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Welcome 2 France Newsletter February 2016
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February marks the beginning of Spring. The days are getting brighter and the sun is out for longer. Yes, you do have to wrap up warm because the streets of Paris are quite cold, but the fresh, crisp air, will help you feel refreshed as you explore the City of Light.

With the most romantic day of the year in February, we can suggest some interesting ways to celebrate it in the most romantic city in the world. We'll also give you some top tips on what to drink and where to drink to stay warm in the French capital .

This Month's Featured Apartments

Madeleine - Boissy d'Anglas I

This fully renovated apartment is ideally located in the outstanding street "Boissy d'Anglas", between "Madeleine" and "Champs Elysées", well known for its palace, fashion restaurants, bars and boutiques. Situated on the 1st French floor with an elevator, it features a bright living room, a modern open kitchen, and 2 bedrooms with ensuited bathrooms and showers.

Marais - Morland Loft

Try this amazing loft with all the modern features and fittings to make your trip to Paris unforgettable. Only a 20 minute walk away from Notre Dame, this one bedroom apartment is furnished in a modern style, with fashionable, chic furniture throughout a very cosy living space. Also featured is the master bedroom on a mezzanine floor with a beutiful metal spiral staircase leading up to it !

Valentines Day

What could be more romantic than climbing the Eiffel Tower or taking a relaxing cruise down the River Seine and looking at the skyline of Paris under the stars. But you already know that. Here are some romantic ideas that you probably didn't think about.

La Cuisine Paris

Are you looking for the perfect romantic restaurant with that perfect French meal? Why not cook it yourself and try your hand at French cooking. La Cuisine Paris offers food tours across Paris where you can sample the best quality products but even better, buy them, and take them back to the kitchen, where an experienced French chef will help your make you culinary masterpiece.
80 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville,

La Pagode

This is not just a trip to the movies. It's a beautiful artistic Japanese inspired 19 century picture-house with super comfortable velvet seats. You'll feel the romance before the movie even comes on. La Pagode has lots of different screens, so when you go make sure you choose the movie that's in the Japanese room. You've never seen a cinema like it.
57 Bis Rue de Babylone,

Brassai - For the love of Paris

One of the most famous photographers in Paris, this temporary exhibition will take you back to a simplier time - the 1930's. The exhibition is housed in the beautiful Hotel de Ville.

Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004

1920's Speakeasy

What's naughtier than a secret prohibition style speakeasy. On the outside it looks like a boring, low budget pizza palour. But pull open the secret door and you'll find yourself transported back to a 1920's party, complete with piano bar. Wine in a teapot anyone?

5 Rue Sedaine, 75011

Chinese New Year

You don't have to be in China or Chinese to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Officially on Feb. 8th, the festive action doesn't just last for one day. Here are the best ways to say goodbye to the sheep and hello to the year of the monkey.

Chinese Parade

The heart of Chinatown lies in the 13th district. The main part of the Chinese festival is the parade with no less than 2,000 people taking part. With flying dragons and music, the parade starts at 1.00pm and carries on until 5.00pm. You can catch the start at 44 Avenue d'Ivry.

Hot and Spicy

If you're looking for a break from French cuisine and the Chinese parade has given you a craving for the Orient, there are hundreds of Asian restaurants throughout Paris, offering high quality dishes with a kick, often at relativeley low prices for many.

Here's a link to search for the best:

Paris Chinatown Tour

One of the largest Chinatown areas in Europe, the cultural diversity in the 13th district, extends far beyond China. The area represents a fascinating history of Paris, seen through the eyes of Asian immigrants. Even the McDonald's restaurant has an Asian feel. Grab a guide and spend an afternoon exploring an alternative side to Paris.

Best Coffee in Town

It's not just Italy that does coffee. Paris boosts some of the finest cafes in the world. If you need a caffeine,"pick me up" whether sitting down or exploring the city, check out these places.

Boot Café

It's absolutely tiny, so if you go at a busy time, you probably won't get a seat. But don't worry. You can do like most people and grab it to go and sit on a nearby bench and watch the world go by. A stylish cafe, that used to be an old shoe cobblers.

19 Rue du Pont aux Choux,

L'Arbre a Café

It's reasonably new and in one year it has made quite a name for itself. The owner used to specialize in wine but switched to coffee in 2009. The special coffee beans used here are only used by handful of other cafes across Paris. L'Arbre a Cafe, is a great getaway as its hidden down a narrow side street. Make sure you have google maps.

10 Rue du Nil

Egg and Co

Award winning coffee by award winning baristas. Egg and Co have been going strong since 2007. As the name suggests, there is also food on the menu,- mostly eggs. A great place to grab breakfast in the morning. This cafe like many others uses the Cafe Lomi beans. These are beans that really pack a punch.

11 rue Bernard Palissy

La Caféothèque de Paris

Once of the first places in all of Paris to start offering specialist types of coffee. A hipster, basic design and a modern vide have turned this place into a bit of an icon on the Parisian coffee scene. Staying true to its foundations, La Caféothèque de Paris only offers single estate coffee with no blended coffee and only from independent sources.

52 rue Hôtel de Ville,

Thank You, My Dear

This place has survived and got its name because its perhaps the only good coffee bar in the area. The area is called Oberkampf and it's pretty much a party district, but if you happen to be in the area and need a caffeine injection and a snack, you can't go wrong with this place. It's cheap and has great selections of bread and pastries (some gluten free options too)

112 Rue Saint-Maur,

Calendar of Events


Vivaldi's Four Season
Feb - Various Dates
La Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine

Florence, Portraits at the Court of the Medici. Bronzino, Salviati, Pontormo
Feb –- Various Dates
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe

20 January - 4 February 2015
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

19 January - 14 February 2016
Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe


Feb –- All Month
Musee des Arts et Metiers
60 Rue Reaumur

George Shiras - L'Interieur de la Nuit
Until Feb 14
Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature
62 Rue de Archives

Feb - All Month
Musee du Louvre

Pablo Picasso and Modern Masters
Feb -– All Month
Grand Palais
3 Avenue de General Eisenhower

Les Actrices
Until Feb 20
Fondation Jerome Seydoux-Pathe
73 Avenue de Grobelins
75013 /en

Delacroix et l'antique
Feb –- All Month
Musee National Delacroix
6 Rue de Furstenberg

Anselm Kiefer
Feb - All Month
Musee Bourdelle
16-18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle

Warhol Unlimited
Feb –- All Month
Musee d'Art Moderne
11 Avenue du President Wilson


Ugo Mulas t
Feb -– All Month
Fondation Henri Carter-Bresson
2 Impasse Lebouis

Theatre and Festivals

Festival Suresnes
Feb 8
Theatre du Suresnes Jean Silar
16 Place Stalingrad

Richard III
Feb 14
Theatre de L'Europe
Place de L'Odeon


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

International Argiculture Show
27 February - 06 March 2016
Porte de Versailles

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