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  • Velib All Year

    What a great idea! You had imagined it happening, and the Paris city authorities have put it into practice. So for getting around the city, forget those interminable walks and put your bulky and pollution-producing vehicle in the garage...

    Velib All year round What a great idea! You had imagined it happening, and the Paris city authorities have put it into practice. So for getting around the city, forget those interminable walks and put your bulky and pollution-producing vehicle in the garage... ...from 15 July, Vélib’ is offering a self-service bike hire system operating 24 hrs/24hrs, 7 days a week. It is simple and practical to use. If tomorrow, for example you want to go to an area of the city by bike: firstly take out a short subscription at one of the Vélib’ stations. For the modest sum of one Euro, debited (like the total cost of the bike hire) from your bank account, you will be issued with a ticket, valid all day. It is then up to you to organise where you go, knowing that your first half-hour will be free, the following half-hour will cost one Euro, then 2 the following and four for every extra half hour. As well as a daily subscription, there are also two other types of subscriptions to choose from: a seven-day one or an annual one. From 15 July, 750 stations some 300 metres apart will be open to the public, with some 1,450 expected by the end of the year. Your chance to organise that romantic cycling tour you have always dreamed of! Velib’, is the opportunity to seek out all the back waters of the city and to combine tourism and ecology. Full details about Vélib on the www.velib.paris.fr website. Practical information VELIB PARIS For more info click here

     

     

  • Whats On March 2009 March

    Check out all the exciting Events and Festivals held around Paris for March 2009... Paris Fashion Week from Thursday 5th March to the 12th Designers and fashionistas from around the world come to Paris to take part in the yearly held fashion week. It may merely seem like an opportunity for designers to showcase the latest fashions, however it is much more than that. Apart from the hundred or so fashion shows that occur during the week, there are many exhibitions, promotional events and exclusive parties. It is no challenge to see the cultural diversity and pure quality of design during the week, as top designers fly in from Greece, Russia, Japan and the fashion houses, such as Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior show the ‘crème de la crème’. Paris hotels near Paris Fashion Week Festival of the Imagination 3rd March till 10th April The Paris Festival of the Imagination (Festival de l’Imaginaire) begins on the 3rd of March, running right through to April 10th. It is a yearly event, being in its 13th year for 2009. The festival showcases music and culture of people from across the globe and is held at the Maison des Cultures du Monde. The aim is to arouse curiosity and increase appreciation for foreign cultures. It is not uncommon to see ‘Grand Masters’ of particular skills performing alongside eager, young performers who both try to keep old traditions alive. There is a huge amount of variety on show, so this festival is not to be missed. Paris hotels for the Festival of the Imagination Foire du Trone March till May Dating back from around one thousand years ago, when the abbey of Saint-Antoine won the right to sell a kind of gingerbread, and being formerly known as ‘The Festival of Gingerbread’, the Foire du Trone is a huge fun fair taking place in Paris from March to the end of May. The fair incorporates everything from amusement parks and rollercoasters to jugglers and fire-eaters. It boasts over 5 million visitors every year and is certainly worth attending. It currently takes place in Bois de Vincennes, which is a large wood on the eastern side of Paris. With its strong aromas, loud music and dazzling colours, the Foire du Trone definitely does not adhere to stereotypical French clichés, but in some ways that’s what makes it all the more special. Paris hotels near the Foire du Trone Paris Short Film Festival March 10th till March 17th Paris has always had a love affair with cinema. Filmmakers from all walks of life, live, create and film in Paris. Celebrating its fifth successful year, this festival, known as the Paris Tout Court Short Film Festival commemorates short film making and related art forms. The festival takes place over 8 days in March (10th – 17th) and is shown at the Cinema L’Arlequin. There are also prizes and award ceremonies. French and foreign films are shown and twenty four countries take part. It is a must see for movie lovers. Paris hotels near the Paris Short Film Festival Art Paris 19th March till 23 rd March The Art Paris fair has been running annually in Paris since 1999 and is held at the Grand Palais. It offers artists and art lovers the opportunity to see a selection of modern art which has true quality and now plays a key role in the international art scene. It runs from the 19th - 23rd March, with artistic expression on display, from sculptures and paintings to photographs and videos. Paris hotels for Art Paris Show your friendsRemember these events
    Paris Fashion Week from Thursday 5th March to the 12th Designers and fashionistas from around the world come to Paris to take part in the yearly held fashion week. It may merely seem like an opportunity for designers to showcase the latest fashions, however it is much more than that. Apart from the hundred or so fashion shows that occur during the week, there are many exhibitions, promotional events and exclusive parties. It is no challenge to see the cultural diversity and pure quality of design during the week, as top designers fly in from Greece, Russia, Japan and the fashion houses, such as Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior show the ‘crème de la crème’. Paris hotels near Paris Fashion Week Festival of the Imagination 3rd March till 10th April The Paris Festival of the Imagination (Festival de l’Imaginaire) begins on the 3rd of March, running right through to April 10th. It is a yearly event, being in its 13th year for 2009. The festival showcases music and culture of people from across the globe and is held at the Maison des Cultures du Monde. The aim is to arouse curiosity and increase appreciation for foreign cultures. It is not uncommon to see ‘Grand Masters’ of particular skills performing alongside eager, young performers who both try to keep old traditions alive. There is a huge amount of variety on show, so this festival is not to be missed. Paris hotels for the Festival of the Imagination Foire du Trone March till May Dating back from around one thousand years ago, when the abbey of Saint-Antoine won the right to sell a kind of gingerbread, and being formerly known as ‘The Festival of Gingerbread’, the Foire du Trone is a huge fun fair taking place in Paris from March to the end of May. The fair incorporates everything from amusement parks and rollercoasters to jugglers and fire-eaters. It boasts over 5 million visitors every year and is certainly worth attending. It currently takes place in Bois de Vincennes, which is a large wood on the eastern side of Paris. With its strong aromas, loud music and dazzling colours, the Foire du Trone definitely does not adhere to stereotypical French clichés, but in some ways that’s what makes it all the more special. Paris hotels near the Foire du Trone Paris Short Film Festival March 10th till March 17th Paris has always had a love affair with cinema. Filmmakers from all walks of life, live, create and film in Paris. Celebrating its fifth successful year, this festival, known as the Paris Tout Court Short Film Festival commemorates short film making and related art forms. The festival takes place over 8 days in March (10th – 17th) and is shown at the Cinema L’Arlequin. There are also prizes and award ceremonies. French and foreign films are shown and twenty four countries take part. It is a must see for movie lovers. Paris hotels near the Paris Short Film Festival Art Paris 19th March till 23 rd March The Art Paris fair has been running annually in Paris since 1999 and is held at the Grand Palais. It offers artists and art lovers the opportunity to see a selection of modern art which has true quality and now plays a key role in the international art scene. It runs from the 19th - 23rd March, with artistic expression on display, from sculptures and paintings to photographs and videos. Paris hotels for Art Paris Show your friendsRemember these events
  • Whats On April 2011 April

    Check out all the exciting Events and Festivals held around Paris for April 2011... Nemo Festival The Nemo festival devotes itself to showcasing a range of films produced by young and independent filmmakers. Screenings take place in two locations, namely Paris’ cube and Forum des Images. Not only are films shown, but there are several film workshops and debates that happen on a range of film related topics, such as silent films, foreign films etc. The festival takes place in early April and is supported by THECIF (Théâtre et Cinéma en Ile de France). Paris hotels near the Nemo Festival Paris Marathon The first Paris marathon actually took place in 1896, where 191 people took part to win 200 francs. The Paris Marathon is a typical marathon of 42.195 km annually organized since 1976 in the streets of Paris. On the 5th of April 2009, around 35,000 runners will crowd the streets to take part and it will be broadcast on live TV. It starts at the Champs-Élysées and then heads towards the Place de la Concorde and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue. It is one of the most popular marathons in Europe, along with the Berlin and London equivalents. hotels near the Paris Marathon Banlieues Bleues The Paris Banlieues Blues Festival is one of the biggest jazz festivals in Paris. It has all styles of jazz, from traditional to contemporary, blues to soul, American to European and so much more. The festival takes place on the streets of Seine St. Denis, a northeast suburb of Paris, which attracts new as well as famous blues musicians from all over the world. It is typically held during the first week in April. It will be celebrating its 26th year in 2009. Paris hotels near the Banlieues Bleues Show your friendsRemember these events
    Check out all the exciting Events and Festivals held around Paris for April 2011... Nemo Festival The Nemo festival devotes itself to showcasing a range of films produced by young and independent filmmakers. Screenings take place in two locations, namely Paris’ cube and Forum des Images. Not only are films shown, but there are several film workshops and debates that happen on a range of film related topics, such as silent films, foreign films etc. The festival takes place in early April and is supported by THECIF (Théâtre et Cinéma en Ile de France). Paris hotels near the Nemo Festival Paris Marathon The first Paris marathon actually took place in 1896, where 191 people took part to win 200 francs. The Paris Marathon is a typical marathon of 42.195 km annually organized since 1976 in the streets of Paris. On the 5th of April 2011, around 35,000 runners will crowd the streets to take part and it will be broadcast on live TV. It starts at the Champs-Élysées and then heads towards the Place de la Concorde and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue. It is one of the most popular marathons in Europe, along with the Berlin and London equivalents. hotels near the Paris Marathon Banlieues Bleues The Paris Banlieues Blues Festival is one of the biggest jazz festivals in Paris. It has all styles of jazz, from traditional to contemporary, blues to soul, American to European and so much more. The festival takes place on the streets of Seine St. Denis, a northeast suburb of Paris, which attracts new as well as famous blues musicians from all over the world. It is typically held during the first week in April. It will be celebrating its 28th year in 2011. Paris hotels near the Banlieues Bleues Show your friendsRemember these events
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  • Free Sport in Paris Free Sport in Paris

    All year round. Hosting international sports events such as the rugby and handball world cups at world-class venues such as the Lagardère Paris Racing club and Roland Garros, Paris is truly a sporting capital. What is price you can expect to pay, you may ask...
    All year round. Hosting international sports events such as the rugby and handball world cups at world-class venues such as the Lagardère Paris Racing club and Roland Garros, Paris is truly a sporting capital. What is price you can expect to pay, you may ask... Any price you like, for Paris offers the opportunity to play sport whatever your level, your preference or your budget. Did you know that the Paris City Council offers a host of free-of-cost opportunities to play open-air sport in parks, stadiums and gardens, with qualified instructors? Whether it’s gymnastics, ball games or racket sports, the programme is drawn up on the basis of demand, the number of players and the weather. The capital has no fewer than twelve Sport Nature kiosks in locations such as the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Georges Carpentier sports centre. For details, call 39 75. The Comité Départemental de Randonnées Pédestres de Paris (CDRPP) also offers a number of free walks, the perfect opportunity to get some exercise while sampling the cultural delights of Paris: details on 01 46 36 95 70. Then there’s the Friday night and Sunday afternoon rollerblading tours through the city for expert and amateur skaters respectively: these friendly workouts on wheels won’t cost you a penny. There are a host of other opportunities to keep fit without overdoing it in the City of Lights. So if you really intend to keep that New Year’s resolution to stay in shape, check our website regularly for news and tips.
  • Clubbing in Paris Clubbing in Paris

    All year round. Sleepless in Paris? When day turns into night, the lights go down on the city’s sublime sights and the French capital turns into one big dance floor...
    After sunset in Paris, stroboscopes and mirror balls replace the bright lights of the big city; DJs spinning multiple sounds take over from tour guides explaining paintings and monuments and serious sightseeing gives way to carefree partying: welcome to Paris nightlife! Struck by a sudden bout of Saturday night fever? There’s something for clubbers everywhere in the city, whatever your dancing style, musical tastes and budget. Clubbing in Paris is a free-spirited affair: to each his party, rhythm and tribe! Salsa lovers can sway to the sounds of the maracas at La Pachanga (14th), Le Mandunga (19th) or La Peña Saint-Germain (6th). Electronic music enthusiasts converge on the Rex Club (2nd) and the Redlight (15th), while star spotters head for the Etoile (16th), Regine’s (8th) or the VIP Room (8th). Other ever-popular venues are trendy clubs like Les Bains Douches (3rd) and La Casbah (11th). Gay clubbers have plenty of choice venues, including Club 18 (1st), the Mix Club (15th) and the Queen (8th). Not forgetting the trademark Paris soirées at La Loco (18th) and Le Gibus (11th), where the DJs are big-name and the atmosphere stays electric until well into the early hours. With such a wide and eclectic choice of places to party, Paris is a clubber’s paradise.
  • 10th Anniversary of the Stade de France All Year

    The Stade de France is already 10 years old ! Time has been flying, since the first performances of Zidane’s team in the 98 World Cup. In 2008, this sport temple of the Ile-de-France will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with many festivities...
    The Stade de France is already 10 years old ! Time has been flying, since the first performances of Zidane’s team in the 98 World Cup. In 2008, this sport temple of the Ile-de-France will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with many festivities... Many great events were performed in this stadium, many records were broken and many emotions shared: the Champion League final in 2000, the athletism world cup in 2003, the Celtic night, Bigard’s show in 2004, Turandot in 2005 and the rugby world cup final in 2007. For this anniversary, many great celebrations will be offered by the Stade de France: 100 000 10 euros seats (from January 10th to the 20th ), Unighted by Cathy Guetta (July 5th), RFM Party 80 (may 17th), Urban Peace 2 (October 4th), Nabucco (september 27th), Trophée Andros (february 16th), Coca-Cola Sports Sessions (July 25th, August 3d), the Gaz de France Meeting (July 18th)... and Johnny Hallyday in 2009...More surprises to come! Practical information STADE DE FRANCE Consortium Stade de France ZAC Cornillon Nord 93216 SAINT DENIS LA PLAINE CEDEX Metro : Saint Denis-Porte de Paris RER : Stade de France - Saint-Denis telephone number : 01 55 93 00 38 fax : 01 55 93 07 72 mail : visites@stadefrance.fr For more info Click here
  • What's On - November 08 Last Year

    Christian Lacroix, fashion history From 8 November to 6 April 2008 After excelling in the history of art at the Ecole du Louvre, Christian Lacroix, joined the fashion house of Jean Patou at the age of 30. Two years later, he created ... Cirque National Alexis Gruss Orchestra From 10 November 2007 to 9 March 2008. The Cirque National Alexis Gruss is nothing short of a circus dynasty, having spawned generations of genuinely skilled performers who are passionate about their art: a blend of circus feats and horsemanship...
    Christian Lacroix, fashion history From 8 November to 6 April 2008 After excelling in the history of art at the Ecole du Louvre, Christian Lacroix, joined the fashion house of Jean Patou at the age of 30. Two years later, he created ... his own fashion house and in the same year organised his first haute-couture fashion parade. Nevertheless, as a student, Christian Lacroix dreamed of becoming a museum curator and fashion historian. With this objective in mind he even created a work based on the collections of clothes and accessories of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile that has today achieved worldwide recognition. An atypical exhibition in which Christian Lacroix delivers his subjective and creative history of fashion, from the 18th century to the present day. For the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his fashion house, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is staging the first Christian Lacroix exhibition. It brings together 400 clothing items, chosen according to themes or techniques that the couturier is fond of and that punctuate the history of fashion as well as his own haute-couture models. An elegant and unique exhibition… not to be missed. Practical information Christian Lacroix, histoires de mode LES ARTS DECORATIFS - MUSEE DE LA MODE ET DU TEXTILE Palais du Louvre - 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 PARIS Metro : Tuileries Bus : 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 telephone number : 0144555750 Cirque National Alexis Gruss Orchestra From 10 November 2007 to 9 March 2008. The Cirque National Alexis Gruss is nothing short of a circus dynasty, having spawned generations of genuinely skilled performers who are passionate about their art: a blend of circus feats and horsemanship... France’s best-known circus family adds to its repertoire of traditional circus each year, presenting the general public with a new show. This winter, the Cirque National Alexis Gruss will be inaugurating a show titled “Orchestra”, a dextrous combination of circus arts and musical styles. The circus will set up its big white tent at the Porte de Passy end of the Bois de Boulogne, with performances scheduled until March: don’t miss this entertaining show! Practical information PORTE DE PASSY 75016 PARIS Metro : Ranelagh telephone number : 01 45 01 71 26 For more info Click here
  • What's On - October 08 Last Year

    Les femmes du monde - Exhibition of Titouan Lamazou (Women of the World) From 11 October to 12 May 2008. This is the story of a navigator, a dreamer who enthusiastically and courageously braved the the seas and oceans day after day, sails to the wind, in search of beauty and the absolute... The Phoenicians and the Mediterranean From 16 October 2007 to 30 March 2008 Parisians and visitors alike never tire of the myriad opportunities that the Institut du Monde Arabe offers to travel the world and explore ... Perles, une histoire naturelle From 25 October 2007 to 10 March 2008. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about pearls but didn’t know who to ask: that’s the theme of this exhibition at the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle. “Pearls: a Natural History” is being organised for the first time in Europe after touring New York, Tokyo, Sydney and Abu Dhabi. Paris invites you to discover a spectacular collection of pearls... Les années folles From 20 October 2007 to 30 March 2008. At the turn of the 20th century, corseted fashion matched the curving lines of Art Nouveau, the dominant decorative style, and there were many social taboos. Then came the post-WWI revolution, an era that is popularly known as the Roaring Twenties, a time of post-war rebuilding, carefree lifestyles and bold art and fashion statements... Zizi sexuel, l'expo From 16 October to January 2009. “Tout, tout vous saurez tout sur le zizi!” popular French singer Pierre Perret once sang, going on to cheekily list the attributes of the male anatomy... Les poupées des Petites Filles Modèles (Perfect little girls) From 16 October 2007 to 16 March 2008 How does one become a perfect little girl? By playing with a doll of course! Whether in papier mâché, in fabric or in plastic… The Lion King From 4 October 2007. Walt Disney’s animated film “The Lion King” was a huge box office success; Simba, the lion cub left to his own devices after the death of his father, who has to face a number of challenges... Paradoxes: A fresh look at illusions From 6 October to 29 March 2008. Illusionist dancer Laurent Berreta stages a series of sophisticated tableaux, using choreography and visual effects to take us on a journey into the ... Home matches at the Stade Français -2007/2008 season (rugby) From 26 October 2007 au 14 June 2008 Stade Français CASG Paris is the rugby club of the Parisian region. Founded in May 1995 with the merger of the rugby sections of two Paris sports clubs... Cirque Bouglione - Vertige From 27 October to 9 March 2008. After eight months of repairs to its façade, the Cirque d’Hiver is reopening and ready for new circus shows!!! A thrilling evening is guaranteed with
    Les femmes du monde - Exhibition of Titouan Lamazou (Women of the World) From 11 October to 12 May 2008 This is the story of a navigator, a dreamer who enthusiastically and courageously braved the the seas and oceans day after day, sails to the wind, in search of beauty and the absolute... When the sea was calm, this sailor set about painting, drawing, or taking photographs to recount his amazing journey to us. It is the fabulous story of Titouan Lamazou! The Musée de l’Homme invites us to discover, "Zoé Zoé", the wonderful portraits of women by Titouan Lamazou during his travels over five continents. Six years journeying in search of his muse, is summed up in 200 sketches, photos, paintings and texts. In the beauty of his models, and his art works, Titouan Lamazou shows us that he felt even more inspired by his many encounters across the world than by the crossing of nations and frontiers. We are therefore able to become acquainted with young female Chinese rock stars, a very made-up Brazilian actress from 1997, a princess from Bali, a mother of five children, etc. It is then a veritable artistic world tour that our generous-hearted sailor proposes. Not to be missed! Practical information MUSEE DE L'HOMME Palais de Chaillot - 17, place du Trocadéro 75016 PARIS Metro : Trocadéro RER : Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel telephone number : 01 44 05 72 72 For more info Click here The Phoenicians and the Mediterranean From 16 October 2007 to 30 March 2008 Parisians and visitors alike never tire of the myriad opportunities that the Institut du Monde Arabe offers to travel the world and explore ... different cultures and civilisations through a series of wonderful exhibitions. With its new exhibition, Paris’s Mecca for cultural discovery takes us on a journey into one of the most fascinating civilisations of the first millennium B.C.: that of the Phoenicians. Sailors and silver-tongued traders, the Phoenicians are also known for having spread the use of their alphabet and spawning great mythological figures such as Europe and Adonis. The exhibition at the IMA takes a look at Phoenician civilisation and art, represented above all by fascinating statuary and extremely sophisticated furnishings. The visit is a themed one starting with geography (and city-States such as Byblos, Sidon and Tyre) and going on to the Phoenicians’ development and cultural exchanges with the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This absorbing display of coins, statues, earthenware and ivory objects brings the world of the Phoenicians alive for the modern-day visitor. Practical information INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE Institut du Monde Arabe 1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard 75005 PARIS Metro : Jussieu RER :Gare d'Austerlitz Bus : 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89 telephone number : 0892702604 fax : 01 43 54 76 45 Perles, une histoire naturelle From 25 October 2007 to 10 March 2008. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about pearls but didn’t know who to ask: that’s the theme of this exhibition at the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle. “Pearls: a Natural History” is being organised for the first time in Europe after touring New York, Tokyo, Sydney and Abu Dhabi. Paris invites you to discover a spectacular collection of pearls... We’ve all dreamed of wearing or being given a beautiful piece of jewellery, or giving our loved one the timeless gift of jewellery and watching the sparkle in their eyes. Pearls have enchanted humans from time immemorial and inspired envy and adoration. Unrivalled as symbols of divinity, royalty, beauty and luxury, pearls have always fascinated us, from ancient times to our day. The ancient Romans saw pearls as the ‘frozen tears of the gods’, while the ancient Greeks thought pearls originated from lightning striking the sea. And yet pearls are the result of an absolutely ordinary natural process: they are created when grit invades an oyster’s shell. The exhibition at the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle provides a comprehensive overview of the creation, life cycle and extraordinary destiny of pearls, ranging from scientific aspects such as the therapeutic qualities of mother-of-pearl to 300 stunning pieces of jewellery and works of art including rare pieces by designers such as Chaumet, Cartier and Chanel. Don’t miss this superb exhibition: with a scope covering everything from natural history to luxury, it is likely to appeal equally to biodiversity enthusiasts and fashion fans. Practical information MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE - JARDIN DES PLANTES 57, rue Cuvier 75005 PARIS Metro : Gare d'Austerlitz RER :Gare d'Austerlitz Bus : 24 - 57 - 61 - 63 - 65 - 67 - 89 - 91 telephone number : 0140795479 Les années folles From 20 October 2007 to 30 March 2008. At the turn of the 20th century, corseted fashion matched the curving lines of Art Nouveau, the dominant decorative style, and there were many social taboos. Then came the post-WWI revolution, an era that is popularly known as the Roaring Twenties, a time of post-war rebuilding, carefree lifestyles and bold art and fashion statements... The “Années folles” (Roaring Twenties) from 1919 to 1929 were a turning point in artistic creation. Art Deco took over from Art Nouveau and the spirit of the time was marked by the emancipation of women and their bodies. Women’s fashion began to incorporate short skirts and haircuts and their new freedom to smoke in public. Many women adopted an androgynous look and a modern lifestyle. This fast-changing era witnessed the speed and frenzy of a generation unaware that it was on the brink of a stock market crash. With this beautifully staged exhibition, the Musée Galliera has recreated 24 hours in the life of a chic Parisian woman in the “années folles”. On display are the clothes, fabrics and haircuts of the time, with fashions by top Twenties outfitters such as Chanel, Patou, Talbot and Worth, not forgetting sound recordings, photographs and films that bear witness to the context of this exciting period. The exhibition, which has already proved to be extremely popular, is on at Palais Galliera until 30 March. Practical information Les Années folles (1919-1929) MUSEE GALLIERA - MUSEE DE LA MODE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS 10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 PARIS Metro : Iéna Bus : 32, 63, 72, 92, 42,80, 82 telephone number : 0156528600 fax : 01 47 23 38 37 Zizi sexuel, l'expo From 16 October to January 2009. “Tout, tout vous saurez tout sur le zizi!” popular French singer Pierre Perret once sang, going on to cheekily list the attributes of the male anatomy... It was a daring but effective tactic, for humour is the best way to tackle a subject many people would otherwise find shocking. Teenage French comic strip character Titeuf serves as a guide to this exhibition at the Cité des Sciences, providing funny yet sensitive and detailed answers to all the awkward questions that 9-14-year-olds tend to ask on the ever-fascinating subjects of love and sexuality. The exhibition provides serious answers to sexual queries without indulging in either “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” insinuations or too-realistic films or photos. This instructive approach to sex makes the exhibition an excellent outing with the family, friends or schoolmates. Exhibition ‘host’ Titeuf and his girlfriend Nadia appear all along the itinerary to encourage visitors to use ‘instruments’ such as an ‘amouromètre’ to check if you’re in love, a ‘pubertomatic’ to demonstrate all the changes wrought by puberty and a ‘rallye des spermatos’ (rally of sperm) engaged in a ‘course à l’ovule’ (race to the ovule), as well a number of animations and quizzes. After a visit to “Zizi sexuel l’expo”, children will have acquired the knowledge they will require when their big moment comes along. The exhibition also provides many reminders of the need for mutual respect. An educational and entertaining outing. Practical information Zizi sexuel, l'expo CITE DES SCIENCES ET DE L'INDUSTRIE - LA VILLETTE Parc de la Villette 30, avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 PARIS Metro : Porte de la Villette Bus : 75,139,150,152, PC 2,PC 3 telephone number : 0140058000 fax : 01 40 05 81 90 Les poupées des Petites Filles Modèles (Perfect little girls) From 16 October 2007 to 16 March 2008 How does one become a perfect little girl? By playing with a doll of course! Whether in papier mâché, in fabric or in plastic… from the 19th century, dolls have been a model for little girls to imitate. They have enabled them to discover sewing, knitting, putting together a wardrobe, cooking… and have played a part in them learning good manners. And still today, baby dolls etc. are still an important part of the world of many children. The Musée de la Poupée gives the public the opportunity to plunge into this world of « model » dolls. Some one hundred of them, dating from 1840 to the present day are on show: dolls inspired by the works of the Comtesse de Ségur to the many dolls from the Maisons Huret, Jumeau, Raynal… and children’s magazines like « La Semaine de Suzette », « Le jardins des Modes »…and not forgetting the very latest creations. Practical information Les Poupées des Petites Filles Modèles (Dolls of perfect little girls) MUSEE DE LA POUPEE - PARIS Impasse Berthaud vers le 22, rue Beaubourg 75003 PARIS Metro : Rambuteau RER : Châtelet Les Halles Bus : 29, 38, 47, 75 The Lion King From 4 October 2007. Walt Disney’s animated film “The Lion King” was a huge box office success; Simba, the lion cub left to his own devices after the death of his father, who has to face a number of challenges... before he can finally be crowned king in his turn, tugged at audiences’ heartstrings. The Théâtre Mogador will be hosting the musical comedy of the same name, based on the cartoon film, this autumn. Director Julie Taymor, a young woman with an eclectic artistic profile, has turned the film version into an enchanting theatre adaptation. She had rewritten the story and enriched it with new songs by Elton John, South African melodies and beats, choreography and lively decor. The production, which has won six Tony awards for best musical, director, choreography, decor, costumes and lighting, requires no fewer than 400 costumes, 200 masks and over 100 puppets. Don’t expect to see the artistes completely hidden within their costumes. Julie Taymor brilliantly emphasises the duality of man and beast in each character by placing the masks above the actors’ heads. The effect is utterly magical. Featuring about 40 artistes and 20 actors, the production has been entirely dubbed in French, from the dialogues to the songs. A show for all the family to enjoy. Practical information Lion King THEATRE MOGADOR 25, rue de Mogador 75009 PARIS Metro : Havre Caumartin RER : Auber telephone number : 0 820 88 87 86 (0,12 €/min) mail : tmogador@wanadoo.fr For more info Click here For more info Click here Paradoxes: A fresh look at illusions From 6 October to 29 March 2008. Illusionist dancer Laurent Berreta stages a series of sophisticated tableaux, using choreography and visual effects to take us on a journey into the ... heart of the paradox and the true secret of life: the search for beauty. This creative, emotive show is a blend of magic, dance and literature, drawing heavily from the works of Oscar Wilde. Laurent Beretta won the Grand Prix Baguette d'Or at the Monte Carlo Magic Festival in 2004. Practical information THEATRE TREVISE 14, rue de Trévise 75009 PARIS Metro : Grands Boulevards telephone number : 01 40 22 96 99 fax : 01 48 00 94 10 mail : thierry@theatre-trevise.com For more info Click here Home matches at the Stade Français -2007/2008 season (rugby) From 26 October 2007 au 14 June 2008 Stade Français CASG Paris is the rugby club of the Parisian region. Founded in May 1995 with the merger of the rugby sections of two Paris sports clubs... Stade Français and Club Athlétique des Sports Généraux (CASG) it has grown increasingly popular with rugby fans as a result of its impressive list of wins (French league champions in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004, French Cup finalist in 1998 and, above all, European Cup finalist in 2001), its media visibility (with its annual “locker room nudes” calendar featuring the stadium stars), its stirring anthem (“borrowed” by France’s 1998 football World Cup-winning team in 1998) and the renown of its charismatic manager Max Guazzini, who discusses cutting-edge trends in music and his team’s latest match against Perpignan or Clermont-Ferrand with equal ease. This combination of factors has led to Stade Français’s reputation as an exciting team. Every weekend, they put on a real show that’s a mix of deft play by the three-quarters and muscled action by the forwards. These well-attended matches are colourful affairs - and Stade Français is (for different reasons) undoubtedly one of the few rugby teams to attract both men and women. Practical information Home matches at the Stade Français -2007/2008 season (rugby) French Rugby Championship (Top 14) STADE JEAN-BOUIN Avenue du Général-Sarrail 75116 PARIS Metro : Exelmans telephone number : 0 892 46 75 75 (0,24 €/min) Cirque Bouglione - Vertige From 27 October to 9 March 2008. After eight months of repairs to its façade, the Cirque d’Hiver is reopening and ready for new circus shows!!! A thrilling evening is guaranteed with ... exciting numbers like the canon and woman exploit, clowns, acrobatic monocycle, horse riding stunts and more. The show has that special Bouglione hallmark with its meticulous mise en scène full of innovation under the special lighting effects of Eric Ravel. An orchestra of 14 musicians will accompany the performances. Come and enjoy this evening full of excitement!!! Practical information CIRQUE D'HIVER BOUGLIONE PARIS 110, rue Amelot 75011 PARIS Metro : Filles du Calvaire Bus : 20-65-96 telephone number : 01 47 00 28 81 fax : 01 49 29 09 78 mail : production@cirquedhiver.com For more info Click here
  • What's On - July 08 Last Year

    Mika 4 July 2008 Having given sold-out concerts at the Olympia and the Zénith in 2007, Mika, the new prince of pop, is going one step further with a concert at the Parc des Princes, the biggest venue in Paris... Paris Cinéma From 1 to 13 July 2008 Since 2003, every summer, Paris becomes the capital of cinema during a few days. The festival “Paris Cinéma”, whose president is Charlotte Rampling, shows how dynamic cinema is in Paris. Bastille Day Celebrations 14 July 2008 There are nationwide celebrations but some of the biggest in the country take place in Paris along the famous Champs-Elysees...... Tour de France From 05 July 2008 to 27 July 2008 Running from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2008, the 95th Tour de France will be....
    Mika 4 July 2008 Having given sold-out concerts at the Olympia and the Zénith in 2007, Mika, the new prince of pop, is going one step further with a concert at the Parc des Princes, the biggest venue in Paris... Lebanese-born Mika drew inspiration from British culture, to which he has been exposed since the age of nine, to come up with a bright, bouncy debut album called “Life in cartoon motion”, which has since become essential listening. He will be performing some of his top hits including “Grace Kelly” and “Relax (Take it easy)”, the song that’s on everyone’s lips. Light effects and Mika’s peppy 1980s-90s sound should make this a feel-good evening. Practical information Mika International vocalist PARC DES PRINCES 24, rue du Commandant-Guibaud 75016 PARIS Metro : Porte de Saint Cloud telephone number : 0 892 692 192 (0,34 €/min) For more info Click here Paris Cinéma From 1 to 13 July 2008 Since 2003, every summer, Paris becomes the capital of cinema during a few days. The festival “Paris Cinéma”, whose president is Charlotte Rampling, shows how dynamic cinema is in Paris. Numerous movies will be played in many cinema theatres, unconventional venues or outdoors, all over Paris. Tickets will cost only 5 euros and much less with the 25 euros illimited pass. The Filipinos will be celebrated this year. The 6th festival will offer the same successful events as the former ones: contests of short-film and full-length films unseen in France, previews, tributes – to the Finnish film maker Ari Kaurismäki – workshops, conferences, a children program... and many French and foreign film-makers, actors, producers and movie professionals will be present. Cinema lovers will be delighted! Practical information PARIS telephone number : 01 55 25 55 25 For more info Click here Bastille Day Celebrations 14 July 2008 There are nationwide celebrations but some of the biggest in the country take place in Paris along the famous Champs-Elysees...... Thousands of spectators turn out to watch the procession and military bands as they make their way along the tree-lined avenue. After dark, a huge fireworks display lights up the night sky and parties continue till the small hours in the city's bars, cafes and restaurants. The day is a public holiday throughout the country. Practical information Champs-Elysees (Venue) Avenue des Champs-Elysees 75008 Paris Metro: Champs-Elysees Clemenceau Bus: 28, 32, 42, 49, 73, 80, 83 and 93 Tour de France From 05 July 2008 to 27 July 2008 Running from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2008, the 95th Tour de France will be.... made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometres. These 21 stages have the following profiles: 10 flat stages, 5 mountain stages, 4 medium mountain stages, 2 individual time-trial stages. Distinctive aspects of the race 4 mountain finishes, 2 rest days, 82 kilometres of individual time-trials, 19 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed. Practical information For more info Click here
  • What's On - August 08 Last Year

    Festival Rock en Seine Aug 2008 The Festival Rock en Seine is a three-day outdoor event, held in the Saint Cloud park just outside Paris.... Paris Saint-Germain home matches: 2007-2008 season (football) From 4 August 2007 to 10 May 2008 Football club Paris Saint-Germain has had another season of ups-and-downs, finishing a disappointing fifteenth in the French League championship despite the spark of ...
    Festival Rock en Seine Aug 2008 The Festival Rock en Seine is a three-day outdoor event, held in the Saint Cloud park just outside Paris.... The event's consistently excellent line-up and chilled-out atmosphere make it a highlight of the city's musical calendar. Practical information Where:Domaine National de Saint Cloud Opening Hours:Fri & Sat from 3pm; Sun from 2pm Paris Saint-Germain home matches: 2007-2008 season (football) From 4 August 2007 to 10 May 2008 Football club Paris Saint-Germain has had another season of ups-and-downs, finishing a disappointing fifteenth in the French League championship despite the spark of ... hope that followed their victory in the 2006 French Cup. The bright future the players were hoping for never materialised. Fans of the French capital’s top club are now looking to the 2007-2008 season to provide redemption and a return to the values that once made PSG the best football club in France - a challenge that the club’s players and managers have taken up with alacrity. The trophy-rich club, which has been trying for some years now to revive its glorious past (French League champions in 1986 and 1994, European Cup winners in 1996 and constantly present on the list of the top European clubs) has made sure it now holds all the aces to go after the trophies. Some very promising players such as Clémént and Luyundula have joined the club’s excellent line-up (Rothen, Pauleta, Landreau, Yepes etc), while coach Paul Le Guen has earned himself a solid reputation. Indeed, today’s players may well end up being tomorrow’s football legends. The PSG is once again aiming for top billing - and counting on football fans to cheer it on at the club stadium at Parc des Princes. Look forward to some exciting, suspenseful and action-packed matches! Practical information PARC DES PRINCES 24, rue du Commandant-Guibaud 75016 PARIS Metro : Porte de Saint Cloud For more info Click here
  • What's On - September 08 Last Year

    Antique Dealers Biennal From 11 to 21 September 2008 Collectors of the world, antique amateurs, wonderers, don’t miss the 24th edition of the "Antique Dealers Biennal", in September 2008 at the Grand Palais Diana Moreno Bormann From 12 September 2007 to 31 Decemeber 2008. Traditional circus is still alive and kicking! All year round you can find shows in Paris where circus is still circus, and jugglers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers who transmit their skills from generation to generation... Paris Volley 2007-2008 season From 29 September2007 to 8 April 2008 Volleyball, a genuine team sport, gets far less media coverage than most other major games in France, even though the country’s teams have notched up... Paris Levallois 2007-2008 season (basketball) From 28 September 2007 to 14 May 2008 Paris, the capital of France, dreams of becoming a basketball capital too. A few years ago it finally began to look as if Paris’s basketball club had everything it needed to ... Paris Handball 2007-2008 season From 8 September 2007 to 10 May 2008 Handball is far from being a schoolboy sport, as you will realise when you watch the Paris Handball club in action at Coubertin... Diana Moreno Bormann From 12 September 2007 to 31 Decemeber 2008. Traditional circus is still alive and kicking! All year round you can find shows in Paris where circus is still circus, and jugglers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers who transmit their skills from generation to generation...
    Antique Dealers Biennal From 11 to 21 September 2008 Collectors of the world, antique amateurs, wonderers, don’t miss the 24th edition of the "Antique Dealers Biennal", in September 2008 at the Grand Palais. With its majectic architecture and its dazzling sun lounge, this place is the ideal setting for this international art dealers meeting. The three exceptional worlds of antiques, fine arts and jewelry will be present. The creme de la creme of antique dealers and international art dealers will present the public with quintessentially beautiful, rare and priceless objects, of different times and styles. Practical information Biennale des Antiquaires (September 2008) GRAND PALAIS. Avenue Winston-Churchill 75008 PARIS For more info Click here Paris Volley 2007-2008 season From 29 September2007 to 8 April 2008 Volleyball, a genuine team sport, gets far less media coverage than most other major games in France, even though the country’s teams have notched up... a number of victories and honourable mentions. The French men’s team won the bronze medal at the 2002 world championship and the silver medal at the 2003 European championship; the Tours mean’s team was 2005 European champion and the Cannes women’s team was 2003 European champion. French teams are now a force to be reckoned with in the upper echelons of volleyball, and Paris is no exception: its club Paris Volley has ensconced itself on the list of top-level national and European teams. The club’s record speaks for itself: French champion in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 and winner of the 2000 European Cup and European Super Cup and the 2001 Champions League. The capital’s volleyball team always sets its sights high and, with a line-up of talented and reputed players such as Jiri Novak, Thiago Aranha and Ludovic Castard, Paris Volley is gearing up to reach new heights this season. Watch the players smash, lob, set, dive and receive at the Salle Charpy. Practical information ESPACE CHARPY Stade Charlety 99 boulevard Kellermann 75013 PARIS Metro : Maison Blanche Paris Levallois 2007-2008 season (basketball) From 28 September 2007 to 14 May 2008 Paris, the capital of France, dreams of becoming a basketball capital too. A few years ago it finally began to look as if Paris’s basketball club had everything it needed to ... top the French league once more: a solid, promising team, motivated staff and a widening audience. However, the club failed to notch up any major victories even as funds ran low. The future did not seem to hold out much hope. Then an announcement was made that would provide fresh impetus: the Paris Basket Racing and the Levallois SC clubs would join forces (physical, technical and financial) to have a fighting chance of competing with the top-level French clubs. So 2007 will see the club back in the ring. Led by T.J. Parker, the younger brother of star player Tony, the Paris Levallois players will be looking to win a national title, now within their grasp. Paris Levallois will be playing this season’s matches at the Salle Pierre de Coubertin and the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan de Levallois, with two matches scheduled at the POPB. Fighting spirit, suspense, thrills, blind passes, dunks and three-point shots are on the cards: hurry and get your season tickets! Practical information STADE PIERRE-DE-COUBERTIN 82, avenue Georges-Lafont 75016 PARIS Metro : Porte de Saint Cloud For more info Click here Paris Handball 2007-2008 season From 8 September 2007 to 10 May 2008 Handball is far from being a schoolboy sport, as you will realise when you watch the Paris Handball club in action at Coubertin... these pros will demonstrate exactly how competitive a sport this is during their matches every weekend. 40-metre passes, fast strikes, impossible shots, tough defence tactics and reflex stops: all the most spectacular handball techniques will be on display every week in locations throughout the country and every fortnight in the capital. Like all the major European capitals, Paris has its own handball team: a leading one. Last season excepted, since 1999 the team has consistently featured in the top five of the tough French championship, where skilled teams such as Montpellier, Ivry and Chambery vie for top place. The Paris Handball players and coach Thierry Anti have set themselves the challenge of bringing the trophy they last won in 1974 home to the capital. To achieve that objective, the club is counting on its finest players Alexandar Stanojevic, Olivier Girault and Robert Lis as well as highly vocal audience support from season ticket holders and occasional spectators at the legendary Stade Pierre de Coubertin. Practical information STADE PIERRE-DE-COUBERTIN 82, avenue Georges-Lafont 75016 PARIS Metro : Porte de Saint Cloud Diana Moreno Bormann From 12 September 2007 to 31 Decemeber 2008. Traditional circus is still alive and kicking! All year round you can find shows in Paris where circus is still circus, and jugglers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers who transmit their skills from generation to generation... ...treat us to performances for which only they hold the secret. And so it is with the Moreno Bormann family - everyone lends a hand to transform this family heritage into a fabulous show. The Diana Moreno-Bormann circus is also the biggest animal circus in the city. Tigers, elephants, ostriches, zebra and camels take turns in the ring to the delight of both kids and grown-ups, fascinated and excited by this show and its admirable blend of humour, poetry and surprises. If you add the fact that the welcome is warm, the decor magical and the goodbyes moving, you’ll be hard put not to be tempted to pay a visit to number 112, rue de la Haie au Coq! Practical information Diana Moreno Bormann Circus "Ca c'est du cirque" RUE DE LA HAIE COQ rue de la haie Coq 75019 PARIS Metro : Porte de la Chapelle telephone number : 01 64 05 36 25 / 06 10 71 83 50 fax : 01 64 05 85 86 For more info Click here
  • What's On December 08 Last Year

    Artus et la forêt magique From 1 December 2007. Following two successful productions, “Dragons et Merveilles” and “Isabel… au bois dormant”, Christian Grau-Stéf will be presenting a new show at the Théâtre du Gymnase this winter in collaboration with Janine Deborde...
    Artus et la forêt magique From 1 December 2007. Following two successful productions, “Dragons et Merveilles” and “Isabel… au bois dormant”, Christian Grau-Stéf will be presenting a new show at the Théâtre du Gymnase this winter in collaboration with Janine Deborde... Get your children ready for some time travel: this tale of fantasy, titled “Artus et la forêt magique” (Artus and the Magic Forest) takes them into the Middle Ages, to a strange forest inhabited by all kinds of colourful, comical and hair-raising characters who are not always well-intentioned, from Cradoscq the giant to King Philémon, not to mention Princess Roseliande, a smattering of travelling performers and a group of goblins. And then, of course, there’s the brave, kind hero of the story, Artus, who will have to defeat his wicked foes. This humorous, eventful and action-packed tale will keep your children on the edges of their seats! Practical information THEATRE DU GYMNASE MARIE BELL 38, boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle 75010 PARIS Metro : Bonne Nouvelle telephone number : 0142771450 fax : 01 42 93 95 61
  • What's On - March 08 Last Year

    Marie-Antoinette From 15 March to 30 June 2008. Here’s a riddle for you: I am the youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. I married the heir to the French throne in 1770. Some consider me a carefree, well-behaved young girl; others think I am an extravagant pleasure seeker. I am known to have inspired a lot of new ideas, especially in the world of art. Who am I? Marie Antoinette, of course!... Jessye Norman, soprano – classical concert at the Salle Pleyel 16 March 2008 « Just enormous! », this is the nickname given to her by her fans. Because the diva soprano Jessye Norman, who will sing at the sumptuously renovated Salle Pleyel, is a veritable monument of operatic and classical works, and a major figure in the discipline. Book Fair From 14 to 19 March 2008 The Book fair (Salon du livre) will be held in Spring 2008 in Paris Expo, at Porte de Versailles. The public will be able to meet many writers and edition professionals, discover the newest literary trends,... African and Oceanian Art. Masterpieces of the Barbier-Muller Collection From 19 March to 24 August 2008 The event is exceptional! The collection Barbier-Muller, the most beautiful private collection of African and Oceanian art is in Paris till the 24th of August. The 100th anniversary of this collection belonging to the Swissman Jean-Paul Barbier-Muller will be celebrated in the Musée Jacquemart-André... Goya’s engravings From 12 March to 8 June 2008. Appointed court painter because of his talent and versatility, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, better known as Goya, was a major 18th century Spanish painter generally known by the average art enthusiast as the creator of the dramatic “Dos de Mayo”... Le Temps des Gitans From 23 to 30 March 2008. Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica presented a freewheeling adaptation of his cult film “Les Temps des Gitans” (Time of the Gypsies), which won two Golden Palm awards at the Cannes film festival in 1989, at the Opéra Bastille last summer... Mondial du Modélisme From 22 to 30 March 2008 Are you fascinated by extremely tiny scales, Liliput worlds, scale-downs and architecture models? Then come wander around in the “Mondial du Modélisme”, where you’ll be able to fully live your passion. 12th Festival of the Imaginary From 12 March to 18 April 2008 This event is the one Parisian discovery festival. Its unexpected program, its exotic and rare works have always been astonishing. For ten years, it has been the place to discover talents, which allows the public to go through delightful surprises... Patti Smith - Land 250 From 28 March to 22 June 2008 For the many, Patti Smith is a legend. No real rock child isn’t aware of this 70’s New York punk-rock muse. In a career of 30 years, the American star was sucessively a committed poet following Rimbaud and Genet, an internationally successful artist thanks to the song “Because the Night”, and since then, the must-have of the ideal rock fan... Foire du Trône From 22 March to 17 May 2008 It’s time for fun, laughter and candyfloss! The best-known Parisian funfair is opening for two months of sheer delight. The Foire du Trône is being held for the 1,050th year at the Pelouse Reuilly... Paris fait sa comédie (Paris Puts on an Act) From 27 March to 4 April 2008 In the first edition of the “Paris fait sa comédie” festival, in 2007, the audience was invited to enjoy all sorts of humour at the heart of Paris: comedy, satire, black humour, wild, farcical and absurd humour... Festival of Martial Arts at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy 29 March 2008 In just a few years, this big annual gathering of martial arts in France has become a much awaited event and a firm favourite with fans of Bruce Lee or Jet Li.
    Marie-Antoinette From 15 March to 30 June 2008. Here’s a riddle for you: I am the youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. I married the heir to the French throne in 1770. Some consider me a carefree, well-behaved young girl; others think I am an extravagant pleasure seeker. I am known to have inspired a lot of new ideas, especially in the world of art. Who am I? Marie Antoinette, of course!... The riddle is easy to solve, for the story of the young Austrian archduchess is an unforgettable one. Admiration, hate, jealousy and high drama all form part of her story, which has retained people’s interest down the ages. Marie-Antoinette is undoubtedly France’s most notorious queen. She was adulated on her arrival in Versailles, where her beauty, vivacity and intelligence were widely admired. Worried by her popularity, courtiers at Versailles attempted to limit her political influence. But the young queen was destined to make an impact. Marie-Antoinette soon became known as a patron of the arts. She brought about changes at Versailles in the realms of decorative arts, music and fashion. However, her extravagance came in for sharp criticism. The young queen was dismissed as “the Austrian” and considered a spendthrift, a schemer and a counter-revolutionary. The Grand Palais provides a fascinating insight into Marie Antoinette’s strong and complex personality through this exhibition of nearly 300 works from all over Europe: a rare opportunity, considering that the last tribute of this scale paid to this famous historical figure dates back to 1955. Practical information GALERIES NATIONALES DU GRAND PALAIS 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 PARIS Metro : Champs Elysées Clemenceau Bus : 28, 32, 42, 49, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93 telephone number : fax : 01 45 63 54 33 For more info Click here Jessye Norman, soprano – classical concert at the Salle Pleyel 16 March 2008 « Just enormous! », this is the nickname given to her by her fans. Because the diva soprano Jessye Norman, who will sing at the sumptuously renovated Salle Pleyel, is a veritable monument of operatic and classical works, and a major figure in the discipline. Since her debut at the Berlin State Opera in 1969, she has sung the most prestigious works (Les Troyens by Berlioz, La Voix Humaine by Poulenc, Aïda by Verdi …) in the world’s greatest opera houses (la Scala in Milan, the Opéra de Paris, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, …), and been awarded the highest honours (Kennedy Center Honor …), in the course of her long career. Her rich and powerful voice and dramatic expressive qualities have made her a majestic performer of the great operatic roles like Aïda, Cassandre and Alceste. As well as operas and recitals, which have made her famous, Jessye Norman has also been invited to mark major occasions like the second inauguration of US President Bill Clinton in 1997, the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, the celebration of the bicentenary of the French revolution in 1989, etc. On 16 March at the Salle Pleyel, she will perform works by Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter, accompanied by Mark Markham on the piano. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to applaud a real American star, here in Paris. Practical information Recital Jessye Norman, soprano The five seasons : Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Eternal Love SALLE PLEYEL 252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 PARIS Metro : Ternes RER : Charles de Gaulle - Etoile telephone number : 0142561313 Book Fair From 14 to 19 March 2008 The Book fair (Salon du livre) will be held in Spring 2008 in Paris Expo, at Porte de Versailles. The public will be able to meet many writers and edition professionals, discover the newest literary trends,... and enjoy the successful activities of this fair, such as the Forum’s Debats, the Sciences Bar, the Comic Call, and new activities such as the “Books Plaza” devoted to literary novelties, a big exhibition on Philippe Geluck’s Cat, a Manga village...Israel will be invited this year, and will present the public with its rich and dynamic literatures. Practical information Paris Book Fair PARIS EXPO PORTE DE VERSAILLES 1, place de la Porte de Versailles 75015 PARIS Metro : Porte de Versailles telephone number : 01 41 90 47 40 fax : 01 53 68 71 71 For more info Click here African and Oceanian Art. Masterpieces of the Barbier-Muller Collection From 19 March to 24 August 2008 The event is exceptional! The collection Barbier-Muller, the most beautiful private collection of African and Oceanian art is in Paris till the 24th of August. The 100th anniversary of this collection belonging to the Swissman Jean-Paul Barbier-Muller will be celebrated in the Musée Jacquemart-André... This extraordinary family collection has been gathered for 100 years by three passionate generations. It contains around 100 pieces (statues, masks, pendents, totems, headdresses, crests, swords, sceptres...), and uncomparable “gems” such as the Nigerian 12th century “Horseman Sceptre”. This collection is staying for five months in Paris, which will certainly make the art world quite envious. Don’t miss it! Practical information MUSEE JACQUEMART-ANDRE 158, boulevard Haussmann 75008 PARIS Metro : Miromesnil Saint Philippe du Roule RER : Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Bus : 22, 28, 43, 52, 80, 83, 84, 93 telephone number : 0145621159 fax : 01 45 62 16 36 mail : message@musee-jacquemart-andre.com For more info Click here For more info Click here Goya’s engravings From 12 March to 8 June 2008. Appointed court painter because of his talent and versatility, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, better known as Goya, was a major 18th century Spanish painter generally known by the average art enthusiast as the creator of the dramatic “Dos de Mayo”... This fabulous painting pays tribute to Spanish rebels during the Franco-Spanish War. However, it is only one of a number of magnificent works. Goya dazzled the cultural world with the fluent and naturalistic style of his paintings, which also had a keen satirical edge. A successful and popular painter (works such as “Tres de Mayo” and the “black paintings” series were widely acclaimed), Goya began to experiment with the trickier technique of engraving, an art form that would gave him plenty of scope for caricature. With masterpieces such as “Los Caprichos” and “Los Prorerbios”, Goya led Spanish art into hitherto unexplored territory. Through a rich and astonishing exhibition, the Petit Palais offers an insight into the work of Goya the engraver, a realistic and politically committed artist. A must-see. Practical information PETIT PALAIS, MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS DE LA VILLE DE PARIS Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 PARIS Metro : Champs Elysées Clemenceau RER : Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Bus : 42, 72, 73, 80, 83 telephone number : 0153434000 Le Temps des Gitans From 23 to 30 March 2008. Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica presented a freewheeling adaptation of his cult film “Les Temps des Gitans” (Time of the Gypsies), which won two Golden Palm awards at the Cannes film festival in 1989, at the Opéra Bastille last summer... The adaptation took the form of a riotous, exuberant punk opera sung in the Roma language and composed of songs, Balkan music, movie excerpts and colourful decor, accompanied throughout by the swashbuckling playing of 45 musicians from the No Smoking Orchestra and the Garbage Serbian Philharmonia. This powerful, kaleidoscopic show alternates between comedy and tragedy, mixing cruelty, poetry and make-believe. The new version of “Time of the Gypsies” will be performed at the Palais des Congrès de Paris in March. Not to be missed! Practical information PALAIS DES CONGRES DE PARIS. 2, place de la Porte Maillot 75017 PARIS Metro : Porte Maillot RER : Porte Maillot telephone number : 0140680005 fax : 01 40 68 28 44 For more info Click here Mondial du Modélisme From 22 to 30 March 2008 Are you fascinated by extremely tiny scales, Liliput worlds, scale-downs and architecture models? Then come wander around in the “Mondial du Modélisme”, where you’ll be able to fully live your passion. Long time model makers but also novices and strollers will have the time of their life: in this 29th edition which takes place at the Parc des Expositions Paris Le Bourget, visitors will be able to discover many clubs, associations, federations as well as the creations and last productions of 150 exhibiting professionals, from trains to doll houses, miniatures, figurines, planes, boats... There will be many activities : the Collectors Fair, the Craftmen’s Village, conferences, a sound and light show and exhibitions of internal and external tours, during 9 feast days. Practical information LE PARC D'EXPOSITION DE PARIS LE BOURGET 93350 LE BOURGET RER : Le Bourget telephone number : 0 892 692 192 (0,34 € / min) fax : 01 47 20 00 86 For more info Click here 12th Festival of the Imaginary This event is the one Parisian discovery festival. Its unexpected program, its exotic and rare works have always been astonishing. For ten years, it has been the place to discover talents, which allows the public to go through delightful surprises... The aim of this festival is to raise the desire to meet the other, this unknown other, with their pratices, believes and language. New cultures and shows are then always represented. This year, in the program, there are artists from Syria, Tadjikistan, Columbia, Finland, Italy, Mali, Corea.... The performances will be given in the main venue, the Maison des Cultures du Monde (6th Arrondissement), in the Point Ephémère, the Louvre Auditorium, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the amphitheatre of the Opéra Bastille or the Zingaro horse shows theatre. If you feel a bit adrift in this rich cultural ocean, we suggest you go to the Plateau (19th Arrondissement) to watch “Cao Fei”, the exhibition of the Chinese artists new generation. Don’t miss this festival! Practical information PARIS ET REGION PARISIENNE telephone number : 01 45 44 72 30 For more infor Patti Smith - Land 250 For the many, Patti Smith is a legend. No real rock child isn’t aware of this 70’s New York punk-rock muse. In a career of 30 years, the American star was sucessively a committed poet following Rimbaud and Genet, an internationally successful artist thanks to the song “Because the Night”, and since then, the must-have of the ideal rock fan... Till the 22d of June, the Fondation Cartier is presenting the public with “Land 250”, a large personal exhibition dedicated to the multiple aspects of the artist and musician Patti Smith’s artistic production. Poetry, drawings, photographs, films, and musics show the manifold artistic fields explored by Patti Smith, and her rich universe. Along with her works, some of her favorite objects from her personal archives, are exhibited (original manuscripts, picture taken by Constantin Brancusi, a stone from the river where Virginia Woolf comitted suicide...). A grand a beautiful tribute paid to the recent member of the Cleveland Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Don’t miss it! Practical information Patti Smith Land 250 FONDATION CARTIER POUR L'ART CONTEMPORAIN 261, boulevard Raspail 75014 PARIS Metro : Raspail RER : Denfert-Rochereau SNCF : 143 Bus : 38, 68, 91 telephone number : 0142185650 fax : 01 42 18 56 52 Foire du Trône It’s time for fun, laughter and candyfloss! The best-known Parisian funfair is opening for two months of sheer delight. The Foire du Trône is being held for the 1,050th year at the Pelouse Reuilly... Dress down, cheer up and take the family along to visit the funfair’s varied attractions - look forward to thrills, chills, shocks and surprises for one and all. Once you’ve wandered around and enjoyed the general atmosphere, it’s time to sample all the roundabouts and shooting ranges. You’ll wish the day would never end as you try out one attraction after another (roller coaster rides, the big wheel, dodgem cars etc). All good things must come to an end, but as you stagger out sated with candy and loaded down with stuffed toys, your head already full of memories, you’re already promising yourself you’ll be back next year. Practical information BELOUSE DE REUILLY Bois de Vincennes 75012 PARIS telephone number : 01 46 27 52 29 For more info Click here Paris fait sa comédie (Paris Puts on an Act) From 27 March to 4 April 2008 In the first edition of the “Paris fait sa comédie” festival, in 2007, the audience was invited to enjoy all sorts of humour at the heart of Paris: comedy, satire, black humour, wild, farcical and absurd humour... After last year’s success, in the Spring 2008 the festival will offer burlesque shows and galas in many Parisian theatres, with renowned artist such as Michel Boujenah, Anne Roumanoff, François-Xavier Demaison, Laurent Gerra…, together with exhibitions on “Humour and Art”, and meetings. The public will discover today’s young talents, tomorrow’s stand up comedians with new forms of humour. “To laugh is proper to man” the humanist Writer François Rabelais said. Don’t miss it, and enjoy plenty of laughter and humour in the “Paris fait sa comédie” festival. Practical information For more info Click here Festival of Martial Arts at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy 29 March 2008 In just a few years, this big annual gathering of martial arts in France has become a much awaited event and a firm favourite with fans of Bruce Lee or Jet Li. As in previous years, this major event, now in its 23rd edition, will be held at the POPB and will bring together martial arts experts, enthusiasts and fans of action sport. The most reputed masters and renowned international performers will share their knowledge and expertise with us on the tatami. On the programme, challenge, technical purity of each movement, the art of evasion, self-control … Among the disciplines presented are: Aikido, Capoeira, Ju Jitsu, Karate, Kobudo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu Wushu, Kung Fu Shaolin, Kravmaga, Taekwondo. An opportunity to witness the thrilling physical exploits of these sporting athletes. Impressive! Practical information PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS BERCY 8, boulevard de Bercy 75012 PARIS Metro : Bercy RER : Gare d'Austerlitz telephone number : 0 892 390 490 (0,34 €/min) fax : +33 1 40 02 60 03 For more info Click here
  • What's On - May 08 Last Year

    Céline Dion From 19 to 27 May 2008. Céline Dion was born in Quebec on 30 March 1968 where she grew up with her 13 brothers and sisters, all of whom played an instrument, thus surrounding her with ... Kylie Minogue 6 May 2008 How changed is now the mild muse of the thirty-somes of today! “I should be so lucky”: does this ring a bell? If you miss the 80’s and 90’s, you’ll certainly be familiar with the sparkling Australian singer Kylie Minogue... Jazz Festival at Saint-Germain-des-Prés From 6 to 23 May 2008 Thanks to the “Jazz Festival at Saint-Germain-des-Prés”, every spring, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an area famous for its cabarets where the greatest French and international Jazzmen played, dances to boogie-woogie rythms, blues music and gospel songs. French Open From 27 May 2008 to 10 June 2008 From the 27th May to the 10th June the attention of the world's best tennis players will be focused on one place - France!
    Céline Dion From 19 to 27 May 2008. Céline Dion was born in Quebec on 30 March 1968 where she grew up with her 13 brothers and sisters, all of whom played an instrument, thus surrounding her with ... music from an early age. At the age of 5 she performed for the first time in public with the song Many Blues at a wedding. In 1980, René Angélil recognized and invested in her talent. In 1981, she released her first record « la voix du bon dieu » which swept her to stardom in Quebec. The following year she went on to win the world song festival in Tokyo. In 1987, she released the album « Incognito » which made her known on the European scene as she chose to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision song contest. In 1990, she gained international recognition with her album « Unison » including the song « Where Does My Heart Beat Now » which opened the door to the US market. After many different collaborations, her next album « D’eux » written by J.J. Goldman brought her phenomenal success with 7 million copies sold throughout the world. Her popularity reached amazing heights with notably 27 million singles sold when she sang the leading song of the film Titanic « My heart will go on ». After giving 5 shows per week in Las Vegas and releasing several albums, in 2007, Céline released the album « d’elles », written by 10 great female writers including George Sand, Lise Payette and Françoise Dorin then decided to set out on a world tour. On 12 November, her album « Taking Chances » will be in the shops at the same time as she plays host to Star Academy 7. Céline will be at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy for 10 evenings from 19 May 2008 where she will sing her greatest hits as well as songs from her two latest albums. A unique opportunity to see this great Diva again, who has been absent from the French scene for ten years. A wonderful highly-charged and unforgettable evening is in store! Practical information PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS BERCY 8, boulevard de Bercy 75012 PARIS Metro : Bercy RER : Gare d'Austerlitz telephone number : 0892692300 fax : +33 1 40 02 60 03 For more info Click here Kylie Minogue 6 May 2008 How changed is now the mild muse of the thirty-somes of today! “I should be so lucky”: does this ring a bell? If you miss the 80’s and 90’s, you’ll certainly be familiar with the sparkling Australian singer Kylie Minogue... She was behaved and sparkling, and she is now the hot and captivating dancefloors queen, and night-club generation idol. She climbed back to the top of the international charts in the beginning of the years 2000 with “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, and has remained so popular since then. The great succes of her 10th album (“X”) has launched Kylie’s international tour (the “kyliex2008 tour”), starting with Paris, and then London, Stockholm, Stuttgart, etc. Book your seats, the pop star will give only one concert in Paris. Quite a show! Practical information PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS BERCY 8, boulevard de Bercy 75012 PARIS Metro : Bercy RER : Gare d'Austerlitz telephone number : 0892692300 fax : +33 1 40 02 60 03 For more info Click here Jazz Festival at Saint-Germain-des-Prés From 6 to 23 May 2008 Thanks to the “Jazz Festival at Saint-Germain-des-Prés”, every spring, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an area famous for its cabarets where the greatest French and international Jazzmen played, dances to boogie-woogie rythms, blues music and gospel songs. This left bank side event has hosted internationally known musicians and interpreters, confirmed artists and nascent young virtuosi. Through showcases, intimistic concerts, discovery shows and festive activities, it offers an eclectic program that gives priority to the grand events of the former editions : the Swing ball, with latino style for the first time this year, the Small Swing Ball with music workshops for children, the electro-jazz Night, the free picture exhibitions, the “Young Talents Stepping Stone”... _Milton Nascimento, Jacky Terrasson, Manu Katché, the London Community Gospel Choir, Erik Truffaz and many others will be there this year. Don’t miss it ! Practical information QUARTIER SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES 75006 PARIS Metro : Saint Germain des Prés telephone number : 0 892 692 192 (0,34 €/min) For more info Click here French Open From 27 May 2008 to 10 June 2008 From the 27th May to the 10th June the attention of the world's best tennis players will be focused on one place - France! The best of the best hit the courts of Paris. The French Open has a special place in the heart of all tennis fans, with its rich history, atmospheric Roland Garros stadium and classic matches. Fittingly, the Roland Garros stadium was built as the direct result of a French tennis success. In 1927 ,the four muskateers Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste beat the Americans on their home soil and brought home the Davis Cup. However, there were no venues in France that could hold the crowds of spectators that were expected to turn-up for the Challenge Round the following year. Practical Information Metro: Line 9: Mairie de Montreuil – Pont de Sevres (alight at either Michael-Ange-Auteuil Michael-Ange-Molitor or Porte de Saint-Cloud), Line 10: Gare d’Austerlitz – Boulogne (alight at Porte d’Auteuil) Paris Bus Services: Line 22: Opera – Porte de Saint-Cloud (alight at last stop) Line 32: Gare de l’Est – Porte d’Auteuil (alight at last stop) Line 52: Opera – Pont de Saint-Cloud (alight at Porte d’Auteuil or la Tourelle) Line 62: Cours de Vincennes – Porte de Saint-Cloud (alight at la Tourelle) Line 72: Hotel de Ville – Pont de Saint-Cloud (alight at Roland Garros) Line 241: Rueil Malmaison – Porte d’Auteuil (alight at Suzanne-Lenglen) PC1: Petite Ceinture (alight at Porte d’Auteuil, Porte Molitor or Porte de Saint-Cloud) Roland Garros Parking During the tournament, temporary car parks are created by the organisers. A free shuttle service connects the parking areas, the Porte d’Auteuil and Porte de Saint-Cloud, the metro exits and the various Roland Garrros gates. The car parks can be found at the following locations: Butte Mortemart (Hippodrome d’Auteuil): ~2600 spaces Point du Jour (near the Coubertin stadium): ~600 spaces Porte d’Auteuil shopping centre (Carrefour): ~1600 spaces Porte de Saint-Cloud: ~1600 spaces Parc des Princes: ~450 spaces French Open Taxis A temporary taxi rank is created during the tournament on the Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil. From the Suzanne Lenglen North Gate at Roland Garros, taxis can be ordered between 3pm and 7pm from a taxi call box.
  • What's On - June 08 Last Year

    Tokio Hotel Le 21 June 2008. Unknown two years ago, the group Tokio Hotel has become a musical phenomenon. The four young rockers, who created an electric atmosphere last October at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy will play at the Parc des Princes next June 20 for the delight of fans...
    Tokio Hotel Le 21 June 2008. Unknown two years ago, the group Tokio Hotel has become a musical phenomenon. The four young rockers, who created an electric atmosphere last October at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy will play at the Parc des Princes next June 20 for the delight of fans... Tokio Hotel is a pop and rock group created in Madgeburg in 2001 by four young Germans: the twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz, George Listing and Gustav Schäfer. Bill Kaulitz, singer and leader of the group, began composing at the age of seven and was a StarSeach, (new German star) finalist at thirteen. His twin brother, the guitarist, inherited his passion from his father-in-law. Gustav Schäfer, the drummer, began to learn this instrument at the age of five at the conservatory, where several years later he was to meet George Listing, the double base player. In 2001, they met up to form the group « Devilish » later to become « Tokio Hotel ». In 2005 they succeeded in getting a contract with Universal Music. They shot up the charts in Germany with the single « Durch den Monsun ». The arrival of « Tokio Hotel » in France caused a veritable musical revolution and contributed to new requests for German as a second foreign language, which had seen a dramatic fall in demand. Their first album « Schrei » rose to twelfth position in the charts and concerts were a sell-out. Their second album « Zimmer 483 » reached second place and the album « Scream », their first album in English was released on June 4th, 2008. Don't miss the musical event of the year - reserve now! Practical information PARC DES PRINCES 24, rue du Commandant-Guibaud 75016 PARIS Metro : Porte de Saint Cloud telephone number : 0 892 692 192 (0,34 €/min) For more info Click here
  • What's On - All Year 08 Last Year

    The 10th Anniversary of the Stade de France All year The Stade de France is already 10 years old ! Time has been flying, since the first performances of Zidane’s team in the 98 World Cup. In 2008, this sport temple of the Ile-de-France will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with many festivities... Velib All year round What a great idea! You had imagined it happening, and the Paris city authorities have put it into practice. So for getting around the city, forget those interminable walks and put your bulky and pollution-producing vehicle in the garage... Clubbing in Paris All year round. Sleepless in Paris? When day turns into night, the lights go down on the city’s sublime sights and the French capital turns into one big dance floor... Free sport in Paris All year round. Hosting international sports events such as the rugby and handball world cups at world-class venues such as the Lagardère Paris Racing club and Roland Garros, Paris is truly a sporting capital. What is price you can expect to pay, you may ask...
    The 10th Anniversary of the Stade de France The Stade de France is already 10 years old ! Time has been flying, since the first performances of Zidane’s team in the 98 World Cup. In 2008, this sport temple of the Ile-de-France will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with many festivities... Many great events were performed in this stadium, many records were broken and many emotions shared: the Champion League final in 2000, the athletism world cup in 2003, the Celtic night, Bigard’s show in 2004, Turandot in 2005 and the rugby world cup final in 2007. For this anniversary, many great celebrations will be offered by the Stade de France: 100 000 10 euros seats (from January 10th to the 20th ), Unighted by Cathy Guetta (July 5th), RFM Party 80 (may 17th), Urban Peace 2 (October 4th), Nabucco (september 27th), Trophée Andros (february 16th), Coca-Cola Sports Sessions (July 25th, August 3d), the Gaz de France Meeting (July 18th)... and Johnny Hallyday in 2009...More surprises to come! Practical information STADE DE FRANCE Consortium Stade de France ZAC Cornillon Nord 93216 SAINT DENIS LA PLAINE CEDEX Metro : Saint Denis-Porte de Paris RER : Stade de France - Saint-Denis telephone number : 01 55 93 00 38 fax : 01 55 93 07 72 mail : visites@stadefrance.fr For more info Click here Velib All year round What a great idea! You had imagined it happening, and the Paris city authorities have put it into practice. So for getting around the city, forget those interminable walks and put your bulky and pollution-producing vehicle in the garage... ...from 15 July, Vélib’ is offering a self-service bike hire system operating 24 hrs/24hrs, 7 days a week. It is simple and practical to use. If tomorrow, for example you want to go to an area of the city by bike: firstly take out a short subscription at one of the Vélib’ stations. For the modest sum of one Euro, debited (like the total cost of the bike hire) from your bank account, you will be issued with a ticket, valid all day. It is then up to you to organise where you go, knowing that your first half-hour will be free, the following half-hour will cost one Euro, then 2 the following and four for every extra half hour. As well as a daily subscription, there are also two other types of subscriptions to choose from: a seven-day one or an annual one. From 15 July, 750 stations some 300 metres apart will be open to the public, with some 1,450 expected by the end of the year. Your chance to organise that romantic cycling tour you have always dreamed of! Velib’, is the opportunity to seek out all the back waters of the city and to combine tourism and ecology. Full details about Vélib on the www.velib.paris.fr website. Practical information VELIB PARIS For more info click here Clubbing in Paris All year round. Sleepless in Paris? When day turns into night, the lights go down on the city’s sublime sights and the French capital turns into one big dance floor... After sunset in Paris, stroboscopes and mirror balls replace the bright lights of the big city; DJs spinning multiple sounds take over from tour guides explaining paintings and monuments and serious sightseeing gives way to carefree partying: welcome to Paris nightlife! Struck by a sudden bout of Saturday night fever? There’s something for clubbers everywhere in the city, whatever your dancing style, musical tastes and budget. Clubbing in Paris is a free-spirited affair: to each his party, rhythm and tribe! Salsa lovers can sway to the sounds of the maracas at La Pachanga (14th), Le Mandunga (19th) or La Peña Saint-Germain (6th). Electronic music enthusiasts converge on the Rex Club (2nd) and the Redlight (15th), while star spotters head for the Etoile (16th), Regine’s (8th) or the VIP Room (8th). Other ever-popular venues are trendy clubs like Les Bains Douches (3rd) and La Casbah (11th). Gay clubbers have plenty of choice venues, including Club 18 (1st), the Mix Club (15th) and the Queen (8th). Not forgetting the trademark Paris soirées at La Loco (18th) and Le Gibus (11th), where the DJs are big-name and the atmosphere stays electric until well into the early hours. With such a wide and eclectic choice of places to party, Paris is a clubber’s paradise. Free sport in Paris All year round. Hosting international sports events such as the rugby and handball world cups at world-class venues such as the Lagardère Paris Racing club and Roland Garros, Paris is truly a sporting capital. What is price you can expect to pay, you may ask... Any price you like, for Paris offers the opportunity to play sport whatever your level, your preference or your budget. Did you know that the Paris City Council offers a host of free-of-cost opportunities to play open-air sport in parks, stadiums and gardens, with qualified instructors? Whether it’s gymnastics, ball games or racket sports, the programme is drawn up on the basis of demand, the number of players and the weather. The capital has no fewer than twelve Sport Nature kiosks in locations such as the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Georges Carpentier sports centre. For details, call 39 75. The Comité Départemental de Randonnées Pédestres de Paris (CDRPP) also offers a number of free walks, the perfect opportunity to get some exercise while sampling the cultural delights of Paris: details on 01 46 36 95 70. Then there’s the Friday night and Sunday afternoon rollerblading tours through the city for expert and amateur skaters respectively: these friendly workouts on wheels won’t cost you a penny. There are a host of other opportunities to keep fit without overdoing it in the City of Lights. So if you really intend to keep that New Year’s resolution to stay in shape, check our website regularly for news and tips.
  • Theme Parks Last Year

    Parc zoologique et de loisirs de Thoiry African reserve to discover in your own car : 800 free roaming exotic animals. The tunnel of lions : visitors go on foot amongst the lions thanks to a glass tunnel... France Miniature Yes, it is possible to explore the whole of France in one single day. Spread over an area of five hectares, the France Miniature exhibit in the Yvelines suburb of Paris is designed in the shape of France and displays the country’s top 150 monuments and varied landscapes on a scale of 1:30... Playmobil Fun Park Ah, Playmobil! For the grown-ups among us, just thinking of those little coloured plastic figures brings a nostalgic tear to the eye! Long afternoons spent playing at pirates or cowboys and Indians… and inventing all kind of fabulous adventures. Unforgettable!... The Disneyland® Resort Paris turns 15! 15 magical years have gone by and, starting 1 April, the Disneyland® Resort Paris amusement park will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in style, with new attractions installed for the occasion... Acrochats From 29 August 2007. Mogador, a young tomcat, is a descendant of the great and illustrious line of Acrochats, reputed to have been the faithful companions of celebrity musicians, writers and performance artists...
    Parc zoologique et de loisirs de Thoiry African reserve to discover in your own car : 800 free roaming exotic animals. The tunnel of lions : visitors go on foot amongst the lions thanks to a glass tunnel... There is a pedestrian area in the zoological and botanical gardens where you will discover, for the first time in France, the dragons of Komodo. You can also visit the 16th century castle. “The Mysterious Island” : adventure trail with suspended bridges in the giant foliage, holes with sound games, wooden pyramid to climb, toboggans. Practical information PARC ZOOLOGIQUE ET DE LOISIRS DE THOIRY Château de Thoiry 78770 THOIRY telephone number : 01 34 87 40 67 fax : 01 34 87 54 12 France Miniature Yes, it is possible to explore the whole of France in one single day. Spread over an area of five hectares, the France Miniature exhibit in the Yvelines suburb of Paris is designed in the shape of France and displays the country’s top 150 monuments and varied landscapes on a scale of 1:30... Rivers, seas, mountains and railway lines are laid out in minute detail, with faithful reproductions of France’s many regions and their characteristic features. Stop off at the Palais de la Miniature, the world of the infinitely small, where you’ll be able to admire the work of miniaturist Dan Ohlmann and view interior scenes, all skilfully reduced to scale. A funfair especially for children makes this a perfect family outing. Your children will have the time of their lives on the six-run toboggan slide and enjoy visiting the tower with a panoramic view as well as a host of other attractions. Practical information France Miniature 25 Rue du Mesnil (Boulevard André-Malraux) 78990 Elancourt Saint-Quentin en Yvelines Tel : 08 26 30 20 40 (0,15 €/min) Playmobil Fun Park Ah, Playmobil! For the grown-ups among us, just thinking of those little coloured plastic figures brings a nostalgic tear to the eye! Long afternoons spent playing at pirates or cowboys and Indians… and inventing all kind of fabulous adventures. Unforgettable!... These little characters arrived on the scene in the 1970s and are still hugely popular today - your children will testify to that! In a place called Fresnes in the Val de Marne département, there’s a theme park entirely devoted to these much-loved toys: the Playmobil-FunPark, comprising 2,000 sq.m divided into twelve different worlds. From life on the farm to a building site and a pirates playground… and plenty of others besides, all await the visit of eager kids. Littlies aged from 18 to 36 months have even got their very own playground, with all the characters there to play with. Themed activities are held all year long and it’s a great place to celebrate your bambino’s birthday! And in case you’re wondering… you’ll get the chance to play with Playmobil too! Practical information PLAYMOBIL FUNPARK 22-24, rue des Jachères Parc Silic Fresnes 94260 FRESNES RER : Antony Bus : 396 arrêt Cerisaie telephone number : 01 49 84 94 44 fax : 01 49 84 94 45 The Disneyland® Resort Paris turns 15! 15 magical years have gone by and, starting 1 April, the Disneyland® Resort Paris amusement park will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in style, with new attractions installed for the occasion... The Disney Dream Parade® has been created especially to give visitors a chance to relive their favourite scenes from Disney® films; there are more Disney® characters than ever, Mickey Mouse and his friend will light up Sleeping Beauty’s castle with candles at an event called the “Bougillumination” and, in the coming months, you will be able to discover two new attractions inspired by the recent animation films "Finding Nemo" and "Cars". Practical information DISNEYLAND RESORT PARIS B.P. 100 77777 MARNE LA VALLEE RER : Marne la Vallée - Chessy telephone number : 0 825 30 60 30 fax : 01 64 74 59 00 www.disneylandparis.com Acrochats From 29 August 2007. Mogador, a young tomcat, is a descendant of the great and illustrious line of Acrochats, reputed to have been the faithful companions of celebrity musicians, writers and performance artists... Living in the shadow of their famous owners didn’t stop the Acrochats having all sorts of adventures, which Mogador is only too ready to recount at the Thiais Village in the Val de Marne suburb of Paris. Mogador is the star of a small indoor amusement park there called “Acrochats”, where he is all set to tell children under 12 and their parents about his ancestors’ exciting lives and introduce them to a plethora of activities and animations. Under-5s have a dedicated space with plenty of early-learning games and motivity activities, while older children will enjoy visiting Treasure Island and its climbing games, obstacle courses and mazes. Parents too can take part by helping their children with their feats. The park is a wonderful place for a birthday party, organised in amazing cabins with different themes and decors. Practical information Acrochats / Thiais Village 39 Rue de la Résistance 94320 Thiais Informations and reservation: 811 36 00 35 www.acrochats.com
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