how to do that (I can't, but if you hire me as a guide, I would figure it out and arrange it for you -- it's not a very user-friendly system and the deposits required are substantional, from what I gather). Last weekend, none of the trees in Paris were green yet, only budding, but today, they were leafy. "April in Paris" is not as good as "March in Paris," however. You get your best Spring flowers in March, and April often has unpleasant heat waves. Also, around Easter, there are school holidays and rates for accommodations, flights and many other things skyrocket during "les vacances scolaires." Public transportation runs on holiday schedules (reduced). copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com
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Porte de Paris (Saint-Denis, Just Outside Paris) Thoughts
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Every time I am in this area in Saint-Denis where I live in France, I think, wow, this looks so grungy but there are such good things here! You can get pastries and chocolate here as good as any in Paris for a fraction of the cost, a great sit down meal for under five euros, there's a gorgeous park (Legion of Honor), a museum and old convent, the world's first Gothic cathedral is just up the street, and you can shop for really good quality things here, I repeat, for a fraction of the cost of what you'll pay in Paris. But who would think of coming here? Stade de France is nearby, so people come for events, yet a block or two away, if they know what to look for, they get good welcome and wonderful things, French and otherwise! I am available as a private guide. This city has an important history and could be considered the capital of France before Paris, which was only an unimportant Roman village. The old name for Saint-Denis was PAYS DE FRANCE. Saint Denys was the first Bishop of Paris and was martyred, likely not at Sacre Coeur de Montmartre, but near here, where he and two clergypeople were fleeing Romans. This was the number one place of Christian pilgrimage in all of France for over a thousand years. The basilica was an abbey church and the public were only allowed in on certain days to pass by the relics, but all around was a kind of Disney park, if you will, of churches and monestaries, convents and what have you. The Lendit market was firmly established in the Dark Ages here, and Saint-Denis remains home of the largest market in Europe, which runs every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning. I did listen to older people, but I really didn't write down what they told me (usually). Near here is Drancy, where there was a huge deportation camp, many of the detainees being children. You will see signs and plaques all over commemorating where victims lived or even where they died on the spot. The Maginot Line failed, people had the horrors of WWI in their minds ... things went wrong. I find this city more engaging than New York City ever was for me. It's certainly more of a challenge, Paris! You see things here dating from pagan times. When they dig a new ditch, they find another Gallo-Roman wine cellar or another Merovingian cemetery, or even a prehistoric site with artifacts. Then, everything stops, it must be declared, and the archeologists move in. The region does a great job of opening the works to the public for free for a period of time. It does get a bit weird when you're on an errand downtown and you see an ancient skeleton there, dug up and roped off! It was recently realized that a building which was going to be razed was ancient. They started preserving it, and moved some cows in! It was fun and the kids loved it!
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ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY
 
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Digital video recording, comments and annotations copyright 2014 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH I must say, I've probably had less than a dozen actual fights with this spouse in 20 years, but we had, shall we say, a dispute today, after lunch. I am tired of these lambastings. Probably out of spite he canceled our movie plans and I didn't care about the movie ... GUN CRAZY, a classic film noir from 1950 ... but I left and ended up spending eight hours on my own in Paris. Nearly eight, anyway. I didn't get back until 11 pm -- I did phone three times and leave messages saying where I was and that I was okay. As if he cares. So I took the 153 bus, then the 13 métro, then the 2, then the 4, and went to Ile de la Cité in Paris and went to Notre Dame to make a clip for a viewer who was curious about its interior. It's up on my other channel, CUTECATFAITH. I then had a longer walk than I am up to but I slogged on, alone the Seine, and found Rue Christine, which I only vaguely knew the location of, because I am usually trailing behind ... my spouse! I saw the movie, alone, he'd been wanting to see for eons. I told the ladies who work in the cinema he might show up and that I was going to see GUN CRAZY, and that he'd likely not show up because he is mad at me. I said, "Il est parisien, il est soupe au lait," and they said, just let him calm down and we had a smile. That means hot-tempered. The French can be that way. Cool as cucumbers, but like milk on the boil, quickly all over the place and making a mess when angry. The movie wasn't bad. Before that I thought screw it and bought myself some CIGARETTES. After, I thought, screw it again, I want Japanese food! But I ended up in a Thai place across from an all-you-can-eat sushi joint. I had a great two course meal, way more food than I normally eat, and didn't need dessert by any means -- I felt great. The place was full! Restaurants were ALL full it seemed, and even in my ghetto nabe I noticed a local yuppie place was full the other night. Hm .... It took a heck of a lot of time to get home. At one point, I got on the train in the wrong direction and there was no way to make a free transfer. I asked the clerk what to do and she saw I had my canceled ticket and let me pass via a turnstile and was really nice. I must say, speaking French is a good idea in France; otherwise, I'd have had to buy another ticket, or rather a carnet, a ten-pack (you get a discount with those). Which would have been okay but I thought, hey, what, you cannot cross for free and go in the other direction? It's not like that at all stations by any means and she was quite prepared to let me go, the clerk. I'm still so angry I did not sleep a wink last night. I won't even go into my bedroom while he is there and I refuse to sleep in his study, where he has a mattress. I saw and heard tons of Americans in Paris last night and felt somewhat comforted. People just cannot seem to grasp how hard it is to be expat. I'm so sorry the USA became untenable. I can't go back -- my last two visits were horrible. Screw anyone who says or even suggests I am anti-American. My God. You couldn't walk a mile in my shoes, I bet.
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Just Arrived in Vernon, France -- A Visit
 
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Digital video recording, comments and annotations copyright 2014 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Vernon, France is on the River Seine, over 70 kilometers from Paris, in Normandy. I went here for lunch, because although I enjoyed my second trip to Giverny all morning, this time seeing the famous Monet house, gardens and lily pond as well as his and his family's tomb, Vernon is larger and has more choices of restaurants. (Giverny is, face it, a tourist trap, albeit a gorgeous and charming one.) I walked along La Mairie, their city hall, toward the Collègiale de Notre Dame, an old church. (A clip of its interior is on my other channel on YouTube, CUTECATFAITH.) Typical Norman architecture, very old, still stands in Vernon -- half-timbered buildings, with beams and lintels at crazy angles. In this region there are also many troglodyte houses and spaces, and thatched roofs, historic castles and plenty of boating and fishing. The region known as Le Vexin between Paris and Normandy is gorgeous. It was a bit windy, so I lost my Spring hat briefly. I saw very few commercial spaces or residences empty and up for rent, lease or sale. The town appears to be thriving, but very peaceful.
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Le Grand Ballon -- Vosges Mountains, Alsace, France -- 2010
 
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The intrepid Dinkmobile, a 1995 Citröen ZX front-wheel drive car (it is for sale -- we inherited another car since), climbed high up to Le Grand Ballon. It's a big, worn-down mountain, very high, in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, France (formerly Germany and the Rhineland). Terrible loss of life occurred up here during WWI and WWII. There are cemteries everywhere. The British and the Germans tend to bury their war dead right there. The Americans tend to repatriate them. German fighters holed up in the many caves up here, and were hard to rout. Late March is the cheapest time of year to visit this great region. Down on the Alsatian Plain, it was nearly hot in the afternoons, but as soon as we drove up into the foothills, then the mountains, along "the route of crests," it got cold, and there was snow. Some of the roads were closed, even -- we had no right to be there. The winter debris was still there, and the roads were unsafe. Do not take such risks. We cannot recommend it. Who would help you? Would your portable phone even work? Think of the cost. It was my spouse's idea, and I obeyed him with trepidation. The air was clean up here, and there is a medical clinic for those who need healing, but there were signs up -- it is to close. Unemployment! We were lucky with the weather. We stayed in a furnished apartment in an ODYLYS vacation residence. There are others in France, such as PIERRES ET VACANCES and MAEVA, to name just a few. Our furnished studio was a mere 200 euros per week, but watch out for the extra costs. We cleaned before checking out, saving 52 euros. copyright 2010 Lisa B. Falour all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com
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Carottes Râpées (French Grated Carrot Salad)
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com The sfehmi YouTube channel is referred to here for its sweet almond halwa dessert recipe. This carrot salad, which contains no vinegar so may be served as a first course with wine (vinegar ruins the palate for wine), could be considered the national salad of France, as you find it everywhere: fine restaurants; modest tables at home; among all ethnic groups residing in France; sold prepared in supermarkets (this type is to be avoided -- it's generally dreadful). Usually served in a small portion as an appetizer, perhaps with a piece of crusty bread (the French do not usually put butter on bread, except for at breakfast time), this is certainly healthful. Fresh garlic is a must, and it doesn't keep well, so don't make too much. One small carrot per person is usually sufficient. Hand-raked sea salt from Guérande in Brittany or Camargue in the South of France are the finest, and are not generally used for cooking, but rather served at table. Some even bears the name of the salt-raker! Once you've had these salts, no others will do, and you will be reluctant to cook with salt, also, unless absolutely necessary -- a few grains at table are sufficient, and splendid! I can get this for you and I ship all over the world. The classic book JUICING FOR LIFE mentions a liver-cleansing régime which is about eight consecutive days of a special diet with no coffee, alcohol or other liver-stressing foods and drinks, and includes a daily raw carrot salad such as this one. Forfar bridies are a traditional Scottish dish using beef, onion, salt, pepper and suet. I used beef heart and rendered duck fat for mine. An egg wash adds the gloss to the pastry wrapping. They are oven-baked and eaten hot or cold. My other YouTube channel is CUTECATFAITH, and on Dailymotion, I post under "LisaFalour." Your comments and video responses are welcome. Thank you for watching!
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Astonishing, Disturbing Marcel Storr
 
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This museum allowed me to make this clip but if you come here, please never use flash -- that is their policy. They thought it was nice I made this clip to share with you and there was no problem with that. copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com In my other clips, I got his death year wrong! I will try to correct those. He was born in 1911 and died in 1976. I have clips up of his art on CUTECATFAITH, also, here on YouTube, and on Dailymotion under "LisaFalour." He lived and died in poverty, obscurity and misery in Paris, France and around there. His last days were in Saint-Denis, where I now live. He was incapable of anything but menial jobs and could not even figure out how to marry his woman until years later. She died and her two children abandoned him and he died in a public hospital after one of many incarcerations. He was probably schizophrenic. Father unknown, given up at birth by his mother, he was beaten so badly in care, he became deaf, and was illiterate his entire life, an idiot many said. He worked as a day worker at Les Halles, as a dishwasher in a high school, as a cleaner, and as a weed cutter. His works were done with methods such as putting a hot iron onto the paper. A lot of his works look like science fiction. He was obsessed with atomic bombs, considered Picasso no good, himself a genius, and wanted to be a consultant to the President of the USA. He watched La Défense being built and the towers fascinated him. Like many feeble minded people, churches fascinated him, too. His works have a psychedelic, science fiction-y quality. They only exist because he gave them to a couple for safe-keeping. Only one photo of him may exist, which you can see here briefly. If you like Henry Darger, the Watts Towers, Le Facteur Cheval, Rizzoli and other "hidden" artists, you will probably like Storr. This show will be up through March, 2012 and is at the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in Paris at 121, rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris. Métro GAMBETTA. It is free of charge and open from Tuesdays until Saturdays until 11 am until 6 pm. Paris is full of cultural attractions which have no admission fees, and I am available as a private guide. My own artwork is in many museum permanent collections around the world and I can facilitate your activities here in and around Paris, legally and declared. Thank you. Please rate, share and subscribe.
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Old-Fashioned French Horse Racing (Some Aspects)
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Photos and videos are permitted in this place but please avoid flash and do not be an annoyance. The Château de Maisons, in Maisons-Lafitte, France, to the West of Paris, is considered the masterpiece of Mansart and has a very interesting history. The town is one of the most prominent "horse cities" in France and there is a famous racetrack nearby. It's history is intermingled with the history of the château. I am available as a private guide in and around Paris, France, plan itineraries, consult and facilitate business, as well as export. My other channel on YouTube is CUTECATFAITH and on Dailymotion, I post under "LisaFalour." I will be putting up several clips of this interesting place to visit. From October until March of each year, inclusive, the first Sunday of each month, entry here is free of charge. The telephone number for the château is 01 39 62 01 49. There is no place to eat here, so perhaps a morning visit to the château would be nice, followed by lunch and the racetrack, or a picnic taken. Again, I can arrange all this.
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Driving into Eze-sur-Mer -- Côte d'Azur
 
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Many towns and villages in this dramatic and beautiful region of France, near Italy, on the Mediterranean, have a "beach" part, and then above, a "high" part. Eze is one such place. You can take the autoroute (a toll highway, generally), which is very efficient, to get around here; otherwise, going along the water, there tend to be "corniches," and you may have a choice among the high, middle or low roads. Up between the mountain villages, some of the roads are very challenging -- try the one between Gorbio and La Turbie! It is barely one lane if that, unmarked, parts of it are slipping down into gorges, and yes, when you encounter another driver going the other way, rules of the road apply. The car going "uphill" has priority over the one going "downhill." Since there is likely nowhere for a safe pullover to let the other car pass, one will have to back up for possibly quite a distance. The construction of the houses, the villages, and their maintenance, is daunting. Even down by the water, access can be hard. You can see in this clip the usually sunny, clear, hot or warm weather was deteriorating. This clip was done in May, 2013 and the area had had strange weather since late September, 2012. We were generally more than fine during our two week vacation, but the last day or so, things got very chilly, stormy and even rainy -- not seasonal at all. The clouds coming down over the mountains are apparently quite typical. The skies are usually a stunning, clear blue, even with the busy airport at Nice right nearby. I liked the way it could be hot and sunny but then "finger clouds," as I called them, would creep over the mountain tops above, then descend toward the warm sea (usually dissipating quickly and completely). This region has two dry spells per year, thus enjoys two Springs per year. It's a microclimate. We were driving a Citroën Xsara, the year probably 2002 or 2003, manual transmission. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
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Trophy Scalps, Shrunken Heads, Mummies -- "Cheveux Chéris"
 
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What terrifies and repulses me most, I approach and embrace. The fear passes. Things are no longer "personal," "out to get/hurt me" when I can manage this. Recently, I don't like people -- another challenge. I must not cut myself off from them. Does this make sense to you? This was an excellent show I saw for free at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France, as it was the first Sunday of the month -- many places throughout the Republic don't charge admission on "journées du patrimoine." Human hair is the theme here. From the classically lovely to the seductive to the scary -- lots to consider! Photos and video clips are permitted here, without flash. YouTube: CUTECATFAITH, SLOBOMOTION Dailymotion: "LisaFalour" copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com
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There's Little or No Market for English-Language Books in France
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com My next English-language book purchase will be STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens. My writing in English was just published by a French publisher, ERETIC, and it's in an anthology called FREAK WAVE. This is the second anthology under that name. The first book came out late in 2007, and was called FREAK WAVE/LA VAGUE SCELERATE. I had an essay there, in both French and English, and one piece of my artwork reproduced in it. LIBERATION called my essay "très bon." Yay! I write openly about my past, and am considered an existential philosopher here in France. I guess . . . they'd know! (I did STUDY philosophy in college, and spent a term reading the Existentialists . . . but I think calling me a "philosophe" is kind of a stretch . . . FREAK WAVE recently lost its distributor. I can actually sell you a copy outright. It is 18 euros plus a little for postage. It is mostly visuals, it's beautifully printed and bound (softcover, but fancy type) and it's in both French and English. If you like Clovis Trouille, you'll want this book -- it's mostly contemporary art, but there are a few "oldies but goodies" in there, including their words. Over the years, I've been asked time and again to get peoples' zines or books into stores here. Quite impossible. The few English-language bookstores around are in Paris, and they will buy what they will buy. I have requested my great library system in this region to get certain works, and I've donated fresh copies of books given to me by the authors themselves. So far, all have been accepted. They just don't read English in France. Nor do most people speak it. Nor do they WANT to. You must be able to speak, read and write in French in order to live here. To think you can get by on English alone is just not realistic. Saint-Denis is a very mixed city, and 80 languages at least are spoken here daily. But French is the main language here. I do give practical French lessons à la distance, using e-mail, private videos, and I can call land lines for free in most places in the world. (I refuse to use Skype -- they are evil. Check out the JRense video, GOOGLE'S SINISTER DNA PLANS on YouTube. It is also on my Dailymotion channel, "LisaFalour," with their permission.
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PLASTIC MAN -- JOE TURNER
 
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If this gets me kicked off YouTube, this'll be worth it. I have been begging someone to post this song, but no one seems to have it! I bought this record in NYC in the 1970s, and it wasn't too cheap, but it wasn't in no cutout bin, neither. I am gonna claim this as copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., MB.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutectatfaith.com but I pray the Turner estate contacts me to give better credits! Last I heard, this song went into public domain some time ago. I think this is the best blues song ever.
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Soupe de Poisson Bretonne
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.cm This is from a small cannery in Brittany, France. We do like Brittany fish soup. It's very refined, and I've looked at recipes and it looks like a HUGE amount of work! It's usually pricey, often sold in glass jars, and this one cost between three and four euros. We like the design on the can. We like to buy things from small local manufacturers and businesses. I can legally export many products out of France and have a system where I can ship anywhere in the world with no weight limit at quite a reasonable price. Some of the things I still really love to buy here, very fun for me as an American, are herbes de provence (and many other spices), chestnuts (dry, candied or in a wonderful syrup), patés and terrines sold in cans and glass containers which are made of exotic things such as wild boar and are legal to send anywhere, mustard (either Dijon or Meaux), fleur de sel de Camargue (hand-raked sea salt which smells faintly of violets and is so precious, each box bears the raker's name), and, of course, wine. There are also wonderful wooden toys, lace and tapestries, handmade clothing of angora or kashmir wools and such, antique tools which still function, such as butter churns and copper bed warmers, all kinds of stuff! I also export hemp oil, fancy soaps and perfumes, trendy fashion clothing items ... chocolates ... as I said, if it's legal, I'll probably sell it to you. I had one lady who was dividing up and preselling my shipments and making a profit! Every place and region, almost, seems to have its specialty fish soup. Which is your favorite? CONSERVERIE LA QUIBERONNAISE Port-Maria B.P. 40217 56172 Quiberon FRANCE The can contains 425 ml or a net weight of 14 oz. Its net weight is 410 g in metric. It contains water, deep water fish, tomato concentrate, salt, stock of various vegetables, olive oil, potato starch, white wine, various spices and flavorings including pepper, thyme, rosemary, parsley, fennel, cayenne pepper, and saffron, and natural onion and garlic extracts.
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Driving Into Gordes, France (Lubéron)
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Gordes is in the Vaucluse département in France, in Provence. Lubéron refers to some mountain ridges in the area. Gordes seems to be "where Americans go to spend money!" It was interesting, hearing so much American English spoken here. Dramatic and quite James Bondian-glamorous, during high Summer season, prices are very high indeed here, and there is a five star hotel and spa. Many of the villages in this region were perched on impossible mounts and cliffs and fortified. You can see the castle, and the Chapel of the White Penitents in this clip as we drove to our rented stone hut over the gorge via the center of the village. We did not care for the weekly town market in Gordes, finding many things overpriced, but we were thrillled with Coustellet, down below on flatter, more open lands, where there was an absolutely excellent Monday morning market, with a tiny Tuesday evening version there. Prices were very low, everything was local, and it wasn't just food sold on Sunday in Coustellet. We also found the Super U supermarket there to have very good prices, and the gas station was the best-priced in the entire region. Coustellet is only about 8 km from Gordes. Since our visit was in September, we paid only about half what would normally be charged for our rental of the furnished stone hut, which has a private pool, deck, balcony and a couple of adjacent private gardens. I am fairly disabled but was easily capable of walking into the village center one afternoon to do some shopping. It was very close by. Many people try to come here for a few weeks or even a whole season if they can manage that. It is extremely restful and if you want to do sports or sightsee, you have all of that you could likely want right nearby. The roads are tiny and twisting, so you have to pay attention. You aren't very connected with the outside world here. It's hard to be online. People still read newspapers and talk. Even regular television, radio and portable phone service may not work for you in a lot of France, which is largely rural. By renting a "self-catering" place and cooking or grilling at home a lot, you do save quite a bit. In Gordes, if you want to dine out or sit at a café, you certainly can, and the fare is fantastic. The locally grown products are so delicious and healthful, however, we were happy to do for ourselves most of the time. We had olive and fig trees in the gardens, and the local products include honey, lavender, herbs, cheeses, terrific wines, fruits, nuts, soaps, olive oil, meats, vegetables, quite a bit of seafood coming from Marseille which is not far away, and there is plenty of wildlife here. If you don't like bugs, lizards or butterflies, however, this place might not be for you! (The bugs were shy but very present among all the stones, caves and grottoes.) We bought a parking permit for the week for ten euros and always found a space in the lot near the gendermarie, about 500 yards from the hut. There was also a point there for RVs and campers to recharge, get water and empty their waste. We experienced some of the "mistral" seasonal winds, which can be destructive. Many people put large rocks on their roofs to keep the tiles from blowing away. I spoke to several local women and they said the weather is usually pretty mild, however. A lady who ran a local shop of regional products had lived in Paris for years and loved Gordes, but she was quick to point out to me that she had been lucky in finding a low-cost residence and the work she set up right away. She also said that people usually do not last long in the region, quickly being lured into paying insane prices for real estate which is unsustainable. We think we saw more luxury automobiles in this village than in anywhere else in France we've ever been!
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MA DESTINEE (Victor Hugo Museum, Paris, France)
 
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Photos and clips are permitted here without flash. copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com The Victor Hugo house and museum is at 6, place des Vosges in the Marais quarter of Paris, France. He rented here for awhile. Shown here is a part of the "Black Rainbows" (my translation) temporary exhibition, which will run through August, 2012. Admission is five euros. There are furnished rooms to visit and a permanent collection, with different temporary shows here. You'll find paintings and other art works by Hugo and assorted artists, sculptures, pamphlets and books, photographs, and different types of objects. The museum is on several floors and the old building is not as accessible as it could be, but most people would enjoy a visit here, I think, especially because this is located in one of the most charming and varied old sections of Paris. Le Marais ("the swamp") is centrally located, there's plenty of public transportation availalbe (such as the 1 métro to "Saint-Paul") and this is one of the few parts of Paris which is still fairly open and lively on Sundays. There are busy streets with shopping, restaurants, museums and parks, as well as quiet streets with wonderful, often very old architecture. If you're not on a budget, there are also some very, very nice hotels and furnished flats for rent in this area. I am available as a private guide and can facilitate your visit, your relocation, or your business activities here, elsewhere in France, and in certain parts of Europe. Place des Vosges has a very pretty park in the center, and famous arcades all around it. The area is known for art galleries, a gay and Jewish presence, music, dining, and many museums, some of which are run by La Ville de Paris and which are always free of charge. The title of this clip refers to one of the last works shown here: a huge wave. "My Destiny." Victor Hugo is known for books such as LES MISERABLES, theatrical pieces, activism, a long exile, his travels, and as you can see here, he was an accomplished artist.
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An Old Convent in Paris Saint-Denis, France
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Kindly have a look at my latest writing in FREAK WAVE (2), available from Eretic.com. Rue Moreau is also Rue des Ursulines in Paris Saint-Denis, France. The nuns were killed and the place made a storehouse in the first French Revolution in the 18th century. There is a good museum in Saint-Denis with plenty from the third French Revolution, La Commune. We are on the border of Paris.
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Apfel Kuchen (Apple Kuchen -- Cake) -- Very Easy!
 
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I used a McCall's cookbook I was given in 1980 for this recipe, show the cover and quickly read off the recipe. I prefer quick breads and batter cakes/tartes. I don't own a mixer, have few gadgets, and it's hard for me to stand up and roll things out and cut them, so I look for recipes I can do mostly sitting down, mixing things calmly with a fork! I did add a few walnuts to the topping but that was just an afterthought. This came out well and my spouse actually took a second helping, which is generally not done in France, and asked me how I did it. That's a rave! To make vanilla sugar, just put ordinary granulated sugar into a jar, add a whole vanilla bean, and tighten the lid. By a few days later, it will be infused with a vanilla flavor. The French like this on their plain yogurts sometimes, and I find vanilla extract costly and don't always have it around. Never throw out the "used" vanilla bean. They will infuse your vanilla sugar for a year or more, then can be used further! Just look in a good old cookbook for what to do with old vanilla beans. No part of the whole vanilla bean should ever be discarded! They can be used up entirely, no waste. This used about nine smallish apples of mixed varieties. They are just "yard apples," and I had to cut away the few bad spots. Organic! This is a good enough dessert for "company" if you arrange the apple slices more prettily than I did and keep the slices more uniform in size, but I didn't bother. I should have also used a pastry brush to glaze the finished cake, but don't own one, so I just spooned the "reines claudes," a kind of green type apricot or plum fruit in preserve form here, over the hot cake and it glazed itself. My cake was too big to get out onto a wire rack even, but it cooled okay and didn't come out mushy. copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com Though meant to be served warm, there was so much cake here (we are a family of two only) I cut the rest into rectangles and wrapped and froze some! They are nice to carry to work, and unwrapped and thawed at room temperature can be enjoyed as is or warmed a little. This cake is not too crumbly or delicate but it was somehow very light. If I can do it, so can you! The glaze is important.
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Easter Mass, Basilica of Saint-Denis (France)
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com CUTECATFAITH is my other YouTube channel, and on Dailymotion, my videos are grouped under "LisaFalour." Standing room only here, a very mixed and vibrant congregation. Sunday services are at 10:00 am, and the excellent Marché de Saint-Denis is just outside. This is the world's first Gothic church and it and the city of Saint-Denis have fascinating histories. Cameras are usually permitted during most of the services, without flash and with discretion. Many babies and young children were Christened (baptisé) here this morning, and we were asked not to take photos then. There are three organs in this former abbey church, but the main pipe organ is rare and really splendid. It was played for this Mass and a secondary organ, a bit less impressive perhaps. The number 13 "blue" métro to the "Saint-Denis Basilique" stop gets you here. So do the 153 and 253 buses. There is a tramway and a commuter train network. Saint-Denis is now a pedestrian city (in its town centre) and there are many good underground parking facilities. Not far from town centre ordinary free street parking is not very hard to find. The city is much more pleasant with traffic restricted. Everyone complained, but it was for the best. A Merovingian cemetery was discovered here during the last major works! Very exciting. Peace be with you.
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"Petite Ceinture" Park in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris, France
 
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If I understood my Parisian spouse correctly, this park is new and was inaugurated only last weekend. The "petite ceinture" (little belt) was a circular train line around Paris built during the Second Empire period of the 19th century. It was used for passengers and freight, and here in the 15th arrondissement served many factories. This park has bike and running/walking alleys, wildflowers and encouragement of local fauna such as birds, toads and beetles, and it closes at night but seemed a safe place to wander during the day, with many access points using excellent elevators as well as ramps and steps for access. I saw children playing far from supervising adults, happily, and saw a stunning variety of architecture. You get unusual views here -- it is generally not possible in Paris to see far into the distance, unobstructed, but you can here. Many locals were in this park carrying food to eat together al fresco, as there are some places to sit. This is surely a tremendous plus for local residents and now visitors to Paris have yet another free thing to see and enjoy. I really recommend this and even if you've been to the city before, this wasn't open yet. It will be extended soon and they are redoing various stretches of this old rail path around the city. At the beginning of this, you see an old train tunnel used for storing maintenance materials, you can see the elevator I used to get down here instead of the steps, and some of the late Summer wildflowers which are already flourishing. There are several points of access to this park so look on new, updated maps for how to get in and out. If you're visiting Paris and are looking for a free place to get some exercise, you might want to try this, as it was very peaceful and the boardwalks and paths were kind of bouncy somehow. Some were wood and some were another thing I didn't really recognize. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
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WALKING IN VERNON (FRANCE)
 
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Digital video recording, comments and any annotations copyright 2014 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Though in the Eure département of France, Vernon is close to borders of both the Yvelines and the Val d'Oise départements. Driving through the region known as the Vexin to the West of Paris (and a bit North as it becomes Normandy) is really beautiful. Vernon is roughly an hour and a half drive from Paris. I'd spent the morning in Giverny to see the famous Monet house, gardens and lily pond, and his family tomb, on my second visit to that village since I moved to France in '94 from the United States, but Vernon was the choice for lunch not only because it's larger than Giverny and has more options, but because it has a beautiful old church and a great deal of very old buildings, near the River Seine. I saw an alarmingly high water mark noted on the church -- just about a hundred years ago, it seemed. (It was up high and hard to read.) Floods do happen. The MIEL D'APICULTEUR means a beekeeper sells honey -- probably from his or her home, as well as in farmers' markets or co-ops there and in the area. It was an interesting, very green daytrip from Paris, ending with a visit to a troglodyte church in Haute-Isle in Val d'Oise. I like the way the half-timbered buildings are now at crazy angles. Sometimes walls tilt or bulge alarmingly. There are still thatched roofs in this region and other regions in France.
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My Nabe -- Paris-Saint-Denis, France -- April 2010 -- My Daily Real Life!
 
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The post offices here are used by people of modest means, usually, to do their banking. Housing projects are shown here, the tobacconist (buraliste) in my "quartier chaud," which means bad nabe, and there is discussion about quality of life issues, in this video. I show various services in my nabe, and I cause quite a stir when I discover that the local bar/gambling place/tobacco shop has changed hands! The new owner kind of told me to stop video'ing, but pretty nicely. Outside, I chatted with one of the bar patrons who'd stepped outside for a smoke, and I said, where are the owners? This was when I found out -- just today, the bar/gambling place/tobaconist in my nabe had changed hands. I asked if the previous owners had retired, and the patron didn't know. I knew they were going to pull out -- I am surprised they stayed as long as they did. Quartier Saint-Rémy is in Saint-Denis, France, and Saint-Denis has a border contiguous with the Paris city limits. We're on the Paris bus and métro lines and all, and we have a tramway and two different commuter train lines here. My street is called rue de Strasbourg because for about 2,000 years or so, this was the road one took when they were going from Saint-Denis (the original capital of France before Paris) to Strasbourg, which was in Germany at the time (or, The Rhineland). There is a river here, but it's underground now. My street is incredibly badly marked/indicated. It's as if you're expected to know, deep down in your DNA, that this is the street you take to get to Strasbourg! Such has been the case for about 2,000 years, so why are clear street signs needed, huh? Drives me nuts when people try to find my apartment, to visit or deliver something. The Post Office shown in the beginning of this clip has been looking like this since the 1950s (I've confirmed this by looking at some old photos). People of modest means use Post Offices here for banking and more. This branch gets robbed a lot. I can't even mail a letter inside -- they're too worried about bombs or whatever. I have to use the mailbox outside, after I buy postage inside! Saint-Denis was a walled city in medieval times. I suggest you bone up on its history. It's fascinating! I show the pharmacy a little -- they are people you can talk to about your most intimate things, and you can save time and money, often, by going to them FIRST, before even seeing your doctor. I show a beggar girl. Her family is living in an abandoned garage behind my building. It's slated for destruction. This has been an incredibly cold winter. I give them coins, transit passes, food vouchers (for prepared food), cigarettes, my coordinates if they need help, and kind words. There are huge new shantytowns right near by. I have a slide show, I think on CUTECATFAITH, my other YouTube channel, with some photos I took INSIDE one the other day. I also put clips and slideshows on Dailymotion under LisaFalour. I moved to France in 1994, because I couldn't get healthcare in the USA (but there were other reasons, too). I have an immune system disorder, possibly from a bad batch of polio vaccine. (All us kids got very, very sick.) I bought the abandoned apartment I live in after five months of homelessness, using all my remaining cash, and even had to pay a bribe to get it! It didn't even have a working toilet. Chasing the drug buyers out of this nabe was interesting, but effective. No one has ever stood up to them here, not the residents! I also stood up to the Trésor Publique, who tried to shake me down some years ago for not paying enough for my apartment! I was the first person in nearly 40 years of the manager's career who said no and questioned authority. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com
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Cool Old Books and Records for Sale in Paris, France
 
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copyright 2011 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com This is near Porte de Brancion in Paris's 15th arrondissement. You can get here on the Tramway 3 and there are lots of bus and métro stops around. Parking is free on Sundays but cars are discouraged in Paris. The market is under roofs in the old meat market. There were slaughterhouses nearby. Now, it is a quite chic residential area. There is a good pastry and bakery shop across Rue de Brancion and my spouse thinks they ship to the US daily via FedEx, which is not very PC. I bought some of their pastry (a "pain aux raisins") for myself and it was the lightest I've ever had, and I bought some "sablés" (like Scotch shortbread) for my spouse, and the prices were actually lower than what I'd expected. Sunday is generally the only day of the week the French eat pastry, which is one of the reasons why they are not generally obese, I guess. My spouse is a bibliophile and feels the prices are high in this market and not very negotiable, but it's fun to look and we did find one book we agreed was rare and worth the 10 euros asked. Most of the books are in French but many languages are on offer by some vendors. The records I looked through were gramophone records, albums and 45s, 3 for 5 euros -- very reasonable. Generally speaking, it is not advisable to visit Europe in July and August as it is expensive, a lot of things are closed for Summer vacation, and little or nothing is air-conditioned -- not even many fancy hotels. There are many markets in and around Paris, each specializing in something and none opened seven days per week, so do your research before you go. My other channel on YouTube is CUTECATFAITH, and on Dailymotion, my videos and slideshows are grouped under "LisaFalour." Please rate, comment, subscribe and share. Thank you!
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WARNING -- ADULT CONTENT -- I WAS FOR SALE Pt. 8
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com www.creationbooksfraud.com I want Amazon.com to answer my letter to them from 2010 and to stop selling "my" book. It is going for 40 to 50 dollars! I never got a penny and only Karl Wenclas, founder of the Underground Literary Alliance, fought to get me 800 USD from Green Candy. (I gave Karl a commission.) If you have any information on the true identity of "James Williamson" and his whereabouts (Bangkok?), please contact Mr. Clarke of the above-mentioned website. Have a look. I continue to seek a legitimate publisher for this book and the parts of the sequel already written. With the photos. I thought I had a solid lead and sold some jewelery to send flowers to and meet with a NY publisher in early 2011, but it did not work out. A waste of money, time and effort. He was weird and evasive. I was nominated for The Pushcart Prize in the early 1990s and have long lost track of all my published writings. And where my artwork is, in various museum permanent collections. These are things for my biographers to sort out. I am mentioned on six pages of MODERN WOMEN by MoMA and have three color plates in it. I am in the first two FREAK WAVE anthologies and the third one is on its way. I made the recommended Summer reading list by The New York Times in 1993. I have chops. This Creation/Velvet/Green Candy mess must be resolved. I've never earned much from my creative activities but to earn NOTHING and to lose control of a work, as what happenend to me with this book, is unspeakable. Creative people, beware! My own complaints against "James Williamson" and Velvet/Creation are true and valid and the other stuff is alleged but I've been hearing from writers for years about horrible experiences with these "people." Caveat emptor.
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TRUE CRIME:  THE DOMINICI AFFAIR
 
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This beautiful cemetery, "classé," is in Forcalquier, France. True crime afficionados, take note. I think this affair, dating from 1952, is only available in French on Wikipedia, but at least three full-length movies have been done on it, one with the late great Jean Gabin. There may even be a spy angle to it all. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH Dailymotion: LisaFalour More of my artwork and writing will appear shortly in the next FREAK WAVE.
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Lovely Things (Paris 7th Arrondissement)
 
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Yes, they're superficial I suppose, but I enjoyed seeing them, and I hope you do, too! Those wreaths at the "floral decorator ..." are just the type of thing I can really be a pushover for. Lovely, lovely, lovely! The métro near here is the 12 line, "Rue du Bac." Paris is generally closed on Sundays, but not entirely. If you visit, try to remember to buy what you need on Saturday. Even many restaurants will be closed on Sundays ... I kind of like it, but it took a bit of getting used to, after about 17 years in New York City! copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com
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UP AND DOWN IN COTIGNAC
 
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This clip was the idea of my spouse. Cotignac is a Medieval village in Provence, France. The village has ancient, even prehistoric vestiges, such as some of the caves, troglodyte buildings and the dramatic cliff which dominates the scenery. The two towers shown briefly on this clip, atop the cliff, were psyops in their time. They didn't actually function, there's no point of entry on one of them at all, and they were just to freak out potential invaders. The car is a rental and is a Peugot 208 and wasn't very large -- but it was really difficult to manipulate it on impossible narrow, steep-graded "streets." We rented a troglodyte house in the cliff for a week here and I must say, this place was really hard for me to be in, as I am disabled. The village has a pleasant atmosphere, however, and there's a wonderful, very large market here on Tuesday mornings. This clip was made in the month of May. There had been a fairly serious drought and people had to be very careful about smoking and having fires of any sort. It did rain a bit the next week, which was really welcome. Digital video recording, comments and annotations copyright 2014 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH
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The First Sunday of Every Month, Many Sites Are Free in France
 
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"Les journées du patrimoine" (heritage days) are the first Sunday of every month in France. This program was begun several years ago and is very popular. It encourages people to get out and see something -- there's no admission charged. The obvious major sites are very crowded on these days, but there's so much "heritage" in France, the country, sadly, cannot even keep up with maintaining it all. (The magnificent, unusual round cathedral in Beauvais is an example -- you enter at your own risk, and this marvel is about to collapse and is shored up inside with wooden structures.) The Château de Sceaux is just South of Paris in a beautiful town, and you can get there by public transportation! (There is a bus -- check the Internet.) It contains Le Musée de l'Ile-de-France, the museum of Greater Paris. I show a lot of porcelain and china in this clip because many towns in and around Paris were and are known for their manufacture. There are also paintings, sculptures, furniture and other objects here. The castle is impressive, but the grounds are amazing. Formal gardens, a canal, lakes, fountains, woods and sweeping views. There's a huge stable museum to visit, I understand (we didn't see it) and an enormous orangerie which opens at 4 pm. We saw people fishing in the canal basin, sailing toy boats, biking, walking their dogs on leashes, picnicking (it's permitted and encouraged, but no fires allowed) and strolling. There seemed to be plenty of bathrooms available, and there is a café you can see at the beginning of this clip. There was also an additional photography show mounted cleverly outdoors. We didn't spend a penny here except to drive there and back. This is a mini-Versailles! I am not a fan of Versailles. It is far from Paris and there is no good public transport connection unless you are smart enough to figure out how to take the public bus from around St-Cloud. It's costly and crowded, and picnicking is strictly forbidden. I'm not saying you shouldn't see it, but you need a full day for the grounds and another for the buildings. I haven't found Versailles to be a welcoming place, either (I worked there for awhile). Just my opinion! I have two channels on YouTube: CUTECATFAITH and SLOBOMOTION. Over on Dailymotion, my videos and slideshows are grouped under "LisaFalour." I try to put up a lot of information about daily life in France. There's so much to see here besides just central Paris, and so many regions which are inexpensive and fascinating.
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The Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France -- Free on a "Heritage Day"
 
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France started doing "heritage days" (journées du patrimoine) some years ago and they are a great idea. The first Sunday of every month, many places which normally charge admission do not cost anything to visit (you do have to check in advance for this, and sometimes part of the place might still charge). We consider in advance what we'd like to see in and around Paris (because that's where we live), bearing in mind that many wonderful things, such as all the museums run by La Ville de Paris are always free anyway, and that things tend to cost way, way more in Paris proper. (If you use public transportation and go just over the border into the near-suburbs, and even some of the father areas, prices are generally much lower to begin with.) At the hugely famous places such as the Louvre museum, so many go you might have to stand in line for hours and there might be a mob inside, so you ought to consider this, also. We like the Quai Branly museum because it's centrally located with plenty of buses and métros to get you there, it's on the River Seine which is always fun to see, and there are always several huge shows running and the permanent collections are excellent. The building is new, different, with live plants growing on one side of its walls, there's a cute and lovely park area around it you can see a bit of here, places to eat, shops, ateliers, a cinema, an auditorium, a bar (I haven't seen that yet, but I understand it's here somewhere), a theatre, etc. It usually offers "primitive" things, as well as much more "conventional" art such as paintings and sculptures. It does cost quite a bit to get in, however, so we went on a "free day." The "Cheveux Chéris" show was still up, about human hair, so we saw that, and also parts of the permanent collections -- some Haitian voodoo modern art really fascinated us. It was very cold on this day, but we just had to get out and see this place again! Children seem to love this place, it's accessible, it's disorienting it is so weird and different, and remember to wear your most comfortable footwear. We always take a small container of water and something neat to nibble discreetly. Photos and video clips are permitted throughout this place, but without flash. copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A., all rights reserved cutecatfaith.com
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Le Marché de Saint-Denis (FRANCE)
 
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Digital video recording, comments and annotations copyright 2014 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. cutecatfaith.com Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: SLOBOMOTION, CUTECATFAITH The Saint-Denis greenmarket, outside Paris (métro: line 13, BASILIQUE) is one of the largest in Europe and dates back to the Dark Ages, when the city was walled to protect from Barbarian invasion. Arguably the first capital of France before Paris, Saint-Denis has a vast greenmarket indoors and outside three mornings per week: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Though not as cheap as the market in nearby Stains, this one is darned good and the vendors do compete fiercely with prices and quality. In most cases, you can meet the families directly who produce the produce and on Tuesdays, which are much quieter, ask some questions. I'd been to Mass in the Basilica so was here during an impossibly busy time, but I still had fun buying raw milk and pheasants. There's a lot more than just food in the market. If you need tools, utensils, fabrics, notions, an upholsterer or clothing and supplies, you will likely find them here. Eat something before you visit -- the place can bring on vertigo. I recommend a visit here if you're visiting Paris. Carry something to carry away your treasures in, whether it's ready-made food for picnics on your trip, or nice gifts to take back (in the adjacent commercial center, right by one of the market's edges, someone sells sacks, caddies, suitcases and various types of bags at remarkably low prices -- they've been there for years and years). Most of the stores in the city stay open on Sundays, too, at least in the morning. (Mondays are generally closed in Saint-Denis.) Since Sunday is the "closed" day in Paris, you might want to see a Mass at 10 am in the basilica, then explore the market before going for a long Sunday lunch -- a tradition in France. There are some elegant restaurants in Saint-Denis (I can think of one by the Basilica, LES METS DU ROY) and generally, almost everything here is half the price of Paris. I passed one of five or six fishmongers in this market and was wandering around looking for pheasant. (I did find some and ended up with three for five euros.) I had my own container so got raw milk (50 eurocents for half a liter and I'd brought my own container, which was necessary). After 20 years in France I still find understanding the vendors in the hubbub difficult so I just kind of stumble through it. Their rapid-fire, slangy Parisian French at full shout range often baffles me. I just try to keep my stuff together and pay attention, keep a sense of humor. I am pointing the camera down a lot because people don't appreciate being video'd. The grungy, huge market in Stains which is even cheaper is even more unfit to video -- I can try in the future, but I have to be careful. I don't want an altercation, which would very likely just be verbal, but I'd rather avoid that. My spouse is tired of Saint-Denis (over 80 languages are spoken here daily) but unhappily admits his native Paris, which has lower taxes (!) and better services (and not all of Paris is lovely and tidy, mind you, nor "good/safe"), could not compete with the food prices we get in these parts. That counts for quite a bit.
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Prints and Books for Sale Along the River Seine (Paris, France)
 
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copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com This was video'd near Notre Dame in Paris. Along the Seine, on the Southern bank (Left Bank) there are many "bouqinistes," or booksellers. In addition to souvenirs for tourists, most sell quality prints and books, new and old. There are many places in and around Paris to buy this sort of thing, but you can't go far wrong enjoying a Sunday stroll looking at what they have to offer. When something really interests me, I ask if I can pick it up. (That's just polite, I think.) This entire area of Paris is so charming and so full of things to see and do, it can be quite overwhelming! If you want to engage me as a private guide, that's possible. I have quite a few clips up on YouTube and Dailymotion (under "LisaFalour") which show some similar book buying opportunities. Not all of these places are open seven days a week, they are not all in the same place, and I know some real "treasure troves" I can show you! There are lots of bookstores in Paris, and one, called MONA LISAIT, which has several stores, features remaindered new books. They are in many languages and you can get some terrific things there! If you really want antique prints, old original art or rare book editions, again, I can help you with that, also. Remember, however, this is a cash society -- have your euros ready! If you hit the jackpot, I can help you ship your purchases properly away, packed, registered and insured.
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The Death of TV and Other Considerations (François Curlet)
 
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Artist François Curlet's retrospective, FUGU, as part of the SOLEIL FROID group of shows of modern and contemporary art at Le Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France got me going with a laugh when I saw a tombstone made to resemble an old-style television set. Videos and photos are permitted in this place. Digital video recording, comments and annotations copyright Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved Dailymotion: LisaFalour YouTube: CUTECATFAITH, SLOBOMOTION cutecatfaith.com Some of my art and writing from recent times appear in the FREAK WAVE series of books. An essay and some color plates about some of my creative output over the decades is in MODERN WOMEN, published in 2010 by The Museum of Modern Art in New York. (I'm Lisa Baumgardner there, my maiden name.) Radio presence in 2013 has been on Radio France in Paris for FRANCE CULTURE, in the "Mauvais Genres" series, with journalist Céline du Chené. I might do something with her there this Summer if the project is approved. (A sample clip is up on Dailymotion.) (All their broadcasts are archived and online.) Thank you for watching, and your comments and video responses are very welcome here.
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