The Golden age of Belgian comics

age-d-or-de-la-bd-belgeOrganized together with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège, the “L’Age d’or de la bande dessinée belge” (The Golden age of Belgian comics) exhibition features original plates by great masters of the genre, akin to the Ligne Claire drawing style.

Visitors will thus discover drawings by Hergé, Jacobs, Morris, Tillieux, Franquin, as well as Macherot. This free exhibition provides the opportunity to admire sketches sometimes placed in their historical context or pointed out by light, like Gaston Lagaffe, Michel Vaillant, or Tif & Tondu. A retrospective providing the opportunity to grasp the emulation that existed between the Tintin and Spirou magazines in the post-war period.





“L’Age d’or de la bande dessinée belge” exhibition, from June 17th to October 4th 2015.

Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Full rate : 5 euros / Concession : 3 euros.


Centre de Wallonie-Bruxelles Paris
127-129, rue Saint-Martin
75004 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 01 96 96
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11).

cwb.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : L’Age d’or de la bande dessinée belge - Exposition – Affiche L’âge d’or de la bande dessinée belge Graphisme Bettina Pell © Olivier Grenson

8th edition of the La Chaise et l’Ecran festival

la-chaise-et-l-ecranIn the summer, many festivals are organized in Paris, including those dedicated to outdoor cinema.

The Mairie of the 11th arrondissement is no exception to the rule and sets up the 8th edition of its La Chaise et l’Ecran festival (The chair and the screen festival). Three free screenings are thus planned in various places of the arrondissement, such as the Place de la République. This year, Zinedine Soualem, one of director Cédric Klapisch’s favorite actors, was in charge of the event’s program. Three classics will be projected: Emmenez-moi, by Edmond Bensimon, The Great Love, by Pierre Etaix, and That Man from Rio, by Philippe de Broca.

Festival La Chaise et l’Ecran, from July 11th to August 22nd 2015.

Saturday, July 11th 2015 at 10pm in the Mairie of the 11th arrondissement’s courtyard: Emmenez-moi, by Edmond Bensimon.
Friday, July 31st 2015 at 9:30pm in the Jardin de la Folie-Titon: The Great Love, by Pierre Etaix.
Saturday, August 22nd 2015 at 9pm on the Place de la République: That Man from Rio, by Philippe de Broca.
Free screenings.


Courtyard of the Mairie of the 11th arrondissement
13 bis, rue Popincourt
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 07 01 12
Metro: Voltaire (line 9).

mairie11.paris.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Festival La Chaise et l’Ecran – Cinéma – © Facebook Mairie of the 11th arrondissement – Official Facebook page

Summer Garden returns to the quai Branly

jardin-d-ete-musee-quai-branlyIn addition to its Siestes Electroniques, the Musée du quai Branly organizes many free and fun activities in its Summer Garden annually.

This summer, visitors will be able to attend kizomba lessons with the DS Cultura association, as well as classes specialized in techniques of bodily percussions. Younger visitors will marvel at tales narrated by the museum’s storytellers, who will enchant the “Garden of tales” with their world stories and legends around the theme of music. Family activities will teach how to create your own musical instruments or engage in a treasure hunt. Finally, a reading room, the “Summer parlor”, is made available by Jacques Kerchache around scents. A free and family event encouraging the awakening of the senses at the heart of Paris.





Summer Garden, from July 3rd to August 30th 2015.

Free and easily accessed activities (subject to availability).


Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
Access: Pont de l’Alma (RER C).


Crédit photo : 2015 Summer Garden – quai Branly – © musée du quai Branly, photo Cyril Zannettacci

The free Parisian museums on the first Sunday of each month

musee-d-orsayFew people know it, but many Parisian museums are free on the first Sunday of each month throughout the year!

It is the perfect occasion for visitors to freely discover the artistic and historic richness of the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay, or even the Musée du quai Branly. From November to March, some monuments are also open for free, such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Panthéon, and even the Palace of Versailles. Finally, three Parisian museums open their permanent collections throughout the whole year: the Carnavalet Museum, the Musée de la Vie Romantique and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. If you enjoy visiting museums at night, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie opens every Wednesday evenings for free. In the French capital, the culture thus becomes accessible to all!





Free museums, on the first Sunday of each month, throughout the year.


Centre Pompidou
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 44 78 12 33
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11).


Crédit photo : Free museums - Paris The Seine by the Musée d'Orsay © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer: © Sarah Sergent

Best places

The top restaurants of the Parisian parks


In Paris, several parks comprise very fine restaurants, where having lunch or dinner is particularly enjoyable. Zoom on three of those, whose styles differ drastically.



Crédit photo :Top park restaurants - Paris - © Facebook Pavillon Montsouris

La Baleine, Jardin des Plantes

This restaurant is located within the Jardin des Plantes itself, close to the Jussieu area, and is suitable for family outings.

It contains two terraces, one of which overlooks the parc des Wallabies. A special menu and various activities were designed specifically for children. The summer menu, ideal for lunch, is particularly appetizing: tuna belly marinated in olive oil, gambas roasted in basil, red-fruit soup with fresh mint, organic juices and coffee. After a gourmet halt at La Baleine, make the most of the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Natural History.

Open Monday to Sunday, from 12pm to 3:30pm.
Lemonade until 6pm.
Children’s menu for 13.50 euros.

La Baleine

47, rue Cuvier
75005 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 79 80 72
Metro: Jussieu (line 7) or Gare d'Austerlitz (lines 5, 10 and RER C).
restaurant-la-baleine.com (in French)

Les Jardins de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne

Set up in the former stables of the Château de Bagatelle, Les Jardins de Bagatelle restaurant has available a large veranda and a superb terrace overlooking the gardens, with an open-air bar.

After lunch, customers can admire the park’s famous Roseraie (rose garden) or enjoy a stroll along the Bois de Boulogne’s paths. The menu offers generally traditional dishes, such as semi-cooked duck foie gras terrine, beef carpaccio, salmon tartare, or a homemade lemon pie.

Open for lunch from 12pm to 3pm, and for teatime from 3pm to 6pm.
Dish starting at 20 euros.

Les Jardins de Bagatelle

42, route de Sèvres à Neuilly
75016 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 67 98 29
Metro: Pont de Neuilly and Porte Maillot (line 1).
www.bagatellelerestaurant.com (in French)

Le Pavillon Montsouris, Parc Montsouris

Le Pavillon Montsouris is settled in a Belle Epoque-style detached house built in 1889 for the 1892 universal expo.

Since then, it has been listed one of Paris’ Historical Monuments. Renovated in 2002 in a spirit of colonial inspiration, this restaurant has available a terrace with a stunning view on the Parc Montsouris. The menu offers a creative French cooking: roasted duck filet with an aerial peppermint-flavored date purée, cod loin with zucchini risotto and Japanese lemon.

Open from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Closed on Sunday evenings, from October to April.
Menu for 51 euros.
Valet service.

Le Pavillon Montsouris

20, rue Gazan
75014 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 13 29 00
Metro: Glacière (line 6) or Porte d’Orléans (line 4).

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