Articles Tagged ‘France’

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...

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...

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...

Monet’s Giverny Garden Still Blooming

Monet’s Giverny Garden Still Blooming May 26, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
What makes half a million people a year visit the Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny? For me, May was the perfect time for a first visit to find out. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the frogs were on the lilypads and the wisteria was in flower. As a result, the Japanese bridge...

The Americans who joined Monet at Giverny

The Americans who joined Monet at Giverny May 26, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
When you join the throng trekking through Monet’s house and garden at Giverny, spare a thought for how he inspired American artists. The street where Americans past and present found Monet © Renata Rubnikowicz Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 and soon other painters, especially American Impressionists,...

French Taxis on Strike Today

French Taxis on Strike Today May 25, 2011 | Events, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
You may have difficulty finding a taxi today (Wednesday 25 May 2011). The newspaper Le Parisien reported this morning that three of the largest taxi companies have called for a “national day of action” to protest against rising fuel prices and taxes. The action is expected to affect taxi services...

Museums Open Late All Over Town Tomorrow

Museums Open Late All Over Town Tomorrow May 13, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Tomorrow, Saturday 14 May, for one night only, nearly all of the museums in Paris will be open late, mostly until midnight, celebrating the annual European Museums Night. As well as keeping their doors open way past their usual bedtime for visits to their regular collections and their temporary exhibitions,...

Best Boulangerie in Paris 2011

Best Boulangerie in Paris 2011 May 10, 2011 | Events, Food, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Even more than le vin (wine), le pain (bread) is the basis of French gastronomy. People swear by certain bakers and each Parisian has his or her favourite boulangerie. Can there be a more affordable or delicious way to get into the French psyche while you’re here? Of the 1,200 boulangeries in the city, ...

Manet at the Musée d’Orsay

Manet at the Musée d’Orsay April 30, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
If, like a group of Chicagoans I met in the queue, you say, “Well we were visiting the museum, so we figured we’d see the special exhibition, too,” the Musée d’Orsay’s latest blockbuster will show you everything you wanted to know about Manet – and quite probably more. Billed as one of the...