Music in Paris

June 2nd, 2010 by
Year round at the various churches there are offerings of Mozart, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, gospel music and, at Christmastime, “Ave Maria.” It is particularly lovely to sit in one of the churches, such as Sainte-Chapelle or St. Julien le Pauvre, and enjoy your surroundings and the music in Paris. Look…

The Best Museums in Paris

June 30th, 2010 by
This is a very subjective list of the best Museums in Paris. Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, in the 4th Arrondissement. 01 44 78 12 33. Closed Tues. The place for modern art in a building that remains cutting edge even though it’s over 30 years old. Cité de l’Architecture…

Art in Paris

June 30th, 2010 by
Portes Ouvertes We love getting a sneak peek into Parisian artists’ studios, and the best time to do that is during Portes Ouvertes (Open Doors), usually organized by neighborhood. There is the annual Portes Ouvertes Ateliers d'Artistes Anvers-aux-Abbesses, covering a large area of the 18th and 9th Arrondissements, where artists…

Dance

June 30th, 2010 by
Where to see Dance Performances in Paris Folies Bergère 32, rue Richer, in the 9th Arrondissement. 08 92 68 16 50. Folies is a bit of a mixed bag, despite the 130-year pedigree and reputation. The decor is highly reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge (the less said about dance at…

Theatre & Film

June 30th, 2010 by
English-Language Theatre Galerie de Nesle 8, rue de Nesle, in the 6th Arrondissement. 01 46 34 61 04. Sometimes features productions in English. Call for information. Soif Compagnie 210, rue de Belleville, in the 20th. Theatre company creating and performing in English and French. For information, contact [email protected], [email protected] or…

Fêtes & Festivals

June 30th, 2010 by
February Chinese New Year Normally held toward the end of January or in early February, when you’ll see a big festive parade (pictured above) beginning at city hall (Hôtel de Ville). Afterward, do your best to grab some great Chinese food in either of Paris’s two Chinese neighborhoods—one in the…

Paris Monuments & Churches

June 30th, 2010 by
Girls’ Guide Top 10 Paris Monuments 1. Eiffel Tower We love it especially when it twinkles at night. 2. Notre Dame (pictured above) You have to be impressed by a nearly 850-year-old church with these intricate carvings. Light a candle inside—you will feel inspired. 3. The Pyramid and the Louvre…

Great French Women

June 30th, 2010 by
Great Women in French History Marie Antoinette (1794–92) Queen of France and wife of Louis XVI. Was executed in the Place de la Concorde during the French Revolution. “Let them eat cake.” See story, below. Brigitte Bardot (1934–) Actress and sex symbol. Simone de Beauvoir (1908–86) Writer, existentialist, philosopher, feminist…
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