Lagny sur Marne, p. 64 and p. 69
The Atelier St Père restaurant has changed owners and is now known as Le Gorille restaurant and brasserie. Same address and tel no, website www.le-gorille.fr, open daily to 11 pm. The menu includes burgers and the decor is as horrible as ever, but appearances may be misleading, as they were with the St Père. The prices are about the same and it appears to be popular. Friendly staff.
But I would be more inclined to try a new small Portuguese restaurant and takeaway, Aux Bonnes Grillades, a few steps further away at 20 Rue du Chemin de Fer, tel 01 60 07 66 82, open noon to 2 pm every day except Tuesday. It was packed at 1 pm with no prospect of a table, so I haven’t tried this one either. It specialises in traditional Portuguese dishes such as grilled octopus at 19.90€, chicken 8€, belly pork 7€, pork ribs 9€, squid, prawn, chorizo or beef kebabs at around 20€. The customers looked very happy and the food smelt delicious.
Parc de Bagatelle, p. 121
The ‘Pont de Neuilly’ bus stop for the 43 and 93 has moved to the other side of the main road.
Take ‘Sortie Avenue de Madrid’ from the Pont de Neuilly métro. The Avenue de Madrid is opposite the fountain in the middle of the road, with the Crédit Lyonnais bank on the corner. The ‘Pont de Neuilly’ bus stop for the 43 to Neuilly Bagatelle and the 93 to Suresnes is a few steps after the bank, on the same side of the road. Take either bus and get off four stops later at ‘Place de Bagatelle’.
The Casino supermarket on the other side of the road when you get off the bus is now a Franprix.
Marly le Roi, p. 142
Continue for some way until you come to the third turning on the left, Rue de la Grande Fontaine, and follow it to the right through the tunnel under the railway line.
pp. 142-143 Chemin de la Machine
A reader reports that access to the D113 at the end of this footpath was blocked in October 2019 because of building work. He managed to squeeze through the gates at the bottom of the hill and says there was no warning sign about this at the start of the path. I visited again in July 2020 and was warned by the tourist office that the footpath is still illegally blocked and that they haven’t been able to get it reopened, despite numerous attempts. I checked for myself and this is the case, although there is now an amateurish-looking notice at the top of the path warning that the path is blocked at the Bougival end. It is now almost impossible to get through the fence although we did manage it, to be confronted by another fence just before the road. We eventually found a way round this too but I would not recommend it.
p. 147, Restaurants
Le Village Grec has moved and is now in Marly le Roi near the church at 1 bis, rue Guillaume Coustou, 78160 Marly le Roi, tel 01 39 69 04 32. I visited in July 2020 and was disappointed that there is now no outside seating. I was also not impressed by the main dishes. But retsina is still sold by the glass and the fried courgette starter and the feta were delicious.
‘La Pause Café’ at Louveciennes station offers plats du jour on weekdays (updated by a reader).
Types of ticket, Carte Mobilis, p. 153
Another option is to buy the Carte Mobilis, a one-day ticket allowing unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in the selected zones, except Orlyval. No photograph is needed and you can buy the ticket in advance. You validate it by writing your name and the date on which you travel on the ticket.