Ma planète vue de l’espace: between fragility and beauty

Ma planète vue de l'espaceWith its new exhibition “Ma planète vue de l’espace”, the Palais de la Découverte suggests to its visitors to explore the most remote and beautiful places of the globe, thanks to satellite imagery.

Divided in six areas, this retrospective enables to understand how threatened the Earth is by global warming. The glaciers melt (the polar regions suffer the most from climate change), the sea levels rise, urbanisation most of the time spreads in an uncontrolled manner, and tropical forests gradually disappear. These shots also broach the farmland and rural land’s desertification. Set up on the occasion of the COP21, this event was created by the Agence spatial Européenne (ESA), in cooperation with the Agence spatiale française (CNES) and the European Commission. Its aim is to encourage people and notably young people, to adopt a more eco-aware lifestyle.





“Ma planète vue de l’espace: fragilité et beauté” exhibition, from December 17th 2015 to June 5th 2016.

Open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am to 6pm, on Saturday from 9:30am to 7pm and on Sunday from 10am to 7pm.
Closed on Monday.
Full rate: 9 euros / Concession: 7 euros.

Palais de la Découverte
Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 56 43 20 20
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).


Crédit photo : Désert Sossusvlei, Namibie/Satellite: Kompsat-2 /© KARI/ESA

Claus Guth stages Rigoletto at the Opéra Bastille

RigolettoFrom April 9th to May 30th 2016, the Opera Bastille’s stage hosts one of the masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi, “Rigoletto”.

This melodrama in three acts in Italian, which was created in 1851, is staged by German Claus Guth (born in Francfort in 1964), with the participation of the orchestra and the choirs of the Opéra national de Paris. This work which takes inspiration from the play “Le Roi s’amuse”, by Victor Hugo, is performed in rotation according to the dates of the show, by Quinn Kelsey and Franco Vassallo in the role of Rigoletto, Olga Peretyatko and Irina Lungu in the character of Gilda.

By the way, Verdi also composed this opera as an adaptation of the “King Lear” by William Shakespeare. This is a beautiful drama in which passion and love meet, as well as treason and revenge. This creation marks the first cooperation of Claus Guth with the Opéra de Paris.




“Rigoletto”, from April 9th to May 30th 2016.
Performances at 7:30pm or 8:30pm, according to the dates.
Rates: from 15 to 210 euros the seat.  

Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012 PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0) 892 89 90 90
Metro: Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8).

Crédit photo :© Anni Leppälä

Best places

Les Moussaillons: the new oyster bar of Paris

Les moussaillons

It is in the heart of the 17th district that three friends decided to open Les Moussaillons. This oyster bar suggests fresh seafood products in an atmosphere of fisherman hut (furniture of bric-a-brac dealer, vintage photographs etc.).

For a little price, we can taste oysters from David Hervé, a renowned oyster farmer from Marennes Oléron, but also wild salmon from the Baltique and big wild shrimps from Madagascar. Ideal to have an aperitif with friends, Les Moussaillons restaurant also proposes sharing planks, as the one with smoked fishes (tuna, halibut, eel and salmon) over a drink of Sancerre Silex or Pouilly Fumé (please drink responsibly!). Otherwise, there is the taramasalata with sea urchin coral, the creamy mussel soup or the rillettes from the sea, which will tempt your taste buds.

Open Monday-Friday from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm.
Lunch menu at 13.50 and 19.50 euros.


Les Moussaillons
139, rue Cardinet
75017 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 81 65 48
Metro: Malesherbes (line 3), Brochant (line 13) or Pont-Cardinet (line L).

Crédit photo : © Les Moussaillons

Sunset: the new gourmet treasure of the 18th

Sunset Paris

Ideally located on the Montmartre mound, the Sunset is a bistro opened by a French-Californian couple, Sheryn and David Lyon.

. The decoration was entrusted to architects NeM – Niney and Marca – who redesigned the place in an atypical and muted style, where colourful works by painter Matthieu Cossé take centre stage. Open from breakfast to dinner, the Sunset highlights the cooking of Chef Jordan Bischoff.

The former head waiter of Pierre Sang Boyer, second-in-command of the Nomiya and former chef of the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre makes here a creative cuisine. Like this, the spare rib and the risotto with aubergines mix with an unstructured lemon pie, rosemary shortbread and piquillos pepper biscuit. The menu changes every week and suggest a nice range of natural wines, originally from little producers. The Sunset is also a cocktail bar, open late into the night. At the weekend, a brunch is organised, which enables then to go for a walk in the district.

Open Monday-Friday from 8am to 2am and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2am.
Lunch menu at 13.50 and 15.50 euros.


100, rue Ordener
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 71 28 99 33
Métro : Jules Joffrin (line 12).
sunset-paris.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : Mickael A.Bandassak

Umami: the first Matcha Café of Paris

Umami Matcha café

Japanese tea enthusiasts take note, Umami, importer of Japanese products, opens the first Matcha Café of Paris in the heart of the Haut Marais.

Here, the matcha or expresso from Japan is king. It exists as drinks and also pastries, to be tasted on site or taken home. Chilled, iced, latte, this beverage is renowned for its powers (fight stress and aging etc.) and is here revisited and enhanced. For the food lovers, the financiers, brioche and other white chocolate chip cookies are all flavoured with matcha and have a nice green colour.

We appreciate the uncluttered spirit of the place which wavers between the Japanese minimalism and the coffee shop from New York. Umami Matcha Café has a grocery corner where we can find all condiments sold on the brand’s website. For a total change of scenery, the bar also suggest a menu of organic tea from Japan, as the Sencha with vegetal notes, the Genmaïcha and its grilled taste with puffed rice, or the Kukicha and its subtle flavour of hazelnut. This Japanese tea room can also be tried at breakfast or lunch time, between two cultural visits in the capital.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30am to 8pm.
Snack: 8 euros.


Umami Matcha Café
22, rue Béranger
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 04 06 02
Métro : Temple (line 3) ou République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 et 11)
umamiparis.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : Julien Vallé

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