Immersion in the animal world

christian-sardet-and-the-macronauts-plankton-chronicles-exposition-mediumFrom July 2nd, 2016 to January 8th, 2017, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain invites us to be interested in the increasingly threatened animal world. 

With “The Great Animal Orchestra”, it suggests to enter in Bernie Krause’s work, a renowned American bioacoustician and musician. For more than 40 years, he has been gathering around 5,000 hours of sound recordings from wild, sea or terrestrial natural habits. His researches enable us to be immersed in the animal’s sound universe and in the biophony’s. This exhibition gathers the works of international artists, such as the Chinese’s Cai Guo-Qiang, who specially created for the occasion a 59-foot long drawing. Thanks to a process using pyrotechnic powder, he shaped a watering place surrounded with animals, through marks of burn and smoke. Other artist not to be missed: Christian Sardet, whose plankton photographs are of extreme beauty.



Exhibition “The Great Animal Orchestra”, from July 2nd, 2016 to January 8th, 2016.
Open every day, except on Monday, from 11am to 8pm.
Nocturnal on Tuesday until 10pm.
Full rate: 10.50 euros / Reduced rate (under 25): 7 euros / Free under 13 and the Wednesday for those under 18.


Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 42 18 56 50
Metro: Raspail (lines 4 and 6).


Crédit photo : The Great Animal Orchestra – Exhibition © Christian Sardet and The Macronauts / Plankton Chronicles



Rainforest: the new summer music festival


Every summer, Paris and its surroundings live at the rhythm of music festivals. Little newcomer, Rainforest is organised in an exceptional setting, at the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau (77) on 74.6 acres of clearing, from July 2nd to 3rd, 2016. 

In addition to offer a rich programming, with for example Ibeyi twins, DJ Etienne de Crécy, Arthur H or Acid Arab, the event organises ecologically responsible activities. Creative workshops, conferences, organic and locavore food trucks are as many assets of this festival which promises to be fresh and familial. Festival-goers will also be able to play football, beach volleyball or petanque on the occasion of tournaments as well as take yoga and Pilates classes surrounded by nature. Finally, for each ticket bought, one tree is planted! A nice reason to rush partying while doing a nice action for the environment.




Festival Rainforest, from July 2nd to 3rd, 2016. (in French)
Open every day from noon to midnight.
Pass 2 days: 49.50 euros.
Ticket 1 day (valid for Sunday): 27.50 euros.


Stade équestre du Grand Parquet
RN 152, route d’Orléans
77300 Fontainebleau
Shuttles from Paris: departures Porte Maillot, Porte de Vincennes and Porte d’Orléans.


Crédit photo :  Rainforest – Music festival © Rainforest festival



Focus on the Versailles Festival

pavillon-dufour-vue-cour-des-princes-photo-didier-ghislain-dpa-adagp-chateau-versailles-festival-mediumThroughout summer, the Château de Versailles suggests several activities more magical than the last.

Thanks to its Versailles Festival, it is possible to discover the site differently, through a costumed court ball, opera concerts or pyrotechnics shows. The Musical Fountains Show is an obvious essential step, to live in a family group or as a couple, preferably at night in order magic is even more beautiful. When night falls, gardens and ponds light up and turn into a marvellous path, thanks to the use of lasers, light games and aquatic effects with the most beautiful effect. An evening punctuated by a firework which is let off in front of the Grand Canal. But the festival doesn’t stop here. With the Orangerie Nights, visitors are invited to attend ballets and open-air concerts, where the voices of the tenor Juan Diego Florez and the soprano Aida Garifullina will resonate. Thanks to the Château de Versailles, summer promises to be magic.




Versailles Festival, from May 30th to October 30th, 2016.
The Musical Fountains Show, from 8:30pm to 11:40pm.
Full rate: 24 euros.


Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles
Tel.: +33 (0)1 30 83 78 00
Access: Versailles-Château-Rive Gauche (RER C).


Crédit photo : Versailles Festival - 2016 Edition  © Didier Ghislain DPA Adagp



Best places

Raw: Chef William Pradeleix’s uncooked cuisin!


Marie and William Pradeleix open their second Parisian restaurant, after Will, their gourmet bistro. Its name? Raw

Nested in the Haut-Marais, between the Musée Picasso and the Carnavalet Museum, this address puts forward a raw cuisine, prepared with seasonal fresh products. Here, the Chef brings back to former glory smoked fishes, tartares, jellies but also carpaccios, marinades and candied products. He adds it touches of abroad, using ginger or else citronella. Therefore, the plates prepared to be shared offer a visual and colourful show, where the vegetal is king. To taste: the ceviche with Obsiblue organic shrimp, fresh green peas, green apple and curcuma vinaigrette or the liquorice mousse, served with a cucumber and celery jelly in syrup. Chocolate lovers will succumb to the delicious all chocolate-sesame-praline and its black sesame sorbet. Other Raw’s strong point: its biodynamic wines list, all selected by Marie.

Open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and on Sunday lunchtime.

A la carte: between 25 and 30 euros.


57, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 18 37 50
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8).


Crédit photo : Raw Restaurant - Paris ©  Thomas Duval

TopKnot: the temple of the brioche


Nested just nearby the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in a calm street which reminds us of the small provincial villages, the restaurant and coffee shop TopKnot Café made the brioche its specialty. 

Available in Taiwanese or traditional version, named “Gua Bao”, the brioche is here flavoured with savoury or sweet ingredients. Therefore, comfortably sitting in one of the retro sofas of the place, surrounded with lamps and cushions with geometric shapes, we let us surprise by this sweetmeat. With tofu and tomato for vegetarians, with chocolate, pear and rhubarb, filled with cinnamon and walnut or livened up with goat’s cheese and bacon, brioche is eaten in all kinds of ways. As a bonus, we like the little prices the restaurant applies and the brunch suggested every weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. Recipes to enjoy with homemade fresh juices or a tea from Palais des Thés.

Open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30am to 6:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Lunch menu for 13 euros / Brunch for 20 euros.


TopKnot Café
6, rue Mélingue
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 67 60 11 90
Metro: Pyrénées ou Jourdain (line 11).


Crédit photo : TopKnot Café - Restaurant - ©  Emile Dévoit Proust

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