Posts Tagged ‘things to see’

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!

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Santa Claus On Motorcycles

December 19th, 2015

I love the unexpected!  Leaving a theatre the other night I ran into a motorcycle ride around Paris – thousands of Santa Clauses (well here they’re Saint Nicolas) on motorcycles, roaring down the boulevards of Paris!  Great atmosphere, great fun but boy was it loud.  And heaven help you if you wanted to cross the street!  It’s an annual charity event by the fire brigades.  Final destination – the Eiffel Tower where they distribute gifts to orphans that they help support.  Next year, if you’re

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Vintage Auto Rally Across France

April 7th, 2014

The Tour Auto Optic, a car rally across France with vintage cars (1951-1973), starts from Paris on April 8.  But you have the chance to see the cars on April 7 (one day only) from 10 a.m. – 5 pm in the Nef of the Grand Palais.  And the bonus is that you get to see the architecturally interesting Nef which is only open when it hosts a show or exhibition.  Admission – 1- euros.

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Whimsical sculpture

March 10th, 2014

‘Longterm Parking’ – a sculpture on display on the grounds of the Château de Montcel in Jouy-en-Josas.  It gives new meaning to the term!   Located southwest of Paris and not too far from Versailles, if you’re traveling by car and in the area, it’s worth a little detour!

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Pasolini Roma at the Cinémathèque Francaise

December 5th, 2013

Italian film is in the spotlight this fall at the Cinémathèque française, including the life and work of Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Focusing on his 25 years in Rome (hence the title of the exhibit) the exhibit covers the 25 years when he lived and worked in his city of adoption, telling the story of this period through film clips, letters, extracts of poems and other written works, still photos, paintings, maps and other artifacts.  Fascinating view into the life of this passionate, creative figure of

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Wallace Fountains

August 19th, 2013

Ever wonder about those green cast iron fountains that you see all over Paris?  Well, they’re call Wallace fountains after the British philanthropist who spearheaded and funded their creation after the Franc0-Prussian war and the Paris Commune uprising.  Designed by the sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg, the largest and most model is decorated with 4 caryatids representing kindness, simplicity, charity and sobriety.  Wallace funded 50 fountains but today there are 119.  If you look closely at the color photo you’ll see a thin stream of water descending

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Cinema Paradiso at the Grand Palais

June 13th, 2013

A drive-in movie theater in the heart of Paris?  Not possible you say?  Well, think again.  From now until June 21st a drive-in has been constructed in the Nef of the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris.  You can purchase a day pass (just to go in an see, eat, whatever) or a day pass+film if you want to see one of the films (on the 19th they’re showing Jaws, on the 21st Sugar Man, the documentary about Sixto Rodriguez).  Day pass = 11

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Phantom Metro Station Line 9

May 21st, 2013

Ride metro line 9 between now and May 25 and, assuming that you keep your eyes peeled between République and Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, direction Pont de Sèvres, you may see this image surging from the darkened tunnel – marketing for Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s new film which is set to open in France on May 30th!  It’s set up in a long unused metro station, a perfect spot to evoke the setting of the film.  Keep your eyes peeled for a one-of-the-kind experience! !  

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