This Month's Featured Apartments
Louvre - Saint Honore II
This practical two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is not only on the lovely rue Saint Honoré, it is only one block from the Louvre Museum. With housekeeping seen to, you don't have to do anything but step outside and enjoy the City of Lights.
Champs Elysées - Paul Baudry
At 657 sq ft, this one-bedroom apartment, which sleeps up to four people, is roomy and user-friendly. It overlooks a courtyard with plants, while providing easy access to sights. The decor is contemporary and comfortable.
Despite its unusual name, the Musée Dapper, which promotes the arts and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa, is named for someone who is indelibly etched in the heart of Africanists.
Olfert Dapper (1635-1689) was a Dutch humanist and author, with an unbridled passion for historic and geographic writings, though he never actually left his native Holland.
His book Description of Africa published in 1668 remains a key work on the Dark Continent, which true to its name was a place unknown to many people at the time. To write his book, Dapper spent several years reading, researching and interviewing for it; so it is fitting that the Musée Dapper is named for such an individual.
The museum itself first opened in 1986 at a prior Parisien location under the directorship of Christiane Falgayrette-Leveau, an Africa expert and scholar born in French Guiana. (She and her husband Michel had set up the Dapper Foundation in Amsterdam in 1983.)
Under Falgayrette-Leveau's guidance, the museum was-and remains-wholeheartedly devoted to visual and performing arts from Africa, African-American communities and other areas rich in African culture, such as the Caribbean.
The Musée Dapper has grown over the years and since 2000, it has occupied a new building designed by Alain Moatti, with exhibition halls, a large auditorium, an extensive bookshop and a museum café.
In addition to two major annual exhibitions, assembled from both the museum's extensive collection as well as elsewhere, the Musée Dapper also hosts plays, films, concerts, dances, stories and debates relevant to its mission.
The museum especially welcomes young families with specific story-telling hours and workshops to encourage early education about ancient and contemporary African art and culture. Be sure to check dates and times.
The museum currently has an exhibition called Mascarades et Carnavals covering historic and contemporary masks and carnivals, and their respective roles in African society.
35 rue Paul-Valéry
When I was a late teenager, I was fortunate enough to spend significant time in Paris just prior to starting college, but I was also lucky enough to share an apartment with a Parisienne cousin who lived on the historic Rue Mouffetard. A better location for a curious young woman could not have been found in Paris, with its easy access to Métro (Place Monge), bustling cafes and multi-ethnic restaurants, as well as a fabulous street market every morning.
The history of the Rue Mouffetard is as fascinating as its perks. Following a section of the old Roman road, leading from the Ile de la Cité toward Italy along the Bièvre River, the Rue Mouffetard was once part of a pastoral area outside the city walls.
Over the centuries La Mouffe, as the area is known, evolved into a working-class quarter, with cabarets and dance halls, while it was also economically driven by the cloth and leather industries, such as weaving, tanning and dyeing. The byproducts filled the air with a foul stench and polluted the river. Some speculate the odors-moffette translates into skunk-may be the origin of the road's name.
Eventually annexed into the City of Paris, La Mouffe remained dirty and dangerous for a few centuries and a sizeable part of it vanished with Haussmann's urban renewal project.
But a creative artsy segment of the population became attracted to the neighborhood in the 1900's, including writers such as George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway who were driven there by inexpensive rent and vibrant surroundings.
Today, the Rue Mouffetard is one of the most original spots in Paris for those who like to meander and enjoy lively street life.
There are shoes-and there are shoes. I have never met a woman who doesn't have a thing for shoes and I have never met a person who isn't nominally intrigued by a sexy high-heeled shoe that costs a small fortune.
I'm talking about Christian Louboutin, that creator of the ultimate luxe stiletto, with its telltale slick red sole.
Every serious shopper-or wannabe fashionista-ought to stop by one of the Christian Louboutin stores. With their sumptuously appointed interiors and fancy furnishings, the stores ultimately pay homage to the beautiful Louboutin shoes, which are displayed in individual and original frames, like the pieces of art that they truly are.
A made-to-measure service is available at the stores for any woman who believes these shoes are made for walking.
68 rue Du Faubourg St Honore
19 rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau
38 rue de Grenelle
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, October 2011
Bercy Modern Art Fair
55 Blvd Vincent Auriol 75013, Metro: Quai de la Gare
Web: Event Organizer Website
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
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)
Exhibitions and Other Museums
Photoquai Biennale of World Images
37 quai Branly, Metro: Champs-de-Mars-Tour-Eiffel
Web: Branly Museum Website
Carrousel du Louvre
99 rue de Rivoli, Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre
Web: Carousel du Louvre Website
La Bastille Modern Art Fair
Philosophy Cafés, Metro: Bastille
€8; (open daily 11:00am-8:00pm)
Music, Theater and Dance
62 rue de Lille Paris
€ Free; Concert starts 8:00PM
Web: Musée d'Orsay
New Soloists Festival
3 Ave de la Porte d'Auteuil; Metro: Porte d'Auteuil
€ 15, Free under 12
Web: New Soloists Festival Website
Salon de la Musique
Grand Halle de la Villette
211 Ave Jean Jaures; Metro: Place d'Italie
€ (Varies); Daily 10AM-7PM
Web: La Villette
Orchestres en Fête
Different national orchestras at different venues
€ (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
Web: Cirque de Demain Official
Sep 2011-May 2012
Festival Ile de France
Concerts at different locations
€5-25 (some free)
Festival Ile de France
€5-25; some free
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Stade Roland Garros
2 ave Gordon Bennet
Web: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Salon du Chocolat
Porte de Versailles
Place de la Porte de Versailles
Web: Paris Expo Website
Disney Halloween Festival
Web: Disneyland Paris
Paris Autumn Festival
16 Rue de Rivoli
€ 8-36 (Daily)
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaule-Etoile
€ Free; Wreath-laying 11 AM, vigil 9:00 PM
Food Culture Europe Festival
Different venues; related to Strasbourg festival
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
Bastille Antiques Fair
La Place de la Bastille
€ 8 (Daily 11AM-7PM)
Web: Event Organizer
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