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Welcome 2 France Newsletter March 2012
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Now Bi-Monthly ...

After a break in February, here we are back again with fresh news from the City of Lights. For those who have been regularly following our random ramblings and stories about Paris, we hope you haven't been upset over the long wait!

The explanation is that, to serve you better, we've decided to schedule the distribution of our newsletter from once a month to once every two months. By sending out the newsletters two months early, you get to hear about the biggest events in Paris two months before they happen, giving you enough time to schedule your trips to Paris and plan where to go.

Featured Apartments

Foch - General Appert

Cozy and compact, the General Appert is a 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment located in the 16th district. The apartment is perfect for a lone traveler, a couple, and even a family of four. There's never a gloomy day in the General Appert apartment-- wide windows on all corners of the apartment allows natural light to come in and brighten the petite home.

Marais - Perche

The stunning fixtures that decorate this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment are perfect for travelers who want to stay in an apartment with high-class furniture. The Perche apartment is located in a very peaceful and stylish neighborhood; boutiques and fashion shops line the streets near the apartment.

Champs Elysées - Chaillot

This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom abode is the ideal choice for tourists who are in Paris for business. Its sleek and contemporary decor sets it apart from any ordinary apartment. The gray and white ensemble of its walls, ceiling and furniture makes this apartment the perfect rental for tourists who are in Paris for business.

Must-Sees: Musée du Jeu de Paume

Not too far from Champs-Elysées is the Musée de Jeu de Paume - a museum solely dedicated to stunning contemporary photographs and photographic imagery. This building was originally built as a small arena -- a handball court-- during Napoléon III's reign. In fact, the name of the museum may roughly translate to "the museum of the game of palm" in English.

Musée du Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde
8 Arrondissement
There is a 7-Euro entrance fee.

A Brief History

Jeu de Paume started out as a recreational game, often played indoors; over time, it became an Olympic sport. Although the game is technically extinct, it is believed that lawn tennis was inspired by Jeu de Paume. The rules of Jeu de Paume resembled that of squash, wherein hands, instead of a racket, were used to serve and strike the ball. For quite awhile, Jeu de Paume was considered a demonstration sport; however, it was categorized as an Olympic sport in 1908, for the first, and last, time.

Several other games such as frisian handball, fistball, handball, court and lawn tennis were believed to have been inspired by the rules of Jeu de Paume.

Although Musée de Jeu de Paume is no longer used as a court, the structure of the building has been hailed as an artistic piece of its own; today, this living piece of art houses contemporary photographs.

Must-Shop: The Paris Flea Markets

Paris rarely holds city-wide sales, but when they do, you know the sales are going to be good. Prices on high-quality merchandise may be slashed off by 50% or 70% and you might even chance upon freebies and designer items from Le Bon Marché or Lafayette. The city-wide Les Soldes is the perfect opportunity to splurge and buy yourself something designer, something pretty, or something chic at half the price.

The winter sales ended sometime in February (Valentines' Day to be exact), but you could prepare for the next city-wide sale this June.

Of course, shops in Champs Elysées could hold "soldes exceptionnels" without announcing the dates beforehand. The best way to find out if there are sales in your area is to head down to Paris' commercial districts and to look around for discounts and deals.

Le Marché aux Puces
Along Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt

If you want to bring home unusual antiques without having to pay an arm and a leg, you could always head down to the most popular flea market in Paris: Le Marché aux Puces found along Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt. Most of the merchandise found here are at bargain prices, often priced 50% less than they would in other stores. The most common finds in Le Marché aux Puces are antiques, furniture pieces, and other odd collectibles. Le Marché aux Puces is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only.

Aside from antiques, Le Marché aux Puces is also the perfect place to find unusual souvenir pieces and other rare knick knacks. Dealers from all over France gather in this popular flea market to sell their unusual merchandise. Antique dealers tend to allow discounts and price bargains so even tourists-on-a-budget can easily part with a few Euros for souvenirs and trinkets. If you have a thing for antique furniture, vintage clothing, antique toys, and everything else odd and old, make sure to head down to Le Marché aux Puces during your trip.

Porte de Vanves Flea Market
Avenue Georges Lafenestre and Avenue Marc Sangnier
75014 Paris

Another great alternative to the Marché aux Puces is Porte de Vanves flea market found along district 14. While the marché aux Puces is known for antiques and other rare objects, Porte de Vanves is the place to be if you are looking for paintings, china, ceramics, porcelain goods, kitchenware and even military collectibles. Around 300 merchants are known to set up shop there, and maybe more during the high season.

Porte de Vanves is not exactly a city attraction since there are no other landmarks here except for the flea market which has made it popular across France. If you want to check out the unusual merchandise in the Porte de Vanves flea market, make sure to schedule your trip on a Saturday or a Sunday. If you're not fond of crowds, try dropping by on a Sunday.

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Your thoughts, comments, and insights are important to us, so we invite you to send us a comment, share an experience, or voice your thoughts about Paris (or Belgium). Of course, the best comment will be featured here.

Looking Ahead: Future Events You Shouldn't Miss!


Le Printemps des Poètes
March 5 2012 to March 18 2012
75 Paris

Spring of the Poets: Childhoods
March 5 2012 to March 18 2012
6, rue du Tage
75013 Paris

St Patrick's Day
March 18 2012
28, boulevard des Capucines
75009 PARIS

Perennial plant festival Fête des Plantes Vivaces
March 30 2012 to April 1 2012

Festival of the Imagination
March 9 2012 to June 17 2012
101, boulevard Raspail
75006 PARIS

Festival of Disney's Magical Moments
April 6 2012 to July 13 2012
77700 CHESSY

French Gymnastics Internationals
April 10 2012 to April 11 2012
8, boulevard de Bercy
75012 PARIS

Arts and Exhibits

Tim Burton, the exhibition
March 7 2012 to August 5 2012
51, rue de Bercy
75012 PARIS

Exhibition on lighthouses PHARES
March 7 2012 to November 4 2012
17, place du Trocadéro
75116 PARIS

Bob Dylan, the rock explosion
March 6 2012 to July 15 2012
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 PARIS

Fairs and Trade Shows

Destination Nature 2012
March 1 2012 to March 30 2012
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS

PAD - Art and Design Paris
March 28 2012 to April 1 2012
Place de la Concorde
75001 PARIS

Paris Fermier de Printemps
March 30 2012 to April 1 2012
Route de la Pyramide
75012 PARIS


Forever King of pop
March 8 2012 to March 11 2012
2, place de la Porte Maillot
75017 PARIS

Le Cirque Eloize
March 14 2012 to April 1 2012
1 boulevard Poissonnière
75002 PARIS

Juste Debout Steez, Rencontre Internationale de Danses Hip-Hop
March 11 2012
8, boulevard de Bercy
75012 PARIS


Music in the garden Jardins musicaux
April 3 2012 to October 23 2012

Foire de Paris 2012
April 27 2012 to May 8 2012
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 PARIS

Dancing one's life: dance and visual arts in 20th and 21st century
Ends April 2 2012
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 PARIS

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The Welcome 2 France team
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