FIAC is back for the 42nd year at the Grand Palais

FIAC has been coming to the Grand Palais since 1977 and from October 22nd to 25th, this year's 42nd edition is no exception.

Every year it hosts the best Parisian and international (Lebanon, Romania, India, United States, Germany, etc.) modern and contemporary art galleries. This year 23 countries are represented by the approximately 170 galleries that are participating. FIAC is also Hors les Murs (outside) which this year is in the Jardin des Tuileries and the Jardin des Plantes, on the banks of the Seine and in Place Vendôme. Using COP21, which takes place in the capital at the end of this year, as its theme, FIAC is exhibiting works which evoke climate change, such as those of Janet Laurence or Henrique Oliveira, in the Jardin des Plantes. The event also hosts numerous conferences, film shows, performance art and exterior works.





42nd edition of FIAC, October 22nd to 25th, 2015.

Open every day from noon to 8.00 p.m., Friday until 9.00 p.m.
Entry: €40 / Free to under 12s.


Grand Palais

Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).


Crédit photo : FIAC 2015 – Grand Palais – Fiac 2015 – DR

Rediscover the Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre Museum

"The Winged Victory of Samothrace" exhibition, in the Sully Wing on the first floor of the Louvre Museum, is entirely dedicated to this emblematic sculpture.

One of the museum's major pieces, it has undergone several periods of renovation since it arrived in the Louvre in 1864. The last being very recent, as it was in 2013-2014. This retrospective looks at the steps in that renovation, but also at this spectacular, and romantic, work's origins through old photographs and casts. The sculpture, which represents a winged goddess called Victory, standing on a base shaped like the prow of a ship, was discovered by Charles Champoiseau in 1863 in a temple on the Island of Samothrace, in the Aegean Sea. She had been offered to the gods of Samothrace after a naval victory. Ever since, her beauty and mystery have been fascinating visitors to the Louvre Museum.





"The Winged Victory of Samothrace - Rediscover a masterpiece" exhibition from March 5th to November 9th 2015.

Open every day except Tuesday, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Evening visits on Wednesday and Friday, until 9.45 p.m.
Price: €15


Musée du Louvre
Pyramide du Louvre
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 20 50 50
Metro: Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).


Crédit photo : The Winged Victory of Samothrace - Louvre – LThe Winged Victory of Samothrace. Official Poster - © 2014 Musée du Louvre / Thierry Ollivier

43rd edition of the Vivez Nature Fair in Paris

This year, the 43rd edition of the Vivez Nature Fair is the perfect partner for COP21, which will be held in Paris at the end of the year.

The aim of this event is to offer organic or eco-friendly alternatives to consumers and change their daily habits. During the 4 days there will be numerous workshops and conferences on themes as varied as clothing, health, interior decoration, publishing, and cosmetics. The public can meet writers, architects, doctors and researchers to talk about how they can be eco-friendly in their everyday life. There is also the opportunity to explore natural medicine: looking after yourself with plants, shamanism, etc. Vivez Nature is happening at the same time as two other fairs: Ecohome, which is dedicated to natural, sustainable homes, and Yoga Festival Paris which is offering free yoga classes all day.





43rd edition of Vivez Nature Fair, October 23rd to 26th 2015.

Open Friday to Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Free with invitation.


Paris Event Center
20, avenue de la Porte de la Villette
75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de la Villette (line 7).
www.vivez-nature.com (in French)  

Crédit photo : Salon Vivez Nature - Paris – Official poster of the 43rd edition of Vivez Nature Fair © DR

Best places

A la Folie: the Villette’s guinguette

Villette Park (Parc de la Villette) has just acquired a new restaurant called A la Folie.

Behind this unusual name is a real gathering place for all ages, with a grill restaurant, a bar, and spaces for dance and yoga lessons. A la Folie also has an enormous terrace whose lamps and trees recall the famous ginguettes (open air restaurants and bars where there was often dancing). As a bonus, the restaurant is only feet from the Ourcq Canal, so you can go for a stroll after your dinner or drink. A la Folie has been opened by two friends, Rémy Baiget, formerly the artistic director of the famous Parisian nightclub, Rex Club; and Meziane Azaiche, director of another legendary club, Cabaret Sauvage. The interior was designed by Christophe Hamaide-Pierson who has created a fresh, welcoming vibe in this hybrid space. Another plus for the perfect end to the day - after 7.00 p.m. A la Folie becomes an electro-techno club.


Open Tuesday from 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday from 11.30 a.m. to 2.00 a.m.
Brunch: €21.


A la Folie
26, avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de la Villette (line 7). 

Crédit photo : A la Folie - Restaurant – © Cédric Odet

Le Barbiche: the new hot spot in SoPi

Le Barbiche is a new bistro nestled in SoPi (South Pigalle) just feet from those famous French night spots, Bus Palladium and Mansart.

The restaurant is owned by five friends and is the ideal place to start your evening with a glass of wine and a board of shared appetizers. This local bistro has had the bright idea of adapting its board of appetizers to what you are drinking. A board of duck confit with girolles, Rocamadour cheese, and blood pudding mousse, etc. if you have chosen red wine, or cod ceviche, open sandwiches with taramasalata and lumpfish caviar, and whelks with homemade garlic mayonnaise if you are drinking white. The restaurant also has generous mains like their burger, or ravioli with foie gras sauce. Le Barbiche is famous, too, for its cocktails, which you can drink at the bar.


Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 3.00 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 2.00 a.m.
Board: €14.


Le Barbiche
11, rue Pierre Fontaine
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 85 21 90
Metro: Pigalle (lines 2 and 12).


Crédit photo : Le Barbiche - Restaurant – © Facebook Le Barbiche

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