Wallace and Gromit featured at the Art Ludique Museum

exposition-aardman-musee-art-ludique_300-250Following the Marvel superheroes and creatures from the Studio Ghibli, the Art Ludique Museum of Paris hosts two recurring heroes of the British Aardman Studios: Wallace and Gromit.

Specialists of clay animation, the studios have succeeded to create an entire universe revolving around these two characters. The exhibition features the famous wacky machines designed by Wallace, the famous clumsy inventor, as well as the vegetable garden of Gromit, his dog, who solely expresses himself through his eyebrows. Visitors are invited to discover the creation process step by step, frame by frame, through sketchbooks by Nick Park, their creator, as well as short and medium-length films. A retrospective, which will delight the fans.



“Aardman, Art that takes shape” exhibition, from March 21st to August 30th 2015.

Open Monday and Thursday from 11am to 7pm, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 10pm, and on the weekend from 10am to 8pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Full rate: 15 euros / Concession (for students): 12 euros / 9,50 euros for visitors from 4 to 12 years old.

Art Ludique Museum

Les Docks – City of Fashion and Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
Métro : Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C).

Crédit photo : Aardman – Art Ludique Museum - Aardman, Art that takes shape: Wallace and Gromit © Aardman

6th edition of the Nouveau Festival at the Centre Georges Pompidou

affiche-un-nouveau-festival-2015_300-250Since 2009, the Centre Georges Pompidou hosts a hybrid festival, authentic laboratory for new forms of creation.

2015 marks the 6th edition of the Nouveau Festival, but more importantly its new format, since the event now lasts for three months. Visitors are invited to play and think, all the while discovering the works of filmmakers, dancers, performers, theorists and visual artists. This festival indeed hosts contemporary dance as well as stand-up, performers as well as video setups, and even projections. Debates and conferences on the works exposed will also be organized all along the festivities. The theme of this newest edition is art and game, a relationship, which developed at the end of the 19th century and still lives on today.


Nouveau Festival, from April 15th to July 20th 2015.

Open from 11am to 9pm.
Entrance fee: 13 euros.

Centre Pompidou
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 44 78 12 33
Métro : Rambuteau (line 11).

Crédit photo : Nouveau Festival – Centre Pompidou- © Facebook Centre Pompidou

Treasures of Sand and Fire: the glass enhanced at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

exposition-tresors-sable-feu-les-arts-decoratifs_300-250Lovers of fine objects, this exhibition will delight you.

The Parisian Musée des Arts Décoratifs hosts a vast retrospective featuring over 600 glass pieces from the Renaissance to the present day. Incidentally, this museum possesses the largest glass and crystal collection in Europe from the 14th to the 21st century. Organized chronologically, the “Treasures of Sand and Fire” exhibition allows visitors to admire the various techniques and expertise of master glassmakers. The styles specific to each period are to be discovered also.






“Treasures of Sand and Fire, Glass and Crystal at Les Arts Décoratifs, 14th-21st Century” exhibition, from April 9th to November 15th 2015.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, and Thursday from 11am to 9pm.
Rates: from 9 to 19 euros.

Les Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (lines 1 or 7) and Pyramides (lines 7 or 14).

Crédit photo : Treasures of Sand and Fire – Arts Décoratifs– Yoichi Ohira, Cristallo Sommerso Scolpito n°68, Venice, 2009 © Jean Tholance

Behind the scenes of the restoration workshops of the Mobilier national

l-esprit-et-la-main-300-250The “L’Esprit et la It provides access to seven restoration workshops of the Mobilier national, which decorate the French Republic palaces, such as the Luxembourg Palace, the Hôtel Matignon and, of course, the Elysée Palace. Through many reconstructions, this retrospective allows visitors to discover what is usually hidden from view, that is to say the expertise of craftsmen who embellish these palaces. Tapestry, cabinet-making, carpentry, or even chandelier-making, no area is left aside and everything is revealed.






“L'Esprit et la main”, from March 27th 2015 to January 16th 2016.

Open every day from 11am to 6pm except on Monday.
Closed on May 1st 2015.
Full rate: €6 / Concession: €4 / Free on the last Sunday of each month.

Galerie des Gobelins
42, avenue des Gobelins
75013 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 08 53 49
Métro : Gobelins (L.7).

Crédit photo : L’Esprit et la main – Galerie des Gobelins - L'Esprit et la main: Cabinet-making workshop, detail © Vincent Leroux

Best Places

The finest delicatessen-restaurants in Paris


In Paris, some restaurants possess their own delicatessen or gastronomic counter and ergo offer their guests to savor some of their products on site. Zoom on three very different restaurants.



Crédit photo : Delicatessen restaurant - Paris -The restaurant and delicatessen counter of the Truffes Folies restaurant © Facebook Truffes Folies

Truffes Folies

Two steps away from the Eiffel Tower, in a small restaurant with beige and chocolate hues, lovers of the French black truffle like to gather.

At Truffes Folies (literally “Truffle Madness”), the truffle is queen, from the first to the last course! Also delicatessen and caterer, it is possible to find real delights, like the truffle butter, the truffle balsamic vinegar or even the truffle honey. Whether it is the black truffle from Périgord or the white truffle from Alba, this precious dish is perfectly combined with the love of good food.

The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 3pm and from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
The delicatessen counter is open from 11am to 10pm.
Lunch for 17 euros (truffle dish + coffee).

Truffes Folies
37, rue Malar
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 18 05 41
Métro : La Tour-Maubourg (line 8).

Comptoir de la gastronomie

In the heart of the Parisian area of the Halles (1st arrondissement) dwells a historic restaurant opened in 1894: the Comptoir de la Gastronomie.

Guests can taste typical French dishes, such as the fillet of duck or the Paris-Brest. The restaurant possesses its own gastronomic delicatessen counter, where we can find local products (jams, regional terrines, etc.) and top of the range products (caviar, smoked salmon, foie gras, champagne from head houses, etc.). The Comptoir is also a wine cellar, which offers a variety of wine from Bourgogne to the Loire.

The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday, from 12pm to 11pm, and Friday to Saturday, from 12pm to 12am.
The delicatessen counter is open Monday to Saturday, from 6am to 8pm.
Dish from 16 euros onwards.

Comptoir de la gastronomie
34, rue Montmartre
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 33 31 32
Metro: Etienne Marcel and Les Halles (line 4).

La Petite Chaloupe

This seafood delicatessen is famous for its hundreds of references when it comes to sardine cans produced by Breton canneries.

This claimed hand-crafted production even allows the manager to offer for sale “vintage” sardines. Guests can also find spider crab rillettes, salt from Guérande, tuna, mackerel or even mussel cans, but also herring, taramasalata or trout. Lovers of sugary food will enjoy trying the Breton specialties: buckwheat pancakes, caramels with salted butter, etc. Finally, the Petite Chaloupe has available several single wooden tables, where guests can sit and savor products purchased on site with a glass of wine and some bread.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 8:30pm.
Sardine cans from 2 euros onwards.

La Petite Chaloupe
7, boulevard de Port Royal
75013 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 47 07 69 59
Métro : Les Gobelins (line 7).

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