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Welcome 2 France Newsletter January 2013
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New Year is the best time to reunite with old friends and family whom you have not seen in a while. It's the best opportunity to catch up, patch up, and most of all, stay up for the festivities and revelry. Before the year ends, we would like to leave our dearest friends and guests our best wishes for the New Year. May the following year be prosperous and serene for you and your loved ones!

From all of us at Welcome2France, may you have a Prosperous 2013!




Say Hello to 2013 in Paris

The New Year is often associated with new beginnings, a new dawn, and to many of us, a second chance at living a healthier and happier lifestyle. If your 2012 was quite of a bumpy ride, we hope the year 2013 will be much kinder, calmer and more memorable-- and celebrating life-changing events in the City of Lights is one way to welcome the new year with a more promising outlook.


Paris is beautiful all-year round but the city becomes more enchanting if you start the first day of the new year in this bustling metropolis. You can ring in the new year in Paris through a variety of ways: have a glass of champagne by the Seine, meet with friends and gather around the grounds of Eiffel Tower and witness the festivities the city immerses itself in from the peak of Sacre Coeur. You can celebrate New Year's Eve however you like in Paris and you could never go wrong!



Re-Exploring the Seine

The Seine, or the lifeblood of Paris as it has often been referred to, is one of the most visited destinations in France. This long river stretch, now home to new species of fauna and flora, has been the subject of so many literary masterpieces, paintings, and other artistic compositions-- and why shouldn't it? After all, it is as old as the French capital itself, and is a silent witness of the birth and growth of Paris.


Whether you are a first comer or a repeat visitor to the City of Lights, use the Seine as the inspiration of your next walking tour. You can start your travel from the Left Bank or from the Right Bank, from Quai de Bercy, located uptown, or at the foot of Tour Eiffel, downtown. Either way, you should be able to pass by the 37 minor and major bridges that link Rive Gauche and Rive Droite, the quays and ports in between, and dine at the restaurants and cafés that offer you a stunning glimpse into the famed river.

Most Seine-inspired tours often start at the Pont Neuf or the New Bridge in English, which ironically, happens to be Paris' oldest.

However, if you want to start elsewhere, you can take Pont Alexandre III (this bridge is a structural wonder in itself!) to Place de la Concorde where you can find the large carousel often constructed during important events in Paris or you could hop on a Batobus or a shuttle-boat and dock at the nearest port to Musée d'Orsay or Musée du Louvre.

Feel free to skip Jardin des Tuileries, after all, Henry IV's sprawling park known as Square du Vert-Galant is located not too far away and upon docking at the port here, you will find yourself in the stylish Ile de la Cité. Once on the islet, feel free to visit La Conciergerie, the final home and prison of the infamous Marie-Antoinette. The 700-year old palace is once of Ile de la Cité's most popular landmarks, aside from the Notre Dame Cathedral, found right ahead, near Pont au Double.

If you're ready to leave Ile de la Cité, you could always take a shuttle boat to Port de l'Arsenal, one of the Seine's most relaxing destinations and a river inlet separated from the Seine. Drink a cold one by the seaside harbor or simply, enjoy the picturesque scene of boats, flora, and the waves of the Seine at one of many seafood restaurants found within the area.

No Seine-inspired tour is complete without a meal at one of many seaside restaurants. Before you call it a day, grab a bite at Mon Vieil Ami, in 69 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île where you'll meet Chef Antoine Westermann who is known for preparing perfect meals that match the riverside view of the Seine. Alternatively, try Les Ombres, in 27 Quai Branly, in the 7th arrondissement; choose terrace or outdoor seating so you can get a view of the river. For more affordable meals, head down to Brasserie de l'Isle Saint Louis, in 55 quai de Bourbon, 75004.




If you plan to revisit the Seine again soon, it would be a good idea to visit during Paris-Plages, when the Seine's riverbanks are transformed into man-made beaches just in time for summer.

Paris Plages (Paris Beaches)
Mid-July to Mid-August
Louvre to Simone-de-Beauvoir
(La Villette and Pont de Tolbiac, included)



Brussels and Beyond

A culture of gourmet and art lives on, here in Brussels. While Paris is known as the City of Love, Brussels' fine restaurants and picturesque environment will not let you down. You can celebrate Valentine's Day with your partner or welcome spring over a delicious meal prepared by Michelin-starred chefs in Brussels' best cafes.

Bleu de Toi

Perfect for private and intimate dining, this restaurant offers candlelight dinners and a cozy, romantic ambiance. Visit this modest restaurant in Rue des Alexiens, 73 - 1000 Bruxelles.

Amadeus

Small and extremely romantic, the ambiance in this restaurant will surely not disappoint. It's the perfect rendezvous for dates and anniversaries and since it's located in the studio were Rodin once lived, the restaurant itself is significant to Belgians and to tourists. Amadeus is found at 13 Rue Veydt.

Fusing different cultures together is a common practice among chefs in Brussels, as you can tell by the emergence of Asian-themed, Western, and even Latino restaurants in and around Grand Place. If you want to sink your teeth into Japanese sushi with a Belgian twist, Italiano or Spanish cuisine, there are plenty of diners and cafés for you to visit.

Pasta Divina

It's hard to miss Pasta Divina; after all, it is one of Brussels' most popular Italian restaurant and its whereabouts are well-known among the locals. Food served here is not too expensive, so you can tag a large group of friends along for a meal. Visit Pasta Divina at Rue de la Montagne, 16, Bruxelles.

Sushi Factory - Louise

Craving for some seafood? Sushi Factory in Avenue Louise serves delicious Japanese cuisine with a Belgian touch. The west meets the east at Avenue Louise, 216 - 1050 Ixelles.



Looking Ahead

The word "change" sums up our year, here at Welcome2France and Welcome2Belgium. For the past year, we have welcomed new properties to our gallery of beautiful French apartments and helped first-time visitors to Paris and Brussels make their European escapade more enjoyable and memorable. Making dream vacations come true is what we consider our forte and we hope to make yours a reality when you visit Paris, Brussels, London and the United States in the future.

To serve you better, we will be ushering in a new website, soon, under the Welcome2France and Welcome2Belgium umbrella, with newer properties located not just in Paris and Brussels, but also in the US, UK and beyond. Stay tuned!


Calendar of Events

Festivals

January
International Circus Festival of Tomorrow
24 January 2013 - 27 January 2013
Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012
www.cirquededemain.com

February
Paris Carnival 2013
10 February 2013
Place Gambett, 75020
www.carnaval-paris.org

Festival Chorus
21 February 2013 - 23 February 2013
City-wide event
www.chorus92.fr

International Agricultural Show
23 February 2013 - 3 March 2013
www.salon-agriculture.com

March
Printemps du Cinéma 2013
17 March 2013 - 19 March 2013
www.printempsducinema.com

April
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles
8 April 2013 - 15 April 2013
www.realitesnouvelles.org

Foire du Trône
6 April 2013 - 3 June 2013
www.foiredutrone.com

May
Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries
30 May 2013 - 2 June 2013
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
www.jardinsjardin.com

Nuit des Musées
18 May 2013
Museums across Paris
www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr

June
Fête de la Musique
21 June 2013
Various locations in Paris
www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr

July
Bastille Day
14 July 2013
Champs-Élysées and various
areas across Paris

Paris Plages
Mid-July to Mid-August
www.paris-plages.fr

Art and Exhibitions

January
Canaletto - Guardi
Until 14 January 2013
158, Boulevard Haussmann
75008
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Chaim Soutine
Until 21 January 2013
Jardin des Tuileries
75001
www.musee-orangerie.fr

Django Reinhardt
Until 23 January 2013'
221 Avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019
www.citedelamusique.fr

Edward Hopper Retrospective
Until 28 January 2013
3, Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008
www.rmn.fr/Galeries-nationales-du-Grand

Impressionism and Fashion
Until 20 January 2013
1, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007
www.musee-orsay.fr

Mary Cassatt in Paris
Until 20 January 2013
34, Avenue de New York
75116
www.monabismarck.org

February
Art in War time, France 1938-1947
Until 7 February 2013
11, Avenue du Président Wilson
75116
www.mam.paris.fr

Canaletto à Venise
Until 10 February 2013
Fondation Dina Vierny 59-61, rue de Grenelle
75007
www.museemaillol.com

Chagall
21 February 2013 - 21 July 2013
19, Rue de Vaugirard
75006
www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Ziem
14 February 2013 - 4 August 2013
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008
www.petitpalais.paris.fr

March
Art Paris, Art Fair
28 March 2013 - 1 April 2013
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008
www.artparis.fr

PAD Paris - Art + Design
27 March 2013 - 31 March 2013
Place de la Concorde
75001
www.pad-fairs.com/paris/fr

Star Wars Toys
Until 17 March 2013
107, rue de Rivoli
75001
www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

June
The Spencer and Marlene Hays Collection
Until 13 June 2013
1, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007
www.musee-orsay.fr

July
Eugène Boudin au fil de ses Voyages
Until 22 July 2013
158, Boulevard Haussmann
75008
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Music

January
Age Tendre et tête de Bois
17 January 2013 - 20 January 2013
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
75017
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

La Boite à Musique des Enfoirés
23 January 2013 - 28 January 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012
www.bercy.fr

Orchestre de Paris
24 January 2013 - 25 January 2013
252, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

Orchestre National de France
19 January 2013
15, Avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
21 January 2013
15, Avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

February
Katie Melua
16 February 2013
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
75017
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

Berliner Philharmoniker
26 February 2013
252, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

C2C - Electro
28 February 2013 - March 1 2013
Parc de la Villette 211
Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019

Laurent Korcia
12 February 2013
45 Rue La Boétie
75008
www.sallegaveau.com

Marc Lavoine - Chanteur de Variétés Françaises
19 February 2013 - 24 February 2013
28, Boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

National Symphony Orchestra Washington
10 February 2013
252, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

Patricia Kaas
26 February 2013 - 2 March 2013
28, Boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

March
Les Choeurs de l'armée Rouge
8 March 2013 - 10 March 2013
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
75017
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

Benabar - Chanteur de Variétés Françaises
21 March 2013 - 23 March 2013
28, Boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

Celtic Festival
16 March 2013 - 17 March 2013
Parc de la Villette 211
Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019

London Symphony Orchestra
15 March 2013
252, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

St. Patrick's Day
30 March 2013
28, Boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

April
Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony
9 April 2013 - 12 May 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012
www.operadeparis.fr

Gospel for 100 Voices
13 April 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012
www.bercy.fr

Insula Orchestra
18 April 2013
45 Rue La Boétie
75008
www.sallegaveau.com

May
Russian National Orchestra
24 May 2013
252, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

Madeleine Peyroux Jazz Vocal
6 May 2013
28, Boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

Zucchero
16 May 2013
1, Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015
www.palaisdessports.com

June
M - Chanteuse de Variétés Françaises
19 June 2013 - 29 June 2013
Parc de la Villette 211
Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019

Orchestre Romantique Européen
11 June 2013
45 Rue La Boétie
75008
www.sallegaveau.com

Philharmonia Orchestra
10 June 2013
15, Avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Theatre

January
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
24 January 2013 - 27 January 2013
Pelouse de Reuilly
75012

Cirkafrika
Until 13 January 2013
Pelouse de Reuilly
75012
www.cirquephenix.com

Les Hommes Viennent de Mars, Les Femmes de Vénus
Until 26 January 2013
38, Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle
75010

February
Le Ballet Igor Moïsseïev
1 February 2013 - 3 February 2013
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
75017
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

March
La Cenerentola:
Opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini

Until 25 March 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009
www.operadeparis.fr

Cirque National Alexis Gruss
Until 17 March 2013
Porte de Passy
75016
www.alexis-gruss.com

April
Cirque du Soleil - The Immortal World Tour
4 April 2013 - 7 April 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012
www.cirquedusoleil.com/fr/shows/michael-jackson-tour

Hänsel and Gretel
14 April 2013 - 6 May 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009
www.operadeparis.fr

Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony
9 April 2013 - 12 May 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012
www.operadeparis.fr

Others

January
Grand Prix d'Amérique 2013
27 January 2013
2 Route de la Ferme
75012
www.france-galop.com

February
Grand Prix d'Amérique 2013
27 January 2013
2 Route de la Ferme
75012
www.france-galop.com

Tournoi de Paris Ile de France de Judo
9 February 2013 - 10 February 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012
www.bercy.fr

Rugby: France VS Wales
9 February 2013
Consortium Stade de France
ZAC Cornillon Nord
93216
www.stadefrance.com

Football: France VS Germany
6 February 2013
Consortium Stade de France
ZAC Cornillon Nord
93216
www.stadefrance.com

La Danse Fait Son Show
3 February 2013
8, Boulevard de Bercy
75012
www.bercy.fr

March
Football: France VS Spain
26 March 2013
Consortium Stade de France
ZAC Cornillon Nord 93216
www.stadefrance.com

Rugby: France VS Scotland
16 March 2013
Consortium Stade de France
ZAC Cornillon Nord 93216
www.stadefrance.com

April
Saut Hermès au Grand Palais
12 April 2013 - 14 April 2013
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008

Marathon de Paris
7 April 2013

May
French Open Tennis Championship at Roland Garros
21 May 2013 - 9 June 2013
2, Avenue Gordon-Bennett
75016
www.rolandgarros.com

June
Final of the Top 14 Rugby Competition 2013
1 June 2013
Consortium Stade de France
ZAC Cornillon Nord
93216
www.stadefrance.com

July
Finish of the Tour de France
Cycle Race 2013
21 July 2013
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008
www.letour.fr


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