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Welcome 2 France Newsletter September 2008
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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS:

* "Cannes - Chic and Cheap!"
* "Finally, the Dollar is Getting Stronger in France!"
* "Cafes, Bistros, Brasseries and Restaurants - What's the Difference?"
* "Helpful Hints on Eating Out in Paris"
* Calendar of Events - September



CANNES - Chic and Cheap!

Cannes is the jewel in the crown of the Cote d'Azur. A visit to Cannes means total relaxation in paradise. And, there are plenty of wonderful sights to explore. You will enjoy very comfortable temperatures in Cannes in both September and October, ranging from a high of 76/68, to lows of 55/61. It seldom rains in Cannes in either month. The beaches are waiting for you!

This is a perfect time of the year for you to explore the beautiful Mediterranean seaport made famous through the centuries when the Romans settled here, then Napoleon, and now is the site of the annual international film festival.

Don't be surprised if you bump into a famous face on the rue d'Antibes, the main shopping street, filled with boutiques offering designer clothing, gifts and jewelry. Luxury shopping is prime in Cannes.

Overlooking the quaint village of Cannes, is the Cannes Castle - it is a prominent landmark. From the castle wall, you can see a stunning view of Cannes and the Cote d'Azur. These ramparts and the nearby Eglise (church) Notre-Dame-de-l'Esperance date back to the 12th century.

For a more modern attraction, check out the hand prints of film stars on Boulevard de la Croisette, in front of the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, where the film festival is held each spring. The Hotel Carlton is where Grace Kelly first met her future husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

People-watching, whether on the beaches, from sidewalk cafes, or along the many pedestrian-only streets is great fun in Cannes because it is such a melting pot of many cultures. Just sitting on the Quai Saint Pierre to watch the luxury yachts come and go is a rare treat.

Getting to Cannes from Paris:
By car - Is a 10 hour drive from Paris - not the best choice.

By plane - Is only a 1 hour, 10 minute flight from Paris. However, quite a bit of time is spent getting to/from airports on both ends of the journey, often as much as five hours, including flight time.

By TGV fast train - only five short hours from Paris' Gare de Lyon to central Cannes. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch, rent a DVD, visit the bar, and enjoy the scenery on this trip. Save money by booking your train fare a few weeks in advance. The best choice for travel between Paris and Cannes.

Welcome2France is offering a 20% discount on two of their rentals in Cannes for the months of September and October. This offer is only available via this Newsletter by using the code, "Cannes Chic", when applying for the rental.

It will be a tough choice between these two rentals as they both have fabulous features.

The Cannes Quai Saint Pierre has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and will sleep up to five people. It overlooks the oldest section of Cannes with views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Lerin Islands and the Maritime Alps. It is a mere two minute walk to the beach! The best place to view the luxury yachts is from this apartment's huge windows. A truly lovely address in Cannes.

The Palm Spring Villa is luxury from top to bottom. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps up to five people. It is located inside a gated community and is fully air-conditioned. You will enjoy your own private swimming pool set in a beautiful garden. Very elegant and peaceful, yet only a quick ten minute walk to the beach.

For a small fee, local guides and their cars, are available in Cannes to take you all over the town and to the villages, seaports and sights outside of Cannes, as well.

For a break from the big city of Paris, you cannot top a side-trip to this famous, lovely little seaport. No wonder that the rich and famous have made it their destination for centuries - it would be a memory not soon forgotten to spend time here - especially in your own apartment!




FINALLY, the Dollar is Getting Stronger in France!

Just recently, the dollar posted at $1.47 to one Euro. Purchasing your airline tickets and securing your apartment rental rate now, when the dollar is doing well, is an idea worth seriously considering.

There are many ways to stretch your vacation dollars in Paris.

The most expensive item of any trip is where you will sleep each night. The best 'bang for your buck' is definitely to rent an apartment, not a mere hotel room. You enjoy more space in an apartment. Plus, having a kitchen in Paris is absolutely the most wonderful "can't do without" item.what with all the fabulous Parisian food markets on every street. Check out the apartments offered on our welcome2france website.

Food is your next big ticket item on a vacation. If you only have a hotel room, you are doomed to eating out at every meal which can run into a very large expense very quickly, especially in Paris. Shopping like the locals, enjoying fresh produce from the Mediterranean, and trying new French ingredients will enhance your Parisian stay like nothing else. For the basic kitchen needs, shop at Monoprix.

Local transportation is usually the next biggest expense on a vacation. Not so in Paris. Buy a weekly, or monthly, pass and save a huge amount of money. One pass covers all Metro, bus, and tram rides within Paris and is easy to use. See the article, "Carte Orange Pass", in our April 2008, Newsletter by using the link at the bottom of this issue.

To see the monuments and museums of Paris cheaply and easily, simply purchase a Musee Pass. The Pass covers 60 sights and pays for itself after visiting three of them. More info at parismuseumpass.com

Now, that the largest items that can dip into your budget are covered so inexpensively you can enjoy more for your money in Paris than in past months when the dollar was so weak.

Paris is addictive. We have spent over seven months there in the past five years and cannot wait to return. It is so captivating that even the Nazi general, Von Cholitz, decided he didn't want to be
remembered in history as the man who destroyed Paris - so he openly defied direct orders from Hitler to burn it down.

It is ironic that the most impressive and magnificent buildings that exist in Paris today were erected by the kings and emperors who were most criticized for their extreme spending and excesses. The architectural history that they left behind is, by far, their greatest legacy. To stroll along the Seine, as the sun is setting, and admire the buildings bathed in golden light is enough to make one want to return again and again.



Jean E. Arnevick. Olympia, Washington, USA



Cafes, Bistros, Brasseries and Restaurants - What's the Difference?

There are over 12,000 eateries in Paris and selecting one begins with choosing the type of establishment to sample. This can be confusing to non-locals.

Cafes
Very casual and most have sidewalk tables. Some even have outside service counters where you can buy eat-on-the-go items like ice cream and simple sandwiches. For those with the outside counters, do note that if you sit down at an outside table, you will be served by a waiter - so you shouldn't buy a pizza slice and then take a table.

Prices are very reasonable at cafes, but in highly touristy areas like along the Champs-Elysees and boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Pres, the prices will be higher and beverages (coffee and soft drinks, especially) will be expensive.

Paris is known for its famous sidewalk cafes, where people-watching, reading the Sunday paper, and even opening your laptop to work is a favorite past-time.

Breakfast at a corner café is usually coffee (café-au-lait is only offered at breakfast), tea or hot cocoa and a croissant. This is the typical day's start for most locals. We often have a quick breakfast at one of the many Brioche Doree's - a franchised chain seen all over Paris. Their breakfast includes a hot drink, juice and a bakery product of your choice at a low price.

Lunch at a café is leisurely and cheap. I often order French Onion Soup which is usually a very generous bowlful and very filling. Don't be surprised if it is sometimes served with a sunny-side egg on top. Salads and plat du jours are always offered at cafes for lunch, or dinner. The plat is like an American blue plate special.

Choose a café for a quick breakfast, hearty lunch, or light foods any time of day.

Dress code in cafes is casual. You will be fine in your daytime attire and might be seated next to businessmen in suits, or a Frenchwoman out shopping with her dog - yes, dogs are permitted in eateries all over Paris.

Le Procope claims to be the first café in Paris, established in 1686. It is still in business today at 13, rue de l'Ancienne Comedie in the 6th Arrondissement. It has served the rich and famous - Voltaire, Balzac, Zola, Hugo, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Napoleon left his military hat there as collateral until he could come back and pay his tab. Some believe that the first talk of revolution took place in Le Procope.

Parisian café society was created out of necessity. Apartments were freezing cold, too expensive to heat, and had thin walls with no privacy. They were too tiny to entertain your friends. People began congregating at the warm cafes, not only to visit, but to do business. This phenomenon is still present today. It seems like all of Paris eats out - at lunch and at dinner.

Sunday afternoons provide the very best people-watching opportunities. Most stores are closed on Sundays. The locals crowd into the cafes to read the paper and chat with their favorite waiter and friends.

Bistros
These seem to be unique to Paris. The word, 'bistro', means "hurry up" in Russian. The story goes that during the Russian occupation of Paris in the Napoleon years, that Russian troops shouted 'bistro' at the French waiters in cafes. Eventually, any café that served food quickly were called Bistros.

Today, Bistros are small establishments often owned and operated by a husband and wife - a family-run business. Décor is plain, clean, and simple with lace curtains, tile or wood floors, and unmatched furniture pieces. They are cozy, friendly places where the regular customers know each other. Often there is a resident dog.

Meals of simple foods are served at lunch, or dinner, but not both in most bistros. Long-simmered stews, Pot-au-Feu, Coq-au-Vin and Veal Blanquette are common menu items. No 'Nouvelle Cuisine' here, but huge portions that appeal to blue-collar working people. Just good, home-style country cooking, like potatoes cooked in goose grease.

Many bistros first appeared around the Les Halles Food Marches when the giant food distribution center of Paris was located where the modern shopping mall, Forum les Halles, stands today. The original French Onion Soup was created here for the busy workers in the market, who had little time for lunch. The classic toasted cheese topper of bread on the soup kept it warm until served.

Brasseries
Brasserie means 'brewery' and they are the French equivalent to the English pub. They are boisterous, bright, cherry and welcoming. They serve snacks at all hours and are open seven days a week.

Foods here are earthy and hearty. "Choucroute" - a sausage, sauerkraut dish is on most menus. No frills or pretentiousness in Brasseries. The most stylish ones date back to the Belle Epoque era of the 1900's with ornate mirrors, incredibly carved woodwork, etched glass and fancy plasterwork.

Brasseries today are neighborhood corner locations, where locals and waiters have known each other for years. Some of the older ones are quite large and can seat hundreds of people.

The 'Bouillon Chartier' at 7, rue de Faubourg-Montmartre in the 9th Arrondissement seats 300 and is quite the Parisian experience. It is named for the soup it served to poor workers back in 1896. It still offers cheap, affordable, large portions today. The décor is cavernous and seating is plain, but charming. Note the antique napkin drawers once used by its original customers. The menu is long and charmingly old-fashioned. Food is ordinary but attracts budget-conscious students, tourists, and bachelors.

Restaurants
French restaurants are much like any American restaurant when it comes to dress code. The fancier the establishment, the fancier the dress. Same applies to menu prices. In the best restaurants, expect to make reservations well in advance.

There are a few chain restaurants in Paris that offer budget-minded meals. Restaurants are usually open for the dinner service only. You will discover many that cater to certain cuisines and hundreds of different types of cuisines are available. Restaurants will have cloth tablecloths and napkins, soft lighting and quiet atmospheres.

There is no quick service in restaurants. Meals can take several hours. You are basically renting the table for the evening while your meal is being hand-crafted in the kitchen. The dinner hour is between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m., with no seating after 9:30 p.m. An early dinner can happen in some restaurants at 7:00 p.m. A typical meal has an opening course, main dish, cheese, dessert with coffee (never served until dessert) and wine with the meal. Each course is served as it is cooked and never all at the same time.

Helpful Hints on Eating Out in Paris

The French are never in a hurry to eat. Staying at the lunch table for an hour to ninety minutes is not usual. Allow 2-3 hours for dinner in a restaurant.

Waiters are not rude or surly, they are busy and overworked. To know this will enable you to practice patience with them. They will never hover over you, nor will they give you your tab until you request it. To them, bringing the tab to you means they are insisting that you leave. They very much appreciate your greeting them with, "Bon jour, monsieur". Never call them 'garcon', which means 'boy'. And, just like in the US, do not snap your fingers for their attention. A smile will ensure great service.

At all eateries, the tip is included with the price of the meal. It is rare when it is not included. To check just look for 'Service Compris' on your tab. If you wish to leave more of a tip, it is fine to do so. To tip beyond 5% extra is not expected.

At cafes, bistros and brasseries that have sidewalk tables, know that your beverage will cost the least if you stand at the bar inside, a little more expensive if seated at an indoor table and most expensive on the sidewalk (since the waiters have to walk further).

Menus (called "Cartes") are required by French law to be posted outside all eating establishments. You will see three columns of prices per menu item. The highest price will be for a sidewalk table, middle price for the table indoors and lowest price for the bar location.

If you order at the counter, put the payment on the bar, or in the little dish provided. The barman will tear the corner of your tab, or flip the dish over, to indicate that you have paid.

Eateries along the main, large boulevards are more expensive, have average food, and rapid poor service. Go off the main streets for a more improved experience.

French law has recently banned smoking in all public spaces, including eating businesses. However, to date, smoking is still allowed on the sidewalks, including at the tables.

When ordering meat dishes, it is good to know that you should request it to be cooked more than you would in the US. If you like meat medium rare, then order it medium well.

The phrase, "Menu" or "Formule" means a fixed-price set meal with several courses. "A la Carte" is a list of what is everything being served so you can make up your own set meal. Ordering A la Carte is usually more expensive.

If tables have a tablecloth, or place mat, you are expected to order food, not just a drink. If tables are bare, ordering only a coffee or beverage is acceptable.

We avoid any place that has a "We Speak English" sign. It is sure to be touristy, with ordinary food and décor. Eat with the locals!

Menus are prepared by French chefs and cooks using what is in season and fresh. The region in France that a cook hails from will determine his menu, in most cases.

"Choucroute" - sausage and sauerkraut is from Alsace
"Boeuf Bourguinonne" - beef stewed in wine from Burgundy
"Basquaise" - cooked with tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers and garlic from the Basque region
"Cassoulet" - white bean, duck and sausage stew from Languedoc and Perigord
"Escalope Normande" - veal in cream from Brittany and Normandy
"Soupe au Pistou" - vegetable soup with basil, garlic and cheese from Provence
"Salade Nicoise" - tomato, potato, olive, anchovy and tuna salad from the Riviera

And, the question we are most asked about our travels to Paris:

"Do you have to speak French?".

We don't and have never had a problem in Paris. We point and pantomime quite a bit, smile a lot and somehow the friendly French always are ready to understand us.


Jean E. Arnevick. Olympia, Washington, USA



CALENDAR OF EVENTS - September, 2008



ART

September 6 - October 5
"Chateau de Tokyo" - Contemporary Art Exhibit in 17th Century Chateau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, France
€ 6,50 - 8,00
musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr

Until September 7
"Peter Doig" - Edinburgh Artist
"Bridget Riley - British Artist"
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du President-Wilson - 16th Arrondissement
€ 2,50 - 5,00
mam.paris.fr

September 10 - December 21
"Photographing America" - Photography Exhibit by Walker Evans
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, impasse Lebouis - 14th Arrondissement
€ 3,00 - 6,00
henricartierbresson.org

September 13 -14
"Paris Manga" - Art of Japanese Animation
Espace Champerret
Place de la Porte Champerret -17th Arrondissement
€ 8,50 - 17,00
parismanga.fr

September 16 - January 4, 2009
"Ingres" - Exhibit of Drawings and Sketches
Musee de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal - 9th Arrondissement
€ 3,50 - 7,00
paris.fr/portail/Culture/Portal.lut?page_id=5851

September 26 - 29
"Portes Ouvertes" - Open House at Menilmontant Artists' Studios
42, rue des Panoyaux - 20th Arrondissement
43, rue du Borrego
Free
ateliersdemenilmontant.org

September 26 - January 5, 2009
"Mantega" - Renaissance Italian court painter
Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 9,50
louvre.frlouvre.fr/llv/commun/home.jsp

All of September - October 13
"Georges Rouault" - Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist's death
Pompidou Centre
Rue Saint-Martin, Place Georges Pompidou - 4th Arrondissement
€ 8,00 - 10,00
centrepompidou.fr

All of September - October 26
"Cesar" - Exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the artist's death
Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail - 14th Arrondissement
€ 4,50 - 6,50
fondation.cartier.com

All of September - November 16
"Jeux d'Eau" - Water Games, a Nouveau Realisme exhibit of Gerard Deschamps
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107 - 111, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00
lesartsdecoratifs.fr



EXHIBITIONS

September 13 - 14:
"James Cook" Exhibit
Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly - 7th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,50
quaibranly.fr

Until September 14:
"Polynesia" Exhibit
Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly - 7th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,50
quaibranly.fr

Until September 14:
"Armee Eternelle" - China's Terracotta Army
La Pinacotheque Musee
28, place de la Madeleine - 8th Arrondissement
€ 7,00 - 9,00
pinacotheque.com

Until September 14:
"Photographs by Annie Liebovitz" - American photographer
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie
5-7, rue de Fourcy - 4th Arrondissement
€ 6,00
mep-fr.org

Until September 19
"Dans la Ville Chinoise" - Transition of the Chinese Empire
Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Palais de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadero - 16th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 8,00; Under 12: Free
citechaillot.fr

Until September 21:
"Valentino" - 200 haute couture gowns
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107-111, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00
lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Until September 28:
"L'Eveil des Cinq Sens" - How dolls and toys help children learn
Musee de la Poupee
Impasse Berthaud, near 22, rue Beaubourg - 3rd Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 7,00
museedelapoupeeparis.com

Until September 28:
"Photographs by Richard Avedon" - American photographer
Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde - 8th Arrondissement
€ 7,00
jeudepaume.org

Until September 30:
"En Dehors du Temps" - Outside of Time, photography by Meredith Mullins
W Finance Conseil in Square d'Orleans (former home of George Sand)
80, rue Taitbout - 9th Arrondissement
meredithmullins.artspan.com

All of September - October 5:
"Napoleon" - Symbols of Power Under the Empire
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,00
lesartsdecoratifs.fr

All of September - November 1
"Aussi Rouge Que Possible" - As Red As Can Be - Objects d'art, fashions, textiles, art
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00
lesartsdecoratifs.fr

All of September - November 16:
"Gerard Deschamps" - French Nouveau Realisme movement
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00
lesartsdecoratifs.fr

All of September - February, 2009:
"L'homme Expose" - A Perspective on the History of Man
Le Musee de l'Homme in Palais de Chaillot
17, place du Trocadero - 16th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 8,00; Under 4 = Free
mnhn.fr



MUSIC

Until September 2:
"Festival Musique en l'Ile" - Church music in two churches
Eglise St-Germain-des-Pres
3, place St-Germain-des-Pres - 6th Arrondissement
and
Eglise St-Louis-en-l'Ile
19 bis, rue St-Louis-en-l'Ile - 4th Arrondissement
Prices vary
latoisondart.com

September 2 -14
"Jazz a la Villette" - experimental Jazz
Venues all over Paris
€ 14,00 - 30,00; Under 18: € 9,00
cite-musique.fr/francais/mini-sites/0809_jazz_villette/accueil.html

September 5 - October 12
"Festival Ile de France" - Concerts in spectacular venues
All over Paris
€ 5,00 - 25,00
festival-idf.fr

Until September 6
"Pianissimo Summer Jazz Festival"
Sunset/Sunside Jazz Club
60, rue des Lombards - 1st Arrondissement
€ 20,00 - 25,00
sunset-sunside.com

September 6 - 11
"Eugene Oneguine" - Opera. Theatre Bolchoi, Moscou
Opera Garnier
1, place de la Opera - 9th Arrondissement
€ 7,00 - 172,00
operadeparis.fr

September 9 -10
"Coldplay" - In concert
Palais Omnisports de Paris - Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€ 46,50 - 63,00
bercy.fr

Until September 10
"Ete d'Amour" - Summer club night on the Seine
Aboard the Concorde Atlantique
25, quai Anatole France - 7th Arrondissement
€ 10,00
web.mac.com/respectisburning/iWeb/RIB/HOME.html

September 11 - 14
"Open Air Opera" - Offenbach
Jardin du Senat in Jardins de Luxembourg
Place Paul Claudel- 6th Arrondissement
€ 39,00 - 67,00
akouna.com/operaenpleinair

September 12 - 15
"Salon de la Musique et du Son" - Sound and Music in all forms
Paris Expo Hall 4
Porte de Versailles - 15th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 12,00
salon-musique.com

September 18 - 23
"Supreme NTM" - in concert
Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€ 45,00 - 99,00
bercy.fr

September 20 - 21
"Madonna" - in concert
Stade de France
Zac du Cornillon Nord - in Saint-Denis
€ 72,70 - 149.70
stadefrance.com

Until September 21:
"Festial Classique au Vert" - Open-Air Classical Music Festival
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide in Bois de Vincennes - 12th Arrondissement
€ 2,50 - 5,00
classiqueauvert2008.com

Until September 20:
"New Soloists Festival" - Piano, flute, cello, violin and viola from all over the world
Serres d'Auteuil - Auteuil Greenhouse
2, avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil - 16th Arrondissement
€ 8,00 - 25,00
ars-mobilis.com

September 24
"Queen + Paul Rodgers" - in concert
Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€ 56,50 - 78,50
bercy.fr

September 24 - October 10
"Rigoletto" - Opera en trois actes
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille - 12th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 138,00
operadeparis.fr

September 27
"Nabucco" - Opera by Verdi in 360 degrees
Stade de France
Zac du Cornillon Nord - in Saint-Denis
€ 20,00 - 115,00
nabucco-lespectacle.com

September 28
"Stevie Wonder" - in concert
Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€ 75,00 - 145,00
bercy.fr



FILM, THEATER and DANCE

Until September 7:
"Treteaux Nomades"
The Itinerant Festival from the Arenes de Montmartre - Pantomine, music, singing
Cour d'Hotel de Beauvais - 4th Arrondissement
Arenes de Lutece - 5th Arrondissement
Arenes de Montmartre - 18th Arrondissement
Plus other locations in Paris
€ 5,00 - 12,00
mysterebouffe.com

Until September 7:
"Silhouette Festival" - Showcases the art of short films
Buttes Chaumont Parc - outdoors
Rue Botzaris - 19th Arrondissement
Free
association-silhouette.com

September 9 - 21
"New York City Ballet"
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille - 12th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 80,00
operadeparis.fr


"Festival d'Automne" - Autumm Festival of opera, film, dance and performing arts
Various locations in Paris
festival-automne.com

September 20 - 30
"Hommage a Jerome Robbins" - Ballet
Opera Garnier
1, place de la Opera - 9th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 128,00
operadeparis.fr

All of September - October 5:
"Festival du Theatre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare" - Four Outdoor Plays
Jardin du Pre Catelan
Bois de Boulogne - 16th Arrondissement
€ 15,00
towertheatre.org.uk/parismap.htm



OTHER

Until September 7
"Festival des Ideo" - Club nights, art, children's workshops, classic films
La Bellevilloise
19 - 21, rue Boyer - 20th Arrondissement
€ 4,00 - 6,50
labellevilloise.com

September 10 - October 4
"Danse avec la Mode" - Dance and Fashion activities within the store
Galeries Lafayette
40, boulevard Haussmann - 9th Arrondissement
Free
galerieslafayette.com

September 11 -21
"Antiques Biennale" - Top Antique Fair held very two years in Paris
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill - 8th Arrondissement
€ 20,00; Under 12 Free
bdafrance.eu

September 16 -28
"Festival des Arts Turbulents" - Les Pop's Street Art Festival
Grande Halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaures - 19th Arrondissement
€ 2,00 - 15,00
villette.com

September 17 -20
"Apple Mac Expo" - see Apple's latest technology
Porte de Versailles
1, pl de la Porte de Versailles - 15th Arrondissement
€ 12,00
parisexpo.com

September 20
"Techno Parade" - Annual parade of 20 floats and 150 musicians
See website for parade route
Free
technopol.net

September 20 - 21
"Journees du Patrimoine" - Heritage Days
Annually, Parisian museums and other buildings, normally closed to the public
(including the Prime Minister and the Presidential homes) are free and open to
the public.
journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr

September 27
"WWE RAW Live Tour - Wrestling
Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€ 31,00 - 90,00
bercy.fr

September 27 - 28
"Festival of Paris Gardens" - free entries to gardens all over Paris, even those
often closed to the public
Info: Paris Tourist Office at 25, rue des Pyramides - 1st Arrondissement
Free
Email: info@paris-touristoffice.com

September 27 - 28
"Open Weekend at the Garde Republique" - Presidential Guard Open House
Quartier des Célestins
18, boulevard Henri IV - 4th Arrondissement
Free
garderepublicaine.gendarmerie.defense.gouv.fr

September 28
"Grand Classique Annual Paris to Versailles Walk" - Paris to Versailles 16K Walk
Begins at the Eiffel Tower and ends at Chateau Versailles
Must be 16 to enter and have a medical certificate
parisversailles.com

Until September 28
"Sport et Numerique" - Olympic-themed installation for the entire family
Cite des Sciences
30, avenue Corentin-Celtou - 19th Arrondissement
cite-sciences.fr

All of September - October 12:
"Butterfly Garden" - Especially great for children
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide, Bois de Vincennes - 12th Arrondissement
€ 2,50 - 5,00
parcfloraldeparis.com

All of September - October 25:
"Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione" - Circus
Cirque d'Hiver
110, rue Amelot - 11th Arrondissement
€ 10,00 - 45,00; Under 3= Free
cirquedhiver.com/bouglione.html

All of September - October 26:
"Les Grandes Eaux Musicales" - Musical Fountain Shows
Parc du Chateau de Versailles
In Versailles, France
€ 6,00 - 8,00
chateauversaillesspectacles.fr

All of September - November 30:
"2 CV Expo" -Citroen's 60th Anniversary Car Show
Parc de la Villette
30, avenue Corentin Cariou - 19th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,00
cite-sciences.fr

All of September - December 31:
"Circus - Diana Moreno Bormann" - Wonderful for kids
Place Skanderbeg
112, rue de la Haie Coq - Porte d'Auberviliers - 19th Arrondissement
€ 10,00 - 35,00; Under 3 = Free
cirque-diana-moreno.com

All of September - January, 2009:
"Big Wheel" - Giant Ferris Wheel
Place de la Concorde
Between the Jardins de Tuileries and the Champs-Elysees - 1st Arrondissement
€ 8,00



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