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Welcome 2 France Newsletter April 2015
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So Spring is coming round the corner, which means that it's the best time to visit Paris! Not only does it get a little warmer and more pedestrian friendly, the city is also at its most beautiful this time of year. When the sun comes out to dapple the newly green trees, the whole city wakes up to make the most of the good weather. Let's see what this Paris has to offer in April, from where to shop to your own entertainment calendar!

This Month's Featured Apartments

Champs Elysées - Rivoli

Located in the 1st arrondissement, just across the Louvre garden and the Tuileries and within a block from prestigious Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde, this luxury 3 bedroom apartment, fully renovated with high quality furniture, offers its guests a sophisticated blend of traditional Parisian luxury and contemporary style.

Saint Germain des Pres - Université

This large one bedroom apartment is located in one of the nicest sections of the left bank, and a most desirable area, around Rue du Bac and Rue de l'Université. The bright apartment has a high parisian ceiling, and is situated on the 3rd french floor of classic parisian building with elevator.

Top 5 Food Markets

One of the wonderful things about living in Paris is the food and how it changes with the seasons. French cooking prides itself on seasonal cuisine, and the best places to find the best Spring has to offer is in the city's farmers' markets. Here are some of the leading indoor and outdoor markets around Paris to inspire you.

Marché International de Rungis

If you want to shop like a Parisian chef, then check out the largest wholesale food market - not only in Paris - but in the whole world! The market originally began life in the 10th century, but moved due to high demand in the 1960s, and is currently located in the southern suburbs, however it's easily accessible by train. The ingredients are high quality and fresh - definitely a spot to hob nob with restauranteurs looking for the best goods.

1, Marché International de Rungis, rue de la Tour, BP 316, 94152 Rungis cedex

Marché Mouffetard

Retrace Hemingway's footsteps in "A Moveable Feast" and head down to the Marché Mouffetard for an atmospheric market set into a crowded narrow street. You'll find all kind of French delicacies, such as charcuteries, pâtés, cheeses and sticky pastries between the bright fruit and vegetable stalls in the cobbled streets of the lower section.

Rue Mouffetard, 5e, 75005 Paris

Le Marché Couvert Enfants Rouge

Set in the Marais neighbourhood, this market occupies the former site of a 16th century orphanage, and even takes its name after it. Today, it's a bustling market with numerous ethnic eateries ranging from African to Middle Eastern and even Japanese. You can also indulge in some food shopping, as there are also plenty of organic and artisanal food stalls selling fresh products, honeys, olive oils, fish, flowers and more.

39 rue de Bretagne, 3e, 75003 Paris

Marché Bastille

This is one of the biggest markets in Paris, and if you're looking for anything specific you'll be sure to find it here. If you're looking for free range chicken, fresh fish and local cheeses then this is the place. You're not only limited to food produce here, since you'll also find jewellery, bags and batiks at this vibrant market. Do be sure to have fun picking through the juicy olives, colourful piles of fruit and vegetables, and cured meats. This is a serious foodie Mecca.

Blvd Richard Lenoir, 11th, 75011 Paris

Marché Saint-Martin

If you're looking for an eccentric covered market hall, then make a beeline to Marché Saint-Martin. This small and modern market enforces its vendors to undergo a high level of quality control so you can be sure you'll find top products here from meats and cheeses to flowers and spices. Take your time to hunt through this market, get lost and explore. Make sure you take enough money and set aside some time to be distracted. You'll find unusual things such as the wide range of German craft beers at Der Tante Emma-Laden.

31/33 rue du Château d'Eau 10e, 75010 Paris

Europe gets cheaper: Stonger Dollar vs. weaker Euro

There is good news for American travelers this year as the Dollar gets stronger against the Euro. For some, Paris can be a city that's hard on the wallet, but as the Euro starts to slide, it means U.S. visitors will get a bigger bang for their buck! While countries like Greece are getting more interest from U.S. tourists, the single currency is also making pricier Euro cities like our beloved Paris cheaper. As the value of the Euro drops, it means that it could very soon reach parity with the dollar for the very first time in 13 years, so if you've been putting off that European vacation then now is the time to get on that plane!

Paris' best gardens and parks

Paris is beautiful in the Spring, and there is nothing better than enjoying the early patches of sun in the city's numerous gardens and parks. Pack a picnic together, watch the first flowers blossom on the trees and watch life go by in our top 5 Parisian botanical escapes.

Jardin du Luxembourg

One of Paris' iconic gardens and a popular spot with locals, tourists and students. There is an Italian hint to the park, since it was established by Marie de Medicis in the 17th century, whose influence is evident in the Florentine-style palace at the centerpiece. This renaissance garden is open to everyone, and as soon as the sun comes out in Paris, you'll find visitors strolling or lounging between the statues, benches and grassy patches.

6e Arrondissement, 75006 Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

One of Paris' oldest gardens dating back to the 16th century, these gardens now mark the starting point that lines the regal route from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées, known as a the "Triumphant Line". Over the centuries the garden has evolved into Paris' most loved green spot, where you'll find sculptures by Rodin and Maillol. The perfect Parisian experience on a Spring day!

113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Parc Monceau

If you're a fan of landscaped gardens, then head out to the 8th arrondissement to the Parc Monceau. This 8.2 hectare garden is lined with many follies drawing inspiration from Egypt and ancient Greece, punctuated by statues and linked together with curved walkways.

35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes is France's main botanical garden. This aromatic garden sits on the Left Bank in the 5th arrondissement and dates back to the 17th century. You'll find a labyrinth, a rose garden, old glasshouses and even a small zoo!

57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

For a picnic in a secret part of Paris, head into the former gypsum and limestone quarry that was transformed in the 19th century by Baron Haussman in to the park it is today. You'll find grottos, waterfalls and even roman temples in this romantic park. Buttes Chaumont is away from the tourist trail, so get the picnic basket out and discover one of the city's secret corners.

1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris

See Paris by bike

Now that the weather is getting warmer, there is no better way to see Paris than renting a bike! If you'd like to explore Paris by two-wheels, try the self-service bike rental system known as Vélib. You can buy a 1 or 7 day ticket online or at any Vélib station (located all over Paris). If you're in Paris for a longer time, you might even want to sign up for a long term subscription!
You don't need to book a bike, but just turn up at the Vélib station, follow the on screen instructions at the terminal, select the bike you want and enter the number. Once you've got the green light, take your bike, and you'll also get the first 30 minutes free of charge! To return it, all you need to do is return the bike to any station, push it in as deep as possible, and wait for the confirmation the bike is locked in properly.

For more information, see their website.

Calendar of Events


La toilette, naissance de l'intime
12 February - 5 July 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis-Boilly

The Baroque Underworld, Vice and Poverty in Rome
24 February - 24 May 2015
Le Petit Palais
Avenue Winston-Churchill

Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia
17 March - 19 July 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

The Tudors
18 March - 19 July 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard

25 March - 13 July 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Art Paris Art Fair 2015
26 March - 29 March 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

From Giotto to Caravaggio, the passions of Roberto Longhi
27 March - 20 July 2015
Musée Jacquemart-André,
158 boulevard Haussmann

Jean-Paul Gaultier
1 April - 3 August 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

American Icons, masterpieces of the SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
8 April - 22 June 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Dolce Vita? Italian Decorative Art 1900-1940, from Liberty to Industrial Design
14 April - 13 September 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

Les Maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d'Ivoire
14 April - 26 July 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly

Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931), exhibition
15 April - 13 July 2015
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries

Exhibitions and Other Museums

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
4 April - 6 September 2015
Cité du Cinema
20 Rue Ampere
93200, Saint-Denis

Michelangelo Antonioni
8 April - 19 July 2015
Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy

Napoleon and Paris. A capital for Europe
8 April - 30 August 2015
Musée Carnavalet - Musée de l'histoire de Paris
16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois

Churchill and De Gaulle
10 April - 26 July 2015
Église Saint-Louis des Invalides - Hôtel national des Invalides
Esplanade des Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle

Music, Theater and Dance

2 March - 28 March 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival
20 March - 17 April 2015
Various locations around Seine-St-Denis

Le Cid
27 March - 21 April 2014
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra

3 April - 26 April 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Concerts at the Musée d'Orsay - Italian Modernities
14 April - 26 May 2015
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

The Magic Flute
17 April - 28 June 2015
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille


Foire du Trône
27 March - 25 May 2015
Pelouse de Reuilly

Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris
12 April 2015
Various locations

Paris International Rare Book & Autograph Fair
23-26 April 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

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