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Welcome 2 France Newsletter January 2018
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The growing popularity of "Dry January" (a post Christmas, 30 day alcohol-free detox) has meant that the only thing you really need after the holiday season, is, in fact, a holiday. A week of Christmas, spent in front of the TV and entertaining people, means you need a break too. The global fashion capital has some incredible sales from some of the most iconic designers. Not to mention January is also Paris Fashion Week. The city is a little calmer than usual, rested and not too busy. What better way to kick off 2018, than to explore Paris.

On behalf of everyone at Welcome2France


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This Month's Featured Apartments




Saint Germain des Prés - Luxembourg Guynemer


Just a stone’s throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg – home of the Medici Fountain – and minutes from Saint Germain des Prés area, this three bed luxury Paris apartment has more than just all the modern conveniences.



Saint germain des Prés - Guenegaud


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



Mouffetard - Monge 4 bedrooms


Located in the 5th district near Place Monge, this spacious 165m2 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom is ideal for groups or families up to 7 guests for long and short term rentals (minimum one week). The property is made up of three levels.




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Paris Fashion Week




Getting a ticket to a Paris Fashion Week event, isn't exactly like walking into a cinema. Almost impossible, these tickets are like gold dust. Fortunately in January, the slightly less commercial, Men's Fashion Week starts January 17th and Haute Couture Fashion Week starts on the 21st. Both events are run by the same company and you can find information on the link below.

You can expect all the big names to be at either or both of the events, such as McQueen and Dior. The Haute Couture Week, is the one to watch if you have a real taste for fashion and art. The emerging artists section can be the most interesting and, for many years, the most accessible to the public. Each year, a short list of hopeful designers are chosen to display their work.

From the list, our personal favorite is Vanessa Steward. A French designer (although born in Argentina), she made quite the splash in 2017. Hardly a newcomer, she's been designing clothes for sometime but has only recently caught the attention of the fashion elite. Her designs are pictured above. A bit like a modern Chanel, right?

fhcm.paris/en




Soldes

If you don't know what the word means, you soon will. Expect to find the French capital covered in signs with the word written across them. It means Sales. And January is the best month for a bargain. Yes, you should go see some sights. Of course you need to visit the galleries. But you also need to shop. The first six weeks of the year, you'll see some amazing discounts and offers. Credit cards at the ready and go.....

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La Vallée

Located 5 mins walk from Disneyland Paris, this really is Disneyland for shoppers. It's about 1 hour outside of Paris and there are numerous ways to get there such as by RER, TGV, Thalys or Eurostar train - get off at the Marne-la-Vallée Chessy / Parc Disneyland station. If you are not worried about time or budget - take the Eurostar. It's amazing. The shopping outlet has over 90 stores and plenty of restaurants.
www.lavalleevillage.com/en/home/

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Galeries Lafayette

We've written about this place, numerous times here at Welcome2France. Perhaps even more than the Louvre or Eiffel Tower. One of the most important "Grand Magasins" in Paris, it's a tourist attraction in its own right. The decor is amazing and the Christmas lights, legendary. If you are visiting in the early days of the month, they should still be up. but if you miss them, 70% off some of the most famous brands in the world will cheer you up.

haussmann.galerieslafayette.com/en/

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Troyes

Is this the largest outlet mall hub in Paris? No no no, it's the largest outlet hub in all of France. A quick search on Google and you might think to yourself, that it looks nearer to Germany than Paris. But let me tell you from experience, by car or train it's about 1.5 hours. If you have rented a car, use it, because you will probably want to buy everything. Numerous malls scattered across the town but I think the best is Mcarthur-Glen Troyes.
www.mcarthurglen.com/fr/en



New York Meets Paris in "Being Modern"




If the confident adolescent city of New York were to meet its sophisticated, and elegant grandmother, it may look a little like this. One of the most renowned artistic institutions in the world - the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) has decided to create an exhibition of some of its great works in Paris.

The event really is packed with celebrities. Take a look at the guest list. Works include pieces by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, René Magritte, Walker Evans and Paul Cézanne. Over 3 floors and over 200 pieces. Great stuff you know and great stuff you don't. There's definitely a few surprises.

The location is a tourist site itself. Being Modern is happening for the whole month, in the futuristic Louis Vuitton Foundation building. The building is inside one of the largest green spaces in all of Paris - Bois de Boulogne. Tickets cost 16 euros. Best advice, book them in advance. You don't save money but you will save time.

www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en/expositions/exposition-moma0.html




Paris Tea Rooms

Ok, so you probably do want to do a little bit of detoxing over in the first month of the year. Start as you mean to continue etc, etc..... So we could have written all about healthy smoothies and delicious salads. But lets be honest, does anyone enjoy eating a salad in January? It's freezing. You need something hot and the idea of a hot smoothie, isn't very appealing. Mulled wine, hot whiskey, hot chocolate - all good options but not well connected to detoxing.

Enter Tea. A marvelous invention and the in the early years of the last century, tea and tearooms was almost given the status of an art form, due to its luxury. Historically, France has always had more of fanbase for coffee, but it still retains some amazing tearooms. From ginger and lemon, to earl grey and green tea, you can stay warm, wrap yourself in luxury and history and do something good for yourself. Here are the top 3 places.....

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Betjeman and Barton

With over 150 different types of tea on offer, you will probably spend longer choosing than drinking it. Located in the uber chic 8th district, the interior is a minimalist whitewash, with a good mix of modern and elegant. They have a few other rooms located across Paris, but this is my favourite. Never too busy but never empty. With over 100 years experience, the choice, the service, the decor - you know you're in good hands.
23 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008

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Ladurée

Yes, it's a little touristy (not exactly a secret), but it would be impossible to write a list without including this institution. The macaron was invented here. But, you're just here for tea... it's January... remember. Located on the most famous street in Paris - the Champs-Elysées, the interior is exactly what you would imagine of a luxury tea room. They even have a shop, where you can buy chocolates and other delicious treats to take away.

75 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75000

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Café Jacquemart-André

This is not only luxury, it's history. Located just around the corner from the Champs-Elysées, this is the ultimate in opulence. It's also a museum - the Jacquemart-André Museum. They were a couple who created one of the finest private art collections in Paris. The tea room was once their formal dining room and the museum is filled with 18th century furniture, Rembrandt paintings and centuries-old tapestries. Oh la la.
158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008




Calendar of Events


Art

Pop Art Icons
Musée Maillol
Until January 21st
61 rue de Grenelle
75007
www.museemaillol.com/en/node/1958

Gauguin, The Alchimist
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Until January 22nd
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008
www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/gauguin-alchemist

Montmarte -Decor
Musée de Montmartre
Until January 14th
12-14 rue Cortot
75018
www.museedemontmartre.fr/en/


Music

Florent Richard
La Manufacture Chanson
January 8th
124 Avenue de la République
75011

David Guetta
AccorHotels Arena POPB,
January 19th
8 Boulevard de Bercy
75012

Roch Voisine
Le Grand Rex
January 22nd
1 boulevard Poissonnière
75009

Grand soir numérique
Philharmonie de Paris
January 26th
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris
75016


Photography

René Goscinny
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme
All January
71 rue du Temple
75003
www.mahj.org/en

Barbara
Philharmonie de Paris
Until January 28th
221 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019

Irving Penn
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Until January 17th
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008


Opera

The Barber of Seville
Philharmonie de Paris
January 24th to February 16th
Opéra Bastille -
Place de la Bastille, Paris
75012




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