Bluetram: Paris tests an electric tramway

bluetram-electriqueTo surf the COP21, the French capital offers to the Parisians and tourists to enjoy an organic and revolutionary mode of transport: Bluetram.

This electric tramway is free until January 30th 2016, and goes up the Champs-Elysées Avenue, in linking the place de la Concorde to the Etoile’s. In total, nine stops are proposed to the passengers and six cars are running from 10am to 11pm on the site. This eco-friendly innovation enables to breathe better in town and to fight against Global Warming. It works without rails or catenaries, thanks to batteries which have been set up on the roof of the tramway, and which allow it to be autonomous on 2 kilometers. Afterwards, the tramway charges itself at every station it stops, while the visitors get on and get off. This new way of transport has been conceived in Britanny by the Bolloré group, well-known to have made l’Autolib (the self-service electric cars in the Parisian region).





Bluetram, from November 15th 2015 to January 30th 2016.

Bluetram traffic 7 days a week, from 10am to 11pm.

Avenue des Champs-Elysées

75008 Paris
Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A), George V and Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9), or Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).


Crédit photo : Bluetram –Paris electric tramway - © P.ANZIANI

The Fête du graphisme comes back for its 3rd edition

erica-jacobson-fete-du-graphisme-2016The Fête du graphisme is back to Paris for the third year.

For this 2016 edition, the graphic design is in the place of honour. It includes the production of posters, website coverings and even wrappings used in the everyday life. About forty international poster designers have worked on the topic of the Town as urban city, evoking its link with graphic design, further to the request of the Paris city hall. These productions will be unveiled in the capital, on the occasion of the “Célébrer la ville” exhibition (“Celebrate the town”), on the JCDecaux advertising spaces. Conferences, screenings, workshops and parties are also waiting for the visitors, notably at the Cité Internationale des Arts in the 4th district. This event will maybe make young generations want to discover the job of graphic designer.





3rd edition of the Fête du graphisme (in French), from January 6th to February 16th 2016.

Cité Internationale des Arts

18, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 78 71 72
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7) or Saint-Paul (line 1).


Crédit photo : Fête du graphisme – Edition 2016 - Erica Jacobson, Illustration for Shortcut Magazine - ©Erica Jacobson

From Black to Blue: Choreographer Mats Ek’s farewells

from-back-to-blueIt is on the stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées that famous Swedish choreographer and contemporary dancer Mats Ek will say his farewells.

For the occasion, he presents “From Black to Blue”, a programme of three ballets: “She was black” created in 1994, “Solo for 2” produced in 1996 and “Hâche” dating from 2015. He comes from a family of artists, his mother is choreographer Birgit Cullberg, his father is Anders Ek (Ingmar Bergman’s favourite actor) and thus early discovers his taste for dancing. He makes himself known by revisiting the classic ballet’s standards, as the “Swan Lake”, “Giselle”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and even the “Sleeping Beauty”. In 2012, he even conceived a show called “Bye” for the Parisian theatre. Despite he celebrated his 70 years old in April 2015, the artist bows out. This unmissable moment will captivate dance lovers.





“From Black to Blue”, from January 6th to 10th 2016.

Show at 17pm or 8pm.
Rates: from 15 to 95 euros the seat.


Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
15, avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 49 52 50 00
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9).

Crédit photo : From Black to Blue – Contemporary dance – Contemporary dance - ©Maksim Shmeljov / Shutterstock.com

The musée de la Chasse et de la Nature hosts George Shiras

george-shiras-musee-chasseUnknown from the general public, American photographer and naturalist Georges Shiras (1859-1942) was however one of the pioneers of the wild life photography.

Before photographing the nightlife of the North American forest’s animals, he was a hunter. From the 1880s, he gives up this practice and prefers use his lens as a promotion tool for the preservation of animal kingdom. This exhibition presents about fifty shots, from the National Geographic Society’s collections (Washington, USA), or from the DeVos Art Museum of Marquette (Michigan, USA). We discover the multiple techniques used by the artist, specific to hunt and notably his “photographic traps” which enabled to obtain new prints, recognised by the critic at that time. His art foreshadowed reports about the fauna’s life, as well as the development of what we can call an “environmentalist consciousness”.





“Georges Shiras: L’intérieur de la nuit” exhibition (“Georges Shiras: Inside the night”), from September 15th 2015 to February 14th 2016.
Open daily from 11am to 6pm, except on Monday and bank holidays.
Nocturnal on Wednesday until 9:30pm.
Full rate: 8 euros / Concession (under 26): 6 euros.


Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (in French)
62, rue des Archives
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 01 92 40
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11) or Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

Crédit photo : George Shiras – Musée de la Chasse – George Shiras, G. Shiras and J. Hammer aboard their canoe equipped for the jacklighting, Whitefish Lake, Michigan, 1893 - ©National Geographic Creative Archives

Best places

The best detox-friendly restaurants after Christmas


After the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, our body demands light meals, made from vegetables, seeds or organic products. Paris has some inevitable detox-friendly restaurants, as Soya, Café Pinson or Villa Spicy.



Crédit photo :Best detox friendly restaurants - Paris - Paris - © Facebook Café Pinson


Real Parisian detox temple for its fresh fruit juice, its fresh soups and salads, Soya is also adored for its industrial decoration, worthy of a New Yorker loft.

Its nearness with the canal Saint-Martin and its vegetarian, gluten free and organic menu made it one of the favourite places of Parisians and tourists. Concerning the à la carte menu, we find again dishes which take inspiration from the Southern cooking: grilled vegetables, tabbouleh, vegetable lasagne etc. We meet there on Sunday for its delicious brunch, which is by the way always full!

Open from Tuesday evening to Sunday lunch (brunch).
Close on Monday.
À la carte menu: between 15 and 35 euros.

Soya (in French)

20, rue de la Pierre Levée
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 06 33 02
Metro: Goncourt (line 11) or Parmentier (line 3).

Villa Spicy

This Mediterranean restaurant proposes a seasonal cooking, made with organic and fair products.

Chef Frédéric Morel highlights products renowned for their nutritional qualities and their detoxifying action, as beetroot, courgette, lime, green tea, salmon or aubergine. He makes very colourful dishes modelled on the oxheart tomato gazpacho with ginger and lemongrass, or the crunchy green beans served with almonds, mint and parmesan cheese. We can savour this delicious cooking in the enjoyable room which looks like a Provençal house.

Open Monday-Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 12am. Open on Sunday from 12pm to 12am.
Menu: 30 and 40 euros.

Villa Spicy

8, avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 56 59 62 59
Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9) or Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (line 9).

Café Pinson

Decorated by Dorothée Meilichzon (Paradis hotel, le Beef etc.), the Café Pinson located in the Marais serves a 100% organic, gluten free, vegetarian and seasonal cooking.

This restaurant has become the den of detox-cooking lovers, thanks to dishes made up of sprouted seeds, wholegrain cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables. Here, the dairy products have been abandoned, as well as the wheat. The restaurant also proposes rawfood, and low-temperature cooking to preserve the food’s nutrients. On the à la carte menu, which often changes, we can find haricot beans and carrots chouquettes, a lemon and poppy seed tartlet, a four spices cake and other sweetmeats. On Sunday, we meet there with family or friends for the brunch, organic too.

Open Monday-Friday from 9am to 12am, on Saturday from 10am to 12am and on Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.
Brunch on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.
À la carte menu: between 15 and 30 euros.

Café Pinson

8, rue du Forez
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)9 83 82 53 53
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8).

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