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Welcome 2 France Newsletter February 2014
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Amidst the winter chills, there's still so much to love about Paris. From its intricate architecture, nightlife, and romantic February highlights, you will never run out of reasons to enjoy the City of Love even when underneath cloudy skies.



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Saint Germain des Pres - Prince
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Marais - Bretagne
Classically French, this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom Marais wonder boasts antique furniture, high ceilings, two dining rooms-- one adorned with an artistic chandelier and the other in a comfy salon, and a complete kitchen where you can prepare hearty meals.



For Lovers in Paris
Where to go, what to do for lovers who want to see the City of Love on a holiday dedicated entirely to lovers

Next to being the City of Light, Paris is also known as the City of Love. Plenty of romantic films have featured Paris in its dreamy, Valentines state, but actually seeing Paris in February offers a different experience. It always does.

If your idea of a Valentines date is to go on a fancy dinner, start making your reservations today. Paris during Valentines is as busy as New Year's eve. There are thousands of restaurants and bistros in Paris to visit so running out of places to go is almost a near-impossibility but still, nothing beats early preparation. If you seek a classic location for a romantic dinner or stroll, the 1st and 7th districts, where the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are found, respectively, offer quite a number of popular options.

Aside from the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the gardens that dot the city, and the Seine, one of the most romantic, yet underrated, spots in Paris has always been Montmartre. The hill hasn't changed for a number of years and has pretty much retained its old-soul, old feel-- the same kind of feeling you get when you watch a romantic black-and-white French movie.

Chez Marie in 27 rue Gabrielle, 75018

Chez Marie serves a variety of dishes like one may find in an upscale restaurant despite being a small bistro in sleepy Montmartre. It has gained quite a following so make sure to schedule yourself a reservation or come early.

Au Pied du Sacré Coeur in 85, rue Lamarck, 75018

Reservations are not necessary in Au Pied du Sacré Coeur so it makes for a great, random restaurant to visit for last minute lunch dates. It's also open on Sundays, which is a rare find in Montmartre.

Le Refuge des Fondues in 17 rue des Trois Frères, 75018

If you are looking for a unique Valentines day experience coupled with great fondue, try this gem. They serve wine and beer in baby bottles and cheese and meat fondue in a small, intimate space.

La Marmite in 2 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018

Known for its Parisienne menu, classic French ambiance, and large servings, La Marmite has gained quite a following among foreign and Parisienne visitors. It's hard to miss this corner brasserie when you visit Montmartre.



Never Go Wrong with Flowers
One must have flowers, always. And always. - Claude Monet

Flowers and chocolates are staple gifts during Valentines. Common, but a classic; and no matter what your partner's preferences are, you can never go wrong with a bright bouquet of roses.

Find flowers to express your appreciation for the one you love at Monceau Fleurs, Lachaume, or Wax Flower in the 6th.

Monceau Fleurs is a popular flower shop with franchises across Paris. With over 160 stores in operation, it's impossible to not find the perfect bouquet. Aside from being a flower shop, most Monceau Fleurs stores also double as gift shops. If you are looking for something other than flowers to give to your lady love, the options here are aplenty. Find their store locator at www.monceaufleurs.com

Winning hearts since 1845, Lachaume is a high-end flower boutique that specializes in unique flower arrangements, custom flower designs, and imported flora. Patrons to the florists have hailed them as the Chanel of flower shops with their custom arrangements. Take note, however, pretty flowers handled by flower "stylists" don't come cheap. (www.lachaume-fleurs.com)

Located in 14 Rue Bernard Palissy in the 6th, Wax Flowers does not only arrange flowers, their gallery also includes exotic flora, from sunflowers to cactii. No matter what message it is you wish to send, you can always find a complementary bouquet here. (www.waxflower-paris.com)

For more flowers, stroll through Montparnasse for florists. There are ten (10) shops in this area alone.




And as we mentioned, there are plenty of creative ways to celebrate Valentines in Paris. In a city lined with parks and gardens, you can take your significant other for a stroll at a Paris park and save on a few euros; or spend them instead on some wine for a date outdoors.



Springtime in the City of Light
February is but an introduction into the masterpiece Paris becomes every spring.

As the snow thaws slowly in February and March, it reveals a city built on beauty, dreams, fashion, and art. Paris is packed with events-- and tourists, every spring. Visiting Paris at this time means getting to meet people from all walks of life, from different countries around the world, and celebrating the finest things in life all in one city. Needless to say, springtime is the BEST time to book for a trip to Paris.


The festival fever begins with the annual Paris Carnival. Floats, dancing, and merrymaking take to the streets the whole day of 2 March 2014. Since 1997, the Paris Carnival has brought together musicians from France and from neighboring countries. If seeing Paris in its merriest state meets your agenda, start with Carnaval de Paris 2014.

The month of April opens with an exciting festival designed perfectly for pastry chefs, designers, and lovers of all things sweet and delicious. The Sugar Paris salon is a 2-day pastry convention, festival, and gathering of pastry lovers from Paris and beyond. Gander through hundreds, if not thousands of pastry creations baked and designed by Paris' finest chefs, or join the bake sale held in the same area.

If you seek a festival with more variety, the annual Foire de Paris is a must-see, must-join event. Join over a thousand exhibitors as they showcase their finest pre-loved products: from clothing, to furniture, wines, food, and other trinkets. The exhibit is followed by a sale, a series of concerts, workshops and other activities. This year's exhibit centers on the themes of creativity and passion.


No revelry is too big or too unusual for the French. One of the season's highlights has always been Fête du Jeu or the Festival of Games. France, not just Paris, transforms into a large games court on the final day of spring. The country hosts over 500 outdoor, indoor, traditional and video gaming events for children and adults of all ages.

Before summer sets in, the Ministry of Culture and Communication opens private along with public gardens to visitors and natives alike for a Garden Rendez-vous. The 3-day event is a festival a lot like Carnaval de Paris but instead of taking place on the streets, the parks and gardens serve as stage. The Garden Rendez-vous also marks the end of springtime-- but just because spring is over, the fun never really stops.



Calendar of Activities

Festivals

Mondial du Tatouage
07 March 2014 - 09 March 2014
129 rue de Grenelle
75007

Celtic Festival
15 March 2014 - 16 March 2014
129 rue de Grenelle
75007

Printemps du Cinéma festival
17 March 2014 - 19 March 2014
75 rue des Martyrs
75018
www.divandumonde.com

Designer's Days
19 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
Boulevard Haussmann
75009
www.designersdays.com

Garden Rendez-vous
30 May 2014 - 01 June 2014
Place Paul-Claudel
75006
www.rendezvousauxjardins.culture.fr

Japan Expo
02 July 2014 - 06 July 2014
Paris Nord Villepinte - VIPARIS
82 avenue des nations - Zac Paris Nord 2
93420
www.viparis.com

Tokyo Crazy Kawaï Paris
20 September 2014 - 22 September 2014
Esplanade du château de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide
75012
www.paris.fr

Art and Exhibitions
Retromobile
05 February 2014 - 09 February 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Salon Bedouk MC&IT
05 February 2014 - 06 February 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

International Agricultural Show
22 February 2014 - 02 March 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Salon Solutions RessourcesHumaines
18 March 2014 - 20 March 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Mondial du Tourisme
20 March 2014 - 23 March 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

The Paris Book Fair
21 March 2014 - 24 March 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Franchise Expo Paris
23 March 2014 - 26 March 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Drawing Now
26 March 2014 - 30 March 2014
Rue de Rivoli
75001
www.salondudessincontemporain.com

Sugar Paris
04 April 2014 - 06 April 2014
113 avenueDaumesnil
75012
www.atelierartsculinaires.com

Salon Discom
06 April 2014 - 08 April 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Cartier: The Style of History
Until 16 February 2014
2 rue Ronsard
75018
www.hallesaintpierre.org

Dries Van Noten
28 February 2014 - 31 August 2014
Rue de Rivoli
75001

Le Trait en liberté
26 March 2014 - 30 June 2014
Rue Elzévir
75003

Dream Archives: Drawings at the Musée d'Orsay
02 April 2014 - 14 July 2014
L'Argonaute (sous-marin)
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 26 avenue CorentinCariou
75019
www.cite-sciences.fr

Monumenta
10 May 2014 - 22 June 2014
Musée d'art etd'histoire du Judaïsme
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan - 71 rue du Temple
75003
www.mahj.org

Paris Outragé
01 June 2014 - 01 October 2014
Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
75004

Paris Libéré
10 June 2014 - 01 February 2015
MuséeCarnavalet - Musée de l'histoire de Paris
23 rue de Sévigné
75003
www.paris.fr

FormePublique
12 June 2014 - 31 December 2014
Théâtre de la CitéInternationale
21 boulevardJourdan
75014
www.theatredelacite.ciup.fr

Antiques Biennial
11 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008

FoireInternationale d'art Contemporain
23 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008

Music

Legendary Heroes
08 February 2014
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.onb.be

Le Concert d'Astrée
11 February 2014 - 13 February 2014
Avenue Montaigne
75008

L'Orchestre National de France
27 February 2014
Avenue Montaigne
75008
www.kurtmasur.com

NikolaïLygansky
07 March 2014
Avenue Montaigne
75008
www.lugansky.homestead.com

L'Orchestre National de France
13 March 2014
Avenue Montaigne
75008

Boris Berezovsky
17 March 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Yundi Li
20 March 2014
Salle Pleyel
252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

Edgar Moreau, l'Orchestre National de France
20 March 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Ibrahim Maalouf
24 March 2014
L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
28 boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

Patrick Bruel
27 March 2014 - 29 March 2014
Le Zénith de Paris
211 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019
www.zenith-paris.com

DaniilTrifonov
05 April 2014
Salle Pleyel
252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

Rolando Villazón
06 April 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Jonas Kaufmann
08 April 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

June Anderson
09 April 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue EdouardColonne
75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott
23 April 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Tous à l'Opéra, European Opera Days
10 May 2014 - 11 May 2014
Opéra National de Paris - PalaisGarnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009
www.operadeparis.fr

Le QuatuorEbèneet Stacey Kent
12 May 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue EdouardColonne
75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com

Yes en Concert
13 May 2014
Le Grand Rex
1 boulevard Poissonnière
75002
www.legrandrex.com

Nuit de l'improvisation
18 May 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue EdouardColonne
75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com

Anna Netrebko, la Philharmonie Baden-Baden
24 May 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne
75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

Theatre

Mret Mme Rêve
12 March 2014 - 29 March 2014
Le Divan du Monde
75 rue des Martyrs
75018
www.divandumonde.com

André Rieu
13 March 2014
Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides
129 rue de Grenelle
75007
www.invalides.org

La Bohème
15 March 2014 - 11 April 2014
L'Argonaute (sous-marin)
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 26 avenue CorentinCariou
75019
www.cite-sciences.fr

Rossini, opéra :Otello
07 April 2014 - 17 April 2014
Avenue Montaigne
75008

Bellini
24 April 2014 - 23 May 2014
L'Argonaute (sous-marin)
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 26 avenue CorentinCariou
75019
www.cite-sciences.fr

Verdi
02 June 2014 - 20 June 2014
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille
75012
www.operadeparis.fr

Le Point Virgule fait l'Olympia
12 June 2014
L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
28 boulevard des Capucines
75009
www.olympiahall.com

Les Etés de la danse de Paris
09 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue EdouardColonne
75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com


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