Free Walking Tour #01

Free Walking Tour #01

Got a couple of free days? A free walking tour of Paris might be the perfect thing to do – wander at your leisure, pop into a few marvellous museums, see historical landmarks, and get to know the French :-) Here’s one suggestion: Free walking tour of Paris France

There is a group of Parisians who would love to show you around for an hour or two at absolutely no cost!

This is amazing generous, so contact them in advance to make a reservation:

Pop over to Paris Greeters >>

Paris is a city perfect for walking – much more so than even New York, San Francisco or Sydney, in my humble opinion, as it’s small enough to get around easily.  Enjoy these walks, see parts of Paris you didn’t expect to see :-)

Artist Toulouse Lautrec

Artist Toulouse Lautrec

Exhibition dates:  June 18th, 2009 – January 3rd, 2010

Portrait of Toulose Lautrec
Oh gosh I hope I get to see this wonderful exhibition! It’s on until January 2010, so hopefully I’ll be able to see it when I’m back in Paris in November.

A bit about this wonderful artist/lithographer:  Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec is a descendant of the Counts of Toulouse, and was born on 24 November 1864 in Albi.

In 1882, he received his first lessons in drawing and painting with a friend of his father, painter René Princeteau.

The year 1891 was decisive in his career when he created the new poster for the Moulin Rouge.  This first large poster has immortalized Lautrec, and he went on to create beautiful lithographs.

Some of Toulouse Lautrec’s work (of which I’ve been very fond for many years):

 

Toulouse Lautrec's painting Moulin Rouge Concert BalToulouse Lautrec's painting of can-can girl Toulouse Lautrec's painting with plunging neckline

 

Although Toulouse died at the very young age of 37, his work has lasted and is known worldwide – this exhibition is over 100 years since his untimely death in 1901.

Getting to the Exhibition:

Les Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

Tél. : 01 44 55 57 50 Métro : Palais-Royal, Pyramides, Tuileries
Buses: 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

 

To read about this Toulouse Lautrec Exhibition in French, please click this link >>

Learn Burlesque in Paris

Learn Burlesque Dancing in Paris

Great news! I’ve just read about the Paris Burlesque diva Juliette Dragon who has classes at her Ecole des Filles de Joie. Discover your sensual side with lessons in cabaret dancing, striptease etc.What a great thing to do! Grab a couple of girlfriends, or a Hen’s pre-wedding group, and have some fun.

Classes: at La Bellevilloise- 19-21 rue Boyer, 75011

Metro: Gambetta / Menilmontant

When: every Saturday afternoon

Price: only €25 (€10 for the dance lesson, €15 for the striptease lesson)

Website: http://www.collectif-surprise-party.com/programme-ecole-des-filles-de-joie.html

If you’re really keen and love what you’ve learnt and feel ready to wow an audience, you can ask to participate in one of the performances of the Cabaret des Filles de Joie (every two months) – what fun!

Details:   http://www.parisburlesque.fr

Upcoming Paris Burlesque events:  http://www.collectif-surprise-party.com/programme-collectif-surprise-party.html

Accessoires et Objets 1940-44

Accessoires et Objets 1940-44

Budget wartime fashion.

Accessoires et Objets, Témoignages de Vies de Femmes à Paris 1940-1944

Beautiful taffeta and wood sandals by Dunand in 1941

Above: Dunand, sandales en taffetas violet; semelle compensée en bois, 1941. (Taffeta sandals with wooden soles by Dunand in 1941) © © E. Emo et S. Piera / Galliera / Roger-Viollet.

Exhibition dates:  20 mai au 15 Novembre 2009

If you have time, do spend some time at this coloourful exhibition celebrating the fashions and objects created for Parisiennes during the difficult and dark days of Nazi Occupation.

The exhibition, “Accessoires et Objets, Témoignages de Vies de Femmes à Paris 1940-1944,” is on at the Musée Jean Moulin, on top of the Gare Montparnasse, and shows us how the human spirit managed to triumph during the difficult years of World War II.

When it was impossible to source luxurious materials, the creative artisans of Paris created shoes, scarves, purses out of innovative products in ways not seen before using a combination of wood, paper, straw etc in extremely attractive and classically elegant forms.

There are wonderful items on display, a prime example is these most exquisitely sculpted shoes by Jean Dunand – I love the purple taffeta and the striking yellow of the wooden soles.

Click here to read a French review >>

Comedy in English in Paris

Looking for a great night-time treat?
I’ve recently interviewed Karel Beer who brought comedy gigs in English to Paris years ago.

Click here to read Karel’s interview with me – Teena Hughes  >>

French Resistance and the Liberation of Paris

Fascinating museum of history.

I recently heard about a museum dedicated to the French Resistance and the Liberation of Paris near the Gare Montparnasse, which piqued my interest and whet my appetite.

“Accessoires et Objets, Témoignages de Vies de Femmes à Paris 1940-1944,” at the Musée Jean Moulin, on top of the Gare Montparnasse, is a fine demonstration of, to use a clichéd expression, the triumph of the human spirit in the darkest hours of World War II.
Mémorial Leclerc et de la Libération de Paris
Musée Jean Moulin
23, Allée de la 2e DB, Jardin Atlantique
About the Gare Montparnasse, 75015 Paris

Métro: Montparnasse.

Tel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Exhibition goes to November 15

http://www.ml-leclerc-moulin.paris.fr
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Le Café qui Parle – 75018

The Speaking Cafe – Le Café qui Parle, at Montmartre.

What a delightful restaurant! Perfect too for vegetarians, and well worth the climb, even though a bit far from public transport.

Le Café qui Parle
24, rue Caulaincourt
75018 Paris.

Tel.: 01 46 06 06 88.

Métro: Abbesses.

Vélibs: 70-72, rue Lepic or  6, rue Damrémont.

Closed Sunday night and all day Wednesday.

You’ll find a fixed-price menu (covering lunch only) for €12.50 or €17.
A la carte: around €35 (3 courses, not including wine).
Brunch on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: €17.50.

Paris Museums Free for Europeans

Paris Museums! It’s official!

The permanent collections of French national museums and monuments – which include the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Versailles and Mont-Saint-Michel – now provide free entry to European residents who are under the age of 26 – or to grammar and high school teachers working in France.

Fantastic news!

Here’s a map to one of the most famous Paris Museums – Le Louvre

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: L’Imaginaire d’après Nature

Henri Cartier-Bresson: L’Imaginaire d’après Nature

Exhibition of photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson, always delightful in my humble opinion.

Henri Cartier-Bresson's wonderful photo of young boy with wineHenri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) – a master of his genre.Everyone must have seen at least one photo by this well known and well-respected photographer – clever, artistic, and timeless.

Thinking of when HCB (as he’s known by the French) was doing his best photography, there were no electronic gadgets or the internet, or special software to help him create his masterpieces.

Exhibition:  “Henri Cartier-Bresson: L’Imaginaire d’après Nature

When:  through to September 13, 2009

Where:  Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris11
Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.

Métro: Alma-Marceau or Iéna.

Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursday until 10 p.m.). Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Admission: €6.00.  http://www.mam.paris.fr

Luggage Tag Tips

Luggage Tag Tips

Make sure your luggage tag is keeping you safe

Moulin Rouge : A-Night-in-Paris.com

You’ve packed your bag, got your carry-on ready, passport in hand, and you head off to the airport.

You’ve probably diligently put luggage tags on everything (I hope you have), but what exactly have you written on your tags?

In this technology-aware era, I recommend that you only put your NAME and your TWITTER NAME and/or your EMAIL NAME.

(BothTwitter and Gmail. are free.)

Once upon a time you might put your address and a phone number, but there are too many shady characters gleefully reading your tags while you have a coffee at the airport.

If you already have an email account (and doesn’t everyone these days?), you might also consider getting yourself a Twitter name at http://twitter.com – this is possibly the fastest way someone can contact you if anything happens to your luggage.

Even if you have a cellphone or a mobile phone, it’s possible you may not be travelling with them, or that the reception’s not great at your destination, or that your phone’s ‘roaming’ doesn’t work. This all makes it harder for you to be contacted.

Use Moo.com cards to make travel tagsRethink putting your destination hotel name and phone number on your tag – this could also alert a thief at the other end, especially if you have a tag on your carry-on bag or handbag or day pack.

At least there are internet opportunities everywhere — unless you’re in the jungle, and you may not need your luggage there :-) — so you can be quickly contacted in case of emergency.

This also makes it harder for thieves to do anything with the info on your luggage tag – they can’t locate you by your address or phone number and ransack your home while you’re away.

Feel safe – only put your name and email name and/or twitter name on your luggage tag;  you’ll be so glad you did.

Additional Tips

  1. staple or attach another tag inside each bag you have, with the same details, in case the tag on the outside is removed
  2. to find out more about buying the Paris-flavored laminated luggage tags with my photos on them, please contact me
  3. read more Travel Packing Tips about all kinds of things you might like to consider for your trip.

Have fun! Bon Voyage!

Tags: moo, moo.com, luggage tags

Club Au Bonheure des Dames

Club: Au bonheur des dames

Looking for a girls’ night out?

I’ve just heard about this club – a ladies-only evening (soirée) which includes a buffet dinner with drinks, a make-up booth (not sure about this yet), and evidently some very sexy male striptease artists … this is a free show which starts at 9:30pm.

If your men-friends would like to join you, they are more than welcome from 11:30pm until dawn.

If you’d like to check out this great show, you really need to reserve a table:

  • by phone 06 21 70 52 56
  • or by sending an email to contact@bonheur-des-dames.com

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On the website:

Tous les jeudis, le club “Au bonheur des dames” vous accueille au 40 rue du Colisée, 75008 Paris.

Translated: Every Thursday, the Club”Au bonheur des dames” welcomes you at 40 rue du Colisée, 75008 Paris

http://www.bonheur-des-dames.com

Paris Transport Bus

Paris public transport system is great

Paris Transport Bus ServicesParis transport bus systems are easy to use and get around.

I found Paris transport bus stops everywhere, are easy to find, and so easy to understand.

When I first started catching the bus in Paris, I was pretty terrified I’d miss the stop, or I wouldn’t recognise where I was when I looked out the window, and it was extremely nerve-wracking.

I then started to notice the two best things about buses in Paris [which should be duplicated in bus systems all over the world … in my humble opinion … if they’re not already].

Best bus thing #1

Along the centre of the bus and suspended from the roof, I found a map for the bus route of the bus on which I was travelling. It took me a while to work out what it meant, but once I figured it out I felt MUCH better :-) and I travelled safely without worrying about where I was.

I could look at the simplified map and recognise street names, or bus stop names which matched streets etc, and then the mystery disappeared.

Now I was happy to take buses all over the place.

Oh – almost forgot! Best bus thing #2

… was a clock placed at the front of the bus so everyone could see it — what a wonderful thing. Why don’t they do this in other cities around the world? Beats me :-)

Getting around Paris by bus

The RATP website is your one-stop spot for all info regarding métro, buses, and trains outside Paris – http://ratp.fr.

  • Click the little English flag in the top right to read the site in English.
  • Now click the GETTING AROUND button to work out how to get from Point A to Point B.

On the site you’ll find a form where you can put in your ‘from” and “to” locations, which method of transport you prefer, and a few other things, and you get the best instructions, directions and locations.

As an added bonus you can also find info on eating out, hiring Velib bikes, and even info on latest movies. If you have access to the internet this will be one bookmark you’ll keep.

Paris after hours bus service – the Noctilien

Paris Transport Bus Noctilien ServiceThere’s nothing worse than being out late, having fun, and then not being able to get back home.

Taxis might be rare, but if you knew about the night bus service – the Noctilien – you wouldn’t have to worry at all.

Would you like to ask about or recommend great ways of getting around in Paris?

Please post your comment or question about the Paris transport bus system in the Comments below – many thanks indeed!

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