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Welcome 2 France Newsletter January 2016
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It’s the beginning of 2016 and we want to wish you all a Happy New Year! It’s been quite a year in Paris, with some good and also bad, but we’re ready to launch into the next with a clean slate. January is usually a quiet month, while many recover from the Holiday revelries, there are plenty of reasons to come to Paris in January. Not only is there a couple of high fashion weeks taking place, which are some of the biggest fashion events in the whole world, but you can enjoy the magic of the city to yourself away from the crowds.

This Month's Featured Apartments

Saint Germain des Pres - Atelier Loft Furstenberg

If you're looking for a long-term rental one of Paris's most beautiful areas, then this Atelier, located in the same building as the Delacroix Museum, is the perfect spot. A stone's throw away from Pont Neuf, the Louvre and Saint Germain, 2 blocks from the Deux Magots cafe, this is ideal for anyone wanting to live the artistic life in Paris.

Ternes - Renaudes

If you're traveling in a group of 4, this 95 square meter luxury apartment rental with 2-bedrooms and 2-bathrooms is the ideal option. The exterior of this stunning flat boasts all the features you come to expect from a classic French home, as well as luxury furniture and high quality amenities.

Trocadéro Poincaré

This magnificent 154 square meters 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury apartment rental is located avenue Raymond Poincaré in the 16th arrondissement, on the 4th French floor of 20th century building and it sleeps 6 people. This Paris apartment rental is equipped with modern amenities and unlimited high speed wire less internet access, parking and maid service is possible.

Saint Germain des Pres - Luxembourg Guynemer

Just a stone’s throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg – home of the Medici Fountain – and minutes from Saint Germain des pres area, this three bed luxury Paris apartment has more than just all the modern conveniences. Each room has a different style, decorated with panache to perfectly set the tone for your holiday in the French capital.

Reasons to Visit Paris in January

January seems to be the month when life quietens down in any city. The copious amounts of food and drink can leave you feeling lethargic and not wanting to leave the couch, but think of this is as an even better motivation to get out and enjoy life - and where better to enjoy life than Paris? If Paris is not enough of a reason, here are some incentives to visiting the City of Light at this quiet time of year.

Getting the City to Yourself

Paris is magical, but sometimes that magic can be ruined by the lines at the Louvre or tons of tourists taking photos with selfie sticks at each single landmark. Going off-season means you’ll get the city to yourself and feel more like you’re having a local experience rather than a touristic one. You can linger at some of the famous landmarks and get that feeling it’s just you and the locals. You’ll feel less of a tourist and you’re more likely to see a real slice of Parisian life.

The Sales

In France, sales don’t happen every month, but are rather bi-yearly events that mean serious business -- and January is one of these times. The second Wednesday in January marks the beginning of the sales and lasts 5 weeks. It’s a great opportunity to buy some unique Parisian fashion pieces, designer goods or even boutique-wear at bargain prices. So make sure you pack allocating for extra luggage.

Exploring the Indoor Side of the City

Paris might have its share of gorgeous landmarks, but there are many places located indoors in Paris that are worth a visit, like the city’s iconic cafés where writers, poets and artists once gathered inspiration from to the numerous museums. You’ll not only find world famous museums like the Louvre or the Musée D’Orsay, but also quirkier, smaller museums that also merit a visit. And with Paris’s excellent metro, you can still get about the city even in the bad weather and make the most of Parisian culture from the comfort of the indoors.

Paris’s Literary Cafés

Speaking indoor Paris, what could capture the spirit of the city more than sitting in a cosy literary café once frequented by some of the literary and artistic greats that once lived and worked in the city? Looking for some inspiration to write the next great novel? Then check out these places.

Le Procope

The Left Bank is synonymous with literary paris, and Le Procope definitely contributes to the legend. It prides itself on being the city's oldest continually operating restaurant and since the 17th century it has been drawing the city’s intellectual elite, as well as esteemed artists and writers. Some of its famous clientele included France’s Enlightenment philosophers, such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot, who frequented Le Procope on a regular basis. Voltaire proudly indulged his caffeine addiction, drinking 40 cups of coffee at this café daily. In the 19th century it attracted the more romantic writers like Balzac, Hugo, Georges Sand and Verlaine. It’s more of a restaurant than a café, but definitely played a core role in Paris’s literary history.

Open everyday: 11:30am-midnight
13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006

Café de Flore

Paris in the 1940s and 50s was the heart of Existentialism, and Café de Flore was one of the hearts in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area. It was a favorite hangout for Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, who would arrive at 9am in the morning and leave only after dinner. Also, poet Jacques Prévert also came to visit with his friends as well. While today, Café de Flore has become a haven for tourists, it still keeps its literary prestige by awarding an annual literary prize.

Open everyday: 7:30am-1:30am
172 bd. St-Germain, 75006

Les Deux Magots

This is another popular hangout for the great thinkers in the 1940s and 50s, located right next to Café de Flore. Of course, Satre and de Beauvoir frequented this café when they needed a change, and Albert Camus also used to come here too. This café also became a popular favorite hangout for the city’s Surrealists, including André Breton, along with artists like Picasso and Léger.

Open everyday: 7:30am-1am
6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006

Brasserie Lipp

This café was immortalized by Hemingway’s "A Moveable Feast", but Brasserie Lipp was also a popular place for Paris’s artists and writers, including Gide, Malraux, Proust, Saint-Exupéry, Sartre and Camus.

Open everyday: 9am-12:45am
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006

La Closerie des Lilas

In Montparnasse, La Closerie des Lilas became a place in the 19th century where the bourgeoisie would drink with penniless artists. Verlaine and Baudelaire were frequent clients, along with poet Paul Fort, Max Jacob, André Salmon and Guillaume Apollinaire, who hosted readings and literary exchanges. In the 20th century, this became popular with American expat writers like Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Miller. In fact, the bar was also immportalized in Hemingway’s "A Moveable Feast"!

Open everyday: midday-12:30am
171 bd. du Montparnasse, 75006

Paris Haute Couture Week and Men’s Fashion Week

Paris has always been a Mecca for fashion and in January, the international fashion intelligentsia, models, stylists and socialites all hit the city for Haute Couture Week and the Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which falls the week before. Although tickets for the exclusive fashion weeks are hard to comeby and should be applied for a few months before, you can see enjoy the fashionable side of Paris during January.

Head over to the Grand Palais, the Palais de Tokyo or the Pavilion Cambon Capucines, where you can check out some of the trendiest and best dressed Parisians in town for some fashion inspiration before hitting the sales!

Paris Haute Couture Week: 24-29 January 2016
Paris Men’s Fashion Week: 20-24 January 2016

Paris Cocktail Week

If you enjoy a good cocktail, then Paris in January is the place to be. At the end of January, there is a whole week dedicated just to cocktails where you get the chance to try new cocktails designed just for Paris Cocktail Week, not to mention that it gives you the chance to explore cool new bars or even learn how to make cocktails yourself from some of the best mixologists out there. To make the most of the event, all you need to do is sign up on the website for a free pass, which will give you discounts on certain drinks. Although some events are not free, you can pick and choose the events you want. Stay tuned on their website or their Facebook page for more information on the upcoming events.

Dates: 23-30 January 2016 / Website:

Calendar of Events


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

Congolese beauty – Congo Kitoko 1925-2015
11 July 2015 - 10 January 2016
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
261 boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris

Anselm Kiefer
16 December 2015 - 18 April 2016
Centre Pompidou
place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Exhibitions and Other Museums

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

Capriccio (Opera)
19 January - 14 February 2016
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

Werther (Opera)
20 January - 4 February 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Batsheva Dance Company (Ballet)
5-9 January 2015
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe


Paris Winter Sales
6 January – 16 February 2016
All across Paris

Paris Fashion Week
20-29 January 2016
Various locations

Paris Cocktail Week
23-30 January 2016
Various locations

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