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Welcome 2 France Newsletter April 2016
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April is the perfect month to visit the city of Paris. The parks are beginning to get full as the trees and flowers start to bloom. The markets are filled with delicious local spring time fruits and vegetables. In April, visitors to the City of Light have numerous options for exploring the outdoors and the indoors, as the weather is just right for both.




This Month's Featured Apartments


Saint Germain des Pres - Luxembourg Guynemer


Just a stone’s throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg – home of the Medici Fountain – and minutes from Saint Germain des pres area, this three bed luxury Paris apartment has more than just all the modern conveniences.



Saint Germain des Pres - Atelier Loft Furstenberg

This apartment is available only for year lease. It is located in what can only be considered Paris\' most beautiful area, the Atelier is in the same building as the Delacroix museum, and a stone\'s throw from Pont Neuf, Place de Saint Germain, and Louvre, located on the 5th floor with an elevator.


Passy - Trocadero I


This stunning one bedroom apartment ticks all the boxes for not only having beautiful furniture and amazing blacony but also for having great pieces of art.



Passy - Trocadero II


This apartment offers guests a haven to relax and can comfortably sleep 4 guests with 2 bedrooms apartment is located in the quiet and upscale district of Passy, where the real Parisians live.





Vintage Heaven



Flea markets offer an excellent opportunity to get some great bargains and see some pretty unusual stuff. In Paris its also a great way to explore the city and see locals mingle with locals. But these markets are not fruit and vegetable markets. Instead, after a thorough spring clean at home, these places are great opportunities to pick up something unique.


St Ouen

This antique market is huge. So if you plan a visit, give yourself plenty of time. There's nothing better than shopping for that unique furniture piece, or chandelier and being able to take it back home and say, "I got this in St Ouen in Paris". With over 1700 dealers, spread across no less than 14 different markets, this place houses some beautiful pieces, mostly at the high end scale. If you go, be prepared to spend.

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Puces de Vanves

Literally the exact opposite from the above... this place is messy, disorganized and absolutely heavily. It's a truly authentic flea market and a great piece to hunt for stylish furniture bargains or classical inspired art at a fraction of the standard retail piece. Like most markets in Paris, Puces de Vanves has gone through something of a rebrand and what was once cheap and tacky, has now become vintage and hipster. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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Village St Paul

Ok, so this place is not technically a market place but we've included it in this list as it offers some great opportunities for treasure hunting. Located between rue de Rivoli and quai des Céléstins, this market houses some of the best antique shops in Paris. It's open all week long but we recommend visiting during the weekend as many of the small hidden shops on the narrow streets are only open on Saturday or Sunday.




Springtime Hiking


Glorious Spring marks the halfway point between being a glutton at Christmas and having an amazing body for the beach. If you decide to shape up in preparation for summer, don't stress it too much and remember you're on holiday. But you can combine Paris with exercise and use the city as your gym. The month of April sees Paris host the marathon. While it might be a bit ambitious to take part, here are some suggestions to get some exercise and stop you feeling guilty when you eat all that French butter...


Fontainebleau

Get your hiking shoes ready, because this place is huge. A national park that is almost as big as Paris itself. The park offers some great hiking and long walks and what really makes this place famous, is the huge Fontainebleau palace. A favorite retreat for the old kings of France, the park is located 55km (approx 90 mins) south of central Paris and is easily reached by rental car or public transport.
The park and forest offer reasonably easy terrain to walk across, so feel free to go at your own pace. It's the perfect blend of history and nature.

The Marne

Located in the opposite direction, following the Marne river, this hike has become a popular favorite in recent years. The lush riverside landscape complete with boats and trees magically jutting out into the river, will make you feel like you're in a Renoir painting.
This hike can be done as more of a stroll if you prefer and while you are out in the beautiful countryside, the popular riverside walk is dotted with cafes and charming bars, in case you need a break along the way.

City Walking

Ok, it's not hiking but it is outdoors and a perfect blend of nature and urban landscape. The 'Promenade plantée', now called 'La Coulée verte René-Dumont', opened in 1993, and it is an elevated track around the 12th district of Paris. Most of the walk is made up of former train track routes. At just under 5k, this walk is suitable for almost everyone. Its beautiful in the spring time and is located in the city center.




A day at the races



Nothing says high class luxury quite like a day at the races.... Parisian style. Around the Easter season and throughout the month of April and May, and there are several horse racing events and also plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with mans "real" best friend.


Dimanches au Galop

The main event. The Dimanches au Galop is a series of horse races that take place in a variety of locations around Paris. The principle area being the Longchamp race tracks. Events are held every Sunday through the months of April and May. If you don't speak French, there are guided tours which will tell you what to say when you bet, or how everything works, if you're not familiar with horse racing at all.
There are English betting companies on site, but you need to already be a member to use them. Lots of people simply come for the atmosphere and fashion. Do like the Parisian families do and take a picnic.


Horseback in Versailles

Its on almost everyone's to-do list when they come to Paris, and the Chateau de Versailles is simply stunning and worth every minute. But you know what makes it better? Touring it on a horse. Forget bikes and segways, the horse is the classical way to really feel like a French monarch. Equitrekking offers luxury tours on horseback around the famous palace and it's beautiful gardens.


Chantilly

If you like horses and all things related to horse racing then Chantilly is your Mecca. The town is just 30km south of central Paris and is home to the country's largest race horse training community, a beautiful town with a stunning chateaux, Chantilly also has a dedicated horse museum for those who like equine art and culture. The town plays host to some prestigious racing events such as prix du Jockey club, and prix de Diane to name a few.




Calendar of Events


Festivals - Art & Music

Festival Chorus
April 1st – 10 th
La Defense
www.chorus.hauts-de-seine.fr/

Draw Now
Until April 3rd
Carreau du Temple
www.drawingnowparis.com

PAD
Until April 3rd
The Tuileries
www.pad-fairs.com


Art

Anselm Kiefer
Until April 18th
Centre Pompidou
Rambuteau
75004
www.centrepompidou.fr

Hubert Robert
All April
Louvre Museum
Rue de Rivoli
75001
www.louvre.fr

Paul Klee – L'ironie a l'oeuvre
Until April 6th
Centre Pompidou
Rue Sant – Martin
75004
www.centrepompidou.fr

Albert Marquet
All April
Musee d 'Art Modern
11 Avenue du President Wilson
75016
www.mam.paris.fr

L'Art et Le Chat
All April
Le Musee de Herbe
Loure-Rivoli
75001
www.museenherbe.com

L’Atelier en Plein Air
All April
Musée Jacquemart-André
158 boulevard Haussmann
75018
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Ugo Mulas
Until April 28th
Fondation Henri Carter-Bresson
2 Impasse Lebouis
75014
www.henricarterbresson.org

Persona
All April
Musee du Quai Branly
37 quai Branly
75008
www.quaibranly.fr


Theatre

Horror
April 1-3
Parc de la Villette
Avenue Corentin Cariou
75019
www.lavillette.com

La Loge
All April
La Loge Theatre
77 rue de Charonne
75011
www.lalogeparis.fr




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