Posts Tagged ‘fall’

La Parisienne, 4 mile run in Paris

September 13th, 2014

The Paris marathon too much for you?  But you still want to do a running competition in the most beautiful city in the world?  Consider La Parisienne for next year (it’s ‘complet’ for tomorrow’s event, Sunday September 14).  6,7 kilometers along and across the Seine between Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower, the views will be spectacular!  Sorry gents, this one is for ladies only.  Clearly noted in the title – it’s la parisienne (not le).   The route


Military Bands and Cannons at Les Invalides

December 7th, 2013

In Paris with kids today and tomorrow?  The Musée de l’Armée has programmed cannon firings and military bands at Les Invalides this weekend, December 7 and 8  to celebrate ‘la Sainte-Barbe’ (Saint Barbara for anglophones), patron saint of artillery from a story that goes back to 235 A,.  Free to all.  The program is as follows (the same on both Saturday and Sunday): About 2:30 pm:   military band along the north wall About 3:00:         entry into the Court of Honor


Paris Photo 2013 Grand Palais

November 14th, 2013

Paris Photo, a major photo exhibit/fair of old and contemporary photographs and photo books is on at the Grand Palais this weekend.  It runs through Sunday, the 17th, open from 12:30 – 8:00 (7:00 on Sunday).  On the program (full program is available here), in addition to the exhibits, are book signings and awards.  Click here  for the main site.  Tickets are 28 euros, the catalog 25 (entry plus catalog for 45).  Oh, and of course they have an app! And the plus for this


Salon du chocolat – Paris 2013

October 28th, 2013

Chocolate lovers rejoice!  The annual Salon du Chocolat will open its doors in Paris from October 30 – November 3 at the Porte de Versailles exposition center in pavilion 5.  Open from 10 – 7 daily, activities include tastings (of course!), demonstrations (chocolate and pastries), displays, a bookstore and more, all chocolate-related!  Chocolate in all its forms – bars, candy, pralines, pastries, fountains, breads, unprocessed, even dresses made from chocolate!    The 2013 expo has almost doubled in size to more than 200,000 square feet


FIAC 2013 Paris – International Contemporary Art Fair

October 24th, 2013

FIAC Paris, the international contemporary art fair.  At the Grand Palais and sites around the city from October 24 – 27.  For the main site, the Grand Palais, you need tickets (35 euros) – but the Nef of the Grand Palais is worth a visit in its own right!  The outdoor sites (Place Vendôme, Jardins des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes and the Berges de Seine) are free.  To buy tickets online click here.  For more information click here.  For an iPhone application click here.  Then


Photoquai 2013

October 21st, 2013

Photoquai, the bi-annual photo exhibit curated by the Muséee Quai Branly (dedicated to indigenous arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and the Americas), is installed along the Seine between the Iéna and Alma bridges.  Yes, it’s outdoors so best to choose a time to go when it’s not raining!  But being outside means there’s plenty of space even when it’s crowded.  It’s very well curated – within the overall theme “Look at me!” there are several different themes you can follow and


Fête des vendanges – in Paris?

October 10th, 2013

Yes, there is a small vineyard in Paris (on the back side of Montmartre with gamay and pinot noir grapes that produce about 1000 bottles a year).  This year marks the  80th edition!  Running from October 9 until this Sunday, October 13th, there are many events including a parade this Saturday (with Mayor Delanoë in attendance), the 12th, starting at 3PM from the Mairie du 18e, place Jules Joffrin, and ending at the Place Saint Pierre, at the foot of Sacré Coeur.  Have a glass


Nuit Blanche 2013 – a great success!

October 8th, 2013

The 12th edition of Nuit Blanche Paris was a great success!  According to the city 2 million people took part (the weather was mild and it didn’t rain which certainly helped!).  Starting at 7 pm I managed to take in 7 events before heading home about 1 am.  Some events had really long lines but there were plenty of venues where that wasn’t the case.  There were more options than one could possibly sample.  To add to the list many galleries were open late and


Nuit blanche Paris 2013

October 3rd, 2013

Nuit blanche Paris – this Saturday, October 5.  Festivities start around 6 pm until well – how much stamina do you have ?  Art installations, video installations, concerts, both indoors and out, art galleries open late, this year focusing on 3 neighborhoods – Marais/République, Belleville/Ménilmontant and along the Canal Saint-Martin + along the Seine.  It’s always great fun and, to make things easier, metro lines 1 and 5 will run all night and will be free between 1:30 and 5:30 a.m.  And the weather forecast


Fall Garden Festival Paris

September 19th, 2013

The Fête des Jardins 2013, this weekend in Paris (September 21 and 22).  Several small hidden gardens, not usually open to the public, are on the program (e.g the garden of the Institut Catholique in the 6th) in addition to many of the community gardens scattered around the city.  Many parks have programmed special events – concerts are planned in several parks (e.g. Parc Montsouris at 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday) as well as special activities for kids and demonstrations related to various horticultural

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