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Welcome 2 France Newsletter May 2017
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Although we are not technically in Summer yet, according to the weather experts, it will be sunny enough to pretend we are. From music festivals, to the glitz and glamour of champagne bars, we suggest that you start your Summer early (now, in May). Paris is hosting a variety of national, regional and international festivals. We selected some great ones, that you may not know about and given you all the info you need to enjoy your stay in this great city

This Month's Featured Apartments

Champs Elysées - Marbeuf 1 bedroom

This charming one-bedroom flat is located on the first French floor, easily accessible by an elevator in the building. With large ceilings and French windows, there is plenty of natural light that enters.

Champs Elysées - Marbeuf 2 bedrooms

Boasting 100m2, this spacious and luminous apartment is located on the 3rd French floor (with an elevator in the building) along a very quiet and small street in the 8th district.

Saint Germain des Pres - Penthouse View

This top floor penthouse (two levels) apartment is located in between Luxembourg Garden and Rue de Rennes, just minutes from Place Saint Sulpice and marché Saint Germain in the 6th district.

Notre Dame - Galande

This romantic Paris luxury apartment rental offers the unique atmosphere of the Latin Quarter, and is located on the topmost (6th) floor of a charming street in the fifth arrondissement.

Saint German des Prés - Jazz Festival

This is a real treat for music lovers. This is the biggest jazz festival that Paris has to offer and an absolute must on the calendar of any Parisian socialite. Now in its 17th successful year, the event attracts the top names in jazz from all over the world. If you are a jazz lover, you'll recognise a tonne of artists. If you are like me, you'll recognise none of them but you'll pick one at random and be very impressed.

As the name suggests the 11 day event takes place across the ultra-chic (yet beautifully historic) district of Saint German des Prés. This year's event boosts all the same regular things, you'd expect - album launches, workshops, video presentations from iconic artists but what's really cool this year is a special section dedicated to promoting women in the jazz industry, both today and through the years.

The event promises to inspire as well as promote the musical genre of jazz, in all the different forms. While the list of artists is impressive, it's impossible to single out one event to recommend. Everything is just brilliant. But we went ahead and did exactly that, just for you! If we were going to Paris from May 11th to May 22nd, we'd check out Standards & BiancaKicca on May 13th at 2,30 in Mairie du 6ème. And it's free!

European Museum Night

If you are planning a trip to Paris in the month of May, try and make it around Saturday, May 20th. Something magical is going to happen on that date. It's actually happening all across Paris and all across France. And all across Europe, but lets face it, Paris is probably the best place to be. It's European Museum Night. What is this, we hear you ask? Well, it's a night where major museums across Europe are open at night and are free.

It's magical, it's friendly, it's educational and if you rush to the Louvre, it's crowded. We'd like to draw your attention to other museums that are participating in this wonderful event and probably won't have the same crowds. Last year in 2016, literally thousands of people flocked to the Louvre for a chance to save 12 euros. Don't do this. Often it's discovering the unknown that can be the most fun. Especially if you are on holidays.


Musée Guimet

On European Museum night, in Paris, why not look at some Asian art. This museum houses one of the largest collections of Asian art in Europe, from paintings to fine art and statues. For a few moments, you might forget that you are in Paris. Apparently last year, according to some readers, there were virtually no lines outside this museum and they just walked in.

6 Place d'Iéna, 75116

Cité de l’Immigration

An extraordinary museum in a beautiful building, the collection here rivals Ellis Island, in New York. Suitable for all ages, the museum provides a frank and honest retelling of the history of immigration across the globe, but (as you would expect) mostly focused on the French
empire. Refreshing and highly educational, you will leave feeling very informed.
293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012


Musée de l’Homme

It definitely won't be quiet on the night of the 20th. Although not top of the list for most tourists, this museum is highly valued by Parisians and is located beside the Eiffel Tower. Literally translated, the title means The Museum of Humanity. A diverse title and a broad range of displays await you. Think of it as a museum of identity and anthropology.
17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116

Printemps des Rues

Everyone is always looking for that something different when they visit a city. How can we go off Tripadvisor? How can we do what only locals do and not something you find in the Lonely Planet? If you are asking yourself this question and looking for an answer. Then do this. It's awesome. It's a perfect balance between art and kitsch.

The Printemps des Rues is a magical street art festival which runs over 2 days (20nd -21st of May) in the 10th district. And it's been running for 10 years. From clowns, to magic shows, singing, circus and my favourite, puppets. It's free. It's family-friendly. It's cultural and unique. What a great way to spend an evening.

Bubbles of Gold

It doesn't come from Paris, but that doesn't stop Parisians from drinking it. It's a well-known rumour that the French keep all the good stuff for themselves and export the rest. Well, I don't know about that. But I do know that it's delicious. And, of course, if you are drinking the most luxurious drink in the world, you want to make sure your surroundings are luxurious too.

Here are our top 3 picks for where to get the best champagne in Paris.

Bar 8

A hotel. But don't let that put you off. Not just any hotel, the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Perhaps one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world. But that's not why we've included it. Oh no! It's got an amazing garden, which is super cool. But that's not why we've included it. It's because of the cocktails. These bartenders turn out some pretty amazing works of art with champagne.

251 rue Saint-Honoré

Le Lido

Is it a Champagne bar? No. It is a bar? Well, no. It's more of a theatre/bar/cabaret. It's popular with tourist, but that's not a fault. It's a lot of fun and a great way to spend an evening. It's luxurious and elegant. Dating all the way back to the 1940's, some famous names have donned the stage here and the champagne selection is impressive, Drinking while you're watching an amazing show, anyone? Exactly what holidays are for!

116 Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Le Dokhan’s Bar

It's not really a secret or surprise that this bar makes the list. It pretty much makes the top spot on most lists of Best Bars in Paris. This is both good and bad. You have to get there early. You should make a reservation, and you'll hear a lot of English because it's internationally well-known. So whats the pro? Well, the staff are experts and they can make their amazing selection to pair with chocolate or caviar.

6-8 rue Duphot

Calendar of Events


Olga Picasso
Musée Picasso
All May
5 rue de Thorigny

The Louvre
Until May 22nd
Rue de Rivoli

L'Esprit francais
Maison Rouge
Until May 21st
10 boulevard de la Bastille

Venise en fête
Musée Cognacq-Jay
All May
8 rue Elzévir

Pissaro à Eragny
Musée National du Luxembourg
All May
19 rue de Vaugirard


May 02th
28 boulevard des Capucines

Last Train
La Bataclan
May 04th
50 boulevard Voltaire

The Cranberries
May 04th
28 boulevard des Capucines

Toots and the Maytals
La Cigale
May 10th
120 boulevard de Rochechouart

Hot 8 Brass Band
New Morning
May 17th
7-9 rue des Petites Ecuries

Natalie Imbruglia
Trainon Gare de Lyon
May 19th
Boulevard Diderot

Rejjie Snow
Le Trabendo
May 20th
Parc de la Villette


Musée des Arts Décoratifs
All March
107 rue de Rivoli

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