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10 photos of Parisian Street Art

November 7, 2013

Street art is getting more and more popular worldwide. Last month, Banksy brought animation in the streets of New York by anonymously creating temporary pieces of art here and there. Paris is not left behind as it was home of some major events lately. The Keith Harring exhibition was one of the most popular one last Summer and this October, the “Tour Paris 13”, was a must-see. The “Tour Paris 13” is a whole building to be demolished by the end of the year, that was left open to steet artists’ imagination. As a result, thousands of visitors swarming to the Austerlitz area. It even came to the point where people were ready to sleep in front of the building and then stand in line for at least 3 hours in the morning in order to enter the building.

These events are the clear evidence that street art is quite the thing on the Parisian artistic scene. If you’ve missed these events, there are still plenty of places to visit in Paris in order to see some nice street art. The Montmartre area is home to many Gregos faces, as the Butte aux Cailles is the playground of Miss-Tic. The rue Denoyez in the 20th arrondissement is also famous for its walls covered with murals and graffitis. Finally, if you want to meet some street artists, you can also visit the 59, rue de Rivoli, a whole building inhabited by artists or on May 2014, you can already plan on visiting the “Frigos” de Paris, in the 13th arrondissement. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet but it should be communicated soon!

The street art spots photographed below may not be in your Paris Travel Guide and yet they are one of the Top Attractions in Paris!

10 photos of the rue Mouffetard

October 28, 2013

Dealing with the French language (2/2)

August 5, 2013

To further your knowledge of French, there is no better way than practice. It may be scary at first, but it just takes  patience and time to be able to talk to French people and understand what they say. First of all, the French vocabulary is not that important. French dictionaries usually contain about 10.000 words  but you will need only ~500 of them to face most situations during your stay in Paris. Even though they are proud of their language, the French now use more and more English nouns in their vocabulary. Back in the 1990s,  politicians tried to limit this trend but the “Loi Toubon” which recommendaded the translation of English names into French seems quite outdated today…

Among some of the most famous of“anglicismes”, you will find the words “parking”, “talk-shows”, “all-inclusive”, “check-in” or “coach.” Moreover, thanks to the development of the internet, most teenagers and young adults now like to include English words in their sentences to sound “cool” (Cool being another “anglicisme” commonly used…). The pronunciation often leaves a lot to be desired but they should be able to understand these words when properly pronounced. It is important to note that most of these words refer to the IT world and have no French translation so feel free to use the words “upload”, “download”, “scroll”, “refresh”, “laptop”, “geek”, “screenshot”, “hotline”, “follower”.

Once you have learned some basic words, idioms and sentences, the most difficult part will be to say them out loud and to get understood. This is particularly hard for English speakers as there is no tonic accent in French… Each syllabus has to be pronounced with the same emphasis, vowels are pronounced without any diphthongs, H are always silent…

Once you master this part, you’ll be able to reach the next level and try to use the proper possessive adjective, a tricky subject as all French words have a gender… In a country as sexist as France, this comes as  no surprise and your interlocutor will frown at you if you start saying “ton voiture” or “ta scooter”… But more on this later!

Dealing with the French language (1/2)

August 5, 2013

A trip to Paris would not be totally complete without getting a taste of the French language, one of the  cultural assets the French are the most proud of. Granted, nowadays French is the official language of only 200 million of people, i.e. less than 3% of the world population. Granted, both Chinese and English have long replaced French as the international language for business. However, it is deeply anchored in French mindset that their language has brought to the world the ideas of freedom and democracy which were developed by philosophers during the Age of Enlightment. You may argue that it was a long time ago but some facts still perpetrate the tradition: for instance, French is still the official language of the Olympic Games and it is, along with English, the official language of the UNO or the Unesco. French is also the first foreign language taught in the USA, Canada and United Kingdom and it has always been a member of the top 10 languages most spoken in the world.  

But how to learn French? With its myriad of grammar rules, past tenses or exceptions, the “langue de Molière” (literally “Moliere’s language”) , as the French like to call it, is incredibly hard to perfectly command. The difficulty doesn’t lie in its vocabulary: surprisingly enough, there are only ~200.000 words used in the French language, while there are more than one million in English. Rather, the tricky part of the French language lays in its grammar and  pronunciation, which are a challenge not only for foreigners but also for natives speakers. The French have had a long love-hate relationship with their language… They cheer it as much as they criticize the endless list of exceptions and illogical grammar rules. Most adults have painful memories of the spelling tests they had to take at school when they were kids but each year, they will turn in mass to watch a popular TV show called the Dictée de Pivot “Pivot’s spelling test” to assess their command of the French language and compare their results to those of some French celebrities who take the test in front of millions of TV viewers.

On a similar level, journalists won’t miss the opportunity to comment French politicians’ misuse of the language or slips of the tongue but it is nearly impossible to read a newspaper without at least one spelling mistake on every page…

Paris and the World Poker Tour

July 29, 2013

Paris and poker have a decade’s worth of partnership that moulds dreamers into legends.

Paris has always been known for its worldwide appeal to lovers, romantics, and tourists in general. It nests iconic structures like the Pyramid of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. But more than just being the perfect backdrop for a dreamy getaway with a loved one, Paris has also been the ideal battlefield of some of the most cunning and ruthless card sharks.
Since the global poker spread started in 2003, the World Poker Tour continues to change the face of a normally romantic city, and turns it into a war zone of some sort. Each year, the WPT holds major events at the Aviation Club de France where they draw out some of the best minds the poker world has ever seen. Tournament favourites like Christer Johansson, David Benyamine, and Surinder Sunar, as well as up-and-coming contenders Theo Jørgensen, Matthew Waxman, and Matt Salsberg have all won the annual event with flying colours. Throughout the years, the Aviation Club witnessed these previously unheard of poker studs burgeon into consistent contenders on the felt; that’s why fans always look forward to watching this exciting event.
Situated right in the enchanting heart of Paris, the Aviation Club de France has been around the business of gambling for more than a century. Established in 1907 by a group of avant garde aviators, the Club sets itself apart from most world class casinos. Its sophistication and subtlety, combined with the vast quantity of competitive tournaments created its reputation as a popular European poker destination. The Grand Prix de Paris – being the first stop on the World Poker Tour – sets the stage of a potentially monumental felt table showdown. Shown across the globe via the extensive television coverage of the WPT and the Partypoker live stream, fans are treated to the best poker action this side of the continent. And this year will be no exception. This October 25, the Aviation Club de France will open its majestic doors once again, as poker players from all over the world converge under one roof to battle it out in the bwin WPT Grand Prix de Paris. The six-day event will culminate on the 30th; in which the poker world will see the crowning of another WPT champion – and quite possibly, a future Hall of Famer.
Poker has seen the legitimate skills of its players unfold with regularity every tournament they participate in. Titles are won, and lost, and lives are forever changed with just a simple push of the chip stack. Former champions reign supreme and new champions emerge from the deepest waters of obscurity. Every season is different. Every year is unpredictable. But one thing is for sure, the World Poker Tour and its partnership with the city of Paris create an exhilarating thrill and a unique sensation that makes each tournament one for the ages.

Make the most of your stay and learn French!

July 22, 2013
The news broke two weeks ago: France remains the #1 destination for tourists in the world. Contrary to its European neighbors, France did not seem to suffer from the economic crisis  as 83 million tourists visited the country last year. Even better, tourists spent more in 2012 than they did in 2011 while in France. Most tourists came from Europe but the contingent from China, the USA, Brazil or India is getting stronger and stronger. Without surprise, most of those tourists went to Paris, making it the most visited city in the world.
It should be noted that tourists’ habits are slowly evolving. Though massively attracted by the capital’s most famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame or Montmartre, tourists are  looking more and more for a hands-on, authentic experience. Cultural workshops are developing fast and tourists are becoming  enthusiastic about cooking classes, wine tastings or even French “savoir-faire” lessons. Learning French to overcome the inability of the French to understand or speak proper English is another option getting popular. The cliché is old and  not always justified as more and more young adults and teenagers have a proper command of English. However, when there’s smoke there’s fire and it’s true that understanding a French menu or even worse, ordering a dish in a French restaurant can be quite challenging as lots of French people don’t or won’t speak a single word of English and won’t miss an opportunity to ignore your desperate attempts to get their attention.
There are a lot of Advantages for learning the French language before or during your trip to France. French people may be totally wary of you if you directly talk to them in English but they may be extremely helpful if you first try to speak with them in their own language. Most of them will be happy to help you find your way, give you a few cultural insights about their country  or even ask you questions about your home city. True, the french language has a reputation for being difficult but the development of the internet and on-line lessons have made it easier to learn its o  you should quickly be able to have a chat about most topics!

10 photos of Boutique Signs

July 11, 2013

Original souvenirs from Paris…

May 12, 2013

If you’re looking for chic and trendy souvenirs from Paris, look no further, “Les Parisettes” is for you! “Les Parisettes” is a concept store specialized in different types of products: kitchen accessories, stationery, tote bags, jewelry, candles, games, cushions and home decoration ideas. Everyone can find an original gift, in the colors of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Maryse Bazzoli and Sophie Ollé-Laprune, the creators of the store, pay a lot of attention to select refined, Eiffel-Tower fashioned, quality items, only for you!

Most of the items are created by Parisian or French designers. The best-sellers include plexiglas Eiffel Tower or cardboard Eiffel Tower that you can build yourself. Some of the items on sale were created exclusively for les Parisettes. For instance, the plexiglas Eiffel Tower, a stylish object changes colors accordingly to the light that surrounds it, was designed in a workshop in the 18th district of Paris.

Two shops are located in Paris:

Les Parisettes

26 rue Malar

75007 Paris

+33 9 80 55 14 77

Metro station : “La Tour Maubourg”

95 avenue Emile Zola

75015 Paris

+33 1 75 43 23 65

Metro station : “Emile Zola”

And if you wonder what “Les Parisettes” mean, it refers to a small plant which was used to make love potions in the Middle Ages…

Paris will always be Paris…

April 10, 2013

The French economy may be at a standstill, there are still some good news. Among them, the confirmation that France is still an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world. In 2011, the number of foreign visitors reached a new high with almost 82 million tourists coming to France, a 5 %-increase compared to the record high of 2010. Once again France is comforting its status as the world most visited country in the world, beating  the USA, China and Spain.

More and more tourists come from BRIC countries but Europeans still make for 2/3 of the visitors and since they prefer short stays or weekends, France only ranks third in terms of revenues generated by tourism, behind the USA and Spain.

Not surprisingly, Paris is once more the most visited city in the world. With the trifle amount of 28 million visitors in 2011, the City of Light still attracts myriads of tourists who go to Notre-Dame, the Sacre-Coeur, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower or the Georges Pompidou Art Museum, the city’s top 5 attractions. But it would be a cliché to think tourists do not visit other places, especially since the city has started to invest a lot of money to highlight its assets: 143 museums, 970 art galleries, 100 religious sites, 208 theaters, 3 opera houses, 463 parks and gardens, 5 major department stores…

The goal is to secure revenues generated by tourism, as 13% of all the salaried jobs in Paris are linked to tourism. In this regard, many tourists now visit the Canal Saint-Martin, the Coulée Verte, the Quai Branly Museum. They even venture outside of Paris to visit the “Saint-Denis” basilica, where most of the Kings and Queens of France are buried. This trend should continue in the future as the region is investing a lot to renovate and expand its infrastructure and transport facilities. The « Great Paris » will serve that purpose  with a huge metro system all around the city and new futuristic buildings such as the Philarmonic Concert Hall or the Angle Tower.

Meanwhile, significant efforts are being made in the hotel industry in order to comply with new international regulations and standards. The city’s 1.500 hotels are not always offering the kind of services visitors usually expect and choosing a place to stay may sometimes be a nerve-racking experience for first-time comers (which arrondissement, which metro station…). Thankfully, some websites offer an interesting selection of top hotels in Paris to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

The new year is already a few months deep but the most dynamic season is ahead of us. Therefore the answer officials are anxiously waiting for is whether or not 2013 will set a new recod high!

A Passion for France.

April 4, 2013

 Starting on April 16th, the Orsay Museum will host one of the most awaited exhibitions of the 2013 Spring as it has gathered 70 masterpieces from the Marlene and Spencer Hays Collection. The Hays are an American couple from Nashville, Tennessee, who have developed a passion for art and France. Spencer has become a business mogul by selling, among other things, men’s suits, books and health insurance. Since the 1980’s century and as his fortune grew, he and his wife have gathered an amazing collection of works from the 19th and 20th century.

The exhibition at the Orsay Museum will give visitors the opportunity to admire a selection of this collection for 4 months, including works by Matisse, Modigliani, Edouard Vuillard, Bonnard and famous impressionists like Tissot, Eva Gonzales or Caillebotte. Among the masterpieces on display, visitors will have a unique chance to discover less famous paintings that offer an interesting hindsight about the period and the Impressionist movement.
Some of these paintings had never returned to France since they were acquired by the Hays. As the Hays have always cultivated a close friendship with curators at the Orsay Museum (the Hays are President of the “American friends of the Orsay Museum” association), this exhibition was made possible within a very short period of time. The Orsay Museum hopes some of the paintings stay in the Museum after the exhibition; which seems likely given the Spencer’s taste for Paris. Their Nashville residence has been built in order to reproduce the « Hôtel de Noirmoutier” rue de Grenelle, in the 7th arrondissement.
The Marlene and Spencer Hays Collection at the Orsay Museum from April 16th – August 18th
Open every day except on Modays from 9.30am to 6om (10pm on Thursdays)
Entrance ticket at 9€
Accommodation in Paris: hotels x apartments: All-Paris-Apartments
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