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Welcome 2 France Newsletter June 2017
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Green, green, green! The trees are in full bloom and the summer is finally here. We have a perfect and healthy mix of events to kick start the summer months. While the French capital is home to some of the most impressive museums in the world, and June has a host of outstanding exhibitions, we thought it better to focus on the outdoors. Put the umbrella away and pile on the sun cream, as we tell of the great things happening this month, that you probably didn't about.

This Month's Featured Apartments

Marais - Morland Loft

This one bedroom apartment is furnished in a modern style, with fashionable, chic furniture and fittings throughout the cosy living space. The first thing you’ll notice is the amazing metal spiral staircase leading up to the master bedroom on the mezzanine floor.

Notre Dame - Lemoine

Found on the 3rd French floor, accessible via an elevator in the building, this rustic chic flat has everything you need to feel like a true Parisian with its high ornate ceilings, large French windows and original wooden floors and patterned tiles.

Notre Dame - Bievre

The apartment is divided into two levels situated on the ground and first floor (like a mini house in the heart of Paris!): on the ground level, you will find the living room and open dining area, kitchen and a separate toilet with sink.

Champs Elysées - Etoile

Welcome to this newly renovated 100m2 apartment located right at the corner of the 'Arc de Triomphe' on top of the Champs Elysées. Situated on the 5th floor, this lovely 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms apartment has a wonderful balcony that overlooks Parisian building.

The Greenest Events

To kick off this months newsletter, we've decided to bunch these three awesome events together. Eco-friendly, biologically friendly, family friendly, and all other types of friendly that you could imagine. These established events are taking place across the city this month and should definitely be on your list of things to do if you want to go off the tourist track.

Fête du Vélo

A bike festival, whats that? That's what I thought when I heard it. Sounds a bit odd, right? And even if you are a proud bicycle owner, it's highly unlikely you took it with you to Paris. But don't worry, you can rent one. Aimed at promoting a greener city, the bike festival includes free activities, cycling trails, information and a range of other family friendly activities. The event has been going for over 20 years throughout the entire country, and takes place in various locations across Paris the first weekend of June, on the 3rd and 4th!


We Love Green

It's a green music festival. Like the colour green? No. Environmentally green. Possibly inspired by the Burning Festival in the US, this one is as hippy as they come. Imagine if Greenpeace organised Woodstock and you'd be on the right track. You can camp, you can cook and you can listen to a really good line up. Tickets are still available and if camping isn't your thing, you can buy day tickets as well. This event takes place on the second weekend of June, the 10th and 11th.


Naturally Fair

And finally, my personal favourite, the Naturally Fair. A huge exhibition of biological, ethical and eco friendly products are on offer. Some of the standard things that you would expect to be there, will of course make an appearance - vegan food, chemical free shampoo but there's also a lot of stuff that will blow your mind (not literally because that wouldn't be very environmentally friendly). Entrance to the event is free and it's easily accessible by metro, Porte de Versailles. A great stop if your looking for some interesting gifts to take back.

The LGBT Rainbow

It's important to remember that although we are focusing on the colour green this month, there are a number of other colours to consider as well. A whole rainbow of colours in fact. What was once an aggressive and meaningful campaign in the fight for civil rights, it has quickly changed. An evolution into a more adult themed event, has been thwarted by the power of commercialism. Some are bothered by this and believe this global event has lost it's roots. Others consider the evolution to be modern, positive and inclusive.

Whatever your opinion, June marks LGBT month across the whole world. Gay pride flags will cover the streets in some of the most iconic cities in the world and Paris is no exception. Over half a million people are expected on the streets on the 24th of June as the parade kicks off at 14.00. There is a lot of other events happening the run up to it from political rallies to art galleries.

As the economic and cultural capital of France, Paris is generally the center of the artistic world. That is, of course, until it comes to film festivals. Oddly, the city has been overlooked by the uber stylish Cannes Film Festival, which is now one of the biggest in the world. But in Paris, you don't need a festival to create glitz and glamour ..... its already there.

This festival really is for movie lovers. From animation, hard-hitting documentaries, the latest French releases and even indie American options, there really is something for everyone. If you don't speak French, don't worry. There are a lot of options available ( but if the movie isn't in English or French, don't expect English subtitles).

In its 6th year, the event runs for one week from 15th of June to the 22nd. Now, with the good weather and summer sales in the department stores, you can be forgiven for not wanting to spend all your time in the cinema. So if you just go and see one, our top pick would have to be "The Florida Project" by Sean Baker. Not very French, but artistic and thought-provoking nonetheless.

Chopin Festival

Last month, we told you all about the St Germain de Prés Jazz festival. There are so many wonderful festivals and concerts happening this month which cater for all tastes. But there's one you might miss, is the Chopin festival .

But Chopin is Polish, I hear you shout. Yes! Correct. You're so clever. But like a lot of talented artists, he lived in, was inspired and influenced by and is remembered very well in Paris. The music of Chopin, with its simplistic elegance and romantic feeling, lends itself very well to this marvellous city.

It takes place outdoors in the beautiful Parc de Bagatelle and starts from June 18th. It's now in it's 33rd year and each year the selection changes. I'm not expert on every single piece of the composed, but it always delivers what is intended. Beauty, music and stunning outdoor surroundings. Check out the link below for more information.

Calendar of Events


The Louvre
All June
Rue de Rivoli

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

Olga Picasso
Musée Picasso
All June
5 rue de Thorigny


Bruno Mars
AccorHotel Arena
June 05th
8 Boulevard de Bercy

Little Mix
Le Zenith
June 08th
211 avenue Jean Jaurès

Hans Zimmer
AccorHotel Arena
June 11th
8 Boulevard de Bercy

Kool and the Gang
Le Grand Rex
June 16th
1 boulevard Poissonnière

June 20th
28 boulevard des Capucines

Brian Ferry
June 23th
28 boulevard des Capucines


Palais Galliera
All June
10 avenue Pierre-Ier-de-Serbie

Musée Bourdelle
All June
18 rue Antoine Bourdelle

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