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This Issue's Featured Apartments


Madeleine - Surene



This stunning 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom pied-a-tier has all the comfortable and luxurious features of a Parisian home. With its wide living room, comfortable 6-8 table seating, and mixed modern and classical fixtures, the Madeleine - Surene apartment is perfect for a group of up to 4 people.



Champs Elysées - George V II



This 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment boasts a floor area of 80 sq. m. which is large enough for one or two residents. Located on the 5th floor of a secure Hausmann building, the Champs Elysées - George V II apartment has the right mix of comfort and sophistication that results in a memorable stay in Paris.





The Best of Paris in 3 Days

Making the most of your trip to Paris can be challenging if your itinerary only permits you to stay in the city for 3 days, but it is NOT impossible. If you will only be in Paris for such a short time, it would be best to visit the major attractions in Paris first and visit the lesser known and more 'local' destinations, afterwards.


Before your trip, secure a Paris Pass so you can enter museums and other major attractions easily. Needless to say, entrance fees to museums can be expensive but a Paris Pass can make your trip more affordable, convenient, and not to mention, exciting. For more information about the Paris Pass, visit www.parispass.com.



Your first day in Paris should include a visit to the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and a meal from Laduree.

Both the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral are considered two of the most significant landmarks in Paris. Start your trip with a little photo-op of yourself with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame Cathedral in the background. Both structures are very historical and are also easily identifiable with Paris.

Your Eiffel Tower trip may take as long as 2 hours or more, that is, if you plan to go up the stairs and take a picture of the Paris skyline. The lines are often long and crowded with tourists so make sure to schedule your trip to the Eiffel Tower early. Word of advice though, if you want a good picture of Paris, the best place to take it would be at Sacré Coeur.

Your next stop, Notre Dame Cathedral in the 4th arrondissement would also count as a "huge" visit, especially if you are religious. This structure has withstood the test of time and to see it in person would be such an exciting opportunity. Spend 2 hours or more to see the gardens that surround the Notre Dame or enter the cathedral to see the stained glass windows which Notre Dame is known for.

Finally, make sure to grab a delicious macaroon from any of the Laduree branches below:

Ladurée 16 Royale
16, rue Royale
75008 Paris

Ladurée Printemps
64, boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris
Ladurée - Champs Elysées
75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Paris

Ladurée Bonaparte
21 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris




Getting to know Paris a bit more should be in your agenda for Day 2 and the best place to start would be at the Louvre Museum. As we mentioned earlier, a Paris Pass will definitely come in handy at this point and it can help you go through the long lines at the Louvre Museum so use that whenever you can.

It would take you a while in the Louvre Museum: it's a huge place full of paintings and sketches, but after your trip, make sure to go the Sacré Coeur to see one of Paris' best parks. A visit to the Basilica Sacré Coeur would be a good way to end your excursion for the second day.

On your third day, spend the first half of the day at the Orsay Museum. If you have children on your trip, make sure to tag them along too. For the second half of your day, it would be best to walk around Paris, get to know people, and just observe the city.

As always, feel free to add your own twist to this 3-day trip guide.


Edible Souvenirs You Can Bring On Board

Found something delicious in Paris but don't know if you can take it back home? Don't fret, there are new guidelines posted online about the edible souvenirs you can and cannot bring on your flight.

The information below is only applicable to food you can carry in your passenger bag for your own use. Make sure to mention the contents of your luggage; and even if these edible souvenirs are technically allowed on the plane, you may still have to inquire from the airport personnel if they will permit any of them on board. Failure to declare of these products may lead to penalties.


First things first, all sorts of fresh meat and poultry are automatically and strictly not permitted on board. Needless to stay, any meat product bought from the local market may have to be left in the freezer back in Paris since it will not be allowed on the flight. Any product that comes from grain and nuts are also not allowed due to health and agricultural concerns.

Fortunately, the usual souvenirs such as candies, sweets, and chocolates will always be permitted on your flight. This list of permissible souvenirs also include various pastry products in small quantities, olive oil, other precious cooking concoctions, and cheese, except for Cottage cheese and Ricotta, which are a huge NO-NO.

Speaking of pastry products, bread, cookies and cakes are allowed on your flight provided they are small in quantity and if you notify the airport personnel ahead of time.

We hope, that by knowing what's allowed on board, you will find it easier to plan for the souvenir items you might want to take home.


Bucket List

If you're looking for more ideas for your bucket list or a few more items to add to your itinerary for your Parisian escapade, we've listed down some interesting things you can do while in Paris.

Smart Apps for smart travelers

Preparing for your trip to Paris is crucial. that is, if you want things to go smoothly. In this digital age, preparing a trip to the other side of the globe has become even easier with the help of apps which you can download online. If you own an iPhone (sorry Android users, we'll have something for you in our next issue), we've listed down these top 5 iPhone apps which you should get before your trip.

Do you know a really cool iPhone app which should be in our list? Tell us in the comments and we'll include them in our next post.

"Plans? What plans?"
Some tourists visit Paris without a map, and not because they forgot to pack one on their way to the airport but some do that deliberately. Going to Paris without a map is pretty much like reading a book without glasses. We don't encourage going to a foreign city without a travel guide at least, but getting lost in Paris has been described as an exciting experience for many tourists and according to a hitch-hiker's guide to getting lost in Paris, here are the reasons why.

Instant Baguettes!

Vending machines are really common: you can see them almost everywhere, but in Paris, vending machines have taken quite an unusual transformation. For 1 Euro, you can purchase a fresh piece of baguette from a vending machine that also bakes them!


May Day!

May day, May day! On the 1st of May, 2012, most shops and stores will be closed; however, street markets and a few other grocers shops will be open for business, as usual. We highly encourage you to do your shopping early; either do it on the last week of April or wait it out until Carrefour, Monoprix, and Franceprix open on the 2nd of May.

Going to Brussels?

Brussels, which is a train ride away from France, is where you can find a lot of interesting parks, gardens, museums, and may be described as a city that's equally enchanting as Paris. If you're visiting Brussels this month -- or if you're planning to do so in the future, we've listed down a few scenic parks which you should visit.




Something Floral and Something Fancy for Mother's Day

The best gift a child can ever give for his/her beloved mother is a kiss, a hug, and a simple "I love you" -- but a huge bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers is good too.

Flowers have always been the universal symbol for love, comfort, repentance and forgiveness, friendship, respect, and all things pleasant. This Mother's Day (13 May 2012), make sure to get a beautiful bouquet of lillies, roses, and tulips, for your mom.


Jardin de Reuilly
1 Rue Daumesnil,
75012 Paris
www.equipement.paris.fr

Truffaut
85 Quai Gare,
75013 Paris
www.truffaut.com

Oisellerie du Pont Neuf
18 Quai de la Mégisserie,
75001 Paris
www.animalerie-paris.com

Aquarelle
7 Rue Buci,
75006 Paris,
www.aquarelle.com
Monceau Fleurs
92 Boulevard Malesherbes,
75008 Paris
www.monceaufleurs.com

Bouquet's Montparnasse
115 Boulevard du Montparnasse,
75006 Paris
France

L'Artisan Fleuriste
95 Rue Vieille du Temple,
75003 Paris,
www.artisanfleuriste.fr

Amaryllis Fleurs - Fleuriste Interflora
230 Rue de la Croix Nivert,
75015 Paris
www.contactfleurs.com


Aside from flowers, classic gifts such as a box of chocolates, jewelries, and other beautiful trinkets may do well as a Mother's Day gift. If you want to spend some time with your mom over a delicious dinner in Paris' best fancy restaurants, these picks will hold special events which you can take part in on Mother's Day.

Le Relais Plaza
25, Avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

Restaurant Le Ciele
Tour Maine Montparnasse
33, avenue du Maine
75015 Paris
Laduree - Champs Elysées
75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Paris

Le Train Bleu
Gare de Lyon
Place Louis Armand
Paris, 75012



Calendar of Events

Festivals

May
Vintage Car Rally
Second week of May
Montmartre Hill
www.ffve.org

Flash Festival
25 May 2012
Centre Pompidou
www.flashfestival.net

Festival of the Théâtre de Verdure in the Jardin Shakespeare
1 May 2012 - 1 October 2012
Jardin du Pré Catelan - Bois de Boulogne
75016 PARIS
www.jardinshakespeare.fr

June
Solidays
22 June 2012 - 24 June 2012
16è arrondissement de París
Hippodrome de Longchamp
75016 Paris, France
www.solidays.org

Midsummer Fireworks
24 June 2012
Ile Saint-Louis
City-wide event

Paris Fashion Week
27 June 2012 - 1 July 2012
www.modeaparis.com

Paris Pride Parade
30 June 2012
Place du 18 Juin 1940
www.inter-lgbt.org

International Rose Competition
June 2012
Jardin de Bagatelle
Paris, France

July
Bastille Day
14 July 2012
City-wide event

Paris Quartier d'Eté Festival
14 July 2012 - 9 August 2012
www.quartierdete.com

August
Cinéma au clair de lune
1 August 2012 - 19 August 2012
Porte Saint-Eustache Forum des Halles 2
Rue du Cinéma
75001 PARIS
www.forumdesimages.net

Choral Music Festival
25 August 2012 - 29 August 2012
www.mrf-musicfestivals.com

Paris Quartier d'Eté Festival
Varying dates of July - August 2012
www.quartierdete.com

September
L'Etrange Festival
3 September 2012 - 12 September 2012
Participating cinemas

Autumn Festival
17 September 2012
www.festival-automne.com

Paris-Versailles Walk
30 September 2012
Eiffel Tower
www.parisversailles.com

October
Nuit Blanche
1 October 2012
www.nuitblanche.paris.fr

November
Armistice Day
11 November 2012
Champs-Elysées/City-wide event

Christmas Lights
22 November 2012 - 9 January 2012
Champs-Elysées/City-wide event


Art and Exhibitions

May
Titanic, 100 ans après
12 April 2012 - 29 August 2012
222, boulevard Saint-Germain
75007 PARIS
www.museedeslettres.fr

Le Forum des Halles déroule le tapis rouge pour Studio Harcourt
3 May 2012 - 26 May 2012
Rues Rambuteau, Pierre Lescot et Berger
75001 PARIS
Free Admission

Court-Circuit
4 May 2012 - 6 May 2012
48 rue Vieille-du-Temple
75004 PARIS
Free Admission

Monumenta 2012: Daniel Buren
10 May 2012 - 21 June 2012
Avenue Winston-Churchill
75008 PARIS
www.grandpalais.fr

Open Days at the Belleville artists' studios
11 May 2012 - 14 May 2012
Quartier de Belleville
www.ateliers-artistes-belleville.org
Free Admission

Tutankhamun his tomb and his treasures
12 May 2012 - 1 September 2012
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS
www.toutankhamon-expo.com

Printemps des Musées
19 May 2012
www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr

Nicolas Poussin et Moïse. Histoires tissées
22 May 2012 - 1 December 2012
42, avenue des Gobelins
75013 PARIS
www.mobiliernational.culture.gouv.fr

Sert, the New Reubens
May - 5 August 2012
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 PARIS
www.petitpalais.paris.fr

June
La Force de L'Art Modern Art Show
Various dates of April - June 2012
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
Paris 75008
www.laforcedelart.fr
Tickets start at 5 Euros

July
Le Crépuscule des Pharaons
Opened on March 2012 - 23 July 2012
158, boulevard Haussmann
75008 PARIS
www.culturespaces.com

August
Arènes de Montmartre Festival
Varying dates of August - September 2012
www.mysterebouffe.com

Tim Burton, the Exhibition
Opened on March 2012 - 5 August 2012
51, rue de Bercy
75012 PARIS
www.cinemathequefrancaise.fr

September
Silhouette Festival
1 September 2012 - 9 September 2012
Buttes Chaumont Park
www.association-silhouette.com

November
Paris Photo
15 November 2012 - 18 November 2012
Grand Palais
www.parisphoto.fr


Shopping

May
Le Carre Rive Gauche
1 May 2012 - 31 May 2012
Rue du Bac, Paris
www.carrerivegauche.com

Symphonic Orchestra of 100 Gypsy Violins of Budapest
27 April 2012 - 2 May 2012
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

Musicora
11 May 2012 - 13 May 2012
Palais de la Bourse Rue Notre Dame des Victoires
75002 PARIS
www.musicora.com

Antiques Fair/Brocante
30 May 2012 - 1 June 2012
Bastille

June
International Photographic Flea Market
June 2012
Bièvres 91570, France
www.foirephoto-bievre.com

Summer Clothing Sales
27 June 2012 - 31 July 2012
"Soldes"
City-wide Event

Prêt à Porter
30 June 2012 - 3 July 2012
Paris Porte de Versailles
Paris, France

December
Paris' Christmas Markets
1 December 2012 - 1 January 2013
Boulevard Saint Germain

Brocante de la Madeleine
7 December 2012 - 8 December 2012
Boulevard des Capucines
75009, Paris
www.brocaparis.com


Music

May
Symphonic Orchestra of 100 Gypsy Violins of Budapest
27 April 2012 - 2 May 2012
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival
30 May 2012 - 2 June 2012
Saint-Germain-des-Prés
www.festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com

June
Paris Jazz Festival
11 June 2012 - 31 July 2012
Parc Floral de Paris
Tickets start at 5 Euros
www.parisjazzfestival.fr

The Chopin Festival in Paris
15 June 2012 - 15 July 2012
Route de Sèvres - Bois de Boulogne
75016 PARIS
Tickets start at 10 Euros

Festival of the Imagination
Opened on 9 March 2012 - 17 June 2012
Maison des Cultures du Monde
www.mcm.asso.fr

Fête de la Musique in the Musée d'Orsay
21 June 2012
Musee d'Orsay
Free Admission

Fete de la Musique
21 June 2012
www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr

Solidays Festival
22 June 2012 - 24 June 2012
Longchamp Racecourse
route des Tribunes Bois-de-Boulogne
75016 Paris

Festival Musique en l'Ile
June to September 2012
St-Louis-en-L'Ile/St-Germain-des-Prés
Tickets at 22-30 Euros

New Soloists Festival / Serres d'Auteuil
10 June 2012 - 24 June 2012
Friday, Saturdays and Sundays of June 2012
Tickets start at 15 Euros
www.ars-mobilis.com

July
Paris Jazz Festival
9 July 2012 - 29 July 2012
Route de la Pyramides
75012 PARIS
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

Bagatelle Chamber Music Festival
19 July 2012 - 15 August 2012
Route de Sèvres - Bois de Boulogne
75016 PARIS
Tickets start at 17 Euros

Les Arènes du Jazz
Varying dates of July 2012
Arènes de Montmartre
Tickets start at 24 Euros

August
Rock en Seine
24 August 2012 - 26 August 2012
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
92210 SAINT CLOUD
www.saint-cloud.monuments-nationaux.fr

Parc Floral de la ville de Paris - Classique au vert
4 August 2012 - 16 September 2012
Route de la Pyramides
75012 PARIS
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

September
Classique au Vert
6 September 2012 - 25 September 2012
Parc Floral de Paris
www.classiqueauvert.fr

Techno Parade 2012
15 September 2012
Bastille


Theater and Film

May
Stéphane Guillon
1 May 2012 - 6 May 2012
28, boulevard des Capucines
75009 PARIS
www.olympiahall.com

Directors Fortnight
Varying dates within May 2012 - June 2012
Forum des Images
Paris, France
www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com

International Festival of Very Short Films
4 May 2012 - 13 May 2012
Porte Saint-Eustache Forum des Halles 2
Rue du Cinéma
75001 PARIS
www.forumdesimages.net

The Two Men Show II - A vous de voir
4 May 2012 - 26 May 2012
39, rue des Trois Frères
75018 PARIS

Apassionata, Together Forever
5 May 2012
8, boulevard de Bercy
75012 PARIS
www.bercy.fr
Tickets start at 73.50 Euros

Roméo et Juliette
7 May 2012 - 20 May 2012
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS

A Soldier's Tale
22 May 2012
www.opera-comique.com

The Barber of Seville
24 May 2012 - 2 July 2012
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Paris Comedy Festival (L'Humour en Capitales)
29 May 2012 - 3 June 2012
www.humourencapitales.com

Outdoor Opera / Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
31 May 2012 - 15 September 2012
www.operaenpleinair.com

June
Cinema avenue - Avenue du cinéma
6 June 2012 - 12 June 2012
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 PARIS
www.avenueducinema.fr

Pestacles: Children's Festival
6 June 2012 - 26 September 2012
Route de la Pyramides
75012, Paris
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

And 20 summer
16 June 2012 - 24 June 2012
75020 PARIS
Free Admission

Paris Cinéma
30 June 2012 - 10 July 2012
Participating cinermas
www.pariscinema.org

July
Solo : Compagnie Dca, Philippe Découflé
4 July 2012 - 14 July 2012
Parc de la Villette - 211, avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 PARIS
www.la-villette.com

Open-Air Cinema at La Villette
July 2012 - August 2012
Parc de la Villette
Free Admission; Pay 7 Euros for seat

October
Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
5 October 2012 - 14 October 2012
2 rue du Cinéma, Forum des Halles
Paris 75001, France
www.ffglp.net


Sports

May
The Great Paris Steeplechase
Opened on 25 March 2012 - 13 May 2012
Bois de Boulogne
Route d'Auteuil aux Lac 75116
www.france-galop.com

French Open
22 May 2012 - 10 June 2012
2 Avenue Gordon Bennet 75016
www.fft.fr/rolandgarros

June
Régates en Seine
3 June 2012
Quai Branly
75015 PARIS

Europa Taichi Paris 2012
7 June 2012 - 10 June 2012
81, boulevard Massena
75013 PARIS

Paris 10km race
19 June 2012
19 Rue de Rivoli
75004 PARIS
www.hotel-paris-rivoli.com

July
French Golf Open
1 July 2012 - 4 July 2012
2, avenue du Golf
78280 GUYANCOURT

EDF Swimming Open
6 July 2012 - 7 July 2012
Chemin de la Croix Catelan Bois de Boulogne
75016 Paris

Paris Triathlon
7 July 2012 - 8 July 2012
Champ-de-Mars
75007 PARIS

September
La Parisienne Women's Race
7 September 2012 - 9 September 2012
Champ de Mars
75007 PARIS


Others

Foire du Trône
Opened on 6 April 2012 - 3 June 2012
Bois de Vincennes
Paris 75012, France
Free Admission; Pay to ride
www.foiredutrone.com

Food Culture Europe Festival
10 October 2012 - 16 October 2012
Various Participating Restaurants
www.foodcultureeurope.eu

The Big Wheel
Place de la Concorde
75001, Paris
Tickets start at 8 Euros

La Fête des Jardins
September 2012
Mairie de Paris
Free Admission

Open Weekend at the Garde Républicaine
September 2012
Quartier des Célestins
Free Admission
www.garderepublicaine.com

Heritage Days
September 2012
Free Access
www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr

Salon du Chocolat
31 October 2012 - 4 November 2012
Porte de Versailles
Tickets start at 12.50 Euros
www.salon-du-chocolat.com

Frimousses de Créateurs
29 November 2012 - 4 December 2012
Avénue Winston Churchill
Paris 75008, France
www.frimoussesdecreateurs.fr

Disney on Ice
5 December 2012 - 16 December 2012
211 Avenue Jean Jaures
Parc de Villette
Paris 75019, France
Tickets start at 22 Euros
www.disneysurglace.k-wet.com



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