• Logo for the Paris Jazz Festival
    Going Out,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    Jazz Festivals Around Paris

    The season for jazz festivals around Paris is happening all summer long. The Paris Jazz Festival begins the last weekend of June and continues until the last weekend in July. Parc Floral Vincennes is the site of the festival and the Paris botanical gardens (Jardin botannique de Paris). The Jazz Tree (pictured) is the symbol of the new jazz website for the city of Paris. The city of Paris is deeply rooted in music and the trunk represents the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The leaves and branches suggest Paris’s love of cultural blend, exploration and discovery found through world jazz events. Find out more For Jazz Festivals in France, the…

  • Children and Teens,  Theater-Cinema-Music,  Transportation

    Eiffel Tower, Batobus and Metamorphosis

    A reader asked about the Batobus and its frequency between stops. She is traveling with small children and thought it would be a good way to give their little legs a rest. The Batobus is a delightful way to see Paris from the water. The regular Seine boats are round trip. The advantage of the Batobus is jumping on and off. How big is your hurry? It is not the fastest way to get around. Here is what I responded to her questions about the RER, Eiffel Tower and the Metamorphosis show. Substituting RER travel, the Eiffel Tower and Saint-Michel The Batobus has the same route as always and appears to be at the…

  • Hotel Soubise, Chambre du Prince
    Going Out,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    The World Of Young, Talented Musicians At Hôtel de Soubise

    For a chance to listen to an hour and a half of classical music in a gilded and chandelier lit atmosphere, go to a Jeunes Talents (young talent) concert. One September Saturday afternoon a few years ago, after a walking tour ended at the Hôtel de Soubise, we stepped into the museum. Although the museum had closed, we were invited to attend a chamber music concert. We have been going back ever since. The concerts held in the National Archives building (Hôtel de Soubise) in the Marais are great value for the money. Music begins at 6 p.m. in opulent surroundings and is a perfect pause before dinner after a…