Alice Springs’ portraits featured at the MEP

alice-springs-mepBehind the pseudonym of Alice Springs hides June Browne, the wife of famous fashion photographer Helmut Newton.

Three years after a first retrospective dedicated to her, the MEP presents the color and black and white portraits of celebrities and anonymous persons, made from 1975 onward by the photographer. Her shots have the distinctive feature of being forward, drawing an expected sensitivity and character. Next to her portraits (Nicole Kidman, Man Ray, Audrey Hepburn etc.), Alice Springs discloses recent self-portraits, as well as a previously unseen series on hip-hop and punk movements, which was made in the early 80s in California, USA.





“Alice Springs” exhibition, from June 24th to August 23rd 2015.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 7:45pm.
Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and public holidays.
Full rate: 8 euros / Concession (visitors under 26 and over 60): 4.50 euros.
Free for visitors under 8, and on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm.


La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7, rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).


Crédit photo : Alice Springs - MEP - Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, 1984 © Alice Springs

Days Off invades the Philharmonie de Paris

day-off-2015During the summer, music festivals flourish in Paris, each more enticing than the next. Difficult to decide which to attend, and yet, you cannot miss any, and especially not the Days Off festival.

Organized at the Parisian Philharmonie 2 (Cité de la Musique), the 6th edition of this folk, electro and alternative music-oriented festival is always on the lookout for innovation. On this year’s program: the Ibeyi duo, French discovery of the year, Gaëtan Roussel, who will perform Alain Bashung’s “Play Blessures” album in its entirety, Hindi Zahra, Moodoïd, or even, Andrew Bird. A unique occasion to refine your musical culture, all the while enjoying the exceptional setting.

Days Off, from July 1st to July 8th 2015.
Tickets from 8 euros onward.


Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tél. : + 33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

www.daysoff.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Days Off – Festival de musique -Days Off 2015 – DR

The ephemeral terrace of the Eiffel Tower


Who has never dreamt of lounging on a terrace with a panoramic view on Paris? It is now possible at the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, with the ephemeral bar and terrace, from June 6th to August 30th 2015.

This “lounge” area is devoted to sustainable development, as it has entirely been put together with recycled or recyclable materials. Thus, the high chairs, benches and pouffes were all made using unusual materials, such as boat sails, plastic or pallets of recycled wood. A swing-like table d’hôte has even been created using 15,000 plastic bottles, and pedal-equipped deckchairs allow users to recharge their phone batteries via the strength of their calves. For the occasion, a 6-meter high Eiffel Tower was made from pallets and a stainless steel structure. Its LEDs lighten up at nightfall to better imitate its big sister. The terrace offers summer meals (sandwich, salads, handmade ice creams by Philippe Urraca), refreshing drinks and Champagne.


Summer terrace at the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, from June 6th to August 30th 2015.

Open from 10am to 10pm.
Full rate: 9 euros / Concession: 7 euros / Free for visitors under 4 (2nd floor access).
10 euros for a glass of Champagne / 4.50 euros for two scoops of ice cream.


La tour Eiffel
Champ de Mars
5, avenue Anatole France
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 892 70 12 39
Metro: Bir-Hakeim (line 6), École Militaire (line 8), and Champ de Mars–Tour Eiffel (RER C).


Crédit photo : Ephemeral terrace – Eiffel Tower – © SETE – E. Livinec

Best places

Gourmet break at the Café Lumière


Newcomer in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, a few steps away from the Père Lachaise Cemetery, the Café Lumière is a lovely cafe owned by a couple, Julien, who takes care of the cooking, and Caroline, who handles the table service.

Nestled in the nice Saint-Blaise pedestrian street, this restaurant offers a pleasant terrace, where having breakfast, lunch or dinner is particularly enjoyable. A place to savor with friends, members of your family or as a couple, as the general atmosphere is especially friendly and unpretentious. As a bonus, the decoration is chic, with its old tiling resolutely trendy, wooden furniture and blue and black hues. On the menu, you will find seasonable dishes cooked using organic or local products: rabbit saddle stuffed with tapenade and tomato, millefeuille with grilled vegetables, strawberry-rhubarb crumble etc. Last but not least, the Café Lumière is also a wine cellar!


Open Monday to Saturday, from 7:30am to 1am.
Dinner from 29 to 35 euros.


Café Lumière
15, rue Saint-Blaise
75020 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)9 50 58 76 86
Metro: Porte de Bagnolet (line 3) and Alexandre Dumas (line 2).

cafelumiereparis.com (in French)  

Crédit photo : Café Lumière – Parisian cafe - The large bar © Guillaume Bounaud Photography

Paname Brewing Company: the 19th arrondissement’s brand new hot spot


Located right next to the Parisian Pavillon des Canaux, on the quai de la Loire, the Paname Brewing Company will undoubtedly become the place to eat of the summer 2015.

With its terrace bathed in sunlight offering a stunning view of the Canal de l’Ourq and, away, the Rotonde of the Stalingrad area, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax. Outside, a lovely terrace by the waterfront welcomes us, and, as we penetrate inside, we discover an atmosphere akin to that of London breweries. We can admire stainless steel vats at the back of the room, in which the five homebrewed beers are preserved. On the menu: pizzas with unusual toppings (sweet potatoes and Roquefort, crusty duck etc.), a copious cheeseburger and many other sweets. To come: an authentic floating terrace to further escape from Paris.


Open every day of the week, from 12pm to 2pm.
Pizza: between 12 and 15 euros.


Paname Brewing Compagny
41, quai de la Loire
75019 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 36 43 55
Metro: Crimée (line 7), Laumière and Ourcq (line 5).


Crédit photo : Paname Brewing Company - Restaurant - The view of the Canal de l’Ourq from the restaurant © Facebook Paname Brewing Company

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