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Welcome 2 France Newsletter August 2011
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This Month's Featured Apartments

Champs Elysees - Boetie II

At 1615 sq ft, this modern luxe Parisian apartment sleeps 1-6 in three comfortable bedrooms. There is an elevator and a terrace, and best yet, the Champs Elysee with its plethora of boutiques and restaurants is steps away.

Montmartre - Sacré Coeur

Located in the lively Montmartre neighborhood, this two bedroom/one bathroom flat is ideal for a couple or small family. Though compact, the kitchen is fully equipped with all the mod cons, including a washing machine.

Corsica - Ajaccio Loft

For the ultimate in island life, this beautiful duplex loft in Corsica with views of the Mediterranean leaves nothing to be desired. Almost 2000 sq ft of luxury awaits you. The three bedroom space has large terraces, an outdoor kitchen and gorgeous furnishings, making it the ideal place to vacation.

August Newsletter

The Bois de Boulogne

This summer I visited the Bois de Boulogne for the first time in years. It proved as lovely as always, a cool, lush and peaceful respite from urbanity. I strolled around a lake and caught up with an old girlfriend, while our sons rented bicycles and rode up and down a wide gravel path.

Once a hunting ground for the kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne is a remnant of the Forest of Rouvray, which was turned over to the City of Paris in 1852. The Bois was promptly tamed, landscaped and subdivided into a large park by Baron Haussmann and quickly became a popular promenade for upper class Parisians. Interestingly, it was modeled after London's famous Hyde Park, a favorite of Napoleon III.

The entire park is 2,200 acres, slightly smaller than the Bois de Vincennes on the eastern side of the City. Lakes, gardens, bike paths, walking trails, playgrounds, sports fields, as well as the Longchamp and Auteuil equestrian racecourses make up the Bois. Bicycles can be rented at different locations, and rowboats, at Lac Inférieur and Lac Supérieur.

There are four principal entrances to the park from central Paris: Porte Maillot, Porte Dauphine, Porte de la Muette and Porte d'Auteuil. The high-end suburb of Neuilly bounds the Bois on the northern side. We recommend visiting before sundown. At night, it takes on a different feel, a red light district of sorts, though the police have been more involved in patrolling in recent years.

Métro: Porte Maillot, Porte Dauphine or Porte d'Auteuil

Attention all Chocolate Lovers

The first time I bought a chocolate truffle from a Parisian chocolatier, I was blown away. The whole experience was sublime: the rich smell of cacao pervading the store, the elegantly attired staff, the beautiful packaging, and above all, the exquisite individual pieces of chocolate, each a work of art.

There were rows upon rows of different shaped, flavored and textured treats arranged like precious gems in a jewelers. I picked just one, I was a student then and one was all I could afford. It was delicately lifted out from among the others with tongs, carefully wrapped in cellophane and a thin ribbon, and presented to me with pomp. Outside the store I let it melt in my mouth. The rest is history.

Chocolatiers abound in Paris and I truly recommend making a chocolate a day part of your holiday ritual. Not only is dark chocolate a powerful antioxidant, a French crafted chocolate is a culinary joy. I share with you seven of the most divine chocolatiers in the City where you will always get something special.

Jacques Genin (a must for caramel lovers)
133 rue de Turenne
Paris III

Arnaud Larher (try the apricot ganache in dark chocolate)
53 rue Caulaincourt

Michel Chaudun (the square-shaped chocolate truffles are famous)
149 rue de l'Université
Paris VII

Jean-Charles Rochoux (anything with praline)
16 rue d'Assas
Paris VI

Christian Constant (edible flowers in chocolate rule)
37 rue d'Assas
Paris VI

Jean-Paul Hévin (with a chocolate named Woman you can't go wrong)
231 rue Saint-Honoré
Paris I

Pralus (a newcomer since 2008 but an old-hand with marzipan)
35 rue Rambuteau
Paris IV

Bicycle Race

With the Tour de France behind us this year, bicycling is by no means on hiatus in Paris. There is one boutique that is a must for bike lovers: En Selle Marcel, a luxury bicycle concept store unlike no other.

Here, you can buy a gorgeous vintage bicycle-Alcyon, Raleigh and Peugeot are just a few names-or even have a bicycle custom-made to order. Repairs are available too.

Bike accessories, whether vintage or new, are also sold and are always top-of-the-line, from clothing to locks, from seats to pedals. I love the Brooks line of leather goods, including messenger bags and tool kit rolls. The Rapha and ABIC lines of optimal performance bike clothing also are not be missed.

En Selle Marcel
40, rue Tiquetonne
Paris II

In addition to writing our newsletter, 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, August 2011


Paris Autumn Festival
Different events at different locations
Festival d'Automne, 16 rue de Rivoli
€ Varies

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)

May-Sept 19
Pompidou Center
Place Georges Pompidou, Metro: Rambuteau
€8-12 (Wed-Mon 11:00am-9:00pm)
Web: Centre Pompidou Website

Exhibitions and Other Museums

Photoquai Biennale of World Images
Branly Museum
37 quai Branly, Metro: Champs-de-Mars-Tour-Eiffel
€ Varies
Web: Branly Museum Website

Paris Photo
Carrousel du Louvre
99 rue de Rivoli, Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre
€ Varies
Web: Carousel du Louvre Website

La Bastille Modern Art Fair
Philosophy Cafés
Philosophy Cafés, Metro: Bastille
€8 (Open daily 11:00am-8:00pm)

Music, Theater and Dance

Orchestres en Fête
Different national orchestras at different venues
€ (Time and cost varies)

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)

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)

Sep 2011-May 2012
Festival Ile de France
Concerts at different locations
€5-25 (Some free)

Festival All Stars (jazz, salsa, rock, blues etc.)
New Morning
7 rue des Petites Ecuries, Metro: Chateau d'Eau
€ Varies

Classique au Vert
Parc Floral de Paris
Rte de la Pyramide, Metro: Chateau de Vincennes
€5 (Weekends only)

Festival Ile de France
Different locations
€5-25, some free


Paris Plage (sand and sunbeds along Seine)
Along the Seine near Pont Neuf & Canal de l'Ourcq (Metro: Stalingrad)
€ Free

Paris Furniture Fair (open to public for showcasing trends)
Paris Nord Villepinte, RER Villepinte (Parc des Expositions)
€ Varies

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
€ Free

Summer Sales at Galeries Lafayette
Espace Luxe at GL
40 boulevard Haussman, Metro: Opéra
€ Free

Village de Cirque
Pelouse de Reuilly
Bois de Vincennes, Metro: Porte Dorée, Liberté or Porte de Charenton
€ Free-17

Note: the information in the newsletter and calendar are accurate when we publish, but things do change, so it's always a good idea to check before you go.

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