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Welcome 2 France Newsletter July 2015
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As things heat up in Paris for the hottest time of the year, people are heading down to the city's parks. One that stands out more in the current summer season is the Parc Floral de Vincennes, where you can take in the outdoors with a splash of jazz at Paris' two month long Jazz Festival!

There is always something happening in Paris, but earlier in June, many lovers who have locked away their eternal love on the Pont des Arts mourn the loss of Paris' Love Locks. But we still think love is in the air in Paris no matter what.

This is the month to walk the city streets, have an ice cream and really see why many call Paris the "City of Light".



This Month's Featured Apartments



Champs Elysées - George V II

Live the Parisian dream in this elegant apartment facing the Champs Élysées. This fully-furnished, light, one-bedroom flat has its own balcony with views over the iconic boulevard and the Eiffel Tower. You can't really beat this George V II flat for the ultimate romantic Parisian experience for two.


Tour Eiffel - New York Penthouse

Wake up to views of the Eiffel Tower in this luxury penthouse apartment located at the bottom of Trocadero. At 210 square meters, this apartment comes with four bedrooms, living room, fully-equipped kitchen, and la pièce de résistance, a small terrace with views across Paris, from the Eiffel Tower and the Seine, all the way up to Montmartre.


Montorgeuil - Petits Carreaux II

Make the most of the Parisian lifestyle in this apartment in Montorgueil village street. One mile from the Louvre and being half a mile away from Marais and the Pompidou Center, you're at the heart of Paris' art world. This 3rd floor apartment with three sunny bedrooms and two bathrooms comes with an elevator, and is, of course, fully furnished and well-equipped.




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the story of the

Paris Love Locks

Paris hits the headlines again as the City of Love, since a million "love locks" are being removed from the famous Pont des Arts bridge due to the structural havoc being caused by the metallic tokens of affection.
It’s impossible to avoid the love locks in any news about Paris lately, but what’s the full story behind this controversial tradition?


L’Histoire du Pont des Arts

The famous bridge which links the Louvre to the Institut de France opened in 1805 under Napoleon’s reign. It was the very first iron bridge ever built in France and it's not the first time the bridge was as risk. Back in the mid-20th century the Pont des Arts partly collapsed, and was rebuilt in 1984.
In fact, it became listed in 1975 as a national historic monument and was closed in the late 70s due to the structural damage, which it mostly received over the wars and general wear and tear. After its repair, the bridge, along with the rest of Paris’ downtown riverfront, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Origin of Love Locks

The Love Locks are actually a 21st century thing, since the tradition of attaching these padlocks with lovers’ names inscribed on them began around 2008. The origin of the story actually began in Italy, from a 2006 novel by Frederico Moccia called "I Want You," where the couple wrote their names onto a padlock which they attached to the Milvian Bridge in Rome, before throwing the key into the river to symbolize eternal love.
An older version of the story can be traced back to Serbia, when a woman who lost her love in World War I instructs her pupils to attach locks to bridges to the same fate doesn’t fall on their love. However the Serbian version didn’t hit popular culture like Moccia’s book did, or rather the movie adaptation of the book, so it never hit the mainstream until recently.
While the "Love Locks" concept is not a Parisian thing, lovers the world over began to lock up their love on the Pont des Arts, to the extent that the bridge was, until recently, weighed down by 45 tons of padlocks.

Broken Love

Because the weight of the locks were posing a hazard to the UNESCO protected bridge, Parisian
officials removed the love locks, breaking the hearts of lovers the world over who declared their undying affection on Paris’ historic bridge.
While some say it’s a desecration of tradition, the truth is the story is not new, and mostly dreamed up by an Italian romance novelist, who is shocked himself his gimmick actually took off. The locks might not be there in Paris anymore, but they were only a fad in Paris’ long history.

Future of the Love Locks

The future of the locks is uncertain, and the rumors going round are that the locks will be melted down for scrap metal. Not exactly the most romantic destination for the love locks.
Although, there are talks on what to do with the locks and how to allow lovers to declare their love without destroying Parisian infrastructure. One suggestion is that an installation made out of a glass paneling be set up on the banks of the Seine to house the discarded locks, as well as allowing new locks to be included.

Right now a temporary street art exhibition commemorating the locks has been set up on the bridge.




Why You Should Buy a Property in Paris Now

If you have always dreamed of your own Parisian home or it’s been an ambition of yours to hold property in the French capital, then now is the time to buy. The combination of Paris’ stagnating housing market along with the strength of the dollar pitted against the Euro makes it the ideal time to throw you hat into the Parisian real estate ring.



It’s Time for a Bargain

While many associate the Paris with pricy luxury apartments, they might be more affordable than you think. The price of the average home in Paris fell by 2.8% last year, and in 2015, forecasts expect this to drop even further to 3%. This, coupled with a strong dollar at a 12-year high makes it the perfect time to put in an offer.

Better Days for Paris

Despite Europe’s struggle through recession, Paris is a place where positive changes have been happening over the past decade. You’ll still find classic pleasures, with almost 100 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, not to mention an amazing art and culture scene, but there have also been significant structural changes in the city. The city’s authorities have transformed 2.4km of the quayside to make it more pedestrian friendly, reducing both fumes and vehicle traffic in the city center. The city has seen considerable improvements, like the recent green initiative to include vertical gardens and other green spaces across the city. Right now, Paris is only getting better.

A Classic Buyers’ Market

Since 2011, house prices have dropped 9%, with some of the biggest drops taking place in areas prized by international buyers. You’ll find properties on the fashionable parts of the Left Bank have decreased by 13%, and the elegant 16th arrondissement is down 14%. This means that if you want a home in the trendy, downtown areas of the city, it’s definitely a good time to buy!

A Good Investment

Even though the property prices in Paris have declined, it is still a city where supply and demand applies when it comes to property, especially since the stock of quality property is a limited commodity. Unless you buy a seriously flawed property, you will find someone wanting to buy and if you’re looking to rent out your apartment, well, Paris is definitely your oyster!

Need a Helping Hand?

If you are hesitating about making a step onto the Parisian property ladder then we can help you out. We have our own real estate department that specializes in buying and selling properties in Paris.

www.a1-paris-apartments.com

There is no need to concern yourself with the legalities and language barriers since we also offer a variety of services including legal and real estate advice as well as furnishing and management services. To get get in touch with us to find out, more you can drop us an email here:

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Highlights from the Upcoming Paris Jazz Festival


As things get hot and sticky in Paris, you might want to take a break and head down to Parc Floral de Vincennes (Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris) for a spot of jazz, funk, and fusion for the 8-week long festival. The festival began in the first week of June, but will continue throughout the whole of July, so there is still time to catch some of the best acts!

Each weekend offers a different theme, with acts from around the world. Here’s some of the highlights you can expect to enjoy!



A Taste of Tel Aviv: 27-28 June

If you’ve ever wanted to explore jazz from Israel, now’s the time. Tel Aviv has an active jazz scene that combines various cultural traditions with the Middle East, Paris and New York. Check out acts like Avishai Cohen or Ester Rada this weekend.

New York, New York: 4-5 July

New York’s jazz scene is legendary, and to mark the 4th of July, this weekend features jazz acts from the US who live in Paris, or French musicians who reside in New York.

Mali and Jazz: 11 – 12 July

Mali has always been known as one of the world’s music capitals, and this weekend showcases jazz artists from Bamako to give us a taste for the future of West African culture. Check out their love of blues and how Mali as a country is so important to the development of jazz.

The Sounds of Stockholm: 18-19 July

Being a cosmopolitan hub in Europe, Sweden has become a European refuge for African-American jazz. With an exciting group of expats, Stockholm has become one of Euope’s biggest jazz hubs. Check out concerts from the Isabel Sörling Duoe and Nils Landgren Funk Unit.

Universal World Fusion: 25-26 July

To wrap up the events, the final weekend in the Paris Jazz Festival will focus on the universal appeal of jazz, showing the cross cultural mix of jazz with some awesome acts. Featured artists coming along for the concerts include the Imani Winds quintet and trumpeter Airelle Besson, who will headline the closing night of the festival.


For more information on the Paris Jazz Festival, see their official website:

www.parisjazzfestival.fr




Calendar of Events


Art

La toilette, naissance de l'intime
12 February - 5 July 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis-Boilly
75016
www.marmottan.fr

Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia
17 March - 19 July 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007
www.musee-orsay.fr

The Tudors
18 March - 19 July 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006
www.museeduluxembourg.fr

Velázquez
25 March - 13 July 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008
www.grandpalais.fr

From Giotto to Caravaggio, the passions of Roberto Longhi
27 March - 20 July 2015
Musée Jacquemart-André,
158 boulevard Haussmann
75008
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

The Keys of Passion, Exhibition
1 April – 6 July 2015-04-18
Foundation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
75015
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Jean-Paul Gaultier
1 April - 3 August 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008
www.grandpalais.fr

American Icons, masterpieces of the SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
8 April - 22 June 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008
www.grandpalais.fr

Dolce Vita? Italian Decorative Art 1900-1940, from Liberty to Industrial Design
14 April - 13 September 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007
www.musee-orsay.fr

Les Maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d'Ivoire
14 April - 26 July 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
75007
www.quaibranly.fr

Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931), exhibition
15 April - 13 July 2015
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
75001
www.musee-orangerie.fr

Aardman: l'art qui prend forme
13 June - 30 August 2015
Art Ludique - Le Musée
34 Quai d'Austerlitz
75013
www.artludique.com

Henry Darger
13 June - 10 October 2015
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
75016
www.mam.paris.fr

Anish Kapoor
Mid-June - October 2015
Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes
78000 Versailles
www.en.chateauversailles.fr

The Inca and the Conquistador
23 June - 20 September 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
75007
www.quaibranly.fr


Exhibitions and Other Museums

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
4 April - 6 September 2015
Cité du Cinema
20 Rue Ampere
93200, Saint-Denis
www.harrypotterexhibition.com

Michelangelo Antonioni
8 April - 19 July 2015
Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy
75012
www.cinemathequefrancaise.fr

Napoleon and Paris. A capital for Europe
8 April - 30 August 2015
Musée Carnavalet - Musée de l'histoire de Paris
16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003
www.carnavalet.paris.fr

Churchill and De Gaulle
10 April - 26 July 2015
Église Saint-Louis des Invalides - Hôtel national des Invalides
Esplanade des Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle
75007
www.invalides.org


Music, Theater and Dance

The Magic Flute
17 April - 28 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille
75012
www.operadeparis.fr

Alceste
16 June – 15 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009
www.operadeparis.fr

Adriana Lecouvreur
23 June - 15 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille
75012
www.operadeparis.fr

La Fille Mal Gardée (Ballet)
29 June – 14 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009
www.operadeparis.fr

L'Anatomie de la Sensation (Ballet)
4 July – 16 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009
www.operadeparis.fr

Symphony Concerts – Ludwig van Beethoven
13 July 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille
75012
www.operadeparis.fr

Other

Montmartre Fête in the Renoir Gardens
17 May – 12 July 2015
12 rue Cortot
75018
www.fete-de-montmartre.com

Paris International Festival of Psychedelic Music
1 July – 5 July 2015
Various locations in Paris
www.parispsychfest.com/

Bastille Day
14 July 2015
Various locations in Paris

Paris Jazz Festival 2015
7 June – 27 July 2015
Esplanade du château de Vincennes – Route de la Pyramide
75012
www.parisjazzfestival.fr


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