32nd Edition of the European Heritage Days

journee-patrimoineThe European Heritage Days are coming back to Paris for two days of free visits!

On September 19th and 20th, 2015, many cultural sites and monuments (museums, churches, chateaus, natural parks, etc.) will open their doors to the general public to unveil their beauty and, sometimes, some hidden treasures. The theme of this 32nd edition is: “Heritage in the 21st century, a history of the future.” The event will focus on the heritage that we’re currently creating for future generations, especially in terms of architecture or technological innovations. This theme, which addresses the last fifteen years of creation, is part of COP21, since architecture should respond more and more to environmental issues. But the European Heritage Days are, before everything, synonymous with magic. They allow you to visit the Élysée Palace, the President’s office, and the Murat Room where, every Wednesday, the Council of Ministers is held; or you can even meet the members of the Republican Guard at the Celestin Barracks.





European Heritage Days, from September 19th-20th, 2015.

Free visits.


Caserne des Célestins
18, boulevard Henri IV
75004 Paris
Metro: Sully-Morland (line 7) or Bastille (lines 5 and 8).

Palais de l’Elysée
Avenue Gabriel
75008 Paris
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).


Crédit photo : : European Heritage Days - Paris - © DES SIGNES studio Muchir Desclouds

The concept store Merci is interested in Slow Life

slow-lifeFrom September 1st to 22nd, 2015 the famous Parisian concept store, Merci, is showing its interest in the Slow Movement with a free exhibition called "Slow Life".

The public is invited to come and discover different sectors affected by this philosophy of life, such as fashion, art, or technical and technological innovations. Merci is exhibiting the AA Lamp, created from used batteries by 5.5 Designers; and baskets made from wicker and off cuts of reclaimed luxury fabric made by Antonio Marras. There are other unusual objects, such as Nadia Gallardo's vases, made from bakery paper, tracing paper and corrugated paper. "Slow Life" is an exhibition that invites you to enjoy culture and environmentally responsible shopping in the capital.





"Slow Life" Exhibition, September 1st to 22nd, 2015.

Open every day except Sunday, from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Free entry.


Concept-store Merci
111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 77 00 33
Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

www.merci-merci.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : Slow Life – Concept store Merci – © Merci

Parisian cobblestones exhibited at the Town Hall of the 12th arrondissement

strip-artThe 12th arrondissement's Town Hall is hosting a free exhibition about Parisian cobblestones.

The photographs have been taken by Antonio Martinelli, in partnership with Jean-Paul Favand, the founder of the Fairground Arts Museum (Musée des Arts Forains) who found these unusual cobblestones in Bercy. Once he had cleaned, varnished and stamped them, he had turned them into little works of art. The aim of this retrospective is to awaken our curiosity about one of the capital's symbols - showing us the forms, colors and shapes of these stones that we walk on but never see. By the way, these photographs were also exhibited in 2014 in the covered walkways of Bercy Village.





Exhibition "Strip Art, cobblestones in art", from 7th September to 7th October 2015.

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 8.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Free entry.


Mairie du 12ème
130, avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
Metro: Dugommier (line 6) or Montgallet (line 8).

www.mairie12.paris.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Strip Art – Cobblestones - Exhibition – © Antonio Martinelli

The Parisianer comes to Bercy Village

bercy-villageThe covered walkways of Saint Emilion Square in Bercy Village welcome the 31 imaginative images of "The Parisianer" to their walls.

The illustrations cover 4 themes: "I love Paris", "It's 5 a.m., Paris is waking up", "Party Paris" and, "Paris is tiny when you love it enough". They highlight the different faces of the French capital, showing its most famous monuments and symbolic places, or everyday Parisian life. In these images Paris is romantic, festive, dynamic and adventurous. An exhibition to take in while walking around the area, before going to have an ice-cream or a drink in Bercy Village.





"The Parisianer" Exhibition, from 17th September 2015 to 10th January 2016.
Entry free.


Bercy Village
28, rue François Truffaut
75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).

www.bercyvillage.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : The Parisianer - Exhibition - Poster Bercy Village © The Parisianer François Maumont

Best places

Paris' best green restaurants


In Paris you can be environmentally friendly, healthy or local when you eat. There are green restaurants with an ethical approach, such as Yuman, Bloom and Miss Green.



Crédit photo :Best Green Restaurants - Paris - © Facebook Yuman


This restaurant and organic grocery store is near the BNF (the National Library of France).

Created by the interior designer Michaël Malapert, Yuman mixes strong materials such as concrete and steel with reclaimed materials. So, the tables have been made from scaffolding planks. On its menu, Yuman uses fresh, seasonal and 100% organic products, grown less than 200 kilometers from Paris, with no GMO, no pesticides and no additives. You can also eat vegetarian, gluten free or without milk products.

Open Monday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to half past midnight, Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to half past midnight, and Sunday from 11.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Brunch €25.


70, rue du Chevaleret
75013 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 73 74 44 79
Metro: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (line 14).
www.yuman-restaurant.com (in French)


Bloom's motto is simple: eat local and homemade. Here, everything is seasonal, made from products from farms within 300 kilometers of Paris.

Most of the ingredients used in the kitchen are organic, like the eggs, legumes, fruit and vegetables. Bloom has some vegetarian dishes but is most famous for its weekend brunch.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. on the weekend.
Open from Wednesday to Saturday evening, from 6.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Lunch menus from €10.50 to €17.


25, rue de la Forge Royale
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 72 87 88
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).
www.bloom-restaurant.fr (in French) 

Miss Green

This restaurant in Paris' 17th arrondissement has a cool, green interior, with wood and shades of green.

Only open for lunch, Miss Green offers quick lunches which are healthy for nature and for the body. All the products used are seasonal and some are organic. Miss Green also has gluten free and vegetarian dishes, so is suitable for all types of diets. As part of its environmentally friendly initiative, all the restaurant's packaging is recycled.
Open from Monday to Friday, from 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Menus from €9.90 to €12.90.

Miss Green

11, rue Lebon
75017 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 45 72 18 18
Metro: Ternes (line 2) or Pereire (line 3).
www.missgreen-paris.com (in French) 

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