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Welcome 2 France Newsletter October 2015
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Paris during fall is an exciting time of year. While we've firmly said good bye to the Paris Plages, it's the season when all the cultural festivities kick into action. The museums open up for one night for la Nuit Blanche and the four month Festival d'Automne means there will always be something to do in the Paris cultural scene. The cooler fall months in Paris are all about culture and good food - even more so than usual. So find out what to see and do this October and better yet, what you should taste!

This Month's Featured Apartments

Saint Germain des Pres - Prince

This luxury apartment rental in the picturesque Saint Germain district was made famous by Woody Allen’s "Midnight in Paris" as set of the literary café "Polidor" in the movie. The 398 square foot apartment can accommodate up to 4 people and is fitted with high quality wooden furniture and modern appliances, such as a fully equipped kitchen and entertainment set, for a more comfortable stay.

Passy - Vignes

This chic and spacious 2 bedroom luxury apartment rental is located on the first floor of a classic Haussmann building. Both bedrooms are en suite and the apartment carries the perfect mix of antique features and charm with modern, clean décor that fits into the ethos of contemporary American living. There is also a large terrace that’s perfect for enjoying a morning coffee or an evening aperitif.

Montorgueil - Fiacre

This 120 square meter duplex Parisian loft apartment has the prime position of being in the center of the 2nd arrondissement between the Opera, trendy Montorgeuil and the famous Grand Boulevards. This apartment arranged over 2 levels can house up to 4 guests, and its No Noise Policy means this is perfect for those wanting to stay in a place that’s quiet where you can get a good night sleep.

Paris’ Most Unusual Museums

Many visiting Paris will make a bee-line for the Louvre or the Musée D’Orsay, but if you want to escape the crowds or do something a bit more off-beat, you might want to check out some of these quirky, unusual and hidden Parisian museums.

Musée de la Prefecture de Police

The top police authority in Paris, the Prefecture de Police has its own museum, where you can see odd weapons once used by the Parisian police, as well as some truly weird things gathered by the police over the decades. You’ll find mementos from grisly and gruesome crimes and photos tracing the city’s most infamous events. It’s a small museum where everything is written up in French, but this collection of unusual antiques is worth the visit if you want to do something different plus visiting the museum is free.

Open: 9 – 17 Monday – Friday; 10 – 17 Saturday, Closed Sundays
4 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 75005

Museum of the Sewers

Go underground and explore Paris’s famous sewer system. No, you won’t swim around in waste nor does it smell as much as you’d think. The museum tells the story of the Paris sewers and includes a display about how the system engineers maintained the sewers and cleared the blockages in the 19th century system. The museum is actually set in one of the tunnels, which makes it stand out from others in Paris.

Open: Tuesdays 11-16
Pont l’Alma, opposite 93 Quai d’Orsay, 75007

The 19th Century Chinese Pagoda

If you want to try something truly unique, then pay a visit to a Chinese pagoda surrounded by Haussmann architecture close to the Champs Élysées. The story behind Maison Loo is an interesting one. Once a classical hotel, this Chinese Pagoda arose as a passion project by Mr. Ching Tsai Loo who built the pagoda to share his love for China in his new adopted home. The pagoda was both his home and a gallery to display the Asian antiques and artifacts he traded. After his death, the pagoda closed for 50 years, but recently reopened as an exhibition space.

La Pagode: 48 rue de Courcelles, 75008

Edith Piaf Museum

As the icon of French music, Edith Piaf was a national treasure, and now you can experience her essence and her life at the Edith Piaf museum in Paris. This small museum located in her former neighborhood in Belleville is curated by Mr Bernard Marchois who has been a fan since 16. The collection mixes up personal belongings with memorabilia, letters, dresses, photographs and more, making it feel more like a labor of love than a traditional museum.

Open: Monday to Wednesday from 13-18, by appointment only.
Telephone +33 1 4355 5272: address and entry codes provided upon request. Have a French speaking person call if you don’t speak French.

Musée des Arts Forains

For those of you who love vintage carnival gear, then check out this interesting collection of 19th century traveling fairground equipment that’s housed in a former wine storage. This museum is more akin to a private collection that is often used for events, but if you can get a group of 15 or more people together you can arrange a visit, or get in with a group through the museum’s website. The exhibition is set up to resemble a real fairground and you can actually play with and ride some of the attractions.

Open: On appointment
53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012

Fueling Up in the Fall: French Seasonal Treats to Try

One of the secrets to amazing French food is its seasonal ingredients. French cuisine is all about the freshest local produce that fits in perfectly with the weather – cooling in the summer, warming in the winter. On your visit to Paris this fall, keep an eye out for these delicious dishes to get into the autumnal spirit.

Soupe à l’Oignon

A staple French classic, this comforting soup is ideal to warm up with as the days cool down. Not something for early fall when the temperatures still echo summers, but great when the fall weather sets in. Onions might be a year round staple, but typically they are harvested late summer and fall – the perfect time to feature them in a dish.

Butternut Squash Bisque

Fall is the season for pumpkin and squash, so what better way to enjoy this taste of the season than this velvety soup, combining the mild sweetness of the butternut squash with herbs.

Boeuf Bourguignon

This iconic French dish is the perfect fall dish to try. Made with beef, seasonal mushrooms and red wine it's all the flavors of the season in a stew pot. The warming and comforting elements of this stew is perfect for this time of year.

Tarte Tatin

You can't get more "France in the Fall" than with a freshly-baked Tarte Tatin, an upside-down pastry made with apples that are caramelized in butter and sugar before baking. Apples are fresh and deliciously in season this time of year, so keep an eye out for this classic desert in your local Parisian bistro.


There is a rule of thumb when it comes to enjoying oysters and that’s you should only consume them in the months ending with –er. So, there is no better time to try these marine delicacies with a dash of lemon and some good, crisp white wine or Champagne.

Seasonal Cheeses

It’s not only fruits and vegetables that have their seasons but French cheeses too. The best quality cheese depends on the season for milking (i.e. the best goat and sheep’s cheeses come out in the spring), but also for maturing and for the palette. In the fall, blue cheeses come into their own, so you might want to reach for the Roquefort or a Fourme d’Ambert on your cheese board, or maybe opt for an even stronger, more mature cheese like Maroilles or Livarot.

Festival d’Automne

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean that Paris is about to simmer down anytime soon. The Festival d’Automne is in full swing, but the good news is it goes on for as long as four months. This festival is high profile with some A-list sponsors such as Arte, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent, Société Générale and top names. The crème de la crème of French theater will be taking the state in top venues and more obscure ones, not to mention great concerts and other bits and pieces like cinema screenings or art shows. In the fall, Paris becomes a thriving cultural hub, making it the most exciting time of year to come and visit. Shows include acts from Germany, Japan, Egypt, Italy and other countries, embracing theater, dance, film, performance art and more!

For more information see the official website for a program:

La Nuit Blanche

If museums and the plastic arts are more your thing, then you'll enjoy the events on offer at the Nuit Blanche festival on October 3. This annual festival runs from 7pm till 7 in the morning that is entirely free. This carnival of arts and culture sees art take over the city, where all the museums – from world famous icons to small, hidden galleries – are open to the public free of charge. But not only that, art performances and outdoor installations take to the city streets, like the clouds of paper butterflies that settled on Parisian landmarks to more avant-garde art forms like giant bejeweled skulls.

For more information as well as the program, see the website:

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Calendar of Events


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

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

Splendour and Misery. Images of prostitution in France (1850-1910)
22 September 2015 - 20 January 2016
Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur

Andy Warhol. Shadows
2 October 2015 - 20 January 2016
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson

Picasso and Contemporary Art
7 October 2015 - 29 February 2016
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower

Exhibitions and Other Museums

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

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

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

20 Danseurs du XXème Siècle (Ballet)
22 September - 11 October 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Schubert/Hummel (Concert)
4 October 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Die verklärte Nacht de Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Ballet)
3 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Cyrille Dubois (Concert)
9 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Natalie Dessay (Concert)
11 October 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

La Bayadère de Rudolf Noureev (Ballet)
24 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

La Belle au Bois Dormant (Ballet)
15-19 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Moses und Aron (Opera)
17 October - 9 November 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg (Ballet)
21 October - 8 November 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Florian Sempey (Concert)
21 October 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Cycle Schönberg (Concert)
25 October 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe


Nuit Blanche
3 October 2015
All across Paris

FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair
22-25 October 2015
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower

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