Place des Vosges as an Art Gallery

Place des Vosges lawn with art work on COP21 theme from Ateliers Beaux Arts, Ville de Paris art courses

Art galleries surround Place des Vosges. I enjoyed an art gallery set up on the park grounds the other day. On my way to Monoprix Saint Paul, the colorful stakes with art in their wood rectangles contrasted with the grey sky…. Reading further about the beaux-arts ateliers on line, they are not all leisurely art classes. Les Ateliers Beaux-Arts offers preparatory classes for students preparing for higher studies in career arts….

First Paris Fringe Festival

poster for Paris Fringe Festival 23-29 may at several venues

Have you ever attended a Fringe Festival? My first off-the-main-theater circuit experience was in Edinburgh. The concept began in the 1940s in Edinburgh. Now one of the plays I reviewed “There’s No Place Like” has been invited to participate in the First Paris Fringe Festival May 23-29, 2016. The festival will feature international and France-based theater companies, workshops (physical theater….

Paris Begins Another Fresh Air Tradition

View of Champs Elysees with cyclists-May 8 is first Sunday pedestrian opening

Currently, Paris closes particular neighborhood streets on Sundays. The Paris City Council has now added a famous avenue to the list. Below you will find links to maps of those neighborhoods, information on new neighborhoods being added this summer and details about the Champs-Elysées. The exclusive Avenue des Champs-Elysées receives a breath of fresh air when certain dignitaries visit or during a special event. Beginning May 8…..

Always Something New at Foire de Paris

Two-for-one supplement for Tele7Jours TV guide Foire de Paris

For me the Paris Home Show (Foire de Paris until May 8) is like no other. There is always something new to discover. … This year I discovered something new: My desired desk style fell out of style, the water filter people did not show up, I experience old-fashioned French blasé customer service looking for the chair cream (ahhh! the good ole days!) and the food truck did not have places to sit. Instead, the new discoveries were going with someone instead of alone, learning about the powers of stones, spending more time in the Tropics and World, Madagascar and Asia……

Walk and Roll Event-100 Trains for Ataxia

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May 8 is the Paris date for the 100 Trains for Ataxia. This global event, an “accessible walk”, is taking place along the Promenade Plantée (Coulée verte René-Dumont). Iain McGeachin, organizer and participant, wrote to me about the event, one of a series of 17 similar walks taking place in major European cities. Due to Ian’s own physical limitations with Ataxia, ….

Christie Semmens’ Three Paris Suggestions

Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps

Often I give advice to travelers and ask them to return the favor with their experiences. Responses to that request would cover the rounded top of a straight pin. But one day I received a response from Christie Semmens of Scribbles and Smiles. Having seen my story and photos about the Paris Photo walk at Pont Alexandre III, Christie wrote: “I’ve been searching for a photo group or photographer who offers a session with helpful instruction; to take photos and ….