Posts Tagged ‘things to do’

Fondation Louis Vuitton

November 26th, 2016

The building that houses the Foundation Louis Vuitton was designed by Frank Gehry. It’s referred to as the Bateau Verre (Glass Boat) – which it does resemble from many angles – and houses temporary exhibitions (the current one – Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection, until February 20, 2017 – is fabulous!).  The building itself, a work of art with its soaring glass shell and many terraces, is worth the visit for that alone.  And the French sculptor Daniel Buren’s installation of colored panels (which

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Paris has music for all tastes

January 11th, 2016

Paris has something to offer to all music lovers, regardless of their preferred genre. My friends know that my musical tastes are rather broad and this past fall’s programming was a treasure trove!  To illustrate – during a 3-week period in October I managed to hear:  the Paris Philharmonic doing a Bartok program to satisfy orchestral desires, Schoenberg’s Moses and Aron (a new production at the Opéra Bastille) and Bluebeard’s Castle paired with The Human Voice (Bartok and Poulenc respectively, also new productions this year

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Tides of the century at Mont-Saint-Michel

March 19th, 2015

‘High tides of the century’ (even though this actually happens every 18 years!) are expected in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel this weekend (March 20th-March 23rd).  If you’re in France now there’s still time for you to witness this event – the tides will be much higher than usual and will rise faster than normal (rated at 119/120 for those of you who understand these things!).  You won’t be able to hike the mud flats during this event (which should never be done without a guide as

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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

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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

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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

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Paris Plages

August 6th, 2014

A beach vacation in the heart of Paris!  It’s really a lot of fun and you have until August 17 to wiggle your toes in the sand, sunbathe facing the Seine, run through the mister to cool off, play pétanque, get a bite, have drink, refill your water bottles, take a salsa dance class, read a book or ride a bike along the roadway closed to cars for the duration.  It’s a great place to take a break from the tourist sites, especially if you’re

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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)

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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

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Tour Saint-Jacques Visits

July 10th, 2014

Through September 28th, 2014, the Tour Saint-Jacques is open for visits on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.  The tower is all that remains of the church Saint Jacques de la Boucherie (Saint James of the Butchers – the former markets of Les Halles are not far).  A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 for it’s Flamboyant Gothic architectural details as well as historical significance (it was a starting point for pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela among other things).  Not for the faint of heart – you have to climb

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