Posts Tagged ‘spring’

Monumenta, Grand Palais

May 13th, 2016

Monumenta, organized by the Grand Palais Paris every spring since 2007, gives one selected artist carte blanche for an installation in the Nef of the Grand Palais.  This year’s work by Huang Yong Ping, a Chinese artist living in France, and titled Empires is a comment on globalization, the industrial revolution and, of course, empires.  Comprised of 305 shipping containers, a giant snake and an enormous replica of Napoleon’s famous hat, it’s impressive and thought provoking.  And it’s always wonderful to visit the Nef, with



May 11th, 2016

I love wisteria!  So spring in France/Paris is extra special because you see it just about everywhere.  Stunning walls of it, not just a few blooms!  Below, a few photos from my neighborhood.  I just hope I manage to get to Monet’s gardens at Giverny in time to see the wisteria blooming over the Japanese bridge!


More on Easter in France

April 15th, 2016

Chocolate is king at Easter, in France as in the US.  But in France, while you can find chocolate bunnies, you also find bells (cloches) and fish/shellfish (fritures).  For the bells, it’s in honor of a legend that all the church bells return to Rome for Easter.  With the fish, it’s supposedly a reference to 2 New Testament miracles (when the inhabitants of Galilee had a catch so large that it tore the nets and another where Jesus -resurrected – appeared to Peter, after which he caught


Monumenta 2014: The Strange City – Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

May 19th, 2014

For the 6th time since 2007 Paris has turned the Nef of the Grand Palais over to a world-renowned artist to create an installation.  This year’s selection, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, American artists of Russian origin, have created a utopian city which invites the public to reflect on the human condition as they wander from room to room of the structure they’ve built in the Nef.  As always, Monumenta also provides the opportunity to experience this wonderful glass-domed space built of the Universal Exhibition of 1900. If afterwards you find


European Museum Night – May 17

May 16th, 2014

La Nuit européen des musées is coming tomorrow!  Many museums across Europe will be open late, many will be free and some will offer special programs.  Expect lines at the more popular venues but enjoy the relaxed ambiance.  A sampling for Paris – both the Louvre and the Orangerie will be open until midnight; the Musée Cognac-Jay will feature a DJ set from 2-9 pm; and at the Centre Pompidou there will be a performance on the plaza in front of the museum from 9


La Nuit aux Invalides (A night at the Invalides)

May 14th, 2014

This year marks the 3rd time La Nuit aux Invalides has been presented in the historic inner courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, created by royal edit of Louis IV in 1670 to care for wounded soldiers.  Narrated by famous French personalities, the show recounts key historical events related to this site.  And this year, for the first time, there’s a download for smartphones available in English (for an additional charge).  Now even if you don’t speak French you can follow the story. Nightly shows at 9:30


Salon antiquités brocantes – Paris May 8 – 18, 2014

May 9th, 2014

Like antiquing?  Haven’t stumbled on little outdoor, neighborhood brocantes which pop up all over Paris?  Then hop on over to the Salon Antiquités Brocantes at Bastille. While there’s an entry fee (10 euros) you’re sheltered in tents, a plus if the weather’s bad. Place de la Bastille, metro: Bastille (1, 5, 8) or Quai de la Rapée (5).  Daily 11 – 7 May 8 – 18, 2014.


May in France – one long weekend after another!

May 3rd, 2014

The month of May is riddled with holidays in France.  And when they fall on a Thursday, as many of them do this year, the French sure know how to ‘faire le pont’, literally make the bridge, to give themselves a long weekend.  So this May the ‘ponts’ start with May Day (May 1), followed by VE Day (Victory in Europe Day on May 8th), followed by Ascension on May 29.  You get the picture.  Oh, and then there’s Pentecost Monday on June 9th.  What


Roland Garros on the big screen

June 3rd, 2013

Tennis lovers!  If you’re in Paris, are a tennis fan and  don’t have tickets to the French Open at Roland Garros all is not lost.  You can watch on the big screen installed in front of the Hotel de Ville!  And finally, this week the sun has come out!  Or try to get tickets and enjoy the atmosphere.  Or plan for next year!


La fête du pain – Bread Festival Paris, May 8 – 16

May 8th, 2013

The 18th annual Fête du Pain (bread festival)  kicks off today on the plaza in front of Notre Dame!  Under the tent, there’ll be a giant oven where the public can watch bread being made – and of course sample.  Special activities depending on the day.  Friday there’ll be a competition to determine the best croissant in the Ile-de-France.  Saturday the focus turns to baguettes.  The last several days are devoted to kids and school groups.  Daily 9 – 6.  Free. An extra treat if

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