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Welcome 2 France Newsletter November 2017
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If you are looking for all things festive and Christmas, all things snowy white and Santa themed, well, sorry but it's not here. For too long, the entire month of November is simply by-passed as nothing more than a run up to Christmas. Yes, Halloween is over and at Welcome to France, we can't stop you Christmas shopping and we can't stop the city from putting up Christmas lights. But what we can do is talk about all the great things happening this month. There is so much more culture, than just shopping. November is a month of festivals from photography, to film to crafts.

This Month's Featured Apartments

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.

Montparnasse - Alesia

A reflection of the modern offerings of the Montparnasse district, the youthful and contemporary Montparnasse - Alesia apartment boasts 75 square meters of space, and 2 amply sized bedrooms.

Champs Elysées - Paul Baudry II

The apartment is located on the 5th floor and top floor of an Hausmanian building, 130 square meter, very bright and quiet with a balcony. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lot of storage space.


Paris Short Film Festival

Don't worry, they are not all in French and if they are in English, you can read the French subtitles. Trust me, it will help you learn. The Paris Short Film festival is one of the most important festivals of its kind in the world and it celebrates short films from each of the worlds four corners. The week long event runs from November 14th to 21st

The event is spread across many locations, mostly in Montmartre ( the 18th district ). As for the tickets, most of them cost a very reasonable 6 euros per movie. The link below is the official website where you can find English descriptions on the movies. There are so many different genres to choose from as the only requirement to enter is that it needs to be 25 minutes.

This year, in its 13th edition, the festival received over 3,500 entries. We know you are busy, so we can't go through all of them but to single one out, in the English language, it would have to be, Across My Land. Director Fiona Godivier takes us to Arizona and in 13 minutes tells us about race, family and identity.

Paris Photo 2017

The World Photo exhibition is regarded by many in the industry as the most important in the world. Well, this isn't that exhibition, but as you are spending time in one of the cultural capitals of the world, it seems only logical that the French would have their own version. For many in this city, this event comes in a close second, and certainly should not be missed.

The exhibition is not purely based on contemporary events. It actually goes back to the start ( the 19th Century) and includes a selection of photographs from across the world and across time. Taking place from the 9th to the 12th of November in the fabulous Grand Palais ( an attraction in its own right), the event is not for early birds. It only opens at noon. Tickets cost 30 euros.

Savoir-Faire Creations

I can't imagine this festival/expo coming under the heading of 'cultural', but it is definitely fun. A great way to be inspired, get creative and see a completely different side of Paris. So what can you expect? Well, think DIY but more lighthearted. The enormous expo includes over 250 artists and designers from a large spectrum of disciplines.

The expo runs from the 15th to the 19th of November and is divided into 4 sections - Needlework, Paper and Colors, Decoration and Lifestyle, Fashion Trends and Accessories. Whether you love knitting, scrap-booking, embroidery or any other home craft, this expo is a marvelous chance to shop for some interesting tools, attend workshops and see how the pros are doing it.

Located at the large exhibition centre of Porte de Versailles, is it right on the edge of the main city of Paris but very easily accessible by bus, metro and national rail. The exhibition centre is well marked, and inside, signs are also in English. Tickets for adults cost 12 euros and are available at the door. Oh, and the little ones go free.

Spotlight on Food

Tis not quite the season for mulled wine and hot whiskey, but we know November can be cold. All that walking around in the cool, crisp air can really work up an appetite. If you wanted to count the best cuisines on one hand, you would have to include French. The dishes, the cheeses, the wines, the list is simply endless. So for this edition, we decided to focus on one, warm dish in particular - soup. Yumm, perfect for cold weather and the French do it so well.


Grand Colbert

If there's one thing that says, bad restaurant, it's a man standing outside trying to give people English menus. That would generally set the alarm bells off for most shrewd tourists. But this place, (happy to report), is most certainly an exception to the rule. There's a delicious vegetable broth on offer as well as classic onion soup. Perfect after a day of walking around.

2 rue Vivienne (rue des Petits Champs)

        Les Philosophes

Upon entering this place, you'll probably think it's a shame to order soup. The dynamic menu showcases the best of contemporary French cuisine mixing the classics with some modern twists. Located in the uber chic 4th district of Paris, the place has an amazing carrot soup on offer, which is guaranteed to warm you up and maybe help you on to a main course. Oh go on!

28 rue Vieille du Temple

La Jacobine

A quick browse online and you'll find that this place seems to have quite a large fan base. Adored by locals and tourists alike - this no frills place, spares on decor but makes up for it with world famous French onion soup and a host of other amazing, delicious French treats. And it's very reasonably priced.

59 rue Saint-André des Arts

Calendar of Events


Medusa, bijoux et tabous
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Until November 5th
11 avenue du Président Wilson

Gauguin, The Alchimist
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
All November
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

All November
11 rue de vaugirard

Montmarte -Decor
Musée de Montmartre
All November
12-14 rue Cortot

Pop Art Icons
Musée Maillol
All November
61 rue de Grenelle


AccorHotels Arena
November 10th
8 boulevard de Berc

Les mondes fantastiques
Philharmonie de Paris
November 11th
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris


Irving Penn
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
All November
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

René Goscinny
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme
All November
71 rue du Temple

French Landscapes
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
All November
10 quai François Mauriac


Christian Dior, Couturier du rêve
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
All November
107 rue de Rivoli

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