Bercy sublimated by Robert Doisneau

les-chats-de-bercy-paris-1974-exposition-robert-doisneau-bercy-village-270-260This summer, the covered passages of Bercy Village, Cour Saint-Emilion, invite us to turn back the clock at the time when there were wine warehouses in the neighbourhood. Immortalised by famous photographer Robert Doisneau, this part of the history of Paris is unveiled through thirty shots in black and white as well as in colour.

All are new and have never been presented to the public before. They display the last workers in Bercy’s warehouses—in the 1970s and 1980s. These snapshots show the end of an era—between nostalgia and poetry—of an abandoned place.

Suggested in free access, this exhibition enables to discover the capital in a new guise. Indeed, at the time Bercy was considered as the world’s storeroom—being ideally located near the Seine for transporting wine.

An event which is dedicated to all Paris lovers and which will delight fans of unusual stories!

Exhibition ‘Bercy par Robert Doisneau’, from June 2nd to October 2nd, 2016.

Free access.
Bercy Village (in French)
Cour Saint-Emilion
75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).

 : Robert Doisneau – Exhibition – Bercy Village © Cats from Bercy In 1974 – Robert Doisneau

Picasso, the sculptor


Until the end of August, the Musée national Picasso-Paris displays exceptional ensembles of sculptures made by Pablo Picasso.

Coming from worldwide, these works have been gathered to show the multiple aspect of Picasso’s sculpture—notably linging over the series, cast irons and variations as well as prints and enlargements. The public will have the good luck to discover famous pieces like the Head of a Woman (Fernande, 1909), The Monkey and her Baby (1951) or the Goat’s Skull, Bottle and Candle (1951-1953).

Series are also exhibited like the one of the six Glasses of Absinthe (1914) or the painted sheet metal (1954-1962). Thus, these are more than 160 sculptures which are unveiled according to a path which is both chronological and thematic. Drawings and others paintings of the artist come enlivening the path.

Exhibition ‘Picasso Sculptures’, from March 8th to August 28th, 2016.
Open every day, except on Mondays, from 9:30am to 6pm.
Full rate: 12.50 euros / Reduced rate: 11 euros

Musée national Picasso-Paris
5, rue de Thorigny
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 85 56 00 36
Metro: Chemin Vert ou Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

Photo : 
Picasso Sculptures – Exhibition
Pablo Picasso
Golfe-Juan, 1946, incised pebble, 1.65” x 2.64” x 0.47”
Photo © Maurice Aeschimann
© Succession Picasso 2016

Paris, 45 million years ago…

exposition-la-mer-a-paris-catacombes-bain-de-pieds-des-carriers-credit-DAC-ch-fouin-270-260Known for housing the local Parisian ossuary, the Catacombs of Paris conceal other treasuries unknown from the general public.

With the exhibition ‘The sea in Paris… 45 million years ago’, the site invites us to discover the history of the Lutetian sea which covered the current location of Paris.

The visit is given at 65.62’ under—in these old stone quarries to build.

With the help of photographs, drawings, paleogeographic maps, chronological profiles and prints, the curious ones go to the discovery of the capital’s subsoil.

This immersion takes the visitors in the footsteps of an era when the City of Lights was—unbelievably—occupied by a tropical sea. A retrospective that will captivate both adults and children—as much by its fun aspect as by its extraordinary one.

Exhibition ‘The sea in Paris… 45 million years ago’, until December 31st, 2016.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8:30pm.
Closed on Monday and on August 15th, 2016.
Full rate: 10 euros / Reduced rate: 8 euros / Free under 18.

Les Catacombes de Paris
1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
75014 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 22 47 63
Metro: Denfert-Rochereau (metro lines 1 and 6, or RER B).

Photo: The sea in Paris – Exhibition Quarrymen’s footbath © DAC /Ch. Fouin


The beach invites itself at the Jardin d’Acclimatation!

jardin-d-acclimatation-credit-photo-paris-tourist-office-photographe-amelie-dupont-mediumUntil August 31st, 2016, the Jardin d’Acclimatation suggests families to escape for a fun and sporting break between two cultural visits in the capital. Thanks to its event named ‘Jardin-Plage’, the younger ones can enjoy numerous water games to cool off while having fun.

Water cannons, huge mist sprayers, paddling pool, sandpits, deckchairs, bathing cabins are all activities made available on the ephemeral beach installed in front of the Grandes Ecuries Napoléon III. The most daring ones can have a go at climbing— under the eyes of their parents—thanks to numerous wooden games like logs or horses but also on a spider. Finally, an acrobatic route supervised by a monitor is suggested on a gigantic boat—to become for a game—a real pirate!

"Jardin Plage" at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, from June 25th to August 31st, 2016.
Open from Monday through Friday until 6pm, on Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays and school holidays until 7pm.

Full rate: 3 euros / Reduced rate: 1.50 euros (seniors and large family) / Free for the disabled and children under 3.

Jardin d’Acclimatation
Bois de Boulogne
75016 Paris
Metro: Les Sablons (line 1).

Photo: Jardin Plage – Jardin d’Acclimatation © Paris Tourist Office – Photograph: Amélie Dupont


Best places

The restaurants of the Ile-de-France castles


Too often, we forget that the most beautiful castles in Ile-de-France house very good restaurants. Among these gourmet pearls, there are La Capitainerie in Chantilly, Les Charmilles in Vaux-le-Vicomte and La Flottille in Versailles.



Crédit photo :  Castles’restaurants – Ile de France Copyright Gary Otte - La Capitainerie

La Capitainerie, Domaine de Chantilly

Established at 25 minutes from Paris, the Château de Chantilly is famous for its majestic dinners which were organised in the places by François Vatel, Prince of Condé’s intendant.

It is under the vaults of Vatel’s former kitchens that gourmands are invited to take a seat in one of the three rooms.

Red and black environment, stone quarries, felt or spectacular decoration, there is something for every taste here.

On the menu, there are quality dishes like the medaillon of veal caramelised with rosemary, sweet potato with three cookings or the hot oysters grilled with champagne zabaglione.

As a dessert, the iced parfait with mandarin celebrates summer.

Open every day.
Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
Menus: from 37 euros until 177.60 euros / Children’s menu: 18 euros.

La Capitainerie
Domaine de Chantilly
60500 Chantilly
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 57 15 89
Access: Chantilly-Gouvieux (RER D).

Les Charmilles, Vaux-le-Vicomte

Inaugurated on August 17th, 1661, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte kept filling with wonder the European courts and notably whetting the appetite of the Sun King. Today, the site is known for its mythical candlelit evenings and for its restaurant nested on a terrace which overlooks the garden. In this exceptional and refined setting, we taste a gourmet cuisine: Grilled fillet of beef, Perigourdine sauce, mashed potatoes with morels and mushroom fricassee. The menu is also available in a vegetarian version: crunchy vegetable risotto or yuzu delight for dessert going with a crisp tuile and almond milk ice-cream.

Open only on Saturday evening, from May 7th to October 1st, 2016.
Menus: from 49.50 to 77.50 euros / Children’s menu for 25 euros

Les Charmilles
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy
Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90
Access: Take the train (line P) at Gare de l’Est - Verneuil l’Etang stop, then the Châteaubus until Vaux-le-Vicomte stop.

La Flottille, Château de Versailles

Nested on the edge of the Grand Canal, within the gardens of the Château de Versailles, the restaurant La Flottille, which also acts as a brasserie dates back from 1900. It is well known for its traditional French cuisine and its exceptional setting thanks to its terrace. It is possible to eat on the go a sandwich or a croque-monsieur in the brasserie space or to enjoy the pleasures of a proper meal. On the menu, dishes more appetizing than the other succeed each other: salmon gravlax, dill and horseradish cream, braised beef fondant, carrot and seasonal vegetables or “Baba au Rhum” and its whipped cream.

Open seven days a week, from noon to 3:30pm.
Formulas from 28.50 euros until 36 euros / Children’s menu for 15.90 euros.

La Flottille
Parc du Château de Versailles
78000 Versailles
Tel.: +33 (0)1 39 51 41 58
Access: Versailles Rive Gauche – Château de Versailles (RER C).

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