• Sapeur Pompier demonstrating helmet on future rescuer recruit
    Events and Trade Shows,  Neighborhoods

    Journées du Patrimoine-My Paris Fire Station

    One of the advantages of the  Journées du patrimoine, the annual heritage weekend, is that doors normally closed are open to the public.  Most Parisian courtyards are hard to peek into nowadays unless you happen to be around when someone enters or exits. The magnetic key used is necessary to ensure security. On this special weekend you may find courtyards of other buildings accessible. The sapeurs pompiers (the fire brigade) for our area opens its doors every September. They are also known for their July 14 (Bastille Day) fireman’s ball. Since 1812, our caserne des pompiers, 7 & 9 rue de Sévigné, is housed in a former prince’s domaine. The…

  • Mozart Place des Vosges Fete de la Musique
    Archive,  Events and Trade Shows,  Going Out

    Fête de la Musique: Bastille and Marais

    The first day of summer in Paris changed in 1982. The Fête de la Musique was born. After 29 years, the event does not show a wrinkle; it gets better with time. June 21 is a Monday in 2010. The streets are not as packed as when the date falls on a weekend. Rue Saint-Sabin, however, is jamming with a DJ and we are forced to reach Boulevard Richard-Lenoir via rue Sedaine. Any of our detours are not a problem because music is on practically every street in the neighborhood. When you visit Paris on June 21, you can try to get into the events at Palais-Royal, Musée d’Orsay or…