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Welcome 2 France Newsletter March 2014
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Paris is not just a city, it is also a living piece of art. Its streets, landmarks, people, the outward spiral shell-like division of its districts, and the Seine that runs through it are proof that Paris is no ordinary capital. It's hard not to be moved by the city's charm, or to leave it without becoming a new person. This spring, reinvent yourself in Paris.




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Celebrate spring time in Paris and enjoy a special last minute 15% discount for any rentals between
March 1st and March 31st, 2014 at our participating apartments*.

This offer is only valid to our newsletter readers by mentioning the code: SPRING2014 and by contacting us at:

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*Participating apartments:

- Georges V - Gabriel Penthouse - Saint Honoré II - Palais Royal I - Palais Royal II - Saint Honoré
- Vendome - Morland Loft - Petits Carreaux II - Fiacre - Bievre - Notre Dame Galande
- Passy Vignes - Nesle - Guenegaud - Odeon Suite - Rennes I - Renaudes
- Avenue Montaigne - Boetie II




Our Featured Apartments


Are you looking for a place to stay in the South of France? Check out our:

Palm Spring Villa

Springtime in the French Riviera? Why not!? This stunning 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa with air-conditioning, a terrace for your al fresco meals, and a nearby pool makes for the perfect getaway to Cannes, this season. Receive royal treatment when at the Palm Spring Villa: your rental comes with daily transportation.



Marais - Pompidou

This 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment's modern look gives you more reasons to love staying in the Marais district! Solid colors and quality furniture dominate the interior, making it the perfect option for guests who are in Paris for business. The apartment can comfortably accommodate up to 4 people.

Champs Elysees - Foch II - 3 bedroom

Tastefully decorated with all the features of an elegant French home, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Champs Elysees apartment is the ideal getaway for up to 6 people. It is furnished with high end furniture-- and with a beautiful piano in the living room, the interior looks more luxurious and Avant-garde.

Champs de Mars - Grenelle G07584

Clean and chic, this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment in Champs de Mars is ideal for up to 3 guests who seek a stylish, yet not so over-styled, rental. The apartment's features include wide windows that welcome natural light and a kitchen with complete amenities for preparing hearty meals with.



French Philosophy of Beauty
The French have formulated and celebrated several philosophies on beauty over the years, one of which is Jolie laide.

Belle Epoque, the Eiffel Tower, and the Renaissance-era gardens that line Paris may give off the impression that the notion of beauty in France is centered around excess and gaudy elegance, but beauty for the French occupies a wide spectrum: on one end of that spectrum, we have Avant-garde, art deco, post-Renaissance era fashion and many others, while the opposite end speaks of idyllic simplicity. Both vary in form but are seen as equally beautiful. Like the Japanese aesthetic ideal of wabi-sabi, the French (and Francophiles, in particular) turn to Jolie laide to explain perfection within imperfections, to see the beauty beneath the cracks.


Originally used to describe a homely-looking girl with unconventional, yet interesting, features, the concept of Jolie laide has evolved over the years and has been used to critique architecture, fashion, dining, and art. It has been used to give meaning to the juxtaposition of Paris' outer districts with Paris' more historically-rich and touristy inner districts in postcards. Jolie laide has also been used to support the au naturel or sans produits de beauté "movement" on fashion magazines. For women, Jolie laide is about being comfortable in one's own skin and exuding confidence from within. Jolie laide is nothing new to the French, but they use it... unknowingly.

One of the many reasons behind Jolie laide's obscurity is that it was introduced unofficially into the world through a song by French crooner Serge Gainsbourg, and not as a formal philosophical notion or an art movement. The idea of appreciating a woman's (or man's) beauty despite her facial imperfections was seen as Avant-garde in its own right, propelling Jolie laide into every Francophile's vocabulary. Though the term "Jolie laide" is rarely used in France, the concept is everywhere, as seen through Amelie's quirkiness in "Amelie", in the bohemianne-look modeled by Loulou de la Falaise, and in Chanel's garçonne (little boy-look) fashion.

Jolie laide is an art form, an aesthetic philosophy, and an attitude that has existed in France long before it was given a name. As William Shakespeare put it, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".



Parc Zoologique de Paris Reopens this April
In 2008, one of Paris' largest zoos closed its doors to the public for a much needed renovation. In 2014, see the result of Parc Zoologique de Paris' 6-year transformation as it reopens on the 12th of April, a Saturday.

With 14.5 hectares inhabited by a wide variety of flora and fauna, Parc Zoologique de Paris is a nature park, botanical garden and zoo rolled into one. The park now features 5 different biozones, or smaller zoos that resemble a unique ecosystem and 1000 kinds of animals from over 180 species. Without leaving Paris, visit the tropical environment in the Patagonia and Guyana biozones, the Saharan wildlife in the Sahel- Sudan and Madagascar biozones, or re-orient yourself with marshland and mountainous wildlife that live in the European biozone.




Parc Zoologique de Paris is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will welcome their first few visitors on 12 April 2014. Entrance fee is at 22 € for adults and 14 € for children.

Parc Zoologique de Paris
53 avenue de Saint-Maurice
75012 Paris



Spring Cuisine
Springtime in Paris is best spent in al fresco quintessential Parisian restaurants.

No springtime trip is ever complete without an al fresco meal in some of Paris' finest bistros and restaurants. Most cafes in Paris have an al fresco dining area so as you feast on escargots or frites, you can feast your eyes on the beautiful sights that adorn Paris.

Le Moulin de la Galette
83 rue Lepic
75018
www.lemoulindelagalette.fr

It's hard to miss Le Moulin de la Galette especially when there is a large windmill marking the restaurant. An al fresco jewel, Le Moulin de la Galette serves a variety of European cuisine served with a great selection of wines.

Chez Casimir
6 rue de Belzunce
75010
+33 1 48 78 28 80

American-style brunches are served the French way at Chez Casimir with chez Thierry Breton at the helm. One part of this cozy cafe is covered, but if you want to dine while looking at the beauty of the 10th, dine outdoors, beneath the Chez Casimir signage.

Philou
12 ave Richerand
75010

Nestled comfortably in a quiet street in the ever picturesque Canal St-Martin, Philou is an al fresco bistro best known for their wide selection of wines and truly French menu. Your options include foie gras served on crème de lentilles and beef entrecôte served with potatoes and mushrooms on the side.



Calendar of Events

Festivals

Vesoul à Paris
5 March 2014
Musée des arts asiatiques Guimet
6 place d'Iéna, 75116
www.guimet.fr

Mondial du Tatouage
7 March 2014 - 9 March 2014
Grande Halle de La Villette
Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019
www.la-villette.com

Festival international du film des droits de l'homme
11 March 2014 - 18 March 2014
Le Nouveau Latina
20 rue du Temple
75004
www.lenouveaulatina.com

Festival international de films de femmes de Créteil
13 March 2014 - 24 March 2014
Maison des arts de créteil
1 place Salvador Allende
94000

Celtic Festival
15 March 2014 - 16 March 2014
Le Zénith de Paris
211 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019
www.zenith-paris.com

Printemps du Cinéma festival
16 March 2014 - 18 March 2014
Le Grand Rex
1 boulevard Poissonnière
75002
www.legrandrex.com

Omnivore World Tour
16 March 2014 - 18 March 2014
Maison de la Mutualité
24 rue Saint-Victor
75005
www.maisondelamutualite.com

Festival Hors Limites
20 March 2014 - 05 April 2014
Espace 1789
2-4 rue Alexandre Bachelet
93400 Saint-Ouen

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

Villette Street Festival
30 May 2014 - 01 June 2014
Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019
www.la-villette.com

Festival de Saint-Denis
03 June 2014 - 27 June 2014
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
93200
www.saint-denis.monuments-nationaux.fr

Solidays Festival
27 June 2014 - 29 June 2014
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Bois de Boulogne
75016

Japan Expo
2 July 2014 - 6 July 2014
82 avenue des nations - Zac Paris Nord 2
93420
www.viparis.com

Rock en Seine Festival
22 August 2014 - 24 August 2014
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
92210 Saint-Cloud
www.monuments-nationaux.fr

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

Golf Fair
14 March 2014 - 16 March 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015
www.viparis.com

Salon Solutions Ressources humaines
18 March 2014 - 20 March 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015
www.viparis.com

Mondial du Tourisme
20 March 2014 - 23 March 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015
www.viparis.com

Salon Vivre Autrement
21 March 2014 - 24 March 2014
Esplanade du château de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide
75012
www.paris.fr

Body and Fitness Expo
21 March 2014 - 23 March 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015
www.viparis.com

Les Mondes de Gotlib
12 March 2014 - 20 July 2014
Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan - 71 rue du Temple, 75003
www.mahj.org

Vincent van Gogh/Antonin Artaud
11 March 2014 - 06 July 2014
Musée d'Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007
www.musee-orsay.fr

The treasure of Naples. Jewels of San Gennaro
19 March 2014 - 20 July 2014
Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny
Fondation Dina Vierny - 59-61 rue de Grenelle
75007
www.museemaillol.com

Art Paris, Art Fair
27 March 2014 - 30 March 2014
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008

Le mythe Cléopâtre
10 April 2014 - 07 September 2014
Pinacothèque de Paris
28 place de la Madeleine
75008
www.pinacotheque.com

Monumenta
10 May 2014 - 22 June 2014
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008

Martial Raysse
14 May 2014 - 22 September 2014
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
www.centrepompidou.fr

Forme Publique
19 June 2014 - 19 June 2015
Esplanade de La Défense
92 Paris La Défense

Drawing Now
26 March 2014 - 30 March 2014
Carrousel du Louvre - VIPARIS
99 rue de Rivoli, 75001
www.viparis.com

Pavillon des Arts et du Design
27 March 2014 - 30 March 2014
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde, 75001
www.louvre.fr

Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art
04 April 2014
Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art, le Temps de la création
rue Valois, 75001
www.journeesdesmetiersdart.eu

Salon Discom
06 April 2014 - 08 April 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015
www.viparis.com

The Paris Book Fair
21 March 2014 - 24 March 2014
Paris Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS
1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
www.viparis.com

Franchise Expo Paris
23 March 2014 - 26 March 2014
Paris Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS
1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
www.viparis.com

The Paris Fair
30 April 2014 - 11 May 2014
Paris Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS
1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
www.viparis.com

Naturally Fair
13 June 2014 - 16 June 2014
Paris Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS
1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
www.viparis.com

Eurosatory
16 June 2014 - 20 June 2014
Paris Nord Villepinte - VIPARIS
82 avenue des nations - Zac Paris Nord 2
93420

Summer Sales 2014
25 June 2014 - 29 July 2014
City-wide Event

Zen Expo
03 October 2014 - 07 October 2014
Place de la Porte-de-Champerret, 75017
www.salon-zen.fr

Music

Nikolaï Lygansky
07 March 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

The National Orchestra of France conducted by Riccardo Muti
13 March 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

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

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

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

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

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

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

Le Quatuor Ebène et Stacey Kent
12 May 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue Edouard Colonne, 75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com

Improvisation Night
18 May 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue Edouard Colonne, 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

Krystian Zimerman
06 June 2014
Salle Pleyel
252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
www.sallepleyel.fr

Ramón Vargas, Ildar Abdramazakov, Mzia Bhatouridze
11 June 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008
www.theatrechampselysees.fr

The Great Historical Show in Meaux
14 June 2014 - 14 September 2014
The Great Historical Show in Meaux, The Light Watchman, show
Place Charles-de-Gaulle, 77100
www.feerie.org

Indochine
27 June 2014
Stade de France
Consortium Stade de France - ZAC Cornillon Nord
93216 Saint-Denis La Plaine
www.stadefrance.com

Theatre

Festival Les Incandescences
11 March 2014 - 12 April 2014
rue Delizy
93500 PANTIN
www.dansedense.fr

The Shanghai Ballet: A Sign of Love
13 March 2014 - 20 March 2014
Palais des Sports
1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
www.palaisdessports.com

The Shanghai Ballet: The White-Haired Girl
18 March 2014 - 19 March 2014
Palais des Sports
1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
www.palaisdessports.com

Premières Rencontres
18 March 2014 - 11 April 2014
Premières Rencontres : éveil artistique, petite enfance et spectacle vivant
rue Gounod, 95400 VILLIERS-LE-BEL
www.premieres-rencontres.eu

Journée mondiale du théâtre
27 March 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue Edouard Colonne, 75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com

Les Aigles des rempart
29 March 2014 - 02 November 2014
porte de Jouy, 77160 PROVINS
www.vollibre.fr

La Légende des chevaliers
29 March 2014 - 02 November 2014
chemin de Villecran
77160 PROVINS

Bal de l'X
04 April 2014
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra, 75009
www.operadeparis.fr

Bellini, opera: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
24 April 2014 - 23 May 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 Edouard Colonne, 75001
www.chatelet-theatre.com

Sports

Olympique de Marseille
01 March 2014
Parc des Princes
24 rue du Commandant Guilbaud, 75781
www.leparcdesprinces.fr

Paris Half-Marathon
02 March 2014
Château de Vincennes - Centre des Monuments Nationaux
Avenue de Paris, 94300
www.monuments-nationaux.fr

Paris Marathon
06 April 2014
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
75008

Humarathon international 2014
12 April 2014 - 13 April 2014
Humarathon international 2014
avenue Youri Gagarine, 94400
www.humarathon.fr

Grand Prix de Golf du Stade Français
12 April 2014 - 13 April 2014
Ferme de la Gloriette
91680 COURSON-MONTELOUP
www.stadefrancais.com/golf

The French Open at Roland Garros
25 May 2014 - 08 June 2014
Stade Roland-Garros
2 avenue Gordon Bennett, 75016
www.rolandgarros.com

Prix de Diane
15 June 2014
Hippodrome de Chantilly
16 avenue du Général Leclerc - 209 BP 90
60631 Chantilly

Grand Prix de Golf des Yvelines
28 June 2014 - 29 June 2014
Château de la Couharde
78940 LA QUEUE-LEZ-YVELINES

Grand Prix de Saint Cloud
29 June 2014
Hippodrome de Saint-Cloud
1 rue du Camp Canadien
92210 Saint-Cloud

Alstom French Open
03 July 2014 - 06 July 2014
Alstom French Open
avenue du Golf
78280 GUYANCOURT
www.alstom.opendefrance.fr

Tour de France
05 July 2014 - 28 July 2014
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
75008

Triathlon de Sartrouville
07 September 2014
Quai de Seine
78500 SARTROUVILLE


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