Paris Fleurs Sauvages

pois-de-senteurUntil October 3rd 2015, the wine storehouse of the Parc de Bercy hosts Magali Roucaut’s photographs on the Parisian fauna and flora.

This free exhibition entitled “Paris Fleurs Sauvages” (Paris’ Wild Flowers) is the opportunity to realize that the vegetation invades particularly uncommon places: the side of a road, wilderness fences, construction site railings etc. Man thus understands that nature does not require his intervention to find a way. The presence of these wild flowers is notably due to winds, bird flights, or more simply the randomness of insects’ gathering of pollen. A retrospective that allows visitors to discover the French capital in a new light.





"Paris Fleurs Sauvages" exhibition, from June 25th to October 3rd 2015.

Open every day from 2pm to 7pm.
Free entrance.


Wine storehouse of the Parc de Bercy
128, quai de Bercy
75012 Paris
Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).

www.paris-fleurs-sauvages.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Paris Fleurs Sauvages – Magali Roucaut – Small Belt - Paris 12 © Magali Roucaut

Temps modernes : la mémoire de l’esclavage et l’art contemporain

chi-chi-exadecimalThis exhibition is organized as part of the UNESCO’s Slave Route project, on the occasion of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

“Temps modernes : la mémoire de l’esclavage et l’art contemporain” (Modern times: the memory of slavery and contemporary art) presents paintings and sculptures of African and Caribbean artists. These artists, such as Benin artists Marius Danson or Edwige Aplogan, Cuban Kcho or Dominicans Chichi Reyes or Miguelina Rivera are all affected by slavery. Why? Because of the imprint it has left on their respective countries. However, they do not forget that the trade of human beings and their exploitation still carries on today everywhere in the world. Through their artworks, they approach the subjects of prostitution or forced marriage, child labor, or more metaphorically the addiction to new technologies. These works bring us to one question: are we not facing a kind of contemporary slavery?





Exposition « Temps modernes : la mémoire de l’esclavage et l’art contemporain », from September 8th to October 3rd 2015.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 7pm.
Free entrance.


Galerie Robert Vallois – Contemporary Sculpture
35, rue de Seine
75006 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 25 17 34
Metro: Mabillon (line 10).

www.vallois.com (in French) 

Crédit photo : Temps modernes – Exposition – © CHI CHI - EXADECIMAL – 2015

1st edition of the Traversées du Marais

les-traversees-du-maraisFor three days, the Les Traversées du Marais (The Marais’ crossing) festival invites you to discover one of the trendiest areas of Paris: the Marais.

From September 11th to September 13th 2015, this first edition will take you through courtyards and prosperous-looking living rooms of Parisian cultural spots with exceptional architectural heritage: the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée Picasso or Carnavalet Museum, among others. Organized in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, this event is actually a musical tour to discover with your family. Rock, Jazz, classical music, Les Traversées du Marais features free concerts, live performances, electro balls and breathtaking installations to suit all tastes. The festival will start with a ball with Faubourg Simone organized in the famous Halles of the Carreau du Temple covered market.





Les Traversées du Marais, from September 11 to September 13 2015.
Almost all the concerts are free, and the rates of paying programs will not exceed 10 euros.


Le Carreau du Temple
4, rue Eugène Spuller
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 83 91 93 30
Metro: Temple (line 3), or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

www.carreaudutemple (in French) 

Crédit photo : Les Traversées du Marais – Festival Paris 2015 – ©DR

Best places

A Mere: on with Maurizio Zillo’s creative cooking!


Behind A Mere hides Brazilian Chef Maurizio Zillo, who, following Bocuse in Lyon and Rebelot in Milan, finally settles down in Paris!

Super creative, this young chef does not hesitate to shake up the codes of traditional cooking by revisiting it with cleverness and mischief. Thus, he proposes eel and fig as a starter, piglet with rhubarb and cauliflower or poultry with Gouda sauce as a main course. But it is with the desserts that the chef surprises the most. At A Mere, raspberries mix with mustard and cucumber and vine peaches are served with licorice and nuts. A cooking, which will successfully unsettle you as much as seduce you. As a bonus, we enjoy the pared-down decoration of the restaurant, situated at the heart of the 10th arrondissement of Paris.


Open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2:30pm, and from 7:30pm to 11pm.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Dishes: from 18 euros onward.


A Mere
49, rue de l’Echiquier
75010 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 00 08 28
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 et 9). 

Crédit photo : A Mere - Restaurant – © Facebook A mere

Gourmet break at Chez Francine


Open in June 2015, the Chez Francine restaurant has replaced L’Ardoisier, around the corner of the rue de la Forge Royale and the faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

Behind a plain frontage with gray and white hues hides a simple, friendly and familial restaurant that serves a balanced cooking with various inspirations. The menu changes regularly according to the chef’s moods and the ongoing season: cod with zucchinis, asparagus cream soup with tarragon, lamb casserole, shrimps with curry or perfumed with pineapple sauce etc. Chez Francine’s desserts, such as the mango-mint and orange lassi, take us on a journey. For those who would prefer a more traditional cooking, the chocolate fondant remains a safe bet, which will satisfy all food enthusiasts! Chez Francine includes a brunch every Sunday, to try with your friends.


Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 2:30pm, and from 7:30pm to 11pm.
Closed on Monday.
Brunch on Sunday, from 11am onward.
Lunch at 14.50 euros.


Chez Francine
167, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 80 06 35 06
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).

www.chezfrancine.com (in French)  

Crédit photo : Chez Francine – Restaurant – © Facebook Chez Francine

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