This Month's Featured Apartments
Champs Elysées - Berri
This gem of a studio apartment packs big bang for your buck, with a superb location just off the Champs Elysées. Sleeping 1-4 in chic Parisian style, the airy efficient decor was inspired by a yacht cabin. A little terrace makes for a personal porthole.
Champs Elysées - Ponthieu
At 1851 sq ft, this spacious and elegantly appointed apartment has 2 bedroom/bathroom suites, as well as requisite rooms classically decorated for entertaining in style. High ceilings and parquet wood floors also make this space an Old World experience not to be missed.
Champs Elysées - Foch IV
Live close to tourist attractions, yet apart from them, at this tony Avenue Foch address. The sumptuously decorated 3 bedroom/3 bathroom luxury apartment is a roomy 2153 sq ft. It's equally ideal for a large family or a traveling couple.
Musée National de la Marine
The Palais Chaillot is an Art Deco cultural center built in the 1930's in place of an older Moorish-style building constructed for the World Exhibition of 1878. The west wing of the palace is also home to Musée National de la Marine, housing a fascinating collection of maritime memorabilia depicting French naval history all the way up to the present.
On display are many exquisitely detailed ship models representing all types of seaworthy vessel, including the Louis XV built in 1720-25, with three decks and 110 cannons. Fascinatingly, the team of restorers can sometimes be observed hard at their intricate work in the model repair shops.
There's also a fine collection of sea-related paintings, including thirteen views of the Ports of France all painted by Claude-Joseph Vernet from 1754 to 1765. Only fifteen of the original twenty-four commissioned were actually completed, so this is an almost perfect collection. Also be sure not to miss browsing marine artifacts and navigational instruments.
The museum's layout has been renovated and reorganized into five logical sectors to allow visitors to navigate the collections with ease and also based on their individual interests: these are War, Commerce, Fishing, Pleasure and Oceanographic Research.
This is a great museum to pass the time in with kids, young and old.
Musée National de la Marine
Palais de Chaillot
17 Place du Trocadéro
You don't need me to tell you, but Parisians have the art of fashion and how to wear things well down pat. Be sure that the best of it is always about quality, not quantity.
One summer in the mid-nineties while visiting Paris, I had set aside what I considered a fairly decent budget for clothing, and as I meandered in-and-out of the trendy clothing boutiques on the rue des Francs Bourgeois in the Marais, I happened upon a store like no other.
First it was beautiful, all sharp wood fixtures and spare chic décor. Second, all it sold were white women's shirts, the most exquisitely made, diversely designed white women's shirts I had ever seen. They hung on individual hangers, like works of art. I couldn't bring myself to touch them, sully them with my fingerprints. Luckily, an elegant salesperson offered to help me. Well, half-an-hour and a pile of tried-on shirts later, my entire clothing budget was gone. But I walked out with a prize, a crisp shirt carefully folded with a tiny dried rose in a cellophane bag.
Since then, Anne Fontaine, the maker of these original creations in poplin, pique cotton, organdy, linen, lace and other exclusively natural materials, has opened many stores and even spas, both in Paris and internationally, but I claim to be an early fan.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Fontaine, whose father was French, eventually moved to Paris and made a name in fashion. In her youth, she had spent time in Amazonia and was inspired by nature and beauty. She was also committed to elevating white women's shirts to an art form. This she did with incredibly detailed work: double collars, charming cuffs, buttons, embroidered flowers, lacing and rouching.
Partake in this quintessentially Parisian shopping experience-Fontaine has boutiques all over Paris-and purchase a classic piece of clothing guaranteed to last you for years to come.
I should know; I still wear mine!
Anne Fontaine Boutiques
|Le Village Royal|
24 rue Boissy d'Anglas
370 rue St Honoré
50 rue Etienne Marcel
64 bd Haussman
|12 rue des Francs Bourgeois|
22 rue Passy
81 rue des Saints Peres
Les Galeries Lafayette
40 bd Haussman
|The Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (BHV to those in the know) looks like any other grand department store in Paris, stories-high and ornately large. This particular one was built in 1852. But take a leap of faith and head down into the basement. There you'll find a veritable wonderland of D-I-Y accessories for people who like to tinker, build and create.
Rows and rows of neat bins are packed with screws, nails or thumbtacks, whatever you can think of to do a home project. It all looks so deceptively elegant, but this is a hardworking hardware haven filled with everything you need from brass hardware to working tools to garden supplies.
Go and get inspired for when you go back home.
52 rue de Rivoli, 4th
Charlotte Safavi has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, House Beautiful, Victorian Homes, and Better Homes and Gardens.
Calendar of Events, July 2011
International Contemporary Art Fair
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau
€28 (Times vary)
Slick Contemporary Art Fair
Palais de Tokyo
13 ave du Président Wilson, Metro: Iéna
€9 (Times vary)
Chic Art Fair
Cité de la Mode et du Design
15 passage des Lilas
34 Quai d'Austerlitz, Metro: Gare d'Austerlitz
€5; (not Tues, various dates)
March 25-July 11
Caillebotte Brothers Exhibition
Musée Jacquemart Andre
158 blvd Haussmann, Metro: Miromesnil
€10; under 7 free (open daily 10:00am-6:00pm, Monday until 9:30pm)
La Bastille Modern Art Fair
Philosophy Cafés, Metro: Bastille
€8; (open daily 11:00am-8:00pm)
Exhibitions and Other Museums
March 8-July 17
Romantic French Gardens Exhibition (1770-1840)
Musée de la Vie Romantique
16 rue Chaptal, Metro: Blanche or Saint Georges
€7 (Tues-Sun 10am-6pm)
Web: Musee de la Vie Romantique
Music, Theater and Dance
Arènes de Montmartre Festival
Arènes de Montmartre
Rue Chappe, Metro: Abesses
€ (Time and cost varies)
Le Jardin Shakespeare's Open-Air Theater
Jardin du Pré Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Metro: Bois de Boulogne
€ (Time and cost varies)
Paris Dance Festival
Théâtre du Châtelet
1 Place du Châtelet, Metro: Châtelet-Les Halles and Châtelet
Open Air Concerts at Bercy Village
1 Cour Saint-Emilion
Place de la Bastille, Metro: Cour Saint-Emillion
€ Free 6:30-8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday only
June 16-Jul 16
Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Place de l'Opèra, Metro: Opèra
Paris Chopin Festival
Orangerie de Bagatelle
Orangerie de Bagatelle, Metro: Port Maillot, then bus to Bagatelle
€ (time and programs vary)
Festival All Stars (jazz, salsa, rock, blues etc.)
7 rue des Petites Ecuries, Metro: Chateau d'Eau
Paris Chopin Festival
Orangerie de Bagatelle, Metro: Porte Maillot, then bus to Bagatelle
€ Unknown at this time
Musiques et Jardins Festival
Les Trois Baudets, Metro: Blanche or Pigale
€ Free-10 (Tues-Sun)
Classique au Vert
Parc Floral de Paris
Rte de la Pyramide, Metro: Chateau de Vincennes
€5 (weekends only)
Festival Ile de France
€5-25; some free
Paris Plage (sand and sunbeds along Seine)
Along the Seine near Pont Neuf & Canal de l'Ourcq (Metro: Stalingrad)
Paris Furniture Fair (open to public for showcasing trends)
Paris Nord Villepinte, RER Villepinte (Parc des Expositions)
Paris Quartier d'Eté Festival
All over Paris
€ Varies, many free
Moonlit Cinema in Paris
Paris - different locations
€ Free (weekends only)
Paris Autumn Festival
16 Rue de Rivoli
€ 8-36 (Daily)
Open-Air Cinema at La Villette
Parc de la Villette, Metro: Porte de la Villette
Summer Sales at Galeries Lafayette
Espace Luxe at GL
40 boulevard Haussman, Metro: Opéra
Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte, RER: B3
Tour de France
€ Free (Time varies)
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