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Welcome 2 France Newsletter June 2014
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Paris is beautiful in all four seasons, but summer definitely stands out as the best time to discover the streets, partake in French fanfare, and have a bite of French cuisine. The city literally undergoes a makeover every summer to accommodate more tourists who are visiting to witness Paris' beautiful sights and to give native Parisiens a new environment to bask in. If you're in town, don't miss this season's highlights.

Featured Apartments

Marais - Pompidou II

A chic 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom jewel in the Marais district, this rental has the features of a stylish Parisian home. The hues of gray and purple dominate the interior giving off a youthful, modern vibe that matches the apartment's fashionable address.

Saint Germain des Pres - Luxembourg Suite

This dreamy 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom rental in Paris will surely complete your French getaway. Among its features include sleek wooden flooring, stylish furniture, and high-quality appliances for your daily use. Aside from its interior, the Luxembourg Suite apartment comes with the perfect address: the lively Saint Germain district.

Marais - Turbigo

With 4-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms and ample space for up to 6 people, the Turbigo apartment is the perfect family home. It has a terrace which gives you a commanding view of Marais, an elevator, for easy access, and centralized air-conditioning so you can say goodbye to humid weather.

Revival of the Iconic Piscine Molitor
Too humid? There's a Parisian landmark for that!

Long before Paris decided to put up artificial beaches along the banks of the Seine every summer, Parisians would head down to the 16th district for a cool dip. The 16th, which is known for its affluent neighborhood and stylish streets, was also home to one of the most luxurious indoor pools in Paris: Piscine Molitor.

Piscine Molitor, unlike other pools in Paris at that time, was not just a place where you could go to get away from the busy, humid city. Molitor was like a catwalk on its own, and every summer was like Paris fashion week all over again. Those who frequented Piscine Molitor were not just there to hide away from the summer's heat, they were there to get an even tan and model the latest swimwear design. Others say Piscine Molitor was the place to be if you wanted to be discovered by modeling scouts; or if you were a designer, you could show off your greatest designs right here in Piscine Molitor for all of Paris' richest residents to see.

Needless to say, Piscine Molitor became an iconic destination for fashion designers and fashion-forward folk. In 1946, the world's first bikini held its debut right here, by the Art-Deco poolside. But summer fashion wasn't just exhibited in Piscine Molitor. Those who sought fame and fortune would often find their big break here. In fact, Johnny Weissmuller of the Tarzan and Jane movie fame once worked here as a lifeguard.

Piscine Molitor became a haven for avid swimmers and tourists who wanted to spend their vacation in Paris' luxurious side. It was a different world on its own; unfortunately, the fantasyland that Piscine Molitor was didn't last forever: a housing controversy brought Piscine Molitor to its end. In 1989, the once iconic 50-meter indoor pool eventually closed its doors to Parisians and tourists alike, and stayed closed for almost 25 years.

By the late 90's, the once-fashionable indoor pool fell into disarray and became a haven for vandals, skateboarders, and local garage bands. The 33-meter pool became a raving pit and its art-deco interior became the modern canvas for graffiti artists. The empty pool hosted new kinds of trends and lifestyles-- just not the kind of lifestyle it was originally designed for.

But as they say, icons never die, they simply get a makeover. By 2002, SOS Molitor regained its ownership of the Parisian landmark and began its renovation shortly thereafter. By 2012, work on the complex neared its completion and by 2014, it was reopened to the public as part of a luxury hotel in the 16th district.

To keep with its reputation as one of Paris' most affluent indoor pools, an entire day's use of the pool at Piscine Molitor will set you back 180 Euros or you can join the pool club and get a decent discount on your daily pool usage.

For a luxurious dip, the Piscine Molitor indoor pool is at 4 Rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016.

Cool Destinations for Staying Cool in Paris

It's summer, the sun is out, and the weather is, for the first time in a long time, perfect for sightseeing. Crowds will be inevitable this month and with them, a rowdy, humid atmosphere you wouldn't want to be in the middle of. For a more memorable vacation, steer clear from the common tourist paths and find your way around Paris by visiting these cool landmarks.

Aside from Piscine Molitor and the Paris Plages that will line the Seine this July, you may also want to schedule a dip at these stylish indoor pools:

Piscine de Pontoise
19 rue de Pontoise,
75005 Paris

Piscine Suzanne Berlioux
Forum des Halles,
75001 Paris

A Bite of Paris
Paris is home to a wide variety of cuisine you wouldn't want to miss out on.

One of the most common tips travel guides will give you about dining in Paris is to keep your eye open for restaurants with their menus advertised in English. You can easily spot a restaurant aimed towards tourists just by looking at the menu because rarely do homegrown French restaurants and cafes advertise their menu in a language other than French.

While we're in the topic of menus and cafes, don't forget to familiarize yourself with French favorites. Aside from escargots, fondues and baguettes, you might also want to try raclette, pierrade, and tartiflette, all of which are served in most French restaurants.

Le Paradis du Fruit
23, bd. des Italiens, 75009

Le P'tit Bréguet
11 Rue Breguet, 75011

Fruit salads and ice cream are hot sellers (no pun intended) this season. If you are looking for a comfy salad palace, head down to Le Paradis du Fruit in 23, bd. des Italiens, 75009. Aside from milkshakes, ice cream, and fruit salads, this cozy restaurant also serves barbecues, kebabs, and other skewered delights. Le Paradis du Fruit also has branches in Chatelet, Bastille, and St. Michel.

If you are anywhere near Bastille, you may also want to visit Le P'tit Bréguet in 11 Rue Breguet, 75011. This chic bistro is known for serving Auvergne cuisine and a wide selection of beers, sausages, and wine. The place is often packed, but if you wait in line, the attendants would be more than happy to hand you a free beer.

Welcome2France would like to acknowledge the sources of the Piscine Molitor images above:
Jean-Baptiste Gurliat / Mairie de Paris and Alexandre Soria

Calendar of Activities


Entrez dans la danse
01 June 2014
Parc de Bercy
41 rue Paul Belmondo, 75012

Villette Sonique Festival
02 June 2014 - 08 June 2014
Grande Halle de La Villette
Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès

Festival de Saint-Denis
03 June 2014 - 27 June 2014
Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis - Centre des Monuments Nationaux
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur

Paris Jazz Festival
07 June 2014 - 27 July 2014
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de la Ville de Paris
Esplanade du château de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide

Champs-Elysées Film Festival
11 June 2014 - 17 June 2014
Cinéma Gaumont Marignan
27 avenue des Champs-Élysées

Festival du Numérique
12 June 2014 - 22 June 2014
104 / Centquatre
104 rue d'Aubervilliers - 5 rue Curial

Festival international des cinémas numériques
14 June 2014 - 23 June 2014
Arènes de Lutèce
49 rue Monge

Festival du film Merveilleux et Imaginaire
26 June 2014 - 28 June 2014
Théâtre Douze
6 avenue Maurice Ravel

Solidays Festival
27 June 2014 - 29 June 2014
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Bois de Boulogne

Japan Expo
02 July 2014 - 06 July 2014
Paris Nord Villepinte - VIPARIS
82 avenue des nations - Zac Paris Nord 2

Paris Cinéma
05 July 2014 - 12 July 2014
Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy

Jardin d'été au Musée du quai Branly
05 July 2014 - 31 August 2014
Musée du Quai Branly
222 rue de l'Université

Festival Classique au Vert
02 August 2014 - 14 September 2014
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de la Ville de Paris
Esplanade du château de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide

Rock en Seine Festival
22 August 2014 - 24 August 2014
Domaine de Saint-Cloud - Centre des Monuments Nationaux
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

Les Solistes à Bagatelle
30 August 2014 - 14 September 2014
allée de Longchamp
Grille d'Honneur, 75016

Tokyo Crazy Kawaï Paris
20 September 2014 - 22 September 2014
Esplanade du château de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide

Arts and Exhibitions

Naturally Fair
13 June 2014 - 16 June 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles

Summer Sales 2014
25 June 2014 - 29 July 2014
Boulevard Hausmann

Paris International Motor Show
04 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
1 place de la Porte de Versailles

02 April 2014 - 14 July 2017
Esplanade des Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle

Once Upon The Orient-Express
04 April 2014 - 31 August 2014
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard

08 April 2014 - 21 September 2014
Musée Rodin
79 rue de Varenne

The Cleopatra Myth
10 April 2014 - 07 September 2014
Pinacothèque de Paris
28 place de la Madeleine

Does the Soul have a Face?
17 April 2014 - Sunday 31 August 2014
Maison de Victor Hugo
6 place des Vosges, 75004

10 May 2014 - 22 June 2014
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill

Martial Raysse
14 May 2014 - 22 September 2014
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou

Unedited History
16 May 2014 - 24 August 2014
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson

Paris Plage as seen by Daumier
01 June 2014 - 30 September 2014
Maison de Balzac
47 rue Raynouard

Forme Publique
19 June 2014 to 19 June 2015
Esplanade de La Défense
92 Paris La Défense

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)
24 June 2014 - 28 September 2014
Musée d'Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007

Tiki Pop
24 June 2014 - 28 September 2014
Musée du Quai Branly
222 rue de l'Université,75007

The Fifties
03 July 2014 - 16 November 2014
Musée Galliera - Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116

Musée Jacquemart-André
158 boulevard Haussmann, 75008


Krystian Zimerman
06 June 2014
Salle Pleyel
252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008

Ramón Vargas, Ildar Abdramazakov, Mzia Bhatouridze
11 June 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008

The Great Historical Show in Meaux
14 June 2014 - 14 September 2014
Place Charles-de-Gaulle

Les Grandes Eaux
21 June 2014 - 12 September 2014
Les Grandes Eaux nocturnes, show
place d'Armes, 78000

Philippe Jaroussky, Dominique Visse, L'Arpeggiata
25 June 2014
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
15 avenue Montaigne, 75008


02 June 2014 - 20 June 2014
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012

Le Point Virgule fait l'Olympia
12 June 2014
L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
28 boulevard des Capucines, 75009

Les Etés de la danse de Paris
09 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
Théâtre du Châtelet
2 rue Edouard Colonne, 75001

Le Cirque Plume
24 September 2014 - 28 December 2014
Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019


We Own the Night
08 June 2014
Place de la Bastille, 75012

Prix de Diane
15 June 2014
16 avenue du Général Leclerc - 209 BP 90
60631 Chantilly

La Parisienne
12 September 2014 - 14 September 2014
Parc du Champ-de-Mars
Quai Branly - Avenue de la Motte Picquet

Les Chasseurs de temps
21 September 2014 - 23 September 2014
Bois de Vincennes, 75012

Qatar, Arc de Triomphe Prize
04 October 2014 - 05 October 2014
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Bois de Boulogne, 75016

BNP Paribas Masters 2014
27 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy
8 boulevard de Bercy, 75012

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