• Image in front of Hotel de Ville in hommage to Jacques Chirac
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    Notre-Dame Bell, Emmanuel, Rings for 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…

  • Charles Pigeon, Montparnasse Cemetery, inventor non-exploding gas lamp
    Cemeteries,  Let's Explore

    Find A Famous Grave In Paris Cemeteries

    Interested in practicing your French? The City of Paris organizes a tour of the cemetery Père Lachaise (the confessor to Louis XIV) for about six euros (entry to the cemetery is free) every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. between April 1 and November 30. The tour is a timeless promenade that evokes memories of numerous celebrities and legendary figures laid to rest among the greenery of this park. Who is buried at this cemetery, which, thanks to a good marketing strategy attracted new customers? Père Lachaise is the largest green space in the capital, 44 hectares (108 acres), 5,300 trees and is a refuge of biodiversity. The tombs of Marcel Proust,…

  • Les Pestacles-Festival for kids June to September
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    June in Paris – Events, Festivals, Music, Sports

    This article has been archived and is no longer being updated.   GARDEN The Greenhouses in Jardins des Plantes opened in 2010 after several years of renovations. SPORTS “Roland Garros in the city”  at the Hôtel de Ville – During Roland Garros the esplanade is set up for  mini-tennis, watching the RG matches on the big screen, and exhibition matches in the square. MUSIC Activities for the kids – every Wednesday for the whole family, Parisians, French visitors and tourists. Parc Floral (when you are not visiting the Chateau de Vincennes!) Where: Esplanade Saint Louis in front of the Chateau de Vincennes What: Concerts, readings, street artists and performers, circus…

  • Henri IV statue on Pont Neuf in Paris
    Life in Paris & France,  Videos

    A Paris Friday Night in May

    On the streets of Paris, you can have a plan but always be ready for the unplanned. On this Friday night, a statue lighting event led to crossing paths with feet moving faster than mine and the search for perfection with small, tedious retakes on a movie set. I wanted to go out Friday to see a lighting ceremony and fire works on the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris. It was a lighting ceremony of Henri IV’s statue. The king was a major source of new building and architectural style in the 1500s (think Place des Vosges where he built a his and hers palace).