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Welcome 2 France Newsletter September 2015
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As the harsh summer comes to an end and the leaves turn to rusty hues, Paris is perfect in the early Fall. You'll find culinary delights ripe from the harvest in local restaurants embracing seasonal produce, not to mention harvest time is the perfect excuse to crack open a good vintage wine or drink a cup of natural wine straight from the barrel. While you can put away the ice buckets, it's still warm and pleasant enough to make the most of Paris' hidden gardens and parks, maybe bring that bottle of wine with you to make the most of the good weather before we start heading towards winter.

This Month's Featured Apartments

Saint germain des Pres - Guenegaud

Space and volume is hard to come by in Saint Germain des Pres, but this well-decorated 3 bedroom Paris luxury with 2-bathrooms measuring 180 m2 in the heart of the district means there is no need to compromise on space and location. Located in the most enchanting part of the 6th arrondissement, this property is also close to several landmarks and the best galleries.

Champs Elysées - Faubourg Saint Honoré III

This spacious and contemporary one-bedroom apartment with air conditioning is set in one of Paris' most fashionable arrondissements - just off the prestigious Faubourg Saint Honoré. The apartment is located in a modern building with an elevator and new furnishings. Not only that, you will find a fully equipped kitchen that even comes with a Nespresso machine.

Montorgueil - Saint Sauveur 2

This wonderful luxury one-bedroom apartment has been redesigned by an architect and is owned by a French decorator whose flair for design is one of the apartment's main features. Upon entering the apartment, you enter the spacious living room, which also contains a contemporary open kitchen and a dining area.

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Paris’ Secret Gardens

While the Summer heat loses its bite a bit by the end of August and continues to mellow during September, the weather is still good enough that you’ll still have the chance to enjoy the outdoors at the end of Summer. If you're looking to escape the crowds on some of Paris' sunnier days, then where better than into Paris' secret gardens.

Jardin Naturel

Located next to Paris’ famous Père-Lachaise cemetery, this garden still carries over the ambience of tranquility, but without the graves and morbid overtones. It’s a big park boasting rich biodiversity where you’ll find typical flora from the Île-de-France. While most tourists pack into the cemetery to pay homage to Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde, the Jardin Natural is tranquil and quiet - even more peaceful than a cemetery!

112 rue de la Réunion, 75020

Jardin Alpin

For a taste of the mountains, this Jardin de Plantes on left bank is dedicated to plants and flowers from the mountains. There are about 2000 species arranged by continent, which survive in the Parisian climate thanks microclimate arising from the surrounding trees and the shallow valley of the garden. The garden is often overlooked in favor of the neighboring gardens, especially since the Jardin Alpin is small, it’s a good place to just lounge around in to escape the crowds.

57 Rue Cuvier, 75005

Le Jardin Sauvage Saint-Vincent

Set just behind Sacré Coeur and next to Montmartre’s vineyard (yes, Montmartre has a vineyard), this wild garden has a rugged charm to it. It was once an old piece of fallow land that simply became overgrown by wild plants and flowers. Rather than being viewed as a garden of weeds, the City of Paris turned it into a biodiversity enclave in the 1980s as an example to showcase local flora.
The garden is only open once or twice a month to help the 1,480 square meter space remain as a place of conservation, in order to foster the hundreds of plant and animal species dwelling there. You can visit the garden on the guided tours, where you can learn about the plants and life in the garden. The next free tours are August 28 (2pm-4:30pm) and September 21 (2pm-6pm).

14 rue Saint-Vincent, 75018

Jardin de la Nouvelle France

The last thing you might expect from the Champs-Elysées is greenery, but this iconic avenue was once surrounded by abundant parkland. Sadly, most of this has gone, however, you can relive the Champs-Elysées former look and feel in the Jardin de la Nouvelle France. This garden still captures its 1900 World Fair look with the orientalist styles that were fashionable at the time. At 1.7 acres it is quite small, but it’s easy to forget the nearby traffic here.
You can find the hidden garden by going down the broken steps near the intersection between Cours la Reine and Franklin D. Roosevelt avenue.

Corner of avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt and Cours la Reine, 75008

The Story of the Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, the Red Windmill, in Pigalle is the emblem of Parisian nightlife. This decadent night club on the fringe of Montmartre conjures up images of bright lights and Can-Can dancers, but how much do you know about its origins?

A Business Gamble

Back in 1889, two businessmen by the names of Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler came up with an ambitious plan. After enjoying a few wild shows at the Élysée Montmartre, they decided they would try their own hand at creating their own dance hall. They bought up the old, crumbling White Queen Dance Hall (La Reine Blanche), hoping to give the Élysée a staunch rival.

Many would have not imagined that the White Queen, with its flaking façade, unsavory reputation and being in bad need of renovation, would have become one of Paris’ iconic hotspots, not to mention the birthplace of the Can-Can!

The Windmill and its Dancers

The Moulin Rouge took its name from the huge red windmill constructed above the entrance. The windmill icon is not as random as one might think, since Montmartre used to be a rural community known for its windmills before the city swallowed the district into the expanding urban core.

But it didn’t take long for the queues to start forming under the slowly turning sails of the red windmill, and the Moulin Rouge heated up the Parisian nightlife. Its success superseded the Élysée Montmartre, probably helped by the fact Oller and Zidler pinched one of their top dancers, La Goulue! Nicknamed "The Glutton" for her love of alcohol, she was one of the wildest dancers in Paris and a popular attraction at the Moulin Rouge. Soon other celebrities came out of the Moulin Rouge, Valetntin, an extraordinary limber dancer, and Jane Avril. Of course, we all know the faces of the dance hall’s stars thanks to Toulouse Lautrec’s iconic posters.

The Operetta Days

The Moulin Rouge underwent a make-over by Édouard Niermans in the early 1900s, turning it into an icon of the Belle Époque. Before WWI, the Moulin Rouge became a temple to operetta, whose most notorious show was "Rêve d’Egypte", where writer Colette indulged in kisses with Duchess of Morny. The show was banned for its lesbian scandal.

Up until 1915, it was a popular theater venue, until it was destroyed by fire!

A New Moulin Rouge

The venue reopened in the 1920s under new ownership, Francis Salabert, a businessman, took over, giving the task of reinvigorating the cabaret to Jacques-Charles. A new list of stars like actress and singer Mistinguett, and a new era was born.

By the end of the 1920s, when Mistinguett retired from stage, the Moulin Rouge saw its transformation from theater to one of the hottest nightclubs in the city. A haven of Jazz and even still continued with cabaret, the Moulin Rouge was still frequented during the German Occupation.

Over the decades, the Moulin Rouge managed to keep up with the times and spirit of the era, keeping its name in lights and on the top of the listings as Paris’ must visit nightclub!

Best Places to Try French Wine in Paris

No one quite does wine like the French, and as the Fall harvest season comes around, it’s the best time to get the glasses out and sample some French vintages. From specialist wine shops to bars, here are our suggestions on where you can get the best French wine.

Wine Bars

Wine bars are a good place to start your odyssey of French viniculture. When you pick a wine bar, you’ll want to find one that meets a variety of criteria, from the wines in stock, the variety of wines to choose from, whether they have good glasses, knowledgeable staff and good food to go with it. Atmosphere is also important since you’ll want to enjoy your wine in the perfect environment too.

Some of the wine bars are more than just tasting tables, but also offer a gastronomic component as well.

Le Verre Volé - 67 rue de Lancry, 75010 -
tops many lists of recommendations, and the same goes for

Albion - 80 rue du Faubourg Poissonniere, 75010 - +33 1 42 46 02 44
both of which are restaurants that combine the best of wine shopping and Parisian dining in one.

You’ll find a rotating carte de vin to accompany their seasonal dinners, and plenty of wines you can order by the glass. If you like what you try, you can also take a bottle home.

Willi’s - 13 rue des Petits Champs, 75001 -
is another popular bar, offering wines dominated by the Rhône region, but you’ll also find more unconventional and exciting wines on offer.

If you want to try a good selection of natural wines,

Le Baron Rouge - 1 rue Théophile Roussel 75012
is a popular spot in the 12th Arrondissement. It’s a casual hangout where you can start tasting classic wines from as early as 10am. You can also fill up wine by the bottle from a barrel and take it with you. If that gets too crowded though, you can always go to the more discreet

Siffleur de Ballons - 34 Rue de Cîteaux, 75012 -
where you’ll get specially curated bottles of natural wines, and due to the licensing, you can’t just buy a glass of wine on its own, you’ll need to get a cheese or charcuterie platter, all artisanal of course, which makes the experience more enjoyable.

Wine Shops

Once you have drunk around a bit, you might find it easier to find the perfect bottle of wine. You’ll find a variety of shops around the city, tempting you in with beautiful bottles. While they are more expensive than your usual supermarket wine department, the wines here are carefully curated and their owners seek out the best bottle. The staff there can help you find the perfect bottle for your taste and needs.

La New Cave - 33 Boulvard Malherbes, 75008
has wines from all across France, including new discoveries. The owners are passionate about their bottles, and will educate you to find the best one for you. You can also find weekly tasting sessions here.

La Cave des Papilles - 35 Rue Daguerre, 75014
might have a gaudy interior, but there are over 1200 wines, all dedicated to natural wines with 80% produced organically. The owners know each supplier personally, so it’s pretty much vineyard to table. For a more elegant, traditional Parisian wine experience,

Legrand Filles et Fils - 1 Rue de la Banque, 75002
in the Galerie Vivienne is the grandfather of Parisian wine, carrying not only French wines, but wines from across the globe. You can also try some of the wines at their small winebar.

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Calendar of Events


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

Aardman: l'art qui prend forme
13 June - 30 August 2015
Art Ludique - Le Musée
34 Quai d'Austerlitz

Henry Darger
13 June - 10 October 2015
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson

Anish Kapoor
Mid-June - October 2015
Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes
78000 Versailles

The Inca and the Conquistador
23 June - 20 September 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly

Chagall, Benzaken, Tremlett, Soulages... Le Vitrail Contemporain de 1945 à Nos Jours
20 May - 21 September 2015
Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine - Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro

Villa Flora, Enchanted Times, exhibition at the Marmottan Museum
10 September 2015 - 7 February 2016
Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis Boilly

Florence, Portraits at the Court of the Medici. Bronzino, Salviati, Pontormo
11 September 2015 - 25 January 2016
Musée Jacquemart-André
158 boulevard Haussmann

Fragonard Amoureux, exhibition
16 September 2015 - 24 January 2016
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard

Daum, variations d'artiste
11 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Espace Dalí
11 rue Poulbot

Exhibitions and Other Museums

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

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

A Light Odyssey
17 March - 1 November 2015
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
30 avenue Corentin Cariou

Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt
8 September 2015 - 31 January 2016
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard

Music, Theater and Dance

Madame Butterfly (Opera)
5 September - 13 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Gad Elmaleh (Concert)
6 September 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Platée (Opera)
7 September - 8 October 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Don Giovanni (Opera)
12 September - 18 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Schönberg/Mahler (Opera)
16 September 2015
Philharmonie de Paris
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès

Gala (Ballet)
24 September 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

20 Danseurs du XXème Siècle (Ballet)
24 September 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Jerome Robbins, Benjamin Milliepied, George Balanchine (Ballet)
22 September - 11 October 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Quartier d'Été
14 July - 9 August 2015
Various Theaters in Paris


Rock en Seine
28-30 August 2015
92210 Saint-Cloud

European Heritage Days in Paris
19-20 September 2015
Various locations in Paris

Jazz à la Villette festival
2-13 September 2015
Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès

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