L’Air des géants at La Villette

expo-l-air-des-geantsUntil September 13th 2015, the Parisian Parc de la Villette hosts a peculiar exhibition featuring ten monumental inflatable structures!

With “L’Air des géants” (the Air of giants), the Plasticiens Volants (Flying ceramists) collective revisits the architecture of the Parc through artworks of colossal dimensions. With its free access, this exhibition offers the opportunity to perceive the inflatable matter as a recurrent media of contemporary art. Great artists such as Paul McCarthy in 2000 or Anish Kapoor in 2011 have tackled this inflatable art and the use of matter. Visitors will thus admire a gigantic octopus or giants delivering committed messages. This exhibition is the opportunity to see the city from another angle.





“L’Air des géants” exhibition, from August 27th to September 13th 2015.

Free visit and entrance.


Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

lavillette.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : L’Air des géants – La Villette – Eveybody Always Thinks They Are Right - ©Stefan Sagmeister - photo EPPGHV

39th edition of the Festival d’Ile-de-France

39e-edition-festival-ile-de-franceBy organizing around thirty concerts in 27 different cultural places of Paris, the 39th edition of the Parisian Festival d’Ile-de-France invites us to enjoy the themes of adventure and wandering music.

From La Cigale to the Cirque d’Hiver, from the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord to the Gaîté Lyrique, we are invited to discover classic world and current music. From Youssou Ndour to Guillaume Perret, from Daniel Mille to Cheikh Lô, all the artists attending will perform genuine musical epics. During this event, the music aims to explore, dare, and even initiate, as it leads us to distant countries, from Brazil to Asia, from Morocco to Sub-Saharan Africa. With a one-way ticket, let yourself drift away in these new worlds.





39th edition of the Festival d’Ile-de-France, from September 6th to October 11th 2015.

3-concert ticket: 45 euros / Concession (under 26): 30 euros (for the 3 concerts).
Youssou Ndour concerts on September 25th and September 26th 2015 at 8:30pm, and on September 27th 2015 at 4:30pm, at the Cirque d’Hiver.
Rates: from 13 to 28 euros.


Cirque d’Hiver
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).


Crédit photo : Festival d’Ile de France – Edition 2015 – Official poster of the 2015 edition of the Festival d’Ile-de-France © DR

14th edition of the Festival Silhouette

festival-silhouette-corentin-perrichotThe 14th edition of the Festival Silhouette returns to the lawns of the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.

Organized by the French Association Silhouette, which brings short films back to their former glory, this outdoor film festival includes both screenings and concerts. For nine days, the public is invited to discover around 100 films (documentaries, dramas, animated movies, music videos and experimental films) every night from 7:30pm onward. Le Coeur, by Olivier Guidoux, Hillbrow, by Nicolas Boone or Le repas dominical, by Céline Devaux are among the most anticipated films to be featured. Concerts will open each evening, just in time for the aperitif, with the participation of Joe Chicago and The Supercherries, Kognitif or Swobody.





Festival Silhouette, from August 28th to September 5th 2015.

Free entrance.


Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge
5, avenue Debidour
75019 Paris
Metro: Pré-Saint-Gervais (line 7bis).

www.association-silhouette.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : Festival Silhouette – Edition 2015 – Official poster of the 2015 edition of the Festival Silhouette © Corentin Perrichot

Space Girls Space Women at the Musée des Arts et Métiers

space-girls-space-womenThe Parisian Musée des Arts et Métiers hosts a free exhibition dedicated to women and space on its railings.

Organized together with the Sipa Press association and the European Space Agency (ESA), this retrospective presents three generations of women committed to space adventure throughout the world. Eighteen satellite project managers, engineers, astronauts and students are thus introduced. “Space Girls Space Women” also presents girls aged 10 to 18, who dream of becoming astronomists, conceiving space rockets, or being the first to land on Mars, and who take part in the American and Turkish Space Camps. An exhibition that may well trigger new vocations!





“Space Girls Space Women – L’Espace à travers le regard des femmes” exhibition, from June 18th to November 1st 2015.
Free access and entrance.


Musée des Arts et Métiers
60, rue Réaumur
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 01 82 00
Metro: Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11).


Crédit photo : Marie-Bertille, 16, at C’Space event in Biscarosse, France, is preparing the launch of her own rocket © Laurence Geai / Sipa Press

Best places

Paris’ top neo cafes


For several years, neo cafes have been taking over Paris. The reason for their success: an innovative cooking with flavors from around the world, cheaper prices, a laid-back ambiance and a carefully designed decoration. Zoom on three of these unavoidable cafes for the return of autumn.



Crédit photo :Top neo cafes - Paris - The room of the Aux Enfants Gâtés neo cafe © Facebook Restaurant Aux Enfants Gâtés


Behind a simple front window hides a perfect cafe.

From the raw design decoration (Ercol chairs, exposed stones), to the inventive cooking, everything is there for the customer to spend a nice evening. The dishes are cooked by Chef Kosta Milosevic, trained by Alain Passard, among others. On the menu, we find creative and rather surprising dishes: cream with cauliflower, sorrel and bay foam, peach of the day with beet and daikon (Asian white radish). For desert, indulge yourself with the avocado/passion/banana biscuit.

Open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm, and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Menus: from 22 to 32 euros.


3, rue Richer
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 47 70 67 31
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9) or Poissonnière (line 7).
www.office-resto.com (in French)

Aux Enfants Gâtés

Aux Enfants Gâtés is none other than the gourmand palace of Chef Frédéric Bidault, who worked at Lasserre and La Grande Cascade, among others.

The elegant and modern design of the restaurant, with its blue and red hues and its semi-open kitchen is enjoyable. The chef offers a tasty seasonal cooking. The lobster is chestnut honey-flavored, the sea Crab meat is served with herring eggs and crustacean jelly with lemongrass, and the Saint-Jean-de-Luz hake is served with piperade and fried doughs.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, for lunch and dinner.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Lunch for 28 euros.
Dinner for 35 euros.

Aux Enfants Gâtés

4, rue Danville
75014 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 47 56 81
Metro: Denfert-Rochereau (lines 4, 6 and RER B).
www.auxenfantsgates.fr (in French) 

Le Beurre Noisette

Former cook at the Ritz, Chef Thierry Blanqui has made his “Beurre Noisette” one of the trendiest places of the French capital since 2001.

He treats his regulars with a “bistronomique” cooking (a cooking typical of cafes) in a simple and pleasant atmosphere. Each of his specialties is more appetizing than the next: smoked haddock with green cabbage, trotter carpaccio with lentils, etc. For desert, you must try the rum baba perfumed with ambergris, a real legend.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 12pm to 2:45pm, and from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Rates: from 36 to 50 euros.

Le Beurre Noisette

68, rue Vasco de Gama
75015 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 56 82 49
Metro: Lourmel (line 8) or Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2, T3a).

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