Baccarat, the legend continues

baccarat-la-legende-continueFollowing its exhibition called “Baccarat, the legend of crystal” featured at the Parisian Petit Palais, the Baccarat company gives visitors the opportunity to further their viewing experience with a whole new retrospective dedicated to its most precious items.

Organized in the museum-gallery of the famous luxury company, this retrospective allows us to admire hitherto unseen pieces, such as the Sun Clock, created by Georges Chevalier, or even, the Celimene Vase offered to Elizabeth II in 1972. Visitors will also discover elements of turquoise crystal chandelier work from Turkey, which were ordered by the Shah of Persia.





“Baccarat, la légende continue” exhibition, from March 11th to September 26th 2015.

Open every day except Tuesdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 10am to 6:30pm.
Full rate: 10 euros / Concession: 5 euros.


Galerie-Musée Baccarat
11, place des Etats-Unis
75016 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 56 43 20 20
Metro: Boissière (line 6) and Iéna (line 9).


Crédit photo : Baccarat la légende continue - Exhibition -Dichroic yellow cup, Baccarat - ©Patrick Schuttler 2014

Patrick Neu: the Alsatian artist settles in at the Palais de Tokyo

patrick-neu-palais-de-tokyoFor its very first major Parisian retrospective, the Palais de Tokyo hosts Alsatian artist Patrick Neu, who works on highly unusual and even unexpected fabrics!

He draws inspiration from nature to create his works, and uses bee and butterfly wings, eggshells, or snake sloughed skins. Some of his works are also made from crystal or wax, and he sometimes uses ash in lieu of regular paint. This multiplicity shapes his unique and fascinating universe. Thus, to him, the samurai armor is made using crystal, and the straitjacket made from bee wings. Patrick Neu distorts the items’ primary functions to give them a secondary dimension. A poetic exhibition to discover until September 13th 2015.

“Patrick Neu” exhibition, from June 24th to September 13th 2015.
Open every day from 12pm to 12am, except on Tuesdays.
Full rate: 10 euros / Concession (visitors under 26 and over 60): 8 euros / Free for visitors under 18.


Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 81 97 35 88
Metro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau (line 9).


Crédit photo : Patrick Neu – Palais de Tokyo - Patrick Neu Crystal glass, inspired from The Descent from the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens, 2007 “Connivence 2, Patrick Neu, Les Mondes à l’envers” carbon black drawing on glass Musée de l’Image, Epinal - ©Hélène Rouyer / Musée de l’Image, Epinal

Petite Fleur Folies: the quai Branly’s ephemeral garden


From June 18th to June 21st 2015, the docks of the Seine across from the Parisian quai Branly will host an ephemeral garden designed by Gad Weil and Laurence Médioni, a plastics-oriented artist and landscaper.


Over a hundred species of flowers will be showcased in an installation spread over 4,000 square meters, which will contain 500,000 flowers in total. This ephemeral green area, called Petite Fleur Folies, aims to point out the importance of the preservation of biodiversity to visitors of all ages. Many activities, and notably eight works of art created by Gad Weil and Benoît Afnaïm, will punctuate this free event. It seems the French capital is flowering again, for the city dwellers’ great pleasure.

Petite Fleur Folies, from June 18th to June 21st 2015.

Free entrance.


Port de Suffren
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 49 42 70 70
Metro: Trocadéro (line 9) and Bir-Hakeim (line 6).


Crédit photo : Petite Fleur Folies – quai Branly – L'événement Petite Fleur Folies © DR

Lolë White Tour: yoga session at the Eiffel Tower

yoga-tour-eiffelInitiated by the famous sports clothing brand from Montreal known for its yellow carpets, the Lolë White Tour starts in Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on June 21st 2015.

This tour will travel across six cities around the world, in symbolic places like New York’s Central Park in September 2015. In the meantime, 1,500 yoga-lovers –all dressed in white– will have the opportunity to take part to an outdoor session, in front of one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. Participants will gather at 6am for a 7am-class of one hour, lulled by the melody of a harp. For the occasion, Lolë has called on two renowned yoga teachers: Elena Brower and Marie-Françoise Mariette.


Lolë White Tour, on June 21st 2015 in Paris, from 6am to 8am.
Free event, by registration only.


The Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars
5, avenue Anatole France
75007 Paris

Tél. : +33 (0) 892 70 12 39
Metro: Bir-Hakeim (line 6), École Militaire (line 8), and Champ de Mars–Tour Eiffel (RER C).


Crédit photo : Lolë White Tour – Yoga Eiffel Tower - ©SETE-Maud Chazeau

Best places

The top open-air cafes of the banks of the Marne


Along the banks of the Marne, you will find the nicest open-air cafes, some of which being historical, such as Chez Gégène. Zoom on three of the finest open-air cafes where dancing is also included.



Crédit photo :Top open air cafes – Banks of the Marne - The dance © Facebook Chez Gégène

Chez Gégène

Chez Gégène is a regular institution, where people have been dancing for over a century.

This open-air cafe located on the banks of the French river Marne, in Joinville-le-Pont (94), near Paris, has become famous through a song by French actor Bourvil. Many filmmakers used it as a natural set to shoot their scenes, such as Jean-Louis Trintignant, and even Robert Doisneau has done some of his reports there. With its evenings dedicated to the 60s to the 80s and its large dance floor, this open-air cafe has since then preserved its original charm.

Open from April to mid-December 2015 for lunch and dinner, from Wednesday to Sunday.
Group menus: from 45 to 80 euros.
Ball tickets: 12 euros.

Chez Gégène

162 bis allée des Guinguettes / quai de Polangis
94340 Joinville-le-Pont
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 83 29 43
Access: Joinville-le-Pont (RER A), then bus number 101 from the station.
www.chez-gegene.fr (in French)

The Ile du Martin-Pêcheur open-air cafe

From the banks of the Marne, in Champigny (94), we make out an isolated open-air cafe nestled deep within a frame of greenery.

The sound of an accordion emanates from this authentic open-air cafe fitting the typical representation of this kind of restaurant. In the Ile du Martin-Pêcheur (the Kingfisher’s island), adults come to dance to the rhythm of music performed by an orchestra, while children play on swings and various other games. Lovers can sit on a bench, blessed by the shade of weeping willows and surrounded by glycine. In the winter as in the summer, the dance floor is settled inside the restaurant, where one can savor the famous moules-frites (the Belgian dish made of mussels and fries).


Opening hours:
On Friday from 7:30pm to 12am (from June to August 2015)
On Saturday from 7:30pm to 1:30am (from March to mid-December 2015)
On Sunday from 12pm to 6pm (from March to October 2015)
Dinner-dance meal: 30 euros / Children’s menu: 12.60 euros.

La guinguette de l’Ile du Martin-Pêcheur

41, quai Victor Hugo
94500 Champigny-sur-Marne
Tél. : +33 (0)1 49 83 03 02
Access: Champigny (RER A).
www.guinguette.fr (in French)

Chez Fifi

The Bar de la Marine open-air cafe, dubbed “Chez Fifi” (Fifi’s), offers a south-facing terrace with a view on the Marne river.

We appreciate the local and popular ambiance, where one can enjoy a tea dance or attend a ball with accordion, enlivened by an orchestra. Here, the mussels and fried dishes are served anytime during the day, and customers can enjoy a game of boules, in addition to dancing. A simple and serene restaurant, which will delight customers of all ages.


Opening hours:
In summer: Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 12pm.
In winter: Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm, on the weekend until 10pm.
Rate: 15-30 euros.

Chez Fifi

Rue Maurice Bertaux / Place Stalingrad
93330 Neuilly-sur-Marne
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 08 20 31
Access: Neuilly-Plaisance (RER A).
www.chezfifi.fr (in French)

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