Seeing Paris

Paris arrondissements, neighborhoods, day trips, museums, monuments, greenery, tours, guides, walks and wheels, cultural places open, closed and renovating

Notre-Dame Bell, Emmanuel, Rings for Chirac

Image in front of Hotel de Ville in hommage to Jacques Chirac

Walking along the narrow rue Galand the sound of a muffled bell ringing reverberated against the walls. Sitting at the café, looking at my watch, it was around 11:20 on a Monday morning. My friend guessed it was a church nearby; I guessed Notre-Dame. Couldn’t be…. perhaps the towers were damaged. The constant soft ringing was not signalling the quarter, half or full hour. Earlier I had heard on French television the time for the funeral ceremony that would pass from Hôtel des Invalides to Saint-Sulpice.  We walked toward Notre-Dame from where the mystery sound originated. Emmanuel, the 300 year old was ringing.  The ringing was manually orchestrated. The first time since the end of the Second World War. 

Hôtel de Marle’s Hidden Rooms at l’Institute Suédois

Visitors have the chance to choose the next color of the stairwell walls #l'Institute Suédois

Take a guided visit until October 13, of residential apartments in the Hôtel de Marle in the Marais (l’Institute Suédois). The tours are usually given in French. If you wish another language, like English, show up an hour before. Tours are Wednesday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. Go to reception at 3 pm and request an English tour. The Swedish Institute will arrange a guide for the exhibition “Hem fois 6” (Feel at home in 6 different apartments).

Paris Summer Activities with Kids

Magazine Vivre Paris Kids special edition

With all the activities available for kids and teenagers in Paris this summer, I don’t know if the parents are going to have time for a romantic Paris dinner at the newly opened Ritz … Well, yes, you can with a babysitter service. What follows is a list of suggestions for finding some activities this summer. It would take a book or at least a magazine to list everything.

Musée Arts Forains Tours in English

gif Poster for Musée des Arts Forains English speaking tours Monday and Thursday Pavillons de Bercy, Paris

As the poster says, this is “an entertaining museum off the beaten path in Paris!” The Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of Fairground Art and carnival rides) is a large collection of entertainment and fairground art objects. English tours are planned for Monday and Thursday: July 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28; August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 (reservations required). Tours at other times are in French. The visit is a real family fun moment. I highly recommend seeing this completely different museum in another beautiful neighborhood in our Ville Lumière……