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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sabbah & Selim Orientale-Paris

Sabbah & Selim Orientale
Alimentation Generale

Sabbah(Sabah)& Selim Orientale are both well known specialist grocery stores in Paris. They are well stocked, have reasonable prices & are great value.Products come from Nth Africa,Lebanon, Turkey,Greece,Tunisia,Israel.........

Stock includes pistachios,olive oils,cous cous,drinks,breads,sweets, truly the list is endless

These stores are normally packed with a quick turn around of grocery items.Which basically means...its fresh! It is hard to pin down hours,they are flexible,but as a rule of thumb Mon-Sat & Sun mornings.Always double check week end hours to avoid disappointment  & remember some stores will close for Islamic & Jewish holidays 

Locations across Paris 

19 arr                                                                     

PS: They stock both Halal & Kosher products



NB: The"Orientale" area is roughly Turkey to Iraq,Jordan across to Egypt.All rules are of course meant to be broken,so expect to see some Nth African & Israeli products in store.It really depends upon the local population


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Green Boat-Ste Maxime-St Tropez

Bateau Verts
Ste Maxime-St Tropez


Good news if you are heading to either Sainte Maxime or Saint Tropez this summer. Between July & August the Bateau Verts (Green Boats) will be running 24/7
Image result for bateaux verts st tropez

Anyone who has endured the interminable drive into & out of St Tropez in the height of the season will appreciate this service.
It is also part of a road safety campaign to keep the roads safe from drink drivers!

If you are travelling on to Plage de Pampelone you can book a TukTuk thru  sainttropeztourismeLocated in Golfe de Saint-Tropez these TukTuks seat 6 and make it the perfect option to get in & out quickly & dont want to catch a bus. Ore-books essential
Tél. : +33 (0)6 41 760 760
Mail : tuktuk.saint.tropez@gmail.com

Image result for varlib bus

If you are more laid back & have good luck with public transport (unlike me) then take the bus

Get on to the 7705
Cost: Single E 3.00
      Return E 5.00
Book of 10 tickets E21.00
Tickets can be purchased at the bus terminal or on board
see "Tarification" for further details

Bus Timetable

Use where it says "Ligne-Line"

NB: Vers = To

So either vers/to Ramatuelle ie Plage de Pampelonne

or coming back
vers/to St Tropez

From here you can check the timetable
Basically March-April weekends only
May- Oct everyday


Check under Visiter

Les horaires des bus Varib
Pdf is changed yearly 

Map of St Tropez Beaches & other info

A shout out thank you to http://www.sttropezholidays.com/ for the heads up about the new boat hours

Gondolas for the Disabled Traveller

Gondolas for the Disabled Traveler
1st March 2015

What seems to be impossible has been made possible.If you are disabled you will soon be able to enjoy a ride around Venice in a Gondola.Scheduled to start in July 2015,the non profit organisation 
http://www.gondolas4all.com/ will start operating from the Piazzale Roma,in between The Papadopoli Bridge & Tre Bridge.
The new jetty has been made of recycled plastic & is able to move up & down with the tide. The person in the wheelchair will be assisted by specially trained operators. The new Gondolas will be specially fitted out for your total security and you will be happy to note that there will be no direct contact & manipulation between you & the operator
(Virtual Picture)
This idea was the brainchild of Alessandro Dalla Pieta ,Enrico Greifenberg & the  gondoliers association.All the money raised has come from charitable donations & crowd sourcing funded the specially designed Indiegogo platform 
To access this service you will need to join, Registration & Contact  The initial fee is E 20.00,the cost of a ride. From here you can select your day,time & the path you would like to go.You will receive an email confirmation & cancellation must be 24 hrs before departure.
The website at the moment is all in Italian,but the Google translation reads fairly clearly.( Bing reads strangely) I am sure there will be teething problems to start with,but what a revelation
A. ( As usual my sister will re-edit to fix my appalling grammar & spelling!!)

Inspector Rex,the Trains & You

Inspector Rex,the Trains & You
1st March 2015

 (foto: ANSA)

As of the 25th Feb 2015,Canine units will be working the most busiest & crime riddled stations in Romes underground network.The dogs & their handlers will start at the Colosseo, Spagna, and Termini stations,and in the following months they will be also be deployed to the Flaminio, Ottaviano, and Piramide stations

The dogs & their handlers will be working in 10 hr shifts.The dogs are all highly trained & will not bite you if your 10 yr old wants to pat them.

ANSA link

A.( To be re-edited by Jess,my grammar is appalling)

Rome Termini Pick Pockets

So where are the Police?
Feb 2015

I read an interesting article in Corriere last night about the return(did they ever go) of pick pockets.These pick pockets are new an improved.Groups of about 8-10 young girls,all well dressed and all well versed in removing your wallet.

The usual tricks abound,crowding around you,cardboard pressed up against you and the best trick of all no police to be found.It seems that Milan,Copenhagen & Stockholm have a large police presence so they have moved further afield to Rome.

The young girls are normally there at 7.00am and the older adults generally arrive later in the day

The best advice...do not stop for anyone.Know exactly where you need to go once you have arrived at the station.Walk straight to that point,do not get flustered and a few  "vattene "get lost,"lasciami in pace" leave me in peace (lasciami-pronunced  lar-she-ar-may)

Do not go to an ATM.Do not stop and argue about where to go & what to do next.Do not even go to the toilet.Come back at a later time to get a mobile phone or some groceries.It will be worth the hassle..no one wants to start their holiday to Rome in the Police Station

link to termini police info

Emergency Number : 112  operators speak English plus other languages

Roma Termini Police (Polizia Ferroviaria)  Opposite Platform 13
Tel: 06 46203401

A. (to be redited by J for all my grammatical errors!)

Heavy Security in Rome

Heavy Security in Rome
Feb 2015

Well those of us that can remember our history(thanks Tom Holland)the last Saracen raid was in 846 when the Muslim pirates sacked Rome..apparently ISIS they would like to do this again a thousand years later.So do not be surprised to see heavily armed police officers wearing body armour at all your favourite sites. There are an extra three thousand officers in the city.Not only are they patrolling monuments they are also patrolling around embassies. The obvious target is the US on the Via Veneto,so expect lengthy delays if you need to attend their offices 

The only benefit of all these heavily armed dudes...no gypsies,no pick pockets & no phony gladiators harassing you to take a picture.I can't imagine they will be happy about the situation

A. (All my awful grammar will be fixed by Jess)   
Corriere Roma Story

Sunday Shopping in Paris

Sunday & Week-end Shopping in Paris

As of Sat 14th Feb,the " Macron " law was passed,which basically means that in designated tourist areas of Paris,Nice & Cannes,stores will be able to trade on a Sunday & late into the weekends.

Now,do no get to excited at the thought of all that extra shopping..they are only allowed to open a maximum of 12 Sundays per year,so ostensibly that will be say Jun-Aug.The days the store opens will be at the discretion of the owner,So always check to make sure the store is open!As you can imagine in France the workers have been protected in regards to getting to & from work,child minding etc

How do I feel about this..well I remember running up to Galeries Lafayette on a Sunday to make a quick purchase in the foodhall...disappointment soon turned into joy.We spent the day in the Louvre.

Alice (bad grammar is all mine,Jess will recorrect my insane sentence structures :) )

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