Bettina Rheims glorifies woman at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

bettina-rheimsFor its first exhibition of 2016, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie takes an interest in the theme of predilection of French photographer Bettina Rheims: woman.

These are 180 pictures taken throughout her 40-year career, which show this obsession. This portraitist of genius knew how to transform anonymous or famous women in heroes, in front of her lens. They are all intimidating, in an unveiling which make them victorious. Visitors will have the occasion to admire the series Modern Lovers (1990), Espionnes (1992), Shanghai (2002) or Gender Studies (2011). In each of them, of course Bettina Rheims broaches femininity, but also evokes the question of gender. This eponymous retrospective organised until March 27th next, presents iconic shots, known to everyone, but also more confidential prints where the taste of equivocal, dear to the artist, shows through.





“Bettina Rheims” exhibition, from January 28th to March 27th 2016.

Open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am to 7:45pm.
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and bank holidays.
Full rate: 8 euros / Concession: 4.50 euros.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

5/7, rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).


Crédit photo : Bettina Rheims - Exhibition - Bettina Rheims, Elizabeth Berkley in a coucou’s nest, February 1996, Los Angeles - © Bettina Rheims

Discover the secrets of the capital with Paris Face Cachée

paris-face-cachee-2016During three days, Paris Face Cachée (The hidden face of Paris) invites Parisians and tourists to discover secret, private or hidden places of the capital.

Organised in partnership with A Suivre Productions and the Mairie de Paris, this event proposes this year more than 120 surprising adventures in Paris but also in its inner suburb (91, 92, 93 and 94). Since last January 15th, the curious one’s can directly join on Paris Face Cachée website, on the basis of their favorite theme: gastronomy, art, history or even science. They will discover the meeting place and its name at the last moment, on the very day of the tour! All is kept secret or nearly all. Registration is limited, so visitors should book quickly if they wish to enter places usually inaccessible. This moment should be live with one’s family to have a memorable souvenir of this Parisian stay.





Paris Face Cachée (in French), from February 5th to 7th 2016.

Ticket office opened on site since January 15th 2016.

Crédit photo : Paris Face Cachée – 2016 Edition – © DR

The Salon Vivez Nature comes back to Paris for its 44th edition!

salon-vivez-nature-paris-2016From January 29th to February 1st 2016, the show dedicates to organic, nature and well-being, Vivez Nature, comes back to the Grande Halle de la Villette.

This 44th edition is dedicated to organic cosmetics, ethical fashion, office supplies, children’s toys or eco-friendly stationery. 300 exhibitors, producers, researchers, publishers or naturopaths will host visitors on their stands in order to make them discover how to consume in a more responsible way. Numerous workshops and conferences are organised throughout the event, on various themes, sometimes unusual, as the shamanism or the self-confidence. Others will broach the natural feeding, in showing the power of sprouted seeds or raw chocolate, or the health benefits of nettle.





Salon Vivez Nature (Vivez Nature Show) (in French), from January 29th to February 1st 2016.

Open Friday-Sunday from 10:30am to 7:30pm, and Monday from 10:30 to 6pm.
Free admission. 


Grande Halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

Crédit photo : Salon Vivez Nature – January 2016 - © DR

Best places

Cazes: the new gourmet table of Montmartre


Nestled nearby the Abbesses, Cazes is a new restaurant and tapas bar which owes its name to its owner: Xavier Cazes.

This cooking fanatic called in Chef Charlotte Giraud, who went to the Ratapoil Faubourg, in order to concoct a surprising local cooking which changes every day. We appreciate the very mineral decoration of the place which offers a romantic view on the majestic cemetery of Montmartre, with industrial bargain-hunted ancient lamps. On the evening, à la carte, we let ourselves be tempted by the tapas which build the place’s reputation: bass fillet and kiwi, dandelion velouté served with poached pear with wild pepper, Egyptian black beetroots hummus and crackers with poppy etc. The chef thus makes cooking of the world and French gastronomy meet, in creating bistronomic tapas! Cazes is also renowned for its beautiful wine list, some of which are plain, organic or biodynamic, just as for its draft beers from independent brewers. Should be consumed in moderation, of course.


Open Monday-Saturday from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 12am.
Lunch Menu: from 16 to 19 euros.


Cazes Restaurant (in French)
44, rue Joseph de Maistre
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 85 09 14 99
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12). 

Crédit photo : Cazes Restaurant - Paris – © CAZES

Elmer: Chef Simon Horwitz opens his Parisian restaurant


Trained at the Ferrandi School, cut his teeth at the Septime in Paris or at the Strato in Courchevel, young Chef Simon Horwitz lays down his hat nearby the place de la République to open Elmer.

After having travelled around the world (Bresil, Japan, Australia, Thailand etc.) and worked to great international cooks, he chose the French capital to propose a new concept: dishes to share. At Elmer, starters and desserts are tasted by several people, according to the number of guests and the wishes of each. No need to choose as we can taste everything! The decoration of the place takes part in this convivial spirit, thanks to large solid oak tables d’hôtes and to an open-plan kitchen. It is architect Aude Gros-Rosanvallon who adorned the space, open on the street thanks to large bay windows, with a very posh midnight blue front. Dishes are made at the minute and are very colourful. We let ourselves be tempted by the Bouchot mussels served with leak, watercress and wasabi, by the smoked Ratte potato with marrow and nettle, or by a dessert which matches orange to sweet potato, to banana and to half salted caramel. This surprising place should be discovered with friends.
Open Monday-Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm (except on Saturday and Monday lunch).
Closed on Sunday.
À la carte: 45 euros.


Elmer (in French)
30, rue Notre Dame de Nazareth
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 56 22 95
Metro: Temple (line 3) or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

Crédit photo : Elmer - Restaurant – © Alexandre Ubeda

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