Articles by renata

Paris Summer Music Festivals

Paris Summer Music Festivals July 28, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, What's New | Read More
Rock-en-Seine 2010 © Sylvere.h This summer, classical music fans get a look-in for once when it comes to music festivals in Paris. In the beautiful surroundings of the Orangerie du Parc de Bagatelle, the 19th annual programme by Octuor de France runs until 15 August, with concerts featuring the music...

Free Things to Do in Paris

Free Things to Do in Paris July 28, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Cinéma en Plein Air Parc Villette © P E Rastoin A study  released last week reported that Paris has dropped from 17th to 27th place among the world’s most expensive cities. Perhaps that’s because, especially in the summer, the French capital abounds with free things to do. There are all sorts...

What to Do in an Emergency in Paris

What to Do in an Emergency in Paris July 26, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
If you save one number into your cell / mobile phone, make sure it is 112 – this is the European general emergency number. It’s extremely unlikely you will have an accident during your stay in Paris but it is as well to be prepared. European citizens who have an EHIC card ( https://www.ehic.org.uk/...

In Paris, a Spa in Every Supermarket

In Paris, a Spa in Every Supermarket July 11, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
  Spa water to drink at home © Renata Rubnikowicz What is a spa? If you want to find a spa in France look for the words “les Thermes” or “les Bains” after the name of the town or village. The French have been “taking the waters” for every crise de foi (liver problem) or crise...

Join in the Fun of the 2011 Tour de France

Join in the Fun of the 2011 Tour de France July 11, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Map of Tour de France 2011 courtesy of organisers Ever since it began in 1903, the annual Tour de France cycle race has been a spectacle that engages everyone in France. Cycling is a very popular sport here and who wears the prestigious maillot jaune (yellow jersey) of fastest rider is a hot topic in...

More Midsummer Music Madness

More Midsummer Music Madness June 22, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
The event? Paris’s annual Fête de la Musique – held every 21 June and now in its 30th year The scene? Everywhere, but I concentrated on Canal Saint-Martin area in the 10th arrondissement The atmosphere? Balmy – the forecast rain held off Barmy – those crazy Parisians know how to party Where...

Paris Loves Pooches

Paris Loves Pooches June 21, 2011 | Hotels, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Before you leave home If you decide to bring your pooch to Paris, you’ll need to have the right vaccinations and paperwork to be allowed into France. This will vary according to the country you are coming from – your vet should be able to help you. Fido has friends But once you’ve arrived, you’ll...

Fireworks and Firemen Celebrate France’s National Day

Fireworks and Firemen Celebrate France’s National Day June 20, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Will Bastille Day, usually known in France as le quatorze juillet (14 July) see you up bright and early at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arc de Triomphe, waiting for the start of the military parade down the Champs-Elysées? Or will you be nursing a hangover and sore toes after dancing in the street...

Where the Wild Things Are in Paris

Where the Wild Things Are in Paris June 20, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Indigo Parrot at the Menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes © Mairie de Paris/ Laura Matesco If you go down to the woods today, to the Bois de Vincennes, you’ll find the main Paris zoo closed for renovation until about 2014. In the distance you may see its trademark manmade mountain, le Grand Rocher,...

Paris Road Trip 1 – Montmartrobus

Paris Road Trip 1 – Montmartrobus June 18, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Rue Norvins © Paris Tourist Office / Amélie Dupont Especially if it’s your first time in Paris, Montmartre is probably on your top ten of places to visit. The hill – or Butte – of Montmartre affords a wonderful view over the city from the terrace in front of the white meringue of Sacré-Coeur...