I love this restaurant. They serve real Japanese dishes. Good ingredients and good chefs. My favorite is Fried Chicken with special sauce. It’s called “Tatsuta-age” in Japanese. So delicious! You should try their authentic Japanese cuisine!
Le Cap Séguin (French)
Homepage 27, quai le Gallo, Boulogne-Billancourt TEL 01 46 05 06 07
Located by the Seine, this restaurant offers you a nice view as well as wonderful dishes. Especially for dinner, it is very romantic. And of course, it is better to make a reservation. They sometimes take a big group for a party, too. So to be on the safe side, make sure if you can find a table.
On the second floor In Grande Epicerie. Enjoy lunch after shopping. No reservation taken, so crowded at lunch time.
Chamarre Montmartre（ French）
52 RUE LAMARCK 75018 PARIS MONTMARTRE Tel : 01 42 55 05 42 Homepage
Reasonable and good service. Convenient for people visiting Montmartre. A famous chef from Mauritius. Good fish dishes.
Le Souffle （ French）
36, rue du Mont-Thabor — 75001 Paris
TEL: 01 42 60 27 19
Near Metro Concorde. Le souffle, as the name shows, specializes in soufflé. You can taste a variety of soufflé dishes, from an appetizer, entree to a sweet dessert. Of course, they serve traditional French cuisine, too. Nice atmosphere and a good reputation.
Parc de Saint-Cloud is located in the southwest of Paris. It’s in the suburbs. Away from the center of Paris, people are enjoying the nature there. Picnic, reading, jogging, cycling, whatever you want.
How to Get There：
Take Metro 9 and ride it to the terminal, Pont de Sevres. From there you can walk to the park. It’s about five minutes. Take the bridge, and you will see Musee National de Ceramique. The park entrance is just past the museum. Tram 2 also stops at Musee de Sevres.
When it’s sunny there are many people in this park.
But different from the parks inside Paris,
here, there is enough space for everyone.
It’s a huge wood.
The park covers 460 hm. and has been protected as a nature reserve. It’s considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, and in 2005 the park was awarded Remarkable Gardens of France. Many trees in Parc de Saint-Cloud were once heavily damaged when a big storm struck Paris in 1999, but a lot of restoration efforts were given and still the park is receiving much care. It is really beautiful.
There are several remarkable gardens. One is a French style by Le Notre, one is an English, and one is called the garden of Marie Antoinette.
History of Parc de Saint-Cloud:
a model of Saint-Cloud Castle
Parc de Saint-Cloud was built on the site of Château de Saint-Cloud (or Saint-Cloud Castle). This castle was used as a residence for the Royal family and the Imperial family of the 16th century, and in 1785 LouisXVI purchased this castle for Marie Antoinette, who believed that the air in Saint-Cloud was good for her children. Then Napoleon declared war on the Prussian, and this led to occupation by a Prussian force. Paris was attacked from there. On October 13, 1870, the castle was burnt out because of the counter-fire from the French and completely razed in 1892. At the present time, only a few outbuildings remain.
In spring colorful flowers welcome you.
Panoramic view from the hill.
The Eiffel Tower in the distance.
In April a variety of tulips at their best.
Refresh yourself in nature.
It’s not hours away from Paris.
Cassis is the town situated in the east of Marseille. It’s a small port town, but always lively with many visitors. Around the port are the typical Provençal houses and colorful cafés. These buildings stand in the limited space with a lot of slopes, and this makes it a little difficult for drivers to reach the port.
The coastline between Marseille and Cassis is also very unique geographically. Several inlets called Calanques lie in the area, and they provide vacationers with excellent locations to enjoy calmness. Some cliffs are more than 300m high. Some people sunbathe on the beach, some enjoy boating, and some others enjoy rock-climbing. Everyone comes here to benefit from the nature of the Mediterranean Sea.
The proverb says, “even if you have seen Paris, you can’t tell anything until you see Cassis.” It’s worth visiting once.
a small port town
with colorful houses
and the blue of the sea
cafés and souvenir shops
a parade with traditional music
boats lined side by side
enjoy quiet time
blue sky and blue sea
the magnificent view is indeed astonishing
feel the air of the Mediterranean Sea
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And, don’t forget to enjoy the taste of the Mediterranean Sea!
La Presqu’ile serves you one of the best bouillabaisse in Provence.
Route des Calanques 13 260 CASSIS — Tel : 04 42 01 03 77 Home Page
This restaurant also has a beach right in front of the terrace.
The building showing out of the trees is the restaurant,
and there are people enjoying swimming below the building.
La Presqu’ile Bouillabaisse (left)
plenty of soup and fish
Provençal mayonnaise which comes with the dish is also a must-try.
Put some on the bread and dip it in the soup!
Have you ever heard Cassis wine?
It’s also my favorite.
Fresh white wine under the sun!!!
Why not !?
Enjoy your vacation.
The first human beings appeared in this area 6,000 B.C. and in the 10th century this castle was built. Pons le Jeune is one of the well-known members of Les-Baux family. His name is seen in the family documents from 934 to 981. The last member, Alix died in this castle in 1462. The history concerning this castle is very long, and many events took place between the 10th century and 15th century. Many wars, revolts and so on. However when it comes to the 16th-century Les-Baux began to enjoy its prosperity. This is the time when many architectures were made up, but unfortunately very few decorations and paintings remain.
In 1632 the castle was destroyed because of the trouble which was caused by a traitor. So the present deserted appearance will remind you how sad it was. The Sights of Les-Baux
First of all, the vast image of this area will astonish you. It’s located in the north-west of Marseilles. On top of the hill is the castle. There are many small hills around here, which are called Alpilles. It’s the beginning of the Alps. You can also look down over the sea in a distance. And what I didn’t like was there was a strong wind blowing down from the Alps. They call this gale Mistral. And it was a little cold too.
You can have access to the hill by car, but the road doesn’t go up to the top. You have to park your car and climb up on foot. There are small souvenir shops at the foot of the hill and many old buildings. And those buildings will remind you of the old times. When you arrive the entrance, you pay and go into the small museum, where you can learn about the history of this area. After collecting some information, you go outside again and find some monuments. There is a huge catapult on exhibition. It’s really big. I felt very scared, imagining that people used this at this high place. When you go on further, you will find the ruined castle. It’s hard to believe that people really lived in such a place. And there are steps which lead to the top of the stone building. It’s very scary because there’s more wind on top, so I couldn’t enjoy the view. If you are not afraid of heights, I’m sure you will have a wonderful view from there.
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Also this area has many nice restaurants and hotels. My recommendation is La Petite France (55, avenue de la Vallee des Baux-13520 LE PARADOU TEL ０４ ９０ 54 41 91). It stands in a small village and has a nice atmosphere. The waitress was very friendly, and when I visited this restaurant one Japanese chef was studying their cuisine, and the waitress let me in the kitchen. The Japanese chef told me that many people come to eat taking lots of time by car.
In 2009, I had another chance to visit Les Baux, and this time I visited a different restaurant “Ou Ravi Prouvençau”.
Ou Ravi Prouvençau 34 av Vallée des Baux – 13520 Maussane les Alpilles
Tél. 04 90 54 31 11 I Fax. 04 90 54 41 03
サイト Ou Ravi Prouvençau
In summer, in the pretty garden,
in winter, in the charming salon.
You can enjoy traditional Provençal food all year.
My recommendation is pieds et paquets Marseillais (photo on the left).
Goat cheese with olive oil and herbs is excellent too!! ( photo on the right)
This restaurant was introduced in Figaro Japan.
For your information, there is another spot to visit in the neighborhood. Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille olive oil factory.
You can find fresh olive oil!!!