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Welcome 2 France Newsletter February 2013
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February is one of the most festive months of the year, but alas, it is also the shortest. The highlights of this month include Valentines Day and the Chinese New Year, which also marks the first day of spring. With only 28 days to go, we want to help you make your February trip enjoyable, interesting, and most importantly, memorable.

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Our search for luxurious homes around the world continues and more equally pleasing properties will be added to our catalog, soon. For now, we'll fill you in with the liveliest happenings in Paris and Brussels regularly, with our bi-monthly monthly newsletter.



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What's On

It may be cold and chilly in the French capital, but the festivities lined up for the season are sure to keep you company and warm from the 2-degree late winter temperature. Due to the unpredictable wind chills and rainfall, the late-winter/early-spring months calls for low season in Paris, in other towns and tourist destinations across the country. It may not be the ideal time to go on a walking tour around the city but if your dream vacation consists of bar- and restaurant-hopping, you're in luck as Paris welcomes one of the calmest seasons, in terms of tourist traffic, for the year.


There's not much reason to stay outdoors at this time, either, so dining and museum tours may be of interest. Low season often calls for lesser restaurant reservations, so finding a seat in posh cafes located along the Saint Germain des Pres district or along the Marais should be a breeze. In fact, you can dine without an appointment in some restaurants across the city and still find a comfy seat with a stunning view. The same goes for museums and exhibits: with tourist traffic at a controlled level, you can enjoy your glimpse of fine artistic creations at any of Paris' museums without having to worry about dodging crowds.

You can choose whether to enjoy less crowded and rowdy museum trips when you visit during the low season (which usually lasts from January until February) or to enjoy a glimpse of priceless exhibits during La Nuit des Musées (the Night of Museums) on 18 May 2013, a one-night, annual event that allows night owls and late night visitors to participate in street revelry plus the opportunity to access different museums across Paris sans Paris Museum access card or any fee, for that matter. The downside? Expect a bit of traffic.




New Museums

If you are in Paris before La Nuit des Musees, you could divide your time between more obscure museums and more popular destinations like the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay. Visit the likes of Musee du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, and Musee d'Orsay during La Nuit des Musees to save up on entrance fees and schedule your visit to less crowded museums at another time.

Every year or so, new museums and galleries open their doors to the public, adding to Paris' ever growing list of tourist destinations. If it's not in your itinerary yet, visit the following newly opened (and newly renovated) galleries on your next trip:

Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis rue Papin, 75003
www.gaite-lyrique.net
Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 2:00 - 8:00 PM

Gallery Highlights: From 17 February 2013 until 7 April 2013, watch 'Arrrgh! Monsters in Fashion', a modern fashion convention featuring over 50 designers.

Pinacothèque de Paris
28, Place de la Madeleine, 75008
www.pinacotheque.com
Open daily from 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Gallery Highlights: Three exhibitions in the running: Van Gogh's 'Dreaming of Japan', Hiroshige's 'Art of Travel', and Rouvre's 'Low Tide - The Japan of Chaos'



Learning in Paris

Museums and galleries abound the French capital, making it one of the best destinations to pursue and develop your interest in art, science, history, astronomy, and even gourmet. Paris gained the nickname as the City of Light not just because of its implementation of an impressive street lighting system in the 1820's, a first in Europe, but also because the city itself is an ode to education and self-growth.

Not one to spend your vacation without an itinerary? Shopping and sight-seeing don't seem to cut it with a few tourists. If you want to immerse yourself in an educational experience in the City of Light, enroll in a series of cooking, arts, and even fashion classes this season.

Join cooking and baking classes at La Cuisine Paris. One of Paris' most popular institutions that teach a variety of cooking skills such as baking, gourmet, cooking and food preparation courses is La Cuisine Paris, located in the 4th district. Aside from teaching pastry making, they also offer market food and gourmet food preparation classes.

The schedule for the classes may vary so make sure to check their calendar of activities at the www.LaCuisineParis.com website. For as low as 50 Euros*, you can learn how to work around the kitchen and prepare scrumptious meals.

If you like working with your hands, join sewing and knitting evening classes at L'Ecole de la Maille de Paris. The classes here are scheduled at night, so you can spend your time touring around Paris in the morning and get busy with knitting and sewing lessons afterwards. Classes start at 1:00 PM and usually end by 7:00 PM.

L'Ecole de la Maille de Paris
Boutique Atelier Marcia de Carvalho
2 rue des Gardes
75018 Paris
www.LeColedelaMailledeParis.fr

Most classes above are in English, but it also helps to know basic French. Brush up on your French skills with the help of Franglish, a community exchange where you are paired with a native French speaker. Talk about anything and everything you can: there are no rules and no limits on topics, either.

The Franglish group meets regularly in L'Autre Cafe (M: Parmentier) every Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 PM and in Kitty O'Sheas on Thursdays, same time. Learn French while enjoying the social scene in Paris. At 10 Euros per meet, you get to improve your French and get to know a native Parisien. (www.franglish.eu)



Welcoming the Year of the Dragon

Before winter ends, Paris' cobbled streets will be lined with fanfare as French-Asian residents welcome the Year of the Dragon on 10 February 2013. It will be hard to miss the festivities: the main part of the celebration will occur along the 3rd and 4th districts and will continue in the 13th quarter, which is also known as Paris' Chinese Quarter. Make sure to tag a few Mandarin oranges with you for good luck. Get the schedule for the Dragon dance in each district at www.Nouvel-an-Chinois.com


Brussels, the City of... Love?

This Valentines Day, take the road less traveled and reserve for a table for two in restaurants where romantic ambiance and a view of the city skyline is guaranteed.

If romantic gourmet dining is specifically what you're looking for, then Brussels is for you. Just 1 hour away by train from Paris, Brussels has earned the reputation of being the best destination for unique dining experiences. Here, you can enjoy lunch and dinner in a tram that goes 'round town, taste the best-tasting wines and beers brewed in abbeys located in the city outskirts, or enjoy a scrumptious meal 150 feet above the ground.

If you're feeling adventurous, start your Valentines day in Paris by enjoying a romantic walk along the Seine in the daytime, visiting the Marais and artists of Montmartre by mid-day and head down to Brussels for the highlight: dining in Brussels' finest Michelin-starred restaurants:

Ricotta et Parmesan
31 rue de l'Ecuyer
1000 Bruxelles
www.ricottaparmesan.be

Not only do they serve pasta and Italian food, they also create delicious pastry and French cuisine. Reservations are needed, but during low season, you can walk in without an appointment.

Skievelat
49 rue de Wand
1090 Bruxelles
www.skievelat.be/dewand.htm

Romantic and lively, Skievelat is perfect for visitors who want to enjoy a variety of French cuisine along with a tall glass of wine or beer.

La Roue d'Or
26 rue des Chapeliers
1000 Bruxelles
www2.resto.be/rouedor

Located near the Grand Place, La Roue d'Or's interior features authentic French designs that are elegant and romantic. Their specialty includes a variety of Brasserie meals as well as foreign cuisine.



Calendar of Events in Paris

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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