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

Champs Elysées - Chaillot

This two bedroom/two bathroom apartment is located on the second floor of a Haussmann-era building, an easy walk to the Eiffel Tower. Airy and clean-lined, the space has plenty of storage room, an open kitchen and a laundry area. A floor-to-ceiling mirror is guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning fashionistas.

Saint Germain des Pres - Rennes II

Situated on the Left Bank in the desirable Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, this chic Parisian apartment is positively spacious at 1561 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The accommodations sleep 1-6 comfortably and the decor by Toulouse Interiors is a bonus.

Saint Germain des Pres - Dragon II

Despite being only 500 square feet, this ideally located apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Prés sleeps 1-4 easily, with one bedroom and a pullout sofa bed in the living room. The set up is perfect for two couples traveling on a budget or an adventurous family with a child or two. The best things sometimes come in small packages.

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The Trocadéro

Coming upon the Place du Trocadéro on foot is always special. Six broad tree-lined avenues feed into the large square, dramatically anchored by an equestrian statue of a World War I commander by the name of Maréchal Foch (1851-1929). The place itself is named for a historic fort near Cadiz, Spain, which was occupied by France in the early nineteenth century.

On various corners of the Trocadéro are bustling street cafes and restaurants, spilling gaily onto wide sidewalks; the one to see the beau monde at is the Café du Trocadéro, where chic and beautiful people gather year round but especially in early autumn, sunglasses deflecting the light and cashmere muffling the chill in the air.

The Place du Trocadéro sits upon the Chaillot hill on high ground overlooking the Seine. The site was originally chosen back in the 16th century by Catherine de Médicis for one of her royal palaces, which was later destroyed at the time of the French Revolution. Several other buildings replaced it and met with a similar end, save the neo-classical Palais de Chaillot, sitting at the river end of the Place du Trocadéro. This structure was erected for the Paris Exhibition of 1937, replacing an earlier building for the 1878 Exhibition.

From the terrace of the Palais de Chaillot, the Trocadéro Gardens descend toward the Seine, with beautiful statuary and a pool full of jet fountains. On the opposite riverbank, the Eiffel Tower rises in all its majesty. If for no other reason, of which there are plenty to visit the Trocadéro, the location affords a picture postcard photo opportunity against the Eiffel Tower at sunset.

Métro: Trocadéro

If you are a man or woman of letters, and even if you're not, a visit to the Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits is a must. Open since 2004 in a Parisian mansion built in 1608, this one-of-a-kind museum is dedicated to famous letters and rare manuscripts.

The permanent collection is displayed on three floors. It includes letters written by the great artists of our times, including those by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Eduoard Manet; these sometimes have rough sketches, artist notes and illustrations as an added bonus.

Other treasures show written music by Maurice Ravel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as a letter in Latin by Isaac Newton, as well as notes by Napoléon Bonaparte.

As a woman of letters myself, I was especially drawn to the writings and drawings of Antoine de St-Exupery, works by Paul Eluard, the surrealist poet, and of course, Honore de Balzac's letters.

Special exhibitions are on at different times of the year, so if you've been to the museum before, there are always opportunities for fresh scratchings.

Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits
222 blvd. Saint-Germain
75007 Paris

Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
Closed on Mondays

Bon Vivant

When Pierre Jancou closed his beloved restaurant Racines in the Passage des Panoramas, a contingent of devoted foodies the world-over was heartbroken. Pierre Jancou moved to the South of France with his family and that was that - not.

Pierre Jancou is back and has recently opened a new restaurant that goes by the name of Vivant. Not only is the location exquisite, a former exotic bird shop adorned with Art Nouveau tile-work depicting gorgeous feather friends, Pierre Jancou's signature meticulously sourced foodstuff and authentically produced organic wines are ever present.

Though prices are steep, portions are generous, and the quality of ingredients held to a high standard. The 100% natural wines, which Pierre Jancou is known for serving, are also special. As he explains on his website More than Organic: "A natural wine is not only made from organically grown grapes. It is also made in the most natural possible way."

Bon appétit.

43 rue des Petites Ecuries
Paris 75010?

Métro: Château d'eau or Bonne Nouvelle?

Open lunch and dinner Monday-Friday.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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, September 2011


Jan 2012
Bercy Modern Art Fair
Halle Freyssinet
55 Blvd Vincent Auriol 75013, Metro: Quai de la Gare
Web: Event Organizer Website

Mar-Apr 2012
Pavillon des Arts du Design
Jardins des Tuileries
Rue de Rivoli, Metro: Tuileries
€ 10-20, Free under 15

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

Paris Furniture Fair
Paris Nord Villepinte
Roissy 95970
€ Varies
Web: Paris Nord Villepinte

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)

Village de Cirque
Pelouse de Reuilly
Bois de Vincennes, Metro: Porte Dorée
€ Free-17
Web: Cirque de Demain Official

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

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

Salon du Chocolat
Porte de Versailles
Place de la Porte de Versailles
€ 12-Free
Web: Paris Expo Website

Disney Halloween Festival
Disneyland Paris
€ Varies
Web: Disneyland Paris

Paris Autumn Festival
16 Rue de Rivoli
€ 8-36 (Daily)

Oct 10-16
Food Culture Europe Festival
Different venues; related to Strasbourg festival
€ Free
Web: European Food Festival Website

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (horse racing)
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Bois de Boulogne, Metro: Porte d'Auteuil, then free shuttle to track.
€ 4-8 (different times and days)
Web: Hippodrome de Longchamp

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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