Learning about apes

grands_singesOrang-utans, gorillas, chimpanzees... all their secrets are unveiled at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Natural history Museum) to raise the public’s awareness about the threats they are exposed to – environmental issues, human threats (hunt, smuggling) and diseases.

This very educative exhibition consists in five themed sections, in which the morphological characteristics of the six members of the ape family are presented, as well as their evolution and the history of science. Some stuffed specimen and real size sculptures will be exhibited in the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution. Cherry on the top, visitors will be invited in a tropical rainforest replica to understand apes’ social behaviour, their habits and their way of living. Projections and light and sound effects make the experience particularly realistic. Finally, reminding us that these species are endangered, the museum presents some action plans to protect the apes.






Sur la piste des grands singes, from February 11th to March 21st 2015
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Galerie de l’Evolution
36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire / 65 rue Cuvier
Paris 5e
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01
Métro : Porte de la Villette (ligne 7 et T 3b).

Klimt and the Vienna Secession artists at the Pinacothèque

Au temps de KlimtThe Pinacothèque 2 de Paris is dedicating an exhibition to the Vienna Secession, an Art nouveau movement formed in the late 19th century by a group of Austrian artists led by Gustav Klimt.

The symbolist painter liked to use geometrical patterns, with excessive golden decorative effects, anticipating one of the major artistic currents of the 20th century: Expressionism – which originated towards the end of the Vienna Secession. Composed of 180 pieces from the Belvedere Museum of Vienna and private collections, this exhibition presents masterpieces from the Austrian vanguard, such as the first works by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. The core of the exhibition is based on a selection of major works by Klimt, from his beginnings until his golden age, including his famous Judith I (1901). His monumental Beethoven Frieze will be exhibited for the very first time in France. A pioneer artistic movement on the edge of two centuries.





Au temps de Klimt : La Sécession à Vienne, from February 12th to June 21st 2015
Pinacothèque de Paris
8, rue Vignon
Paris 8e
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 68 02 01

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Bouillon: Marc Favier’s bistronomic restaurant

restaurant BouillonUntil now, there was the Bouillon Chartier, the famous brasserie on rue du Faubourg Montmartre. From now on, there is Bouillon, on rue de Rochechouart.

Founded by Chef Marc Favier, former Sous-Chef for the famous Jean-François Piège, this restaurant proposes a French “bistronomic” cooking. (Re)discover the French traditional cuisine with the blanquette de veau à l’ancienne (old-fashionned veal ragout) or the pot-au-feu (beef stew) served with horseradish cream, mustard and pickles. The mushroom soup with foie gras and celery and the apple pie served with Maison Borniambuc cream are also worth the detour. Bouillon also offers a wonderful wine selection for great wine and food pairing. A family-friendly bistro well suited for romantic diners as well.


Open from noon to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 11:30pm.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Dish of the day for €14.


47, rue de Rochechouart
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)9 51 18 66 59
Métro : Etienne Marcel (ligne 4).
Métro : Poissonnière ou Cadet (line 7) or Anvers (line 2).
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Chez Dom: West Indian and Senegalese specialties

Restaurant Chez DomA stone’s throw away from the Canal Saint-Martin, Dominique, a local resident, has decided to open her own restaurant: Chez Dom.

Serving lunch until 6pm and dinner in the evening as well, she offers to discover West Indian and Senegalese specialties, to eat-in or take away. She also cooks some vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. She uses spices with great talent in her menu: lemongrass chicken, Tiep Bou Boulette – fish in sauce served with white rice – lamb with cashew cream, plantain and rice. Dominique also makes her own rhum arrangé with star fruit, passionfruit or pineapple. The restaurant is a bit small, so make sure to book in advance.



Open Monday-Friday from noon to 6pm, and from 7:30pm to 11pm on Thursday and Friday.
Menus: Between €9 and €13,50.


Chez Dom
51, rue des Vinaigriers, 75 010 PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0)6 62 03 19 45
Métro : Jacques Bonsergent (line 5).
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Mesdemoiselles Madeleines: the new delicious address on rue des Martyrs

mesdemoiselles-madeleinesA new delicious address has recently opened its doors on rue des Martyrs: Mesdemoiselles Madeleines.

Founded by Steve Seremes, this shop proposes an exquisite range of the famous French pastries called madeleines, which will satisfy every taste. Designed by the architecture workshop BM2, the shop exhibits Pastry Chef Stéphane Bour’s colourful madeleines like precious jewellery. Just like gemstones, they come in various colours: the rose and raspberry-flavoured pink, the lemon-flavoured yellow, the grapefruit-flavoured orange, and many more. Stéphane Bour, who was trained by starred chefs such as Meneau and Veyrat, proposes various sorts of creations – small ones, garnished and flavoured. A savoury collection should come soon.

We particularly enjoy
: lthe originality of the madeleines’ names. They all have French women’s names – Louise, Blanche, Capucine, Joséphine, Albertine...

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30am to 7pm.

From €2.50 per madeleine.




Mesdemoiselles Madeleines (in french)
37, rue des Martyrs, 75 009 PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 16 28 82
Métro : Saint-Georges (line 12) or Pigalle (lines 2 and 12).

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    Francesca da Rimini et Paolo, c. 1890. Huile sur toile. 125 x 95 cm © Belvédère, Vienne
    Affiche de l’exposition Sur la piste des Grands Singes - Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle © JM Krief
    Le logo du restaurant Bouillon © Facebook Bouillon
    © Chez DOM
    Mesdemoiselles Madeleines - Ambiance Boutique ©HUGONNARD