9th edition of the French Fête de la Nature

Edition 2015 fete de la natureFor a period of 5 days, from May 20th to May 24th 2015, France, Guadeloupe and Reunion Island celebrate the Fête de la Nature (Nature festival) through various free activities.

Named "Au bord de l’eau" (By the water’s edge), this new edition aims to give its visitors the opportunity to roam the national coast and marshes, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Conservatoire national du littoral (Coastal protection agency). The goal is to promote its protection action in order to understand why it is essential to preserve these natural areas. The public is therefore invited to take part in various activities: introduction to botany, fabrication of natural beauty products, land art etc. Visitors of all ages will be able to try and create a mini-pond and a mini-wetland in a public garden located rue du Moulin des Lapins, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, from 2pm to 5pm.


9th edition of the Fête de la Nature, from May 20th to May 24th 2015.

Free activities.

Crédit photo : : Fête de la Nature – 2015 edition poster illustrating the "Au bord de l'eau" theme. Graphic design and illustration: © Pascal Riner / Terre Sauvage.

Roland-Garros settles in at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

affiche-roland-garros-dans-la-ville-2015Each year, the end of May marks the beginning of the Roland-Garros Grand Slam tournament in Paris.

To celebrate the event, the Eiffel Tower hosts the “Roland-Garros dans la Ville” (Roland-Garros in the city) event during the two weeks of tennis tournament, from May 24th to June 7th 2015. After taking place at the square of the Hôtel de Ville of Paris, it is the famous Parisian Tower’s turn to host this entire space dedicated to clay courts! The program includes: a tennis clay court, a “sponsors” village, a Roland-Garros shop as well as a giant screen to allow participants to watch the matches of the legendary courts Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen.



Roland-Garros dans la Ville, from May 24th to June 7th 2015, from 12pm to 7pm.

Free entrance.

Roland-Garros dans la Ville

Champ de Mars
75007 Paris
Metro: Ecole Militaire (line 8) or Passy (line 6).
www.fft.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Title : Roland Garros dans la ville – Official poster of the 2015 edition of Roland-Garros dans la Ville © FFT

Best Places

The historical Parisian shop Diptyque has reopened

diptyque-paris-25054 years after its opening, the historical Parisian shop of the perfume company Diptyque has just reopened following a general revamp.

Open in 1961 –the brand was created that same year- the shop, located at the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, has preserved its frontage with shades of light green and ruby. The interior has been entirely redesigned: a plant-covered carpeting (rerelease of Madeleine Castaing’s collections), brass and glass shelves entirely dedicated to the Art du Soin (Art of Care) collection, or even Salome marble stands. Some elements are decorative and were restored, such as the Lapis and Malachite wall hand-painted by Desmond Knox-Leet, one of the founders of Diptyque. 54 years after its opening, the number 34 of the boulevard Saint-Germain has managed to recover its initial glow.



Open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm.


34, boulevard Saint-Germain
75005 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 26 77 44
Metro: Maubert-Mutualité (line 10).

Crédit photo : Title : Diptyque reopening – Saint Germain – @diptyqueparis

Le 975: the high-in-vitamin café of the 17th arrondissement

975It is in the 17th arrondissement of Paris that Japanese Chef Taiki Tamao and sommelier Mathieu Orazi have decided to settle their restaurant, soberly named “Le 975”.

Behind a frontage made of yellow-tinted raw wood, we discover a room bathed in sunlight with light oak, lime green, a smooth concrete floor and school chairs. The high-in-vitamin decoration of the restaurant was entrusted to the Lemoal brothers, from the Fields Architectes cabinet. As for the cuisine, the menu changes on a daily basis and offers French dishes, with Japanese additions. The Breton monkfish therefore takes on a hint of white miso, the white asparagus from Champagne are marinated in Dashi, and the fillet of duck breast is sprinkled with ginger. Taiki Tamao also proves his originality with a corn, hazelnut and lardon cream soup, served cold. An address halfway between a café and gourmet restaurant, which offers various menus in order to meet everyone’s purse!



Open Monday to Friday, and Saturday evening, from 12pm to 2:30pm, and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Le 975

25, rue Guy Moquet
75017 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)9 53 75 67 71
Metro: Brochant or Guy Moquet (line 13).
le975.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : Title : Le 975 - Restaurant – © Elodie Dupuis photographe

Partisan: the new gourmet restaurant of Grands Boulevards

partisan_250Formerly Maison F, Partisan is the new restaurant of the Parisian Grands Boulevards area, headed by Chef Rudy Charron, who has previously worked at some of the most famous French restaurants, such as La Coupole, la Tour d’Argent or Tante Louise.

This chef’s defining feature is his tendency to exploit the various textures and cooking temperatures, for a certified gourmet cuisine. The deviled eggs are therefore revisited and bathed in citronella and red curry, and the sirloin flank steak is roasted, served with a pea mousseline and hay, rosemary and laurel-perfumed foam, as well as pea sprouts. The restaurant offers affordable menus and a serene service, perfectly suitable for a lunch with your friends or family. Partisan also includes an enticing wine list, which will undoubtedly delight the connoisseurs.



Open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 3pm, and from 6pm to 2am, on Saturday from 6pm to 2am.
Closed on Sunday.
Lunch from 18 to 23 euros.


3, rue Rougemont
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 46 23 16
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9).
restaurantpartisan.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Title : Partisan – French restaurant – © Partisan.fr

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