Posts Tagged ‘free’

Street Art in Paris

January 25th, 2016

Well, this time it’s more like stairway art!  I discovered this in the 14th arrondissement very near the Parc Montsouris.  Because this is painted on the risers of the steps the image changes depending on where you’re standing.  But the artist very thoughtfully marked the best viewing spot on the pavers in the street below. PS – there’s street art all over the city, a little bonus of wandering around!


Merry-go-rounds are everywhere in Paris!

December 21st, 2015

As the end-of-year holidays approach merry-go-rounds sprout like weeds all over Paris (well, all over France really).  While you can always find a few that operate all year round, in early December they start to sprout everywhere!  And this year, to make sure that all children can have the opportunity to enjoy them, certain ones all over the city will be free until January 3rd.  Details on where to find them at The photos below were taken a couple of years ago of the merry-go-round


Like things that go boom? Fête de Sainte Barbe at Les Invalides, Paris

December 6th, 2014

Sainte Barbe is the patron saint of the artillery (it’s kind of a long and gorey story). Though December 4th is her saint day it’s being observed today and tomorrow, December 6th and 7th, by the Musée de l’Armée at Les Invalides.  Soldiers in uniforms from the past, artillery displays and of course, things that go boom in action. 2:30 – 5:00 PM today and tomorrow.  Free Hotel des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle, 7th


The liberation of Paris -August 1944

August 21st, 2014

If you’re a history buff and in Paris on August 24th you’re in luck – the city of Paris will observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris all day long.  During the day wreaths will be laid at various points around the city to honor many of those who fell during this campaign.  There will also be a special commemorative mass at Notre Dame at 11:30 am.  Events will culminate with a ceremony in front of the Hôtel de Ville at 9pm with


Elysée Palace Gardens – Open This Sunday

July 31st, 2014

Rarely open to visitors in the past , now open the first Sunday of the month (August 3)!  For those who don’t know, the Elysée Palace is the home of the French president so this is like visiting the White House gardens but à la française!  Because it’s not just any park, being so closely associated with the French government, you’re expected to be ‘appropriately dressed’ (my interpretation is that this means no bathing suits, probably no cutoff short shorts, guys should keep their shirts


Shakespeare in the Park (in the heart of) Paris!

July 21st, 2014

Yes, really.  The Bard-en-Seine festival, sponsored by Shakespeare & Co (the renowned English-language bookstore) to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birthday, is mounting Macbeth, Wednesday – Sunday in the Square René Viviani. Free and in English (what else?).  For the full schedule of festival events (music, readings and more) click here. Macbeth, Wednesday – Sunday, July 23-27, 6:30 pm.  Square René Viviani, quai de Montebello, 5th, just opposite Notre Dame.  Metro: Saint-Michel (line 4, RER B)


Les Siestes Electroniques – musical interludes Musée du quai Branly

July 18th, 2014

Electronic music in the gardens of Musée du quai Branly, Sundays in July from 4-6 pm.  The remaining sessions are the following 2 Sundays, July 20 and 27, 2014.  Free but you need to reserve a ticket which you can do here.  And if you go, plan to arrive on time with an open mind (that’s advice from the organizers!) and a plan to relax.  Enjoy the ambiance! Musée du quai Branly, 37 quai Branly, Paris 7th.  Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9) and RER C (Pont d’Alma)


Festival FNAC Live at the Hôtel de Ville, July 17-20

July 14th, 2014

Fan of urban summer music festivals?  Then it’s hard to beat FNAC Live for the setting – its stage is in front of the Hôtel de Ville in the very center of Paris!  And it’s free!  Concerts daily July 17-20 starting at 5:30 pm.  While you may not know the performers (unless you follow the French music scene) it should be fun, especially if the weather gods cooperate.  Click here for detail (in French).  In addition, there’s a stage in one of the ‘salons’ inside the Hôtel de


Pianos in the streets of Paris

June 26th, 2014

Play Me, I’m Yours! is back!  Launched in 2007 by an English artist and held in various cities, 50 pianos decorated by 50 different artists have been installed in 50 locations around Paris.  40 mini-concerts of all genres are programmed.  And of course they’re ready for impromtu mini-concerts or just a few minutes of tickling the ivories by any passerby moved to do so.  And wonderful photo ops!  Until July 10th. To find one click here.  Or just stumble on them during your wanderings (Sacre


Fête de la musique – June 21

June 19th, 2014

Music everywhere in Paris (and all over France) this Saturday during the 33rd Fête de la musique!  Concerts throughout the city, all types of music by musicians of all stripes – professionals, amateurs, formal groups, ad hoc jam sessions, you can find it all!  Click here to search for concerts by location or just wander around the city and see what you stumble on.  This year, the gardens of the Palais Royal are a good bet from about 6:30 pm on and the arcades for the Place des

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