6th edition of the Festival Fnac Live 

festival-fnac-lives-2015-paris-exterieur-mediumEvery summer, the heart of the capital hosts a free music festival, where French and international artists meet. Its name? The Festival Fnac Live

For four evenings, free and open-air concerts are suggested to Parisians and tourists. This year, from July 20th to 23rd, 2016, Lilly Wood & the Prick, the DJ Fakear, Lianne La Havas and its captivating soul-funk or Lola Marsh and Jungle will be alternating with each other on stage.
As for the previous edition, the event also suggests an “indoor” stage, with more intimate performances within the Scène du Salon, located at the heart of the function rooms of the Hôtel de Ville. Keren Ann, Vincent Delerm and Miossec among others, will be there.
In all, about thirty groups and singers will be participating to the festival


Festival Fnac Live, from July 20th to 23rd, 2016. (in French).
Free concerts.


Hôtel de Ville
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11)


Crédit photo : 2016 edition - Festival Fnac Lives 2015 – Outdoor © Christophe Crenel



Globes en 3D: Invitation to journey at the BnF 


Until September 18th, 2016, the Bibliothèque nationale François Mitterrand unveils 6 digitalised globes in 3D, by the Japanese company Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP). 

The BnF houses one of the world’s richest collections of terrestrial and celestial globes, among which 55 of them were part of the digitalisation programme. This retrospective with new scenography allows the public to admire the details of the globes to the naked eye, notably by having the opportunity to make them rotate on themselves thanks to 3D consulting tools. Digital images developed by the DNP company are also presented. This exhibition is aimed at history and cartography fans. As a point of interest, globes have developed from the great maritime expeditions, becoming instruments for broadcasting the discoveries reported by the sailors.



Exhibition “Globes en 3D”, from July 5th to September 18th, 2016.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.
Closed on Monday and bank holidays.
Free entrance.

Quai François Mauriac
75013 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 53 79 59 59
Metro: Quai de la gare (line 6) or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (line 14 or RER C).

Crédit photo: Exhibition Globes 3D – BnF © Djem’s celestial globe - 1573 BnF, Maps and Plans Department



Let’s meet at the theatre in Chantilly

affiche-la-scene-au-jardin-chantilly-mediumCreated in 2008 on the initiative of comedian, producer and artistic director Virginie Bienaimé, La Scène au Jardin festival honours theatre at the heart of the Domaine de Chantilly.

Throughout summer until the return from the school holidays, professional or amateur companies will be inviting the audience in an exceptional setting, at the Théâtre de la Faisanderie. The stage is located on a pond and overlooks on each side on the park of the Potager des Princes. It’s in this bucolic site that curious people will be able to admire more or less modern performances of great plays. Among them, we can mention “The Double Inconstancy” from Marivaux, here staged by René Loyon and performed by the Compagnie RL or “Faust” from Goethe, staged by Ronan Rivière and played by the VdP collective.




La Scène au Jardin, from July 17th to September 18th, 2016.
Shows every weekend.
Full rate: 20 euros / Reduced rate (under 26): 17 euros.


Théâtre de la Faisanderie / Potager des Princes (in French)
17, rue de la Faisanderie
60500 Chantilly
Access: Chantilly-Gouvieux (RER D).



Crédit photo: La Scène au Jardin – Chantilly - photo credit: www.damienrichard.com



The Arte Povera celebrated at the Centre Pompidou

exposition-un-art-pauvre-centre-pompidou-pino-pascali-le-penne-di-esopo-mediumWith its new exhibition, the Centre Pompidou pays tribute to the Arte Povera’s artists and more broadly, from the “poor art”. 

For this, he is interested in the artistic practices linked with this movement, and this as soon as the 1960s. Exploring design, architecture, plastic arts, performance, theatre, music or experimental film, the museum develops a real identikit of this so particular artistic movement. Some works of Giuseppe Penone, Lucio Fontana, Mario Merz or Luciano Fabro are here displayed, in order to enlighten us about the will of these artists. Besides, they create their works from natural and recovery materials so as to give them a certain relief. They particularly are attentive to marks and to the most basic expressions of life.




Exhibition "Un art pauvre”, from June 8th to August 29th, 2016.
Open every day, except on Tuesday, from 11am to 9pm.
Full rate: 14 euros / Reduced rate: 11 euros / Free under 18.


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



Crédit photo: Un art pauvre – Centre Pompidou - Pino PASCALI © Centre Pompidou/Dist. RMN-GP



Best places

The best restaurants with luxurious vegetation


Want an escape at the heart of the capital? Paris houses some restaurants with luxurious vegetation where it feels good to eat in an exclusive setting.



Crédit photo :  Restaurants with luxurious vegetation – Paris © Wild and the Moon

Wild and the Moon

At Wild and the Moon, the decoration reminds of a winter garden, with a very beautiful glass roof, plants scattered everywhere and wooden furniture. Here, the menu is based on the slow food concept. All the products cooked are from local small producers, harvested according to the natural rhythm of seasons. All the recipes are elaborated without GMOs, additives, dairy products or gluten. Instead, these are seeds, all sorts of herbs, fruits, vegetables and roots which are sprinkled in the dishes. Firm favourite for the big salads, each more original than the next, like the one with green lentils, tapenade, fennel, capers, marinated red onions, pink peppers, lemon and basil zests.

Open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm.
Smoothies for 8 euros / “Super Bowls” Salads for 9 euros.

Wild and the Moon
55, rue Charlot
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 51 80 22 33
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8).


La Mezzanine de l’Alcazar

At the end of 2015, La Mezzanine de l’Alcazar has completely been decorated by interior designer and decorator Laura Gonzalez, to whom is attributed trendy Parisian places like the Bus Palladium or the Gare. She has redesigned the place like a family house with big tables, screens and alcoves in mustard and peacock blue nuances. The mezzanine has completely been revegetated, in a very urban jungle style. By the way, it regularly hosts exhibitions and concerts. The menu offers a melting-pot of flavours of the world, like the ceviche with bass, grapefruit and granny smith or the Challans duckling roasted with fennel, served with a ginger-mint sauce. As for dessert, the crème brûlée with raspberries is surprising.

Open from Monday to Sunday from noon to 2am.
Lunch Menus for 29 and 34 euros.

La Mezzanine de l’Alcazar
62, rue Mazarine
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 10 19 99
Metro: Odéon (line 4).



Blue Elephant

The Blue Elephant is a Thai restaurant with out of the ordinary decoration. It has a very beautiful room with traditional decoration brightened up with luxurious vegetation and with even a lovely bridge. The change of scenery is guaranteed by the atmosphere but also thanks to Chef Chang’s cuisine, who suggests a whole range of dishes from the four provinces of Thailand. On the menu, you just have to let yourself be guided by the annotations to enjoy a more or less spicy dish. The place serves a fine cuisine, like the white rice flavoured with jasmine or fried rice with crab meat, shrimps and eggs. To discover too: chicken turnovers with ginger, steamed in a bamboo basket, served with a caramelised soya sauce. A delight!

Open from Monday to Friday from noon to 2:30pm and from 7pm to midnight, on Saturday from 7pm to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 3pm, and from 7pm to 11pm.
Course: from 17.50 euros.

Blue Elephant
43-45, rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 42 00
Metro: Bréguet-Sabin (line 5) or Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8).


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