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Welcome 2 France Newsletter November 2011
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This Month's Featured Apartments

Every month, your friends at Welcome2France try to make your trip to Paris just a little more memorable, with the "inside scoop" on what's happening in Europe's most glamorous city. We also share some amazing deals in beautiful Paris apartment rentals, but what if you had one of your own ?


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See the sights of Paris from a bird's eye view when you stay in this one-bedroom apartment. If you seek an elegant abode for yourself or a party of 4, Invalides Ecole Militaire is the perfect pick. It is located on the topmost floor of a 19th century building making it far from the city noise, but well within the heart of Paris.





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November's Open Fairs Galore



Every November, the "City of Lights" lights up even brighter with theater shows, exhibitions, and wine tasting festivals.

In spite of the rainy season, fun-loving Parisians organize some of the year's most memorable open markets and fairs. If you plan on bringing treats and presents to your friends and family back home, skip the high-rise malls and head down to these annual markets featuring unusual trinkets and treasures at extremely affordable prices.

When it comes to open market shopping, Paris' Place de la Bastille is the place to be this November 4th. The bi-annual Bastille Antique Fair is a favorite among antique collectors who want to look for knick-knacks both odd and old.
  
  
During the fair, stalls of fancy curios line up along the Place de la Bastille, bringing flocks of tourists and locals alike, with power buyers and casual browsers equally welcome.

The month-long fair attracts sellers and collectors of antiquities from all over France and beyond. Who knows what you'll find?


Bastille Antique Fair
Starts November 4 to November 31, 2011
Place de la Bastille, Paris






Open Days from Anvers to Abbesses
Modern art lovers can get a rare "behind the scenes" look at the Parisian art world during "Open Days from Anvers to Abbesses," Paris' fascinating artistic "open house" event.

More than 100 artists open the doors of their studios and lofts to the public November 18th - 20th: painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and more.

The event itself is geared towards aficionados of modern and contemporary art, but anyone looking for inspiration in the works of modern French artists will find the "Open Days from Anvers to Abbesses" an artistic excursion worth remembering.
The name of the event itself is a give-away: starting from the Anvers district up to Abbesses, the studios, boutiques, and even homes of contemporary French artists are open for all. Around 70 venues, from the 18th to the 19th arrondissement, will be part of this event.

Tourists should brace themselves for a long walk: "Open Days from Anvers to Abbesses" starts at 8 Rue de Milton, 8th arrondissement, where you'll receive a map of the participating open studios, boutiques, and workshops generously scattered across the Montmartre area.

Begins this exciting journey by visiting the webpage linked below:

Open Days from Anvers to Abbesses
November 18 2011 to November 20 2011
75018 PARIS
Montmartre / Pigalle / Trinité District
For more info: www.anversauxabbesses.fr/
Free Entrance



A Sip of Beaujolais Nouveau


November is a special month for wine enthusiasts, who scramble to be among the first to take a sip of Beaujolais Nouveau. This annual event often occurs simultaneously with similar Beaujolais Nouveau wine tasting events around the world.

Contrary to what most people say about highbrow wine tasting gatherings, the Beaujolais Nouveau is not an elaborate wine celebration meant for wine-enthusiasts alone. In fact, those who take part in this annual wine-tasting spree don't simply sip the wine - they drink it to the last gulp.

Every third Thursday of November, Parisians (and wine lovers of all sorts from around the globe), are seen scuttling about to secure the first release of the Beaujolais Nouveau, a young, unfermented wine made from the precious Gamay grapes of Beaujolais, France. People have gone great lengths to get their hands on a Beaujolais Nouveau bottle long before others do, and their attempts are often amusing. (Some have had their orders shipped on a jet, transported via carriage, bicycles, or speedy cars, while others have had bottles delivered by hot air balloon!)


The moment the clock strikes 12, the corks come loose and the celebration begins! Cheers and banners bearing the slogan "Le Beaujolais nouveau est Arrive!" are seen from café and bistro windows to mark the special date.

Odd as it may seem, there is actually nothing "expensive" or "rare" about the Beaujolais Nouveau, but the characteristic that's drawn people to it is its unusually short storage life. In fact, the Beaujolais Nouveau must be consumed immediately upon uncorking, so drinkers can enjoy its light, fruity flavor.

What Parisians celebrate on the third Thursday of November is not just the uncorking of the first release of Beaujolais Nouveau but the thought of reuniting with friends and family. If there's anything the Beaujolais Nouveau teaches us, it is to cherish the rare and sweet moments we have with the ones we love, since life is short.

The sweetness of life and the sweetness of Beaujolais Nouveau have always shared a perfect analogy.

Get your sip of Beaujolais Nouveau from these suggested cafes:

Le Cloche des Halles
28, Rue Coquilliere
75001

Le Rubis
10, Rue du Marche-Saint-Honore
75001

Les Enfants Rouges
9, Rue de Beauce
75003



Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
19, Rue Saint-Jacques
75005

Au Vin des Rues
21, Rue Boulard
75019

Cave Drouot
8, Rue Drouot
75009



Get Ready for a Rainy November

For those heading to Paris in November, we've prepared a brief weather forecast of sorts


It will be chilly in November, which is to be expected since winter is right around the corner. But don't let the winter breeze keep you from enjoying Paris.

To make up for the weather, Paris offers a flurry of events and fairs to keep your trip warm and enjoyable.

You'll be happy to know November is actually a great time to visit Paris: because it's low season, airfare is low, with discounts aplenty. Exhibitions, trade shows, and open fairs are abundant to kick off holiday shopping and the famed "Autumn Festival" opens, lasting through December.

Almost-freezing temperatures are anticipated this November, with a minimum temperature of 5°C (41°F) on most days. You may be tempted to stay indoors instead of sight-see, but don't let the temperature stop you from enjoying your trip. As long as you have the right clothing and the right events to go to, you'll find November in Paris has a magic and charm all its own.

Clothes to Pack

Stock your luggage with warm, winter clothing such as coats, scarves, socks, and sweaters. Also, don't forget to bring a pair of thick gloves to protect your hands from the chill. Rains will be common in Paris this month, so bring an umbrella and a waterproof coat or raincoat, as well.

For women, it might be time to give the stiletto heels a rest, since the streets will be wet and slippery. If you're visiting Paris for business and might need to wear formal shoes with heels, change into a pair of flat shoes with traction from time to time, especially when walking long distances.

Both men and women will need waterproof footwear; boots are optional, but make sure to jump into something warm and comfortable when walking through Paris.

Temperature and Rainfall Survey

Daily temperatures: 5°C to 10°C (or 41°F to 50°F)
Average temperatures: 6°C (or 42.8°F)
Average rainfall: 54 mm (or 2.1 in)



Calendar of Events for the Month of November 2011

Art and Exhibitions

International trade show for cultural heritage
Theme: "Heritage in the City"
November 3 2011 to November 6 2011
99, rue de Rivoli
75001 PARIS
Marais / Les Halles District
For more info: www.parisexpo.fr/

Paris Photo
November 10 2011 to November 13 2011
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 PARIS
For more info: www.parisphoto.fr/
Entrance Fee: EUR 12 (Discounted) or 24 (Full)

Goudemalion, his life and work
November 11 2011 to March 18 2012
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 PARIS
Champs-Elysées / Louvre District
Entrance Fee: EUR 9

FEATURED! Open Days from Anvers to Abbesses
November 18 2011 to November 20 2011
75018 PARIS
Montmartre / Pigalle / Trinité District
For more info: www.anversauxabbesses.fr/
Free Entrance

Music

Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Hélène Grimaud
November 3 2011
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 PARIS
Champs-Elysées / Louvre District

Orchestre National de France
November 24 2011
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
Champs-Elysées / Louvre District

Orchestre Pasdeloup
November 6 2011
1, place du Châtelet
75001 PARIS
Marais / Les Halles District

Orchestre Philharmonique de Saint-Pétersbourg
November 29 2011
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
Champs-Elysées / Louvre District

Philarmonia orchestra
November 15 2011
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
Champs-Elysées / Louvre District

Theatre

Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris : "Cendrillon", de Rudolf Noureev
November 25 2011 to December 30 2011
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
Bercy / Tolbiac / Bois de Vincennes District
For more info: www.operadeparis.fr/

La cenerentola, opéra de Gioachino Rossini
November 26 2011 to December 17 2011
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
Opéra / Grands boulevards District

La force du destin, opéra de Guiseppe Verdi
November 14 2011 to December 17 2011
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
Bercy / Tolbiac / Bois de Vincennes District

Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre - "Swan Lake"
November 5 2011
2, place de la Porte Maillot
75017 PARIS
Montmartre / Pigalle / Trinité District
Entrance fee: EUR 35 - 69

Carmina Burana
November 26 2011 to November 27 2011
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 PARIS
La Villette / Belleville / Canal Saint-Martin District
Entrance Fee: EUR 38 - 94

Cirque Pinder - "La Féerie sur Piste"
November 11 2011 to January 8 2012
Bois de Vincennes
75012 PARIS
Bercy / Tolbiac / Bois de Vincennes District

Dany Boon - One man show comique
November 23 2011 to December 17 2011
28, boulevard des Capucines
75009 PARIS
Opéra / Grands boulevards District

Disney on Ice
November 30 2011 to December 11 2011
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 PARIS
La Villette / Belleville / Canal Saint-Martin District

L'année de la pensée magique, pièce de Joan Didion
November 2 2011 to January 31 2012
1, place Charles-Dullin
75018 PARIS
Montmartre / Pigalle / Trinité District

L'Ecole des femmes, pièce de Molière
November 19 2011 to January 6 2012
place Colette
75001 PARIS
Marais / Les Halles District

Les étoiles du cirque de Pékin - "La légende de Mulan"
November 19 2011 to January 15 2012
Pelouse de Reuilly - Sortie périphérique
Porte de charenton - Porte Dorée
75012 Paris

The Cirque du Soleil - "Corteo"
November 4 2011 to December 18 2011
92100 BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT
Ile-de-France District

Others

Les Nuits capitales 2011
November 14 2011 to November 20 2011
For more info: www.nuitscapitales.com/
Entrance Fee: At least EUR 5

Commemoration ceremony of November 11
November 11 2011
Place Charles de Gaulle
75008 PARIS
Champs-Elysées / Louvre District
For more info: www.garnison-paris.terre.defense.gouv.fr/

Salon Créations et Savoir-Faire
November 16 2011 to November 20 2011
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS
Tour Eiffel / Trocadéro District
For more info: www.creation-savoir-faire.com/

Salon Marjolaine
November 5 2011 to November 13 2011
Route de la Pyramide
75012 PARIS
Bercy / Tolbiac / Bois de Vincennes District
For more info: www.salon-marjolaine.com/




Note: the information in the newsletter and calendar are accurate when we publish, but things do change, so it's always a good idea to check before you go.


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