• Leaves changing inside the Hotel Sully garden
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    A Paris Indian Summer

    It is warm, it is beautiful. Hard to stay inside and not enjoy the wildly bright colors. The annual glory of color shines inside the courtyard of Hotel Sully, the Marais, when the leaves are changing. Take a visit through the Paris Indian Summer video to see more of Hôtel de Béthune-Sully in the Marais, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes and the “Serres” (greenhouses). Hotel Sully is undergoing renovations and will open to the public in the future. This building is “in the heart of the Marais, one of the finest Louis XIII buildings in Paris and the residence of the family of Maximillien de Béthune, Duke of Sully,…

  • Auberge Ravoux/Maison de Van Gogh
    Day Trip,  Let's Explore

    Day Trip To Auvers-sur-Oise, An Eternal Village

    Auvers-sur-Oise will  be forever known because of the painter, Vincent Van Gogh. It is the final resting place of Van Gogh and was also a favorite village for other painters of the 1800s. In the last 70 days of his life Van Gogh painted 70 paintings in and around Auvers-sur-Oise. He lived here to be near his brother Theo, who lived in Paris. By direct train, the voyage from Paris takes less than 35 minutes. Auvers-sur-Oise (Auvers on the river Oise) lies within a provincial area once known as Vexin français. Because of its inclusion within the Parc naturel régional du Vexin français since 1995, Auvers-sur-Oise is eternal. According to…

  • wifi logo paris-fr
    Communications

    Paris WiFi Hotspots

      While in Paris consider using free Wi-Fi (pronounced weefee) if your hotel does not provide the service. Or what if you want to look something up while waiting for a bus while in Paris? Who wants to pay roaming charges?! The city of Paris provides free Wi-Fi at various locations. You can find the service at some restaurants and cafés and fast food outlets. Wi-Fi App To find a Wi-Fi hotspot, download an application for your phone. If you walk around Paris with your laptop open all of the time, you might miss some of the sights! Search for wif finders in the iTunes store (free). It is listed…

  • Olivier Giraud, Theatre de la Main d'Or, Paris
    Archive

    Comedy Review – Become Parisian In One Hour

    “How to become Parisian in one hour?” is the title of successful English one-man show that even the French can understand. The title is said very French-like – as if you are stupid or something? “Pfew” – Yes, you will learn how to pronounce the sound and yes, the French can be arrogant so Olivier Giraud will show you how to become just like ‘zem! No Paris theaters thought he could do this show in English and be successful (Being negative, is French, too). Olivier Giraud started his own company, La French Arrogance Productions, and took it on the road to the center of Paris – at the Théâtre de…

  • Soldes Paris Sales Printemps
    Archive,  Going Out

    General July Activities In Paris

    Use Google Translate for Paris activities and information on the following web sites: For a complete list of exhibitions visit the newspaper leParisien.fr-Paris étudiant.com web site l’Officiel des spectacles or buy the magazine for 35 cents when you arrive in Paris. Summer Sale begins end of June in Paris Between end of June and beginning of August. look for the deals – and get there early. Within two weeks everything has been picked through. The good news is that summer vacation begins two days after the sales begin so perhaps the natives will leave and the tourists can buy everything! Doors open at 8 a.m. The commercial law (article L 310-3 du…

  • 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…

  • Gold mosaic entry way for La Samaritaine Department Store Under Construction
    Shopping

    La Samaritaine Department Store Facelift

    The department store Samaritaine with its restaurant view over the Seine, Pont Neuf and the statue of Henri IV, closed June 2005. Its reopening is scheduled (maybe) for the end of 2013. Work is scheduled to begin at the end of 2011. As of June 29, 2010 it became a stronghold of occupation of the group CIP-IDF representing those in need of housing, the unemployed, theatrical artists and the needy. When the doors reopen, the Samaritaine of the “grand magasin” variety such as le Bon Marché, Les Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, founded in 1869 will exist no longer. The insides will be multi-purpose: grocery store, apartments, day care center, commerce…

  • Food, Drink & Health

    Paris Cocktail, Juice And Smoothie Bars

    The following information about Paris cocktail bars and Juice and smoothie bars comes from the Paris Tourist Office: Paris Cocktail Bars that offer something special At the E7, the bar of the Édouard 7 hotel, the specialty is vegetable cocktails, with or without alcohol. At the bar of the Plaza Athenée, Thierry Hernandez offers experimental and original cocktails such as those served in a cup just as edible as the cocktail that it contains, jelly drinks or even sorbet cocktails. The Ice Kube Bar of the Kube Hotel offers a selection of vodka-based cocktails served in an atmosphere of -10°C. The Bar Hemingway at the Ritz remains the most famous…