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* Eight Great Things in the 8th Arrondissement
* Calendar of Events - November, 2008

Welcome2France is highlighting the Champs-Elysees-Boetie II apartment in the 8th Arrondissement, this month. Choosing this apartment will put you right in the middle of the classy Eighth, very near the famous Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and much, much more. There are many Metro stations along rue Boetie, so getting from your 'home' in Paris will be a breeze. And, renting this home is made even easier with our exclusive "Express Booking" feature. Enjoy the 8th!

Eight Great Things in the 8th Arrondissement

1. The Arc de Triomphe: Undoubtedly the second most iconic monument in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. No visit to Paris would be complete without a stop here. Set in the center of a giant star (etoile) of twelve wide, majestic avenues. This largest triumphal arch in the world stands like a soldier-at-attention looking down the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Napoleon built this monolith so that the world would never forget his victory at Austerlitz. Through the famous opening have marched victorious French armies, impressive funeral processions, and the winning bikers of the Tour-de-France. Even the Nazis stomped through it during the darkest days of WW2 in Paris.
     Note the carvings on the massive pillars which depict Napoleon at his best along with Lady Liberty, and include dedications to the glory of all French armies. The names of French generals who died in battle are underlined. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies in state near the north-east corner of the Arc. The Eternal Flame is lit daily at 6:30 p.m. This November 11th, Armistice Day in France, will be the official wreath-laying at 11:00 a.m., and a vigil is scheduled for 9:00 p.m.
     One of the finest views in all of Paris is from the top of the Arc. You may climb the 284 stairs to the top, or opt for the hard-to-find elevator (find it underneath the Arc, in the south-west pillar). Be prepared for the elevator operator to request that you use the stairs if he sees that you are not 'elderly' enough for the ride, although rides are usually given to all if the elevator isn't too busy.
     From the top, the most striking view is that of the huge traffic round-about below you where all twelve wide avenues converge. You will see traffic like you've never seen it before. This is the only round-about in France where cars entering have total right-of-way and those inside must yield. It is amazing that there are not constant collisions. However, when an incident does occur the French insurance agencies have all agreed to simply apply 50% blame to each car and split the difference because no one could ever figure out what really happened in all the confusion. (It is quite an experience to take a bus ride through the "star").
     There is a small gift shop and museum on the top floor and will be the first things you see when emerging from the elevator or stairs. A few more very narrow stairs take you outside and up. There is a small restroom near the museum displays. The Arc is open all but five days a year. I would allow at least one hour to enjoy it all.
     Please do not even think of walking across the traffic circle to get to the Arc - there's an underground tunnel that takes you under that swirling mass of vehicles. If you have a Musee Pass, you can visit this wonderful monument both in daytime to enjoy the panoramic views and at night to see the magnificent glittering lights of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. For more info:

2. Musee Nissim de Camondo: This little out-of-the-way museum is an 18th century aristocratic home left as is on the day the family departed. It has an exceptional range of furniture, paintings, rare porcelains and gold-plated trim throughout. See how the wealthy lived in 1914. Count Moise de Camondo, a rich banker who collected rare objects died in 1935. He left his mansion to Paris with the stipulation that it be used as a museum named and dedicated to his son, Nissim, who died in air combat in WW1, at age 25. Not only is everything original in the house, but it is in the original place as it was used by the family.
     We found the kitchen of particular interest with its own separate room for copper pots, another room for washing dishes (scullery) and the chef's office with his series of bells with which to communicate with his large staff and the family. You will not believe the size of the massive stove and the separate massive oven.
     The house is located at 63, rue de Monceau, behind the most impressive Parc Monceau. Our favorite approach to the house is to walk through the park all the way to rue de Monceau from boulevard de Courcelles and turn left towards the mansion. It is quite a surprise to see among the many follies in this parc, an Egyptian pyramid. Also surprising is to learn that this is the site of the first recorded parachute landing (1797!). For more info:

3. Bateaux-Mouches: With the Seine dividing Paris into its famous Rive Gauche (Left Bank) and Rive Droit (Right Bank) to skip a ride on one of its famous cruise boats is a no-no. It would be hard to advise you on whether the daytime, or nighttime, cruise is the best. We've experienced both with equal thrill. Daytime affords you excellent views and camera ops, while nighttime presents the amazing sight of buildings and monuments in glittering lights. No matter which time you choose to go, you will be very pleased with the one-hour tour that takes you past, in slow-motion, at least 60+ of Paris' most impressive riverside buildings and sights. All are easy to see day, or night. And, all are spoken of in many languages over a loud-speaker as the boat sails by.
     You get on and off the boats at Quai de la Conference, just east of Pont de l'Alma at the foot of Avenue George V. And, yes, it is quite safe to walk along this Quai at night to get to the boats. For more info:

4. Strolling Down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees: How you could you possibly not do this! The most famous avenue in all the world.....wide, long, beautiful, and downhill, if you start at the Arc de Triomphe.
     Louis XIV, in 1667, cut the ribbon to open the first leg of the Avenue leading from the Jardin des Tuileries. This date marked the birth of Paris as a truly grand city in the world. Napoleon III added the Plane trees in the mid-1800's, along with several hundred-thousand other trees all over Paris.

     On November 24th, the trees along the Champs will be lit in spectacular array for the official opening of the Parisian Christmas season. A sight to behold. Last year, Paris used low voltage bulbs for the first time in order to conserve electricity, but with the addition of shiny reflectors, I think the lights were actually brighter than in years past.
     Beginning from the Arc, we like to walk on the north (left) side of the Avenue. Across the street, the fairly tacky Publicis Drug Store with its sleek, modern, steel facade houses a rather nice sandwich shop owned by famous chef, Alain Ducain, at #133. In 1985, a law prohibited anymore of the old buildings to be destroyed on the Avenue. (Thank goodness!)
     Don't be too surprised by the number of sumptuous automobile dealerships along the Champs. After all, the Avenue was once home to many stables where the rich kept their coaches and teams. In fact, the famous Fouquet's Restaurant at #99, was where the coachmen would meet and relax between driving their wealthy employers to and from the Opera. Today, Fouquet's will present you with a lovely cafe creme for around $9.00 per cup. It has been in the same location since 1899.
     It is startling to me to see McDonalds (most expensive Big Mac in Paris) on this haute Avenue, along with shopping malls. The malls are a bit concealed and nothing like we see in the U.S. Their entries are discreet among the preserved old building facades but once you enter, its another whole world. Expect to see the usual shops, Sephora, GAP, etc. Plus, a few French boutiques. My favorites are the Arcades (#76) - very "roaring 20's" and Claridge (#74) for it's awesome architecture.
     Naturally one would expect to find the most expensive 'toilette' in Paris on Champs-Elysees. At #26, the Point WC is an elegant, extremely private water closet complete with its own boutique! They advertise to be the 'cleanest toilets downtown' and I believe them. Open 24 hours a day, well-staffed (English-speaking) and the best cheap thrill in Paris. Well, maybe not so cheap - we paid $3.38 per person! Still, a lot of fun.
     There are several 'islands' in the middle of the Avenue from which you can see the Arc on one end and the Tuileries on the other. Beware that you will be in the middle of a twelve-lane street in heavy traffic and the 'islands' are not all that large. But, what a great camera shot!

     Movie theaters abound on the Champs. Remember to look for "V.O." or 'version original' and check that the movie is American in order to see one in English. The Lido, Paris' oldest burlesque theater, is near Metro George V.
     For a true French coffee and pastry experience, you can't miss by visiting Cafe Laduree at #75. It is 'trés Français' and very elegant with it's trademark green and purple awnings. Their macaroons (not anything like our sticky, sweet, coconut affairs) are traditional and they are quite famous for them. Try a flavor other than chocolate - perhaps, Chestnut?
     In the area, at #92, you can find a plaque on the wall which marks the place where Thomas Jefferson lived in Paris with his mistress, during his time as America's minister to France.
     Eventually, you will run out of shopping and eating establishments on the Avenue and parks take over - around the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees. We enjoyed the seasonal decorations on the Rond one December with thousands of white Christmas trees. Last November, it was covered with Mums in autumnal colors - just glorious.
     Just a bit past the Rond, on the south side of the Avenue, at avenue de Marigny is the inspiring statue of Charles-de-Gaulle striding with enormous bronze pride down the Avenue, just as he did when he led the liberating American army into Paris in 1944. You will see many tourists mimicking his stride for their companions to snap a photo of themselves beneath Charles.

5. Place de la Madeleine: All around the Eglise-de-la-Sainte-Madeleine church is the Place de la Madeleine. A Parisian-soaked rectangle of delightful shops, and a most interesting restroom.

      The church (eglise) was built during Napoleon's reign (1764) as a grand temple to honor his almost always victorious army. Built in Greco-Roman temple style, it is filled with fine sculptures, a joy to view once you get past the porch full of massively huge columns.

     Those columns have to be seen to be believed. They are Corinthian which means they are the most decorated of the three Greek column styles and each is 64' tall - they completely surround the entire church. You cannot touch your hands together when trying to hug one of them, I tried. I thought "Parthenon" the first time I saw it.

     The massive (everything is massive in this building!) bronze doors depict the Ten Commandments. The church is dedicated to Mary Magdalene and is one of the more recognizable structures in Paris, mainly due to its grand location so near, and so visible, from Place de la Concorde. Today, many high society weddings take place here. Free concerts are held in the church every other Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

     Place de la Madeleine forms a rectangle around the church and in this Place are shops that sell everything from the most expensive foods in the world to cut-rate theater tickets. The wealthy shop here. Window shopping is delightful and free. For a bit of history, know that Proust spent his childhood in #9.

     Food shopping is king in Place de la Madeleine. Maille Mustards (#6) will pull a sample of their many flavors for you to taste from their crocks complete with pub spouts. They gift wrap beautifully.

     Fauchon (#26) has more than 20,000 items all incredibly displayed and nothing is less than absolutely perfect, including exotic fruits like Mangosteens and Rambutans from SE Asia. I never thought I would be content to just browse in a 'grocery' store. But, Fauchon is not just epiceries (groceries), but also a traiteur (deli), patisserie (pastry) and charcutier (pork butcher). Extremely expensive. Nearby, is their lovely Tea Salon.

     Baccarat has a crystal boutique at #11. It is always fun to visit one of their stores and try to find the signature red crystal among the crystal fobs on their chandeliers. Good place to purchase an elegant gift and they have many choices small enough for your suitcase.

     Hediard at #21, is a luxury store marked by its bright red exterior and red tea tins. You will also find prepared dishes, fruits, vegetables, coffees, jams, wines and pastries - all just as fabulous as Fauchon across the Place.

     Nicolas Wine Shop at #31 has wines in all price points and a very knowledgeable staff willing to help you make your selection. You'll see Nicolas Wine Shops all over Paris. I think they are so successful due to their customer service.

     Maison de la Truffe (#19), the quintessential food shop of Paris sells truffles along with foie gras and sausages. If you've never seen a food item worth $3000.00 a pound, then stop by this shop and check out the truffles.

     La Maison du Meil at #24 has been selling honeys here since 1898. They'll be happy to let you taste all 30 flavors if your sweet tooth can endure it. They have artfully designed gift jars.

     Caviar Kaspia, #17, has been the top place for caviar for decades. Vodka, naturally, is also sold here. One must have caviar with one's truffles and foie gras, oui?!

     Marche aux Fleurs Madeleine, on the east side of the church right along its outside wall, sells those flowers you will need to complete your gourmet meal. Open daily, except Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

     La Madeleine Kiosque Theatre is the place to find half-price tickets on the day of the performance. Look for the little kiosk just west of the church, between the church and the Baccarat Boutique.

     The chicest toilettes in Paris can be found underground in Place de la Madeleine. I'm not kidding. Look for the discreet entrance to the tiny stairwell between the flower market east of the church and the church itself. Built in 1905, it is the epitome of Art Nouveau complete with intricate mosaic tiling, carved wooden doors to individual stalls with stained glass panels. Each stall has its own period pedestal sink and each is different. We gave a small tip to the attendant, although it is free to use this luxurious WC. Both men and women enter the same doorway.
6. Shopping in the 8th: Seems like the first thing people ask us when they learn we spend two months each year in Paris is "How's the shopping?". Well, of course, it is fabulous! Pricey, yes, but it is so much fun, when asked "Where did you get that? It is so unusual!" - to reply, "In Paris".

     The 8th arrondissement is saturated with stores, especially high-end stores. Best way to list them is by street, which is how I collected this data...with notebook in hand, please enjoy my list:

Avenue des Champs-Elysees:
#32 and #58: News Kiosques - so why mention a magazine and newspaper stand? Well, these are open 24/7, which can be really handy to know. They sell great maps of Paris, too.

#52: Monoprix - for down to earth shopping on this exclusive of all avenues, try the "K-Mart" of Paris. It is a fashionable general store selling groceries, drugs, toys and other gift items.

#62: British Pharmacy - open until 12:00 midnight and has English-speaking staff. Handy.

#68: Guerlain - their flagship store of perfumes has been here for 100 years.

#74: Sephora - the perfume and makeup place to go on the Avenue. This is their flagship store. The entry hall is lined with new perfumes, men's on the right and women's on the left. Sniff strips are provided. Check out the central wheel of scents inside, complete with a 'nose' (person who can detect any smell). The favorite scent of shoppers? Chocolate!

#86: Charles Jourdan - known for his wildly colored shoes and bags

#101: Louis Vuitton - after 11 months of remodeling, LV is a wonderland of classic brown satchels, made to order luggage, clothing and watches. We visited this kingdom of logos in the evening when it has a more casual feel. A gorgeous store - no wonder celebs love to be seen here.

Avenue Montaigne:
#2: Ungaro

#8: Harel - shoes in exotic leathers.

#15: Druout/Montaigne-one of the most prestigious auction houses, fun to browse in before the event.

#17-19: Valentino

#29: Harry Winston Jewels - serious jewelry.

#30: Christian Dior and Baby Dior - attention all Grandmas.

#34: Parfums Caron

#39: Nina Ricci

#40: Bulgari - fabulous jewels.

#52: Jill Sander - known for her exquisite tailoring of women's clothing.

#53: Escada

#54: Dolce and Gabbana

#60: Gucci

Avenue Matignon: Filled with high-end art galleries.
#61: Artcurial - 20th century works by Miro, Ernst, Picasso and others in posters and prints.

Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore:
#15-22: Lanvin

#24: Hermes - leather! Note the top of the building.

#28: Givenchy - also at 3, avenue George V.

#38: Yves Saint Laurent - their accessory boutique is at #32; another store at 7, av George V.

#50: Ferragamo

#54: Commes des Garcons - French for "like the boys"; very controversial line from Japan.

#56: Chloe

#62: Versace

#104: Anna Lowe - outlet for many, many top designers, even their haute-couture, at 40-60% off!
   English-speaking staff.

#118: Didier Aaron - 17th and 18th century furniture.

#225: La Maison du Chocolat - chocolate treats to keep up your shopping strength.

Avenue Tronchet:
#2: Eres - THE swimsuit store.

#4: Carel - smart basics in shoes, bags and small leathers.

#14: Le Carpe - kitchenware.

Rue de la Boetie
#63: Huguenot Jardin - gardening supplies.

#89: Artisan Assistance - hardware (my husband loves this store.)

#107: Institut Geographique National - mecca for map collectors and great travel aids.

Rue Cambon:
#29-31: House of Chanel - her original atelier is up those famous spiral stairs. Princess Diana left the rear door of the Ritz Hotel directly across the street just minutes before her death.

Boulevard Malesherbes:
#3: Resonances - upscale bed, bath, kitchen and housewares items and great sales.

#5: Au Nain Bleu - the flagship store recently moved to this address, it's been in the same family for 5 generations, since 1836. Fabulous toys- a Grandparents' must-see! French for 'blue dwarf'.

Rue Royale:
#3: Maxim's - world famous restaurant and boutique next door featuring house wines and gift-packed foods.

#7: Swarovski Boutique - crystals in all forms.

Avenue de Marigny
#27 - Pierre Cardin

#Cours-Marigny at avenue Marigny and avenue Gabriel: Marche au Timbre - The stamp market made famous in Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn film, "Charade". Dozens of stalls permanently in place selling stamps and antique postcards. One should never touch the goods, ask first, since some are quite rare.

7. Place de la Concorde: So much history crammed into this largest and most famous public square in France. It was called the Place de la Revolution during the Reign of Terror, and afterwards changed to Place de la Concorde. It is pure elegance in a 21 acre octagon.

     The irony of the Place having been constructed by Louis XV in 1763 and 30 years later being used as the location of the execution of his own son, Louis XVI, is inescapable. In two short years, 1343 people lost their lives to the guillotine here. Marie Antoinette followed her king, as did Corday, Robespierre, Madame du Barry, and Beauharnais (Josephine's first husband).

     Today, the most prominent feature is the gilt-topped obelisk. It was a gift from Egypt to Charles X in 1829. (Charles, Louis XVI's brother, became king when the royals were back on the throne after Napoleon.) This is the oldest object in Paris at 3300 years of age. It weighs 220 tons and is 72 feet tall. How they managed to move this massive item for such a long distance in the mid-1800's is awesome and the story is told in gold pictures on the base.

     To frame the fabulous gift of the obelisk, two majestic fountains were placed north and south (representing the rivers and the oceans). Eight statues on the perimeter stand for the great cities of France. Due north of the square, two lovely palaces were built on either side of rue Royale, the Hotel Crillon and the Hotel de la Marine.

     The Crillon is where Thomas Jefferson secured from Louis XVI (in 1768) France's recognition that the U.S. was a separate nation unto itself. France was the first nation in the world to do so.

     The Marine building was the original royal furniture warehouse where Marie Antoinette used to sneak off to a secret private apartment she had installed there, which she needed whenever she could escape court life at Versailles. Ironic that she could see this apartment just as she lost her head to the guillotine.

     The Pont de la Concorde, which leads from the Place to the Seine, is built of stones from the Bastille. This is one of the things about Paris that we love the most - they never waste anything - they were 'recycling' way back in the 1700's.

8. Saint Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral: Paris is full of churches and also has quite a few cathedrals, but this one is so unusual that I must share it with you.

     The Cathedral was dedicated to the Holy Grand Prince Alexandre Nevsky who was known to be a peacemaker, humanitarian, successful military leader, wise and pious. He became a monk in his last years. The church was built during the reign of Napoleon III in 1861 and is now a historical monument. The Russian population of Paris exploded after the Russian Revolution in 1917.

     Built in the shape of a cross, this imposing building has a central dome, with a painting in gold, 23' across inside. The walls are decorated with icons, a tradition since 8th century Byzantine, and the placement order of these icons was established centuries ago.

     Just before the door leading to the Sacristy, on the left, is a large cross with a golden Imperial Crown of Russia at its base. This is a memorial to the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family and servants, who were murdered in 1918.

     The crypt can be entered on the south side of the building, to the right of the main facade. The first thing you see is a huge pillar that holds up the cathedral floor and the vaults that span out from it. The arches are decorated in the style of old Russia. Many of the icons in the crypt were donated by victims of deportation to Nazi Germany.

     The roof is covered in lead and has five golden domes, or turrets. Five turrets are common to 16th century Russian churches. Each turret is topped by a Russian Orthodox cross. Five is symbolic - the largest, central spire represents Christ with the other four standing for the evangelists who spread the Good News. It looks like a giant cake with candles and is very beautiful. The church faces east as is traditional for all Russian Orthodox churches.

     We found the visit here relaxing and friendly. Most of this information was given to me by a parishioner who knew his church history very well. It certainly enhanced our appreciation of his lovely cathedral.

Jean E. Arnevick. Olympia, Washington, USA

CALENDAR OF EVENTS - November, 2008


November 1 - 8
"Tim Maguire" - Australian artist
Galerie Couvrat Desvergnes
3, quai Voltaire - 7th Arrondissemnt
Phone +33 (0) 1 40 15 02 89 for prices

Until November 2
"Grand Marche de l'Art Contemporain" - Modern Art Fair
Place de la Bastille - 12th Arrondissement

November 13 - February 9, 2009
"Abilgaard at the Louvre" - 18th century Nordic artist
Musee du Louvre]
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement

Until November 16
"Jeux d'Eau" - Water Games, a Nouveau Realisme exhibit of Gerard Deschamps
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107 - 111, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00

November 20 - 23
"Art Contemporain" - Contemporary Art Expo
Espace Champerret - Hall A
2, place de la Porte de Champerret - 17th Arrondissment
€2,00 - 8,00; Under 12: Free

November 28 - 30
"Salon Mondial du Tir de Loisir" - Shooting Games Show
Espace Champerret - Hall A
2, place de la Porte de Champerret - 17th Arrondissment
€5,00; Under 12: Free

November 1 - December 21
"Photographing America" - Photography Exhibit by Walker Evans
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, impasse Lebouis - 14th Arrondissement
€ 3,00 - 6,00

November 1 - January 4, 2009
"Ingres" - Exhibit of Drawings and Sketches
Musee de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal - 9th Arrondissement
€ 3,50 - 7,00

November 1 - January 5, 2009
"Mantega" - Renaissance Italian court painter
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 9,50

November 1 - January 11, 2009
"Le Plaisir" - Raoul Dufy
Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du President Wilson - 16th Arrondissement
Phone 01 53 67 40 00 for prices

November 1 - January 25, 2009
"Van Dyck" - his European 17th & 18th century portraitures
Musee Jacquemart-Andre
158, boulevard Haussmann - 8th Arrondissement
€7,30 - 10,00

November 1 - February 2, 2009
"Picasso et les Maitres" - How he was inspired by the great masters
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3, avenue du General Eisenhower - 8th Arrondissement
€8,00 - 12,00

November 1 - February 22, 2009
"From Miro to Warhol, the Berardo Collection" - Cubism, Surrealism, Pop-Art
Musee du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard - 7th Arrondissement

November 1 - March 15, 2009
"Par Amour Pour Les Poupees" - dolls from the Odin collection
Musee de la Poupee
Impasse Berthaud, near 22, rue Beaubourg - 3rd Arrondissement
€5,00 - 7,00


November 1 - April 30, 2009
"Atmosphere - Le Climat Revele par les Glaces" - Climate changes & the Polar ice caps
Musee des Arts et Metiers
60, rue Reaumur - 3rd Arrondissement
€3,50 - 5,50

November 1 - 16
"Gerard Deschamps" - French Nouveau Realisme movement
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00

November 1 - December 1
"Mois de la Photo a Paris" - European photography
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie
5-7, rue de Fourcy - 4th Arrondissement
€3,00 - 6,00; Under 8: Free

November 6 - 9
"Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel" - International Heritage Show
Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissment
€5,00 - 11,00; Under 12: Free

November 8 - 15
"Tokyo Stories" - 100 rare prints, some never seen outside of Japan
Artcurial - Hotel Dassault
7, rue du Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees - 8th Arrondissement
See website for prices

November 13 - 16
"Paris Photo" - the world's top still photography fair
Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissment
€7,50 - 15,00

November 13 - 17
"Salon de la Photo" - Photography Expo
Paris Expo - Porte de Versailles
1, place de la Porte de Versailles - 15th Arrondissement
€5,00 - 10,00; Under 12: Free

November 21 - 23
"Kara - Les Journees des Joailliers Createurs" - Jewelry Expo
Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissment
Contact for prices

November 28 - 30
"Salon International de l'Horlogerie de Prestige" - Expo of Watches
Carrousel du Louvre

99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissment

November 1 - January 4, 2009
"La Photographie a Dusseldorf" - Depicts the city from the 1960's to present
Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du President Wilson - 16th Arrondissement
Phone 01 53 67 40 00 for prices

November 1 - February, 2009:
"L'homme Expose" - A Perspective on the History of Man
Le Musee de l'Homme in Palais de Chaillot
17, place du Trocadero - 16th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 8,00; Under 4 = Free

November 19 - March 15, 2009
"Honneur et Gloire: Tresors de la Collection Spada" - 15th-21st century decorative arts
Musee National de la Legion d'Honneur
2, rue de la Legion d'Honneur - 7th Arrondissement


November 1 -30
"Le Mois du Film Documentaire" - Documentary Film Month
Various Paris locations
Contact email address for prices

November 10
"Rock the Bells Festival" - Hip-Hop music
211, avenue Jean-Jaures, Parc de Villette - 19th Arrondissement
€49,50 - 220,00

November 15
"Sigur Ros" = Iclandic singing quartet
211, avenue Jean-Jaures, Parc de Villette - 19th Arrondissement
€38,50 - 46,20

November 18
"M Pokora" - in concert
Palais Ominisports de Paris-Bercy
8, bd de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€41,00 - 45,00

November 20
"Kanye West" - in concert
Palais Ominisports de Paris-Bercy
8, bd de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€44,00 - 62,00

November 21 - 24
"Africolor Music Festival" - African artists and others
Various venues in Paris
See website for prices

November 22
"X Japan" - in concert
Palais Ominisports de Paris-Bercy
8, bd de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
See website for prices

November 24 - 26
"Leonard Cohen" - in concert
28, bd des Capucines - 9th Arrondissement
€128,00 - 161,00


November 1 - 30
"Tango in the Suburbs"
Venues all over Paris
View website for locations and prices

"Festival d'Automne" - Autumm Festival of opera, film, dance and performing arts
Various locations in Paris


November 1 - December 31
"Christmas Windows" - Department Stores
Galeries LaFayette and Printemps
40, bd Haussmann - 9th Arrondissement

November 1 - January 11, 2009
"Georges Rouault Workshops" - Circus themed for children
La Pinacotheque
28, place de la Madeleine
€7,00 - 9,00

November 1- January, 2009:
"Big Wheel" - Giant Ferris Wheel
Place de la Concorde
Between the Jardins de Tuileries and the Champs-Elysees - 1st Arrondissement
€ 8,00

November 1 - 30:
"2 CV Expo" -Citroen's 60th Anniversary Car Show
Parc de la Villette
30, avenue Corentin Cariou - 19th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,00

November 1 - December 31:
"Circus - Diana Moreno Bormann" - Wonderful for kids
Place Skanderbeg
112, rue de la Haie Coq - Porte d'Auberviliers - 19th Arrondissement
€ 10,00 - 35,00; Under 3 = Free

Until November 2
"BNP Paribas Masters" - Final round of Tennis Masters
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy
See website for prices

Until November 2
"Salon du Chocolat" - Industry trends and tastings
Paris Expo Halls 5/2 & 5/3
Porte de Versailles
€6,00-12,00; Under age 3: Free

Until November 2
"Kidexpo" - Education & fun gaming, gadgets, & toys
Parc des Expositions, Hall 7.1
Porte de Versailles
€7,00-10,00; Under age 14: €3,00-5,00; Under age 4: Free

November 11
"Armistice Day" - Wreath-laying 11 am; Vigil 9 pm
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-Gaulle - 8th Arrondissement

November 7 - 9
"Supercross de Bercy" - Motorcycle races
Palais Ominisports de Paris-Bercy
8, bd de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€55,00 - 80,00

November 7 - 16
"Foire Internationale Antiques" - International Antique Fair
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Routes des Tribunes, Bois de Boulogne

November 8 - 18
"Antiquites Brocante" - Antiques and Second-Hand items
Place de la Bastille
12th Arrondissement

November 14 - 16
"Trophee Eric Bompard Patinage" - Ice skating competition
Palais Ominisports de Paris-Bercy
8, bd de Bercy - 12th Arrondissement
€5,50 - 80,00

November 14 - 16
"Marie Claire Idees Expo" - Houseware trends

Grande Halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaures - 19th Arrondissement
€9,00 - 12,00; Under 8: Free

November 21 - 22
"Le Grand Tasting" - Wine Fair
Le Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
Check website for prices

November 24 - December 31
"Christmas Lights" - all along the greatest boulevard in the world
Champs-Elysees - 1st Arrondissement

November 28
"Levi Strauss Centenary Day" - 100 year anniversary
Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly - 7th Arrondissement
Free today only

November 28 - 30
"Prestiges 08 / Salon de l'Immobilier de Prestige" - Luxury real estate
Le Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement

Jean E. Arnevick. Olympia, Washington, USA

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