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Welcome 2 France Newsletter March 2013
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It's not yet the end for the chilly weather, but we're getting closer to the lively offerings that only spring season brings. The first half of March in Paris will be cool, with sporadic instances of rain, and foggy mornings, but the second half of the month leads us closer to the beautiful atmosphere of springtime. That being said, our trip itinerary this month lean towards enjoying the great outdoors and all the fine, natural things in life.

Featured Apartments

Special of the Month:
Champs Elysées - Chaillot


Located just a few blocks away from the famed Arc de Triomphe, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom pied-à-terre will impress you with its contemporary interior and amenities. It has air-conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable during the summer months. We highly recommend this apartment if you are visiting during the warmer seasons.


Passy - Raynouard G16530


This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom luxury apartment is perfect for a large group or family who want to stay in Paris' high-end neighborhoods. The apartment is a delightful option, as well, since it has air-conditioning, which should come in handy during summer visits, a terrace, where you can enjoy a view of the city, and an elevator, for easier access.


Passy - Paul Daumer - G16117


Stylish and elegant, the Passy - Paul Daumer apartment has all the features of a luxury apartment. It is located in one of Paris' best neighborhoods while the apartment itself is equipped with all the amenities that will make one's stay comfortable and memorable. This apartment has 2-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, and ample space for 4.




Nature Exhibits in Paris and Beyond

Paris is best enjoyed on foot, in the great outdoors, and oftentimes, with a museum itinerary. For the incoming month, prepare your best walking shoes, make sure to have Instagram on your phone for a few chance photo-ops and set your compasses towards Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle.

The Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (or National Museum of Natural History) is actually one large museum that has been divided into 14 divisions; four of which are found in Paris. If your map or Paris Pass grants you access to Jardin des Plantes in the 5th district, you're all set to visit the other four galleries found here: the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie (currently closed for renovations; will reopen in December 2013), Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée, and the gallery for Jardin des Plantes.


This public museum is also one of Paris' largest: it's botanical garden, for example, sits on 28 hectares of space and is home to more than a million variants of flora and fauna. Aside from the botanical garden which should be a delight to visit during the spring and summer months, you should also head on down to the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution where an exhibit of prehistoric beasts and fossils are found. There is also an insect and butterfly collection here, along with a herbarium that showcases over 600,000 varieties of plants.

Jardin des Plantes
57 Rue Cuvier
75005 Paris, France
www.MNHN.fr

Open from Sundays through Saturdays
Closed on Tuesdays



If you've just had enough of paleolithic-era bones and fossils, you can always hop on down to a more classical museum in the 6th district. For lovers of neoclassical art, Musée Delacroix should be in your itinerary for this season's trip.

It's not as crowded as all the other museums in the heart of Paris and the collections found here include Eugène Delacroix's work, pictures (with some from his early childhood years), and memorabilia. The museum itself happened to be Eugène Delacroix's last apartment, making it a very special destination in this side of Paris.

Of course, like Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle above, Musee Delacroix has a beautiful garden in the premises which is definitely worth a visit.


Musee Delacroix
6, rue de Furstenberg,
75006 Paris, France
www.musee-delacroix.fr

Open daily; closed on Tuesdays




It would be an awful loss of opportunity if going around Paris is all you have in mind for this season. If time permits, take a bus down to the countryside and go on an out-of-town excursion. There are more sights to see in the outskirts of Paris, like Boulogne, west of the French capital.

One of Boulogne's pride and joy is the Albert Kahn Museum, which houses thousands, if not millions, of colored photographs taken at a time when colored photography was at its infancy. After browsing through Albert Kahn's work, try your hand at filtered-photography at the museum's 4-hectare picturesque gardens. Instagram might come in handy here.

Musee Et Jardins Albert Kahn
10-14 Rue du Port
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays
Closed on Mondays



If you're planning to embark on an out-of-town trip, might as well visit a neighboring country. Brussels, Belgium is as lively as Paris in the spring; and if you're looking to visit more museums and experience the beauty of the great outdoors, Brussels will not disappoint.

If there is one Belgian artist who made the biggest and most memorable contributions to surrealist art, it would have to be Rene Magritte. The Belgian-born artist is known for conjuring thought-provoking artwork and his art is hard to miss: you can find them used in popular media today.

Musee Magritte Museum
Place Royale 1
1000 Brussels, Belgium
www.musee-magritte-museum.be



Eating Healthy: All-Vegan Restaurants

It's hard to miss a boulangerie or patisseries in downtown Paris since they are practically scattered in all directions, but for vegetarians, finding a restaurant that serves an all-vegan meal can be a challenge. Most restaurants and cafes in Paris have vegetarian meals on their menu, but if you want a wider selection of dishes to choose from, these all-vegan restaurants are a must-visit.



Bob's Kitchen
74 Rue des Gravilliers
75003, Paris, France


Vegebowl
3 rue de la Boule Rouge
75009, Paris, France


Tugalik
4, rue Toullier
75005, Paris, France



Vintage Shopping and Hidden Gems in Brussels

Brussels, in itself, is a gem comfortably situated in the heart of Europe. Within this small, yet lively capital, you will also find several other gems where you can get the most for your vacation. If shopping is what you're after in Brussels, try these vintage boutiques where you can find good deals and even better clothes trinkets to keep.

Our shopping excursion starts at Les Enfants d'Edouard where you can find Ralph Lauren and Hermes accessories for a fraction of the original retail price. The shop is housed in a mansion so it might look like a high-end boutique from outside, but a quick look at the prices should tell you that everything here is perfect for shoppers on a budget. Gabriele Vintage sells similar clothing but Belgian shoppers also come here to shop for extravagant hats and bags.

For younger shoppers, Sussies is an impressive shop that carries different attires and styles. Retro, vintage, and old school clothes found here are hot picks among college student shoppers. Bargains and sales are common, but if you're looking to shop for clothes by bulk, watch out for the opening of "Stock Sale Sussies".



Les Enfants d'Edouard
175-177 avenue Louise
www.lesenfantsdedouard.net


Gabriele Vintage
rue des Chartreux 27
www.gabrielevintage.com


Sussies
74 rue du Lombard
www.sussies.be



Calendar of Events in Paris

Festivals

March
Domaine de Saint-Jean de Beauregard
31 March 2013 - 1 April 2013
91940 SAINT-JEAN DE BEAUREGARD
www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com

Jeux d'eau
30 March 2013 - 12 October 2013
77950 MAINCY
www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

Les Nuits Capitales
20 March 2013 - 24 March 2013

Festival de l'imaginaire
20 March 2013 - 29 June 2013
www.festivaldelimaginaire.com

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

April
Fête des Plantes Vivaces
12 April 2013 - 14 April 2013
91940 SAINT-JEAN DE BEAUREGARD
www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com

May
Night of Museums
18 March 2013

France-South Africa cultural season
May to December 2013

Jardins, jardin aux Tuileries
30 May 2013 - 2 June 2013
Place de la Concorde
75001 PARIS
www.jardinsjardin.com

Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés - 13e édition
19 May 2013 - 3 June 2013
rue Princesse - rue Guisarde
75006 PARIS
www.festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com

Les Musicales de Bagatelle
18 May 2013 - 20 May 2013
Bois de Boulogne Route de
Sèvres-à-Neuilly et Allée de Longchamp
75016 PARIS
www.paris.fr

Les Journées des Plantes de Courson
17 May 2013 - 19 May 2013
www.domaine-de-courson.fr

La Route des Villages, Paris-Cannes
12 May 2013 - 19 May 2013
www.4roues-sous-1parapluie.com

June
Music Day - Fête de la musique
21 June 2013
www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr

L'anneau du Nibelung - Wagner festival - Ring 2013
18 June 2013 - 26 June 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Festival Chopin à Paris
15 June 2013 - 14 July 2013
Route de la Reine-Marguerite - Bois de Boulogne
75016 PARIS
www.frederic-chopin.com

Paris Jazz Festival
8 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
Esplanade du château de
Vincennes Route de la Pyramide
75012 PARIS
www.parisjazzfestival.fr

Les Pestacles
5 June 2013 - 25 September 2013
Esplanade du château de
Vincennes Route de la Pyramide
75012 PARIS
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

Art and Exhibitions

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

PAD Paris - Art + Design
27 March 2013 - 1 April 2013
Place de la Concorde
75001 PARIS
www.pad-fairs.com/paris/fr

Fragile. Murano.
Chefs-d'ouvre de verre de la Renaissance au XXIe siècle

27 March 2013 - 28 July 2013
Fondation Dina Vierny 59-61, rue de Grenelle
75007 PARIS
www.museemaillol.com

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

Eugène Boudin au fil de ses voyages
22 March 2013 - 22 July 2013
158, boulevard Haussmann
75008 PARIS
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

April
Keith Haring - The Political Line
19 April 2013 - 18 August 2013
104 rue d'Aubervilliers ou 5 rue Curial
75019 PARIS
www.104.fr

July
Roy Lichtenstein
3 July 2013 - 4 November 2013
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 PARIS
www.centrepompidou.fr

Music

March
Red Army Choir
8 March 2013 - 10 March 2013
2, place de la Porte Maillot
75017 PARIS
www.palaisdescongres-paris.com

Alexandre Tharaud, piano
26 March 2013
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Benabar - Chanteur de variétés françaises
21 March 2013 - 23 March 2013
28, boulevard des Capucines
75009 PARIS
www.olympiahall.com

Celtic Festival
16 March 2013 - 17 March 2013
Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 PARIS

London Symphony Orchestra with Frank Strobel
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 PARIS
www.sallepleyel.fr

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

April
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
14 April 2013
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 PARIS
www.sallepleyel.fr

Erik Truffaz quartet - Groupe de Jazz
6 April 2013
28, boulevard des Capucines
75009 PARIS
www.olympiahall.com

Insula Orchestra / Laurence Equilbey
18 April 2013
45 rue La Boétie
75008 PARIS
www.sallegaveau.com

Gospel for 100 voices
13 April 2013
8, boulevard de Bercy
75012 PARIS
www.bercy.fr

Juan Diego Flórez / Deutsche Kammerakademie / Christopher Franklin
6 April 2013
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Orchestre Pasdeloup / Philippe Hu / Bruno Rigutto
27 April 2013
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Yundi Li, piano
15 April 2013
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 PARIS
www.sallepleyel.fr

May
Patrick Bruel
29 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 PARIS

Anne Sofie Von Otter / Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea / Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
14 May 2013
45 rue La Boétie
75008 PARIS
www.sallegaveau.com

Les Musicales de Bagatelle
18 May 2013 - 20 May 2013
Bois de Boulogne Route de Sèvres-à-Neuilly et Allée de Longchamp
75016 PARIS
www.paris.fr

Madeleine Peyroux - Jazz vocal
6 May 2013
28, boulevard des Capucines
75009 PARIS
www.olympiahall.com

Russian National Orchestra / Mikhail Pletnev / Vadim Repin
24 May 2013
252, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 PARIS
www.sallepleyel.fr

Renaud Capuçon / Kathia Buniatishvili
23 May 2013
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Staatskapelle de Dresde / Christian Thielemann / Johan Bohta
24 May 2013
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

June
Festival Chopin à Paris
15 June 2013 - 14 July 2013
Route de la Reine-Marguerite - Bois de Boulogne
75016 PARIS
www.frederic-chopin.com

- M - Chanteuse de variétés françaises
19 June 2013 - 29 June 2013
Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 PARIS

Orchestre Romantique Européen / Lionel Stoleru
11 June 2013
45 rue La Boétie
75008 PARIS
www.sallegaveau.com

Paris Jazz Festival
8 June 2013 - 28 July 2013
Esplanade du château de Vincennes Route de la Pyramide
75012 PARIS
www.parcfloraldeparis.com

Philharmonia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / Hélène Grimaud
10 June 2013
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Theatre

March
Siegfried, opera by Richard Wagner - Ring 2013
21 March 2013 - 15 April 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Celtic Festival
16 March 2013 - 17 March 2013
Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 PARIS

Roland Petit - "Le Rendez-vous", "Le Loup" and "Carmen"
15 March 2013 - 29 March 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Tribute to Rudolf Noureev
6 March 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Disney Live ! Le Magic Show
1 March 2013 - 17 March 2013
1 boulevard Poissonnière
75002 PARIS
www.legrandrex.com

Soy de Cuba
22 March 2013 - 24 March 2013
16, rue de Clichy
75009 PARIS
www.casinodeparis.fr

April
21st Century Dance Schools Gala
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

La Nuit aux Invalides - Spectacle monumental 3D
18 April 2013 - 7 May 2013
Esplanade des Invalides
75007 PARIS
www.invalides.org

Tricentenary of the French Dance School
15 April 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Hänsel and Gretel, opera by Engelbert Huperdinck
14 April 2013 - 6 May 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

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

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

May
Götterdämmerung, opera by Richard Wagner - Ring 2013
21 May 2013 - 16 June 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Maurice Béjart, Vaslav Nijinski, Jerome Robbins, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet
2 May 2013 - 3 June 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

June
Ballet of the Paris Opera - "La Sylphide"
22 June 2013 - 13 July 2013
Place de l'Opéra
75009 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

L'anneau du Nibelung - Wagner festival - Ring 2013
18 June 2013 - 26 June 2013
Place de la Bastille
75012 PARIS
www.operadeparis.fr

Others

March
Le Carré des Ateliers de Paris
Boulevard Richard Lenoir
75011 Paris
www.artistesparisbastille.fr

Paris Book Fair
22 March 2013 - 25 March 2013
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS
www.salondulivreparis.com

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

Salon mondial du Tourisme
21 March 2013 - 24 March 2013
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS
www.salonmondialdutourisme.com

April
Foire de Paris
30 April 2013 - 12 May 2013
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS
www.foiredeparis.fr

The International Antique Book and Print Fair
26 April 2013 - 28 April 2013
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 PARIS
www.salondulivreancienparis.fr

Fête des plantes vivaces
12 April 2013 - 14 April 2013
91940 SAINT-JEAN DE BEAUREGARD
www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com

May
Salon Naturally
31 May 2013 - 3 June 2013
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS
www.vivez-nature.com

Salon Saveurs des plaisirs gourmands
23 May 2013 - 26 May 2013
6, rue Jean-Oestreicher
75017 PARIS
www.salon-saveurs.com

Les Journées des Plantes de Courson
17 May 2013 - 19 May 2013
91680 Courson-Monteloup - Essonne
www.coursondom.com

June
Paris Air Show
17 June 2013 - 23 June 2013
93350 LE BOURGET
www.salon-du-bourget.fr


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