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Let the supermarket wars continue - Paris Franprix

If you are travelling to Paris you may be interested to know that all the supermarkets appear to be going thru some kind of transition. No longer happy to just sell you grocery items now they want to tempt you with free phone re-charging, eating areas, gourmet coffee & even a place to pump up your bicycle tyres Auchan has been going on a rampage updating everything in their supermarkets & now Franprix is also following suit.The new store that is leading the way is in the 11eme on the Rue de Montreuil So let me just copy & paste here. I could re-write all this but what’s the point when I could be working on updating Antibes!   “The brand wanted to focus on catering, ultra-fresh, the best to eat ... with a new living space offering hot snacking (pizza, croque-monsieur, chorizo ​​bread, quiches), a Dessert bar (cookies, brownies, buns ...), a salad bar and many more, to eat on the spot or take away. Another novelty: the French plate which offers every day a gourmet and balanced…
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What is happening in Juan les Pins now & what is happening next year

Ok, let me try & make sense of this document for you. I have done my best with the extremely dry nature of an official document and have only included the main points I think you may be interested in.  1. The beach/restaurants of the Juan les Pins area are/were the first to be demolished. The area they were in,are to remain public for season 2018. Work will commence in winter for the mix of removable & permanent fixtures 2. Concern is for narrow nature of the beach therefore the beach area is having some works done to ensure no further degradation of the beach & costal / ocean area,ie widening the beach, like they are in Cannes 3. Restaurants on the beach ( in the future) will need to be informed prior to storms etc , so they can pull down their fixtures ( they should be able to fold away).This is to minimize damage to the beach & themselves   4. I won’t bore you, but general waste management will be improved so there is no danger of accidents in the future & the pier/…

Let the games commence - private beach/restaurant closures

As you may or may not be aware, the French government is fulfilling its promise of reclaiming the beaches and removing permanent beach club fixtures viewed as detrimental to the environment. Basically, this means the beaches must be 20% privately controlled while the rest must be for the public domain. Therefore, private beaches/restaurants that have been in situ for years will have to be demolished. At this stage, the majority of demolitions have been in Juans les Pins ( Lucky Beach,Lido Plage,Plage des iles,Jazz Plage,Esterel Plage,Star Plage,Epi Plage,Trident Plage,Le Petite Plage & La Voile Blanche. Five new completely demountable beach club/beach/restaurant should be ready for 2019) with Plage Keller on Plage de la Garoupe in Antibes also being targeted for demolition in the future.
In St Tropez, the owners of the clubs in Ramatuelle have been involved in confidential discussions with the Mairie (townhall) regarding exemptions to the law and the right to stay in place. The na…

Rome,I beg you please , just leave the toilets open.....

.....for at least 3 months before you close them again


For those of you that are new to the off again & on again dramas that are the public toilets in Rome , let me just say, I seem to be spending all my days checking to see what is happening in that fair city.  I won’t bore you with what has previously happened, suffice to say that only seven of the loos that had been closed, re-opened, closed again & now re-opened again have re-opened, These loos are  located at the Colosseum ,Salita del Pincio,Castel Sant’Angelo,Piazza Risorgimento , Via di Ripetta & Piazza Garibaldi.Also the toilets at the Basilica San Paolo ( although not listed in our directory, too far out) have also re-opened. Suffice to say all these toilets have been recently renovated, are normally attended, will cost you E 1.00 ( enter via the turnstile) & have disabled facilities where possible.Some do have baby changing facilities, which are very few and far between in Rome The others near the Vatican (Piaz…

Welcome to the brave new world of virtual policing….

As of Jan 2018 Sa'tone, Saleya and La Madeleine police stations will be open to the public for just 1 ½ days per week*. Why did they reduce the hours I hear you ask….well, they have been reduced to increase policing on the streets from 35 patrols to roughly 50 patrols These new changes will also go hand in hand with the new app that is in a trial period at the moment "reporty” In the future those of you who wish to report a major incident that is happening where you are, will be able to do it via “reporty”, obviously you will have to have download the app first. The app was developed in Israel, where security is a priority, & it is sadly now being implemented in Nice. The app will allow the police/security agents to not only see you, but to know your exact location to send out the local police, gendarmerie, ambulance whatever emergency service is needed  Now I am not going to get into the argument about how good or bad it is I will leave it to the locals https://www.faceboo…

Franprix Noé : Not just for hipsters & bobo’s

I will try to be as succinct as humanly possible trying to explain this new concept in grocery shopping.So here we go in point form: Anti waste Fair trade Sustainability 65% of the grocery items are organic 100% of fruit & vegetables are organic They stock 50 or so different brands of vegan products You are able to purchase olive oil, wine ,some spirits, grains & legumes in bulk ( they have contains in store to purchase for re-use) Pressed fresh juice is available Fresh salad bar & yoghurt bar Franprix markets the eggs of Poulehouse, which works for animal welfare (hens not killed, beaks not removed ...). They are sold for the first time in bulk, at one euro per unit. Some stores will have fresh seafood available in bulk Cleaning & cosmetics are also available