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Welcome 2 France Newsletter November 2015
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The end of October and November slowly usher in the winter season, the calm before the storm that is Christmas and New Year. Just before the city goes mad for holiday shopping and festivities, now is a time to relax a bit, enjoy a few strolls in the parks before the cold sets in. With Halloween and All Souls coming up, perhaps a visit to one of Paris' many stunning cemeteries is the perfect activity for getting out of doors and staying in tune for the season. During this last part of fall, relax and find the quieter parts of Paris to enjoy before you get caught up in the pre-holiday shopping frenzy.

This Month's Featured Apartments

Only 1 hour 20 minutes from Paris by train, Brussels, Belgium's capital and administrative capital of the EU has a lot to offer any visitor looking for the European experience. From art-nouveau façades to a fantastic café and bar scene, why not enjoy two cities - Paris and Brussels - on your next trip to Europe with our exclusive Brussels rentals?

Brussels - Louise Stephanie II

This two bedroom rental in the heart of Brussels captures old world decadence with contemporary amenities. Set in a 17th century mansion, the old can live with the new here, since you not only have a fully equipped modern kitchen, but also a state of the art 48 inch flat-screen TV. With all the landmarks being a stone's throw away, make the most of your visit to Brussels.

Brussels - Louise Stephanie III D

Located right in the heart of Brussels city center, this 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment is the perfect location to explore Brussels, and also as an alternative base in which to do Paris as well. This rental is set in a 17th century mansion and right next to all of the important landmarks of the Belgian capital.

Brussels - Louise Stephanie III G

Live the European life in this beautiful rental in downtown Brussels. In a 17th century mansion, this 2 bedroom with 2 ensuite bathrooms apartment oozes understated chic. The historic building structure blends beautifully with the modern furniture that has been especially designed and fitted for the apartment.

Brussels - Louise Stephanie IV D

This exceptional and luxury two level penthouse is located on the top floor of a beautiful listed building that has just been completely renovated in the centre of Brussels, overlooking the prestigious "Place Stephanie". It features 220 square meters with 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and can sleep up to 8 guests.

Hidden Marais: Le Village Saint Paul

When Paris overwhelms you with its busy streets and urban activities, sometimes you just want to escape to somewhere quieter. The good news is that hidden in the heart of Le Marais there is a traffic-free sanctuary you can visit without setting foot outside the city center.

The Village Saint Paul is an urban secret, a self-contained area dedicated to the art of living and the quiet peace you’d normally find in the countryside. It’s also heaven for antiques lovers!

Finding a Hidden Paris

If you head down to St. Paul’s Church in Le Marais, keep an eye out for the entrance into the maze of passages beneath the medieval arches. The village is completely off limits for cars, so you can stroll about peacefully and forget the hustle and bustle of Paris.

Le Village Saint Paul is made up of a succession of narrow cobbled streets, as well as containing five small green courtyards. Inside the Village it feels like you’ve left Paris for the day.

An Antique Treasure Trove
Sneaking through the residential courtyard will lead you through a labyrinth linking one passage to another. With around 200 antique dealers and design shops open everyday - even Sunday - you can truly get lost treasure hunting among the shops. Antique dealers and collectors come the world over to the Village Saint Paul to find historical treasures and vintage curiosities. You can find everything from medieval relics to kitsch from the 1970s. If you are a pro at bargaining, you might be able to get a great deal on an antique.
So if you want to get away, lounge in hidden cafés, explore small art galleries and ateliers, buy some antiques then take day off from Paris’ downtown chaos without having to step outside the city!

Survival Guide for Vegetarians and Vegans

Paris might be one of the world’s gastronomical paradises, but when it comes to being vegetarian, or even vegan friendly, it can become a culinary minefield. When asking if something has meat in it, viande, you’re assured no, but you get your quiche with bits of ham in them because jambon doesn’t count as meat. And for vegans it’s worse, since cheese, butter and eggs are staples in French cooking. But the good news is the City of Light is enlightening itself to alternative dietary needs, so it’s becoming easier to be veggie or vegan in the French capital.

Tips for Herbivores

You don’t have to scout the city for veggie friendly eateries, with a few tips you can still eat out in Paris without a problem. If you’re looking for a light snack, creperies are a good bet since you can easily find vegetarian fillings like cheese or egg to keep you satiated. For vegans, note that the galette, made from buckwheat and water is a good choice. See if you can get a vegetable filling to go with it.

If you find yourself in a traditional French bistro, while some dishes are a false friend, like the classic onion soup made with beef broth, you can still pick some failsafe dishes on the menu.

At lunch, request a croque Monsieur without the jambon, for example. But if you opt for a salade de crudités, you’ll get a nice vegan friendly salad made from various vegetables. Be warned though, asking for a simple salade just means lettuce, so be specific and ask for une salade verte.

Another tip is don’t limit yourself to French restaurants. Ethnic dining has always been an ally to vegetarians and vegans, and with plenty of Middle Eastern and Asian restaurants, you can always find some tasty, veggie approved meals. For some good Indian cuisine, head over to La Chapelle, and for Asian around the 13th arrondissement.

The Self-Catered Veggie

One of the pleasures about Paris, especially if you are self catering, is that you can take advantage of some of the wonderful Parisian markets. If you want to go organic, check out Raspail on Sunday in the 6th arrondissement or Batignolles on Saturday (17th). Pick up some organic vegetables, a baguette and some artisanal cheeses, paired ideally with a good bottle of Bordeaux, and cook a home feast with the best ingredients. You can also find some good veg ingredients in natural food store chains like Naturalia and Biocoop.

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants

Le Potager du Marais

A good choice for lacto-vegetarians, this restaurant offers community style dining with a focus on traditional French cuisine. You can find a variety of dishes made from local produce, a good choice for the bistro experience without navigating a meat-filled minefield.

22 rue Rambuteau, 75003

Le Grenier de Notre Dame

As Paris’ oldest vegetarian restaurant, you can be you’ll find some good choices here. This cozy restaurant serves up a menu catering to vegetarians, vegans, as well as macrobiotic customers.

18 rue de la Bucherie, 75005

Grand Appétit

A fusion of French and Far Eastern Dishes, this restaurant is a good stop for vegans and those following the macrobiotic diet.

9 rue la Cerisaie 75004

Gentle Gourmet

100% Vegan, you can dine here without having to ask all the awkward questions. You can even find gluten free and raw dishes on offer here.

24 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012


Founded by former fashion journalist, Lawrence Aboucaya, this restaurant focuses on organic and vegetarian cooking. All the food is either raw or steamed, where this boutique restaurant also offers grain based meals, seaweeds, and also has a shop where you can pick up unique items such as raw chocolate and dehydrators.

7 rue Notre-Dame de Lorette, 75009

Paris’ Best Cemeteries

It’s that spooky time of year again when people dust off their costumes for Halloween, but with All Souls’ Day coming up, it’s when most locals visit the cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones. Paris is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting cemeteries in the world, and you can find graves from history and culture’s icons from Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf to Jim Morrison. Take a walk on a cool fall day in some of these classic Parisian cemeteries.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Ultimately the icon of all cemeteries, not just in Paris, but in the world. This sprawling ground of tombs, graves and mausoleums is a spectacular site and also the resting place of some of the most iconic names in the world. Thousands flock here to visit Jim Morrison from the Doors or to kiss the art deco angel towering over Oscar Wilde’s grave (although it’s best not to vandalize his grave with kisses). You can pick up a map at the cemetery entrance which lists the names of all the famous people, and their location, buried in the cemetery. You could easily spend a whole day exploring this landmark of history, and highly recommended to anyone visiting Paris looking for a different experience.

The cemetery, measuring 44 hectares is home to 800,000 people buried here and 69,000 ornate tombs. Other famous names buried here include French playwright Molière, writers Balzac, Proust, Colette and Gertrude Stein, actress Sarah Bernhardt, painters Pissarro, Seurat, Modigliani and Delacroix, chanteuse Édih Piaf, among many others!

Montmartre Cemetery

After Père Lachaise, Montmartre’s own necropolis is Paris’ second most loved cemetery. You’ll find more graves here belonging to famous writers such as Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas and Stendhal, artists like Edgar Degas, composers Hector Berlioz and Jacques Offenbach and the grave of film director François Truffaut as well as legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

The grounds of the cemetery was once occupied by access to gypsum quarries, which were used as mass graves in the French Revolution. It eventually became known as the Cemetery of the Large Quarries and then the Cemetery of the White Barrier. However, at the end of the 18th century it began to take shape as the one we know today.

Montmartre Cemetery covers around 25 acres and was built below street level. You’ll find it’s cut through the middle by a viaduct carrying the Rue Caulaincourt. What’s interesting is head down under the blue wrought-iron bridge, to the blackened mausoleums beneath.

Montparnasse Cemetery

The second largest cemetery in Paris, Montparnasse is younger than the more famous Père Lachaise and Montmartre, receiving its first lodger in 1824. Perhaps the most famous graves here are Jean-Paul Sartre who is buried besides his lover Simone de Beauvoir. Iconic crooner Serge Gainsbourg, photographer Man Ray, poet Charles Baudelaire and playwright Samuel Beckett, among others are also buried here.

Calendar of Events


Anish Kapoor
Mid-June - 1 November 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

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

L'Elisir d'Amore (Opera)
2 - 25 November 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Bluebeard's Castle/La Voix Humaine (Opera)
20 November - 12 December 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

La Bayadère (Ballet)
17 November - 31 December 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille


Festival d'Automne
9 September - 31 December 2015
Various locations in Paris

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