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Welcome 2 France Newsletter March 2017
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In like a lion out like a lamb, or so the expression for March goes. But that's just about the weather. What about the food, the activities and the art? March is an awakening and a great time to visit the city. It's fresh, it's vibrant, it's Spring. So what can you expect in this glorious month apart from longer and brighter days. Well, slightly busier streets, as the tourist season officially kicks off. But there is a reason for that. There's so much on offer in the French capital this month. Take a look at just some of the amazing events we have selected.



This Month's Featured Apartments



Champs Elysées - Etoile


One block from the Arc the Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, this spacious and bright apartment has a modern large american kitchen type, a dining area, and a living area with a small office available. All the high-end amenities will make you feel at home.




Champs de Mars - La Bourdonnais Penthouse


This one bedroom penthouse Paris apartment rental with air conditioning is a spacious, sunny and charming apartment which is located on the 7th French floor of a Hausmanian building, just a minute from the Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower.




Saint Germain des Pres - Penthouse View


This top floor two level penthouse apartment is located along rue Cassette in the 6th district. This spacious 150m2 abode has A/C in the bedrooms which is rare in Paris. The entrance, living room and kitchen are on the first level and the rest above.




Champs Elysées - Gabriel Penthouse

This exceptional two level penthouse Paris luxury apartment rental is located on the 4th and top French floor with an elevator in a nice 1830 building overlooking the prestigious and quiet gardens of Champs Elysée avenue and Grand Palais.







Art & Design Festival


Four days of design heaven, the PAD opens up its doors in the Jardin des Tuileries from the 22nd of March to the 26th. A staple annual event, on the calendar of any art enthusiast, the 2017 event promises to be bigger than ever. The list of exhibitors has only recently been finalised in the last couple of days and it still could grow before the event actually starts. So what's on offer?


Good question. The PAD is the showcase of modern art and design, particular around the fields of lighting and furniture. There are some alternative creative pieces, but most of the items on display over the massive 3 story building are of a practical nature and represent the best in cutting edge interior design.

For better or worse, the 2017 list of designers is almost exclusively French, with just two other exhibitors coming from other countries. The subject of much controversy, we've put that to one side to select our top pick, Eric Pouillot. A French artist with a flair for Asian design. We predict, he's the one to watch.





Carnaval des Femmes


Maybe during your luxury break away, you've soaked up all the art you can handle in the world famous Louvre or d'Orsay museums and the PAD is just not for you. Don't worry, you can be forgiven. But then, in that case, why not check out this very alternative, non commercial festival/parade that has its origins in the medieval history of this great city.

Watch the parade dance past you or do as the locals do and get involved and start dancing with it as it moves around the city. The 9th modern edition of this tradition takes place in Paris on the 26th of March. It lasts around 3 hours and starts at the Place du Châtelet at 3 pm. The parade is expected to end at the Hôtel-de-Ville square, around 6 pm.









Vegetable Madness
The month of January is apparently healthy eating month, due to the excesses of Christmas. And then in February, rather mysteriously, half priced chocolate seems to be absolutely everywhere. By the time we get to March, no one really cares anymore and people want to just eat regularly. That's why we decided to focus on a rather important and essential food group that often gets overlooked - Vegetables.



Yes, the good old fashioned potato might seem boring and chopping a carrot isn't top of your list of activities in Paris, but these healthy things can jazz up a meal, help you stay healthy, give you energy for more sight-seeing and help you taste real French food. After all, it's so much more than just cheese and beef.





Take Gratin for a start. OK, it's basically potatoes covered in cheese! But popular restaurants are now adding fennel, onions and leak to the recipe. Or what about Ratatouille? Dreadful name but delicious taste and depending on the season you can add anything you want to it. And Spring is a great season for vegetables.




But our top pick would have to be Spring Vegetable Ragoût. Spinach, snap peas, baby turnips, and radishes all tossed together with a light butter sauce in this simple but yummy side dish. You can find it across a variety of standard and vegetarian restaurants in the city but we recommend...
   Les Apôtres de Pigalle ~ in the 18th district
And that's not because, it's the top ranked vegetarian restaurant on TripAdvisor. Although, it is easy to see why, once you try it. No, we've ranked it at the top because it's affordable and so close to Montmartre that you're bound to pass by it on the way to see some famous Parisian sites like the Sacré Coeur or the Moulin Rouge







Jardin d'Acclimatation



While it's still not Summer, that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the outdoors. The Bois de Boulogne is the largest green space in Paris and is very easy to find on a map. It's just outside the city centre. From cute gardens to wild spaces, it has a total mix of offerings. One of my personal favourites is the Jardin d'Acclimatation

It's a Parisian family choice as it doubles up as not only a creative green space but also a children's amusement park. Magical and timeless, you can expect it to be quite quiet on the weekdays. And if you happen to be in the city on March 19th you can catch the Indian Holi festival here. It's not very traditional but it is a lot of fun as people cover themselves in coloured powder.





Calendar of Events

Art

CY TWOMBLY
Centre Pompidou
All March
Rue Saint-Martin
75004
www.centrepompidou.fr

Eli Lotar
Jeu de Paume
All March
1 place de la Concorde
75008
www.jeudepaume.org

Monet à Kandinsky
Musée d'Orsay
From March 14th
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75005
www.musee-orsay.fr


Music

Blonde Redhead
Le Trianon
March 1st
80 boulevard de Rochechouart
75018
www.letrianon.fr

Sampha
La Cigale
March 11th
120 boulevard de Rochechouart
75018
www.lacigale.fr

Drake
AccorHotels Arena
March 12th
8 Boulevard de Bercy
75018
AccorHotels Arena

Lloyd Cole
La Maroquinerie
March 15th
23 rue Boyer
75020
www.lamaroquinerie.fr

Kehlani
Le Trianon
March 21th
80 boulevard de Rochechouart
75018
www.lamaroquinerie.fr

Tinie Tempah
Palais de Tokyo
March 30th
13 avenue du Président Wilson
75016

Photography

Gao Bo
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
All March
5-7 rue de Fourcy
75004
www.mep-fr.org


Hotel
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
All March
107 rue de Rivoli
75001
www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr





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