The Barbie® doll parades at the Arts décoratifs

barbie-musee-des-arts-decoratifsLaunched in 1959 by Mattel®, Barbie® mirrored the different times she went through, fascinating as the little girls as their mothers, but also the boys.

Until September 18th next, the musée des Arts décoratifs dedicates to her an important retrospective. 700 dolls are exhibited on 1 500m², as well as photographs, newspapers and videos. We discover with wonderment the universe so distinctive of Barbara Millicient Roberts (Barbie®) and notably the jobs she embodied, from veterinary to astronaut. The exhibition also unveils her mythic wardrobe, with pieces made by the greatest fashion designers, from Christian Lacroix to Thierry Mugler or Agnès b. Finally, over the years, the artists have always been seduced by the fashion doll, as king of Pop Art Andy Warhol, who painted her portrait in 1986. This totally unmissable event enables to learn a bit more about this toy which became iconic.





“Barbie®” exhibition, from March 10th to September 18th 2016.

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 9pm.
Full rate: 11 euros / Concession (18-25 years): 8.50 euros / Free for underage.

Les Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7) or Pyramides (lines 7 and 14).


Crédit photo : Barbie® - Exhibition – Barbie® - ©Mattel

Banlieues Bleues: Jazz celebrated in Seine-Saint-Denis

banlieu-bleues-2016Famous Seine-Saint-Denis jazz festival’s 33rd edition, Banlieues Bleues, presents 42 international groups.

This event is set up in twelve suburban cities, in Pantin, Montreuil or even Bagnolet, all accessible via metro. Internationally renowned, the festival gives as pride of place to giants of jazz as young promising artists. This year, the tops of the bill are none other than Thomas de Pourquery and the Red Star Orchestra. All the jazz styles are represented here: from Umlaut Big Band’s swing to Biréli Lagrène’s gypsy jazz, until Irakere’s latin jazz with Chucho Valdés. Banlieues Bleues also worths the detour for the little prices of the concerts, accessible to all. This is one of the best 2016 music festivals, which can be discovered with family or friends.





Festival Banlieues Bleues (in French), from March 18th to April 15th 2016.
Thomas de Pourquery concert: Thursday, March 24th 2016, at 8:30pm.
Rate: from 10 euros the seat.  

La Dynamo
9, rue Gabrielle Josserand
93500 Pantin
Tél. : +33 (0)1 49 22 10 10
Metro: Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins (line 7).

Crédit photo : Festival Banlieues Bleues – 2016 edition – © Belleville.16 – Illustration Blutch

Double Parisian exhibition for Miquel Barceló

soy-y-sombra-miquel-barceloTwo great Parisian institutions, the musée national Picasso and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, host an exhibition consecrated to Miquel Barceló, entitled “Sol y sombra”.

This is the first monographic retrospective dedicated to a contemporary artist suggested by the musée Picasso since its reopening in October 2014. The visitors will have the opportunity to admire sculptures, paintings, ceramics as well as works on paper made since the 1990s. This is the occasion to grasp the personality of this Majorcan artist, but also to discover the affinities of his works with Pablo Picasso’s creative processes, or even with the attitudes and patterns used by the famous cubist painter. The Bnf remains on the engraved creations of Miquel Barceló, shaped by wood or copper.





“Sol y sombra” exhibition, from March 22th to July 31st 2016.

From March 22th to August 28th 2016 at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Open Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am to 6pm, on weekend and bank holidays from 9am to 6pm.
Nocturnal the 3rd Friday of every month, until 9pm.
Closed on Monday and on May 1st 2016.
Full rate: 12.50 euros / Free for underage.


Musée Picasso
5, rue de Thorigny
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 85 56 00 36
Metro: Chemin Vert and Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).


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

Crédit photo : Miquel Barceló - Exhibition - ©XAVIER FORCIOLI 2016 ADAGP, Paris, 2016

Passion takes possession of the Châtelet in March

passion-theatre-du-chateletFrom March 16th to 24th 2016, the théâtre du Châtelet is hosting the fifth musical of Stephen Sondheim, real genius of Broadway, named “Passion”.

Staged by French actress Fanny Ardant, this show is inspired from the book “Fosca” by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti. It tells the story of a man who fall in love with an ugly woman, in spite of her ugliness he can’t bear. The role of Fosca has been entrusted to the soprano Nathalie Dessay, and the sceneries are signed by Guillaume Durrieu. This new creation wavers between the “familiar theatricality of a musical and the extravagant flamboyance of an opera”, as Stephen Sondheim likes to precise. No doubt that with this new work, real lyric gem, the Parisian public will be captivated. By the way, the Châtelet had already received four others shows of Sondheim: “A Little Night Music”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Into the Woods”.





“Passion”, from March 16th to 24th 2016.
Performances at 8pm.
Rate: from 16 euros the seat.


Théâtre du Châtelet
2, rue Edouard Colonne
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 28 28 28
Metro: Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).

Crédit photo : Passion – Théâtre du Châtelet - © Erica Spyres (Clara) - Ryan Silverman (Giorgio Bachetti) - ©Théâtre du Châtelet - Marie-Noëlle Robert

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Where to have a family brunch in Paris?


For a family brunch, we dash to the restaurant of the Cinémathèque française, to the Chalet des Iles or to the Aquarium de Paris. Creative games, areas dedicated to children and menus especially concocted for them, everything is designed for a brunch like the older ones!



Crédit photo :Family brunch - Paris - The brunch of the Chalet des Iles © Richard Maljean

Les 400 Coups

The restaurant of the Cinémathèque française suggests a mini-brunch for the children on Sunday.

À la carte: scrambled farm eggs as the older ones served with potatoes and veal sausage, raw vegetables and Emmental sticks, an apple juice and a chocolate cake for the dessert. A play corner has been especially created for them, with books, giant slates to scribble, a shadow puppet screen and a Kapla game. Tall chairs are also at the disposal of the parents.

Brunch on Sunday, from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
Adult: 23 euros / Child: 15 euros.

Les 400 Coups (in French)

51, rue de Bercy
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 44 18 72
75012 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 44 18 72
Metro: Bercy (lines 6 and 14).


After a visit at the Aquarium de Paris, families can enjoy a brunch on Sunday, set up in a room which offers a stunning view on an 8 metres high pond!

Suitable for children, it is in the form of a buffet. French toast, crêpes, fresh fruit salad, scrambled eggs, free range chicken, stir-fried noodles with vegetables, homemade chocolate cake…all these delicacies are waiting for the visitors. As a bonus, we can go for a walk with the children at the Trocadéro, located just in front of the aquarium.

Brunch on Sunday, from 12pm to 2pm.
Adult: 21.90 euros / Children (5-12 years old): 13.90 euros / Under 4 years old: 5.90 euros.

Cinéaqua / Aquarium de Paris

5, avenue Albert de Mun
75016 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 69 23 23
Metro: Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9) or Iéna (line 9).

Le Chalet des Iles

It is in an idyllic setting, in the middle of water and greenery, that this restaurant suggests a brunch each Sunday, in several ranges for young and old alike.

Apart from the traditional scrambled eggs with bacon and viennoiseries, the place offers a seafood buffet with oysters, salmon gravlax, whelks, shrimps, but also a selection of the dish of the day as the blanquette de veau or the paella. The youngest will be delighted to taste Nutella, jams and caramel with salted butter served with fresh bread! Numerous activities are reserved to them and notably a 45 minutes clown show.

Self-serve buffet on Sunday, from 12pm to 3pm.
Adult: 55 euros / Children (under 12 years old): 20 euros.
Valet parking: 8 euros

Le Chalet des Iles

14, Chemin de Ceinture du Lac Inférieur du Bois de Boulogne
75016 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 88 04 69
Metro: Rue de la Pompe (line 9) or Henri Martin (RER C).

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