• Venice Train Gare de Bercy
    Transportation

    Gare de Bercy Is Not Gare de Lyon

    Two train stations very close to one another can be easily confusing the first time around. Whether your station (gare) is Paris-Bercy or Paris-Lyon depends on whether your train is a night train or a day train, if you are taking your car with you, if you are traveling to Italy or one of three particular French destinations. No TGVs leave from Bercy; they leave from Paris-Lyon. In preparation for our night train voyage to Venice, we took a stroll to reconnoiter our departure from Gare de Bercy. The Gare de Bercy is not next door to Gare de Lyon as I had thought. It was a walk outside for…

  • Les Pestacles-Festival for kids June to September
    Archive

    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    This article has been archived and is no longer being updated.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…

  • Le Meurice Restaurant scene looking at fireplace, Paris, Yannick Alléno, Chef des Cuisines
    Food, Drink & Health

    Le Meurice Is A Paris Dining Pleasure

    Lunch is a pleasurable experience at Le Meurice. It is not a stuffy place. The dining room atmosphere and the cordial staff prepare you for the moment when the first amuse-bouche arrives. One of the first things you are asked about dining with them is your allergy situation. Right away it is a hint of where you are going today. You are going to dine your way through a Japanese garden under French influence with those interested in your pleasure.

  • Looking at the Champs-Elysees garden in Paris- Gad Weil and Laurence Medioni
    Museum exhibitions,  Videos

    Champs-Elysées-One Big Garden

    The Champs-Elysées will be transformed into one big garden on May 23 and 24, 2010 for an event called Nature Capitale. It is to celebrate World Biodiversity year (2010) and World Biodiversity Day (May 22). Nature Capitale is “a jubilatory creation, a sensitive and popular artwork…” – Gad Weil, street artist (Créateur d’art de rue) Watch the video (adjust settings to 480p) on YouTube during the set up and activities May 22, 23 and 24. The photo is from the hydraulic lift looking toward the Arc de Triomphe. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VXUY1DkAo8[/youtube] The Jeunes Agriculteurs (Young Farmers Association) and the inter-professional organization France Bois Foret will do the “planting”. With the aid of…

  • La Belle chocolatiere
    Let's Explore

    Gourmet Chocolate Museum in Paris is Choco-Story

    When a Paris museum offers a guide for children to follow, adults should take it. Whether it is the audio guide for children or a simple piece of paper with stickers, take it. The Choco Story is told on three floors of le musée gourmand du Chocolat (Chocolate Museum) in Paris. It follows 4,000 years of chocolate history from its spicy variety of ancient civilizations to the modern sweet variety once it was introduced to Spain and developed for the palettes of Europe. The museum demonstrations, panels and videos are multilingual. The special kitchen demonstration on how chocolate tablets are made invites a tasting after. The explanation panels in the…

  • 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).

  • Hotel de Ville, Paris City hall, Salle de Fete
    Monuments

    Paris City Hall Speaks English

    The Paris Mayor’s office website has made a major and very exciting renovation. The pages are available in English and Spanish. The English homepage provides links to get you started on a Paris discovery directly from the Mayor’s office. “Visit” the city with their “click-and-pick Paris city tour!” The “Guide for foreign residents” makes your arrival in Paris a success. City hall offers useful places and addresses for students, advice on finding accommodation and the administrative documents required, etc. Solidarity initiatives, cultural exchanges, European policies and cooperation agreements make “Paris a city with an international profile“. Because Paris was right at the heart of events that marked French history and…

  • l'Officiel des spectacles - Paris weekly entertainment magazine
    Books & Guides & Writing

    l’Officiel des spectacles – Your Weekly Guide About Paris

    What is going on in Paris? What time does it start? How long does the exhibit last? Where can I listen to a concert? Where can I find a flea market? Is there a flea market or antique show near my hotel? These types of questions can be easily answered with up-to-date responses as soon as you step off the plane in Paris. For 35 cents stop at a “Relay” in the airport and pick up a copy of l’Officiel des spectacles, which is published every Wednesday. Or, before you leave, visit the l’Officiel des spectacles website.  The website includes exhibitions outside and within Paris. If you would like help…

  • Transportation

    Métro platform doors on Line 1

    Between April 12 to June 15, 2010 and the hours 10 p.m. and approximately 5:30 a.m., service will be interrupted on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday between Châtelet and Nation.  Service will be normal on Friday and Saturday nights. Use connections on other lines for Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, Saint Paul, Bastille, Gare de Lyon, Reuilly-Diderot, and Nation. The Bastille Line 1 station will be closed completely June 11-13. RATP is installing automatic doors on the platforms. The line will be completely automatic, including no driver, by 2012. Take a ride on Line 14 as an example. Plans call for the entire Paris Métro system to be modernized by…