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Welcome 2 France Newsletter October 2016
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The leafs are starting to turn brown and slowly fall from the trees. October enters like a mild cool summer and ushers in a cold descent into Winter. Changing seasons for a dynamic city, October is a fantastic month to visit Paris. Fewer tourists really give a sense that you're doing something different and getting a taste of real Parisian life.

Tour Eiffel - Trocadero Albert de Mun

For those who like their luxury quiet and understated, step into this hushed art deco masterpiece – the home of an internationally-renowned architect right in the classy 16th district. This cozy flat is perfect for a family or the traveling couple.

Saint Germain des Pres - Guenegaud

A well-decorated 3 bedroom Paris luxury apartment rental with 2-bathrooms is located in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres. This large, spacious and fashionable furnished rental in Paris is ideal for a party up to 6 guests (Children under 12 are not permitted).

Louvre Palais Royal V

Every nook, room and cranny in the Louvre Palais Royal V Paris luxury apartment rental is a smorgasbord of colors. Despite being located in a 19th century building, the apartment interior will remind you of modern fashion. This is a newly renovated 140 sq. m. avant garde apartment with air-conditioning in all of its bedrooms.

Madeleine - Surene

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La Fête des Vendanges is an annual event that takes place in the beautiful Montmartre every year. This festival is about as Parisian as you can get and it is definitely not on the main tourist trail. A quick search online and you may struggle to find information in English. But don't let that put you off. It's a fantastic event and although it has been going strong since the 1930's, it passes by under the radar of most people, even Parisians in other districts. So what does it celebrate? Well, wine of course. What better reason is there to celebrate!

Paris only has one vineyard, although back in the days, there were quite a few more. Overlooked by wine experts as being a less than desirable place to grow grapes, that hasn't stopped the local Montmartre population from getting together for this festival. It's a bit like a harvest festival only it combines other aspects of life too, such as food and art. This year is the 82nd year of the festival and its 4 days long from October 7th to 11th.

Each year there is a theme which binds the event together (apart from the wine, of course). This year the theme is Planet. It was chosen because Paris will host a UN meeting on Climate Change in November. Visitors to the event can expect music and art and special local foods to be lining the street as well as a fantastic firework display on Saturday night at the Sacre Coeur. But hurry for the wine. Less than 1000 bottles are produced each year.

Food Glorious Food

Like the famous Game of Thrones quotation, Winter is Coming. So, it's time to start thinking about Winter food. This is where the French really excel. Meat, sauces and heavy cheeses, October is the beginning of the comfort food season. So, what dishes are out there. Well, if you know anything about French food, Beef Bourguignon is probably top of the list. But here are two dishes that you may not have heard of, or you may not find in a typical French touristic restaurant.


This dish comes in all shapes and sizes. The Swiss claim it as theirs and the French say its theirs. Imagine a cheese fondue and you're on the right track. Potatoes and ham covered in a thick melted cheese. What could possibly be better? The great thing about Paris is that you get the best of all the regional dishes and this is a prime example. But they are not easy to find. Our recommendation is this beautiful place – Le Chalet Savoyard. It's not touristy at all, so a bit of French words will go a long way. But trust me, it's worth it.
58 Rue de Charonne, 75011



One look at this dish and you might think it doesn't look very French. Well, maybe you're right. The French and Germans have very similar versions of this dish. From the region of Alsace is takes both French and German influences. It's not exactly the healthiest dish in the world and it's not something you would want to have everyday, but you can indulge, once. It's a mix of cabbage, salted meats and potatoes. But the dish comes in different forms, the typical being an inexpensive hearty meal. La Strasbourgeoise, in Paris is the best place to get this dish and all the other specialities that come from that region.
5 Rue du 8 Mai 1945, 75010

Opera Season

October is a great month for culture in the City of Light. There are many reasons for this and one of those is opera. The ultimate experience in opulence, culture and elegance, Paris is one of the opera capitals of the world. With some of the most talented performers, beautiful music and stunning interior architecture, a trip to the opera might just be the crowning event of your Parisian experience and one you are likely to remember for a long time. Here are two suggestions ...

Palais Garnier

One of the most stunning buildings inside and out, Palais Garnier is a monument to the high society of the 19th Century. The building hosts operas, ballet and recitals. Concerts don't start until November and in October there is still quite a lot on offer. Tickets can start from as little as 10 euros but this is only if you're lucky. Expect to pay around 50 euros and it's necessary to book in advance especially on the weekends.


Opera Bastille

The other great opera house, the Opera Bastille is quite a contrast to the Palais. Built in the late 1980's, most of the operas in Paris can be found in this modern building. Both buildings are operated by the same company – The National Opera. With a capacity for over 3,000 seats, it is one of the largest auditoriums of its kind in the world. In October there are world famous classics like Puccini's Tosana and perhaps lesser known classics like Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns.


It would be quite impossible to mention October without, at least, a little reference to Halloween. Although not quite as popular as in the UK or US, there are still some spooky goings on to mark the event. When you think of a luxury weekend escape to Paris, trick or treating is definitely not going to be on the list of things to do. Of course not. But here are two fun ways to explore the city and still get a sense of the macabre this October.

A ghost tour of Paris

There are quite a few of these in the city but there is one which stands out among the rest. This may sound silly, but it really is a lot of fun. An engaging mix of folklore and facts, a ghost tour is a great way to see the city, meet other people, get some exercise and learn something. Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes. Make sure you go at night because otherwise it's just not worth it and as the build up to Halloween approaches it might be a good idea to book in advance.


From Debussy to Jim Morrison and a lot of famous Irish writers in between, Paris has a lot of famous dead people. There are three main cemeteries in the city and you can even hire guides to take you around some of them. Beautiful park lands and historic statues, these places offer an escape from the rush of the city, a history lesson and of course, a bit of celebrity spotting. The website below is a great comprehensive guide, in English, with everything you would want to know.

Calendar of Events


Ai Weiwei
Galerie Max Hetzler
Until October 8th
5 Rue de Temple

Quai Branly
All October
37 quai Branly

Espace Fondation
Electro Lab
All October
6 Rue Récamier

Rodrigo Braga
Palais de Tokyo
All October
13 avenue du Président Wilson


Wild Beasts
La Gaîté Lyrique
October 03th
3 Bis Rue Papin

White Denim
La Maroquinerie
October 14th
23 Rue Boye

Twin Peak
Point Ephemere
October 19th
200 quai de Valmy


Un Poyo Rojo
Théâtre du Rond Point
Until October 8th
2 bis avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt

Parc de la Villette
Until October 16th
2 bis avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt

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