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Restaurants in Boulogne

Boulogne is a neighboring city of Paris (south-west of Paris).

SHIKI (Traditional Japanese cuisine)

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53 rue Gallieni 92100 Boulogne Billancourt
01 47 61 94 22

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)

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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.

Restaurants in Paris

Le Café de la Grande Epicerie( French)

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Saumon, aneth sur lit de celeris

Cabillaux, boulgour et autres légumes avec un napage de sauce aux coquillages.
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38 rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris

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

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.

Le Calife (French cuisine)


Boat restaurant. Nice view and food!

PRUNIER (French cuisine)

16, Av.Victore Hugo Paris 16

Good Seafood. Specializing in salmon cuisine. Beautiful interior decoration. Menu 59 €

Mathusalem (French cuisine)

5 bis boulevard Exelmans 75016 Paris
Tel : 01 42 88 10 73

16 the district in Paris, Metro Exelmans. Friendly service. Menu €22~. Check their weekly menu on their homepage. Sat and Sun closed.

Le Machon d’Henri (Lyon cuisine)

8, rue Guisarde -, 75,006 Paris
TEL: 01 43 29 08 70

Metro Mabillon. Good reputation among local people. Chef’s specialty is the lamb cooked for 7 hours.
Another speciality I tired is “Saucisson chaud comme a Lyon(€12)”


1, rue de l’Assomption — 75016 Paris
TEL: 01 45 27 09 02

A reputable sushi shop in the 16 district of Paris.The nearest Metro Station is Ranelagh on Line 9. Behind Radio France.

ZEN (Japanese cuisine)

8, rue de l’Echelle, 75001 Paris
TEL: 01 42 61 93 99

Of many Japanese restaurants situated in Opera, I highly recommend this restaurant. A variety of Japanese traditional dishes.

Nakagawa (Japanese cuisine)

9, rue lassus Paris 19

A Japanese restaurant “run by a Japanese”. That means you can taste real Japanese food. My husband’s favorite is “assortment of Moriawase”.

BEBKEY (Japanese cuisine)

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TEL:01 40 58 20 00

15th district in Paris, Metro 10 Charles Michels. A nice view with the Seine. Menu €60~. Japanese Teppan-yaki is their specialty.

DINO (Italian cuisine)

8, Chaussee de La Muette — 75016 Paris
TEL: 01 42 88 50 05

Metro Line 9 La Muette. A stylish Italian restaurant. Their special Ravioli is a must-try!

LIVIO (Italian cuisine)

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6 Rue de Longshamp 92 200 NEUILLY/SEINE
(Metro : Line 1 Pont de Neuilly)

In the suburbs of Paris. The entrance is very small, but the interior is gorgeous. Reasonable and delicious.

IANNELLO (Italian cuisine)


17 Boulevard Exelmans 75016 Paris
TEL 01 46 47 80 08

Very chic and friendly. Appetizer, Antipasto Calabrese 15 €, Entree, Tagliatelle Alla Boscaiola 13 €), Rigatoni 4 Fromages 12 €, Dessert, Panna Cotta 8 €. Better to make a reservation.

Bistro Romain (Italian cuisine)


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All-you-can-eat. €15 for Carpaccio (beef and salmon). Chain restaurant, so check the addresses at their homepage.

Chez Ly (Chinese cuisine).

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Tel 01 55 62 33 88

This is our favorite Chinese restaurant.
They have a variety of dishes, but I always take the same things…
Rouleau de printemps (aux crevettes), and Poulet au curry!

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And, for dessert, Perle de coco!

Han Lim (Korean cuisine)

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6 r Blainville PARIS — 75005 Paris
TEL: 01 43 54 62 74

Metro line 10 Cardinal Lemoine. Their specialty is fried chicken with garlic and green onion.

Thabthim  Siam

28 rue de Moscou 75008 Paris
Tel 01 43 87 62 56

A small Thai restaurant on the quiet street. My recommendation, shrimp red curry!  Don’t miss yogurt with lychee for dessert!  Good service and comfortable atmosphere.

Parc de Saint-Cloud

Parc de Saint-Cloud :

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.

Parc de Saint-Cloud (the park map is given)

reference: Wikipedia

Cassis and Calanques

Cassis ・Calanques

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.

Profitez-en !


History of Les-Baux-De-Provence

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

Nice atmosphere.
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!!!

Chateau des Baux

13520 Les-Baux-de- Provence
tel : 04 90 54 55 56
fax: 04 90 54 55 00

Open hours
Summer 9:00-8:30 pm
Spring and Fall 9:00-6:30 pm
Winter 9:00-5 pm

25km from Avignon、15kmfrom Arles
Airports : Niem 、Marseilles 、Avignon
TGV : Aix-en-Provence 、Avignon