A Canadian journalist asked me how to visit Paris with teenagers. So I found out. Find some steps, a curb or grass to sit on in the afternoon. Bring a skateboard ( or longboard) to Paris and map out a city journey or practice session. Plan a picnic on a quai along the Seine or go on a bike tour. Run around the Louvre on a treasure hunt. Buy manga books or Goth and Lolita-style clothing in the Bastille area. Go shopping at any of the Paris malls or second-hand stores or go to a can-can show or how about that scary mansion in the tenth arrondissement on rue de Paradis….
March is a busy month for the Eiffel Tower: a new floor, a winter menu deal and vertical racing. From the Eiffel Tower’s new first floor, look down 57 meters through the new transparent glass floor. The 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant located on the first floor has a pre-April 1 picnic basket menu. The price doubles April 1, includes your lift ticket. The first edition of La Vertical de la Tour Eiffel is being held in the evening of March 20. This race is 279 meters race from the ground floor to the top of the Eiffel Tower….
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The Paris Mayor’s Office has added a “Learning French” page to their Website with tips on who can take classes and where. Staying in Paris awhile? Check your with your local mayor’s office (each arrondissement has one) for information on municipal classes. No restrictions on nationality or residence status. You must be over 18.
Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about one hundred French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. At la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine until March 9, 2015, all of the signage and labels are in French and English. An opportunity for the public to see for the first time a considerable quantity of newly acquired graphic drawings and writing and relate to the public the various facets of this temperamental artist. This retrospective exhibit celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.
Street names in Paris are one way to discover the history of France. With over 5,000 streets, avenues, boulevards, cul-de-sacs and dead ends the name of the street often has a simply-phrased history beneath the name. An example is rue Nicolas Appert in the eleventh arrondissement. Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner who made pastries and candies, invented the method for conserving food in a tin can and lived between 1749 and 1841. Direct Matin is one of the free metro newspapers in France. They have a section called “Pourquoi…” … about Nicolas Appert’s invention.
“Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) is the slogan used immediately after assassinations at a satirical newspaper in Paris. The slogan is in memory of the cartoonists and others assassinated in Paris on Wednesday morning, January 7, 2015 near the Bastille and metro Richard Lenoir. For anyone who writes and has an opinion and likes to express the opinion, we are all Charlie. The name Charlie represents the satirical newspaper, “CharlieHebdo”. For Americans “MAD” magazine comes to my mind for outrageous satire. You either read it or you don’t. ….
The Paris Mayor’s Office brought in the new year with a spectacular display of “video-morphing” on the Arc-de-Triomphe. The spectacle lasted 20 minutes and ended with fireworks from the top. Wherever you were on December 31 (I was almost a month in northwest and central India), you can relive a slice of the moment virtually on their Daily Motion (French YouTube) channel.