Visit Paris in 2011: Calendar of Events

Calendar Events Paris

Visit Paris in 2011

The Calendar Events Paris will give you all the information about festivals, parades, sporting occasions, funfairs, fireworks

Whenever you are visiting Paris, there is always something for you. There are events all year round

Always something is going on.

Spring is nice for shows, concerts and sporting occasions.

Summer is great for funfairs, open-air attractions

Autumn for exhibitions

Winter for shopping

January

Let’s look at the best Paris events

New Year’s Day Parade, Montmartre 1 January. Huge procession with jugglers, clowns and lots of music.

Fashion Shows -Haute Couture spring summer 2011 collections from Monday, January 23th to Thursday, January 26th, 2012-Men’s Fashion fall-winter 2011/2012 collections from Wednesday, January 18th to Sunday, January 22rd, 2012

Chinese New Year Parade Paris’Chinatown, in the Southeast of Paris celebrates Chinese New Yearwith paper lanters, dragon dance down the street. That’s a really colourful event, be here on January 23rd 2012. Metro: Porte d’Ivry, Porte de Choisy.

February

Holiday on ice – Festival Energia on Thursday February 10, 2011 to February 20, 2011. Where? At the Zenith 211 Avenue Jean Jaures Parc de Villette. Spectacular ice show with acrobats, the prettiest costumes. Reservation online www.ticketnet.fr or la Fnac Spectacles at www.fnacspectacles.com

Salon de l’Agriculture an agricultural fair held at the Porte de Versailles between February 19th to February 27th 2011.It includes a Parisian favorite contest of the French finest breeding animals. A must see!Metro: Porte de Versailles

March

Carnaval de Paris on March 6, 2011 the carnival Olympiades carnavalesques internationales, countries, cultures, music, dances and costumes, the route will start place Gambetta at 2:30pm (Metro Gambetta), north on rue Gambetta, right on boulevard Menilmontant, boulevard de Belleville, Belleville at 4pm, left at rue du Faubourg du Temple, Place de la Republique at 5pm, continue rue de Turbigo, rue Beaubourg, rue du Renard and end at the Hotel de Ville at 7pm (Metro Hotel de Ville)

Salon du Livre this fantastic international book fair will be held March 18th to 21st 2011 at the Porte de Versailles.Metro: Porte de Versailles

April

April Fool’s day, on the 1st April includes jokes, paper fish to someone’s back. We named it in French Poisson d’Avril.

Foire du Trone is in April and May 2011, Pelouse de Reuilly Bois de Vincennes France biggest funfair, amusement rides, carousels…and fun! Metro: Porte Doree

Marathon of Paris on Sunday April 10th 2011 starts on the Champs-Elysees, end at Avenue Foch. Jog or walk approximely 42km (26 miles)

Foire of Paris is a huge exhibition with many booths home interiors, model of gardens April 28th to May 8th 2011 at the Porte de Versailles. 3 distinctive themes Home & Environment, Well-being & Leisure and World Cultures. Metro Porte de Versailles

Tennis at Roland Garros

May

May is an excellent month to visit Paris

Fete du Travail: May 1st Day Labor Day , no work, people sell the lily of the Valley (Muguet). The French tradition is to offer this delicate flower to give luck to the people we love

Nuit des Musees Some museums will be open during the night on the May 14, 2011

French Open Tennis Championship Roland Garros open from May 17 to June 5th 2011. Buy tickets online at www.billetterie.fft.fr Metro Porte d’Auteuil

Foire St-Germain antique and culture fair at St-Germain-des-Pres. May 21, 2011 to July 04, 2011. Metro: St-Sulpice.

June

June is also a best month not too hot not too busy!

Fete de la Musique is on Tuesday June 21th 2011. The Capital is full of music, in parks, streets…

Paris Jazz Festival from June 12, 2011 to August 01, 2011. Why not to enjoy free concerts at the Parc Floral… Metro: Chateau de Vincennes

July

World Dog Show at Paris Nord Villepinte on July 7 to 10, 2011. My favorite show of the Calendar events Paris 2011. I love to see dogs in Paris July gets busier with tourists in Paris.

Bastille Day, July 14th, music, dance, fireworks…most important national holiday and also my favorite of the Calendar events Paris. Metro: Trocadero, Eiffel Tower.

Parade July 14

Festival du cinema: Mid July-end of August, big screen movie over La Villette Park.Metro: Porte de la Villette

Tour de France in July is the world greatest cycle race finish every year on the Champs-Elysees.

August

The month of August can be very slow in Paris. Parisians take their holidays during this month. August calendar events Paris still have very good festivals Quartier d’ete, Cinema au Clair de Lune

Rock en Seine on August 26, 27, 28, 2011. Metro Boulogne – Pont de St-Cloud. Three days of rock concerts in Paris

September

Jazz de la Villette August 30 to September 11, 2011. Music soul, funk, rock at the Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaures. Metro : Porte de Pantin

Fete de l’Humanite At the Parc de la Courneuve.

Autumn Festival Ballets, Drama…Theatre du Chatelet

Journee du Patrimoine 3rd wek-end of September. Open to public do not miss the Hotel de Ville, Palais de l’Elysee.

Fete a Neu-Neu is a huge carnival around the two lakes of the Bois de Boulogne in September and October.

October

Sleepless Night, 1st Saturday of October incredible night! Performances…

Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre 2nd week-end of October.Celebration of the harvest from Montmartre’s vineyards.

Chocolat Festival Salon Europeen du chocolat. Metro: Porte de Versailles. Date: October 15, 2011

One of my favorite of the Calendar Events Paris!

November

Le Mois de la Photo is a photography festival during the month of November. Galleries and museums open their doors to this special event organized by the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (www.mep-fr.org). The Carrousel of the Louvre hosts an international photography show on November 1, 2011

Paris Photo at the Grand Palais between November 9 and 13, 2011 (www.paris-photo.fr)

Armistice Day a military parade from the Arch of Triumph down the Champs-Elysees on November 11, 2011

Beaujolais Nouveau new wine from a region of France called the Beaujolais is officially released on the third Thursday in November. The wine of Beaujolais will be served in restaurants and cafes

Calendar Events Paris

December

Salon Nautique de Paris You like nice boats! Go to this international boat show. December 11, 2011. Metro: Porte de Versailles

Horse Exhibition

Horse Exhibition You like horses! Don’t miss the Salon du Cheval de Paris located at Paris Nord Villepinte. Jumping Competition, World Arabian Horse Championships, breeding and driving presentations. Free shuttle from the metro Porte de Maillot.

Best tips of the Calendar Events Paris:

Be sure to check listings in Time Out and Pariscope at any newspapers stands in Paris.

Louvre Museum

The Louvre, originally a palace but now one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum’s most famous works of art are the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo.

Originally a royal palace, the Louvre became a public museum at the end of the 18th century. It is located in the 1st arrondissement, in the heart of Paris.

Venus of Milo, Louvre Museum, Paris

Venus of Milo
There are about 35.000 objects on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The museum has a diverse collection ranging from the antiquity up to the mid 19th century. A large part of the collection consists of European paintings and sculptures. Other rooms contain Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art. There is also a section with ‘Objects d’Art’, where objects such as clocks, furniture, china and tapestries are displayed.

Some of the most famous works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

History of the Louvre
Musée du Louvre

Louvre seen from across the Seine
The Louvre was created in several phases. Originally built as a 12th century fortress, it was converted into a royal palace in the 14th century.

Its current appearance goes back to the 15th century, when the original fortress was demolished and the wing along the Seine river was built. The palace was extended during the 16th century by architect Pierre Lescot, who expanded the palace into a complex with two courtyards. A decade later Catharina de Medici added the Tuileries palace to the west of the Louvre. Construction on the Louvre was halted for some time when king Louis XIV decided to move to the Versailles Palace.

In the 19th century, during the Second Empire, the Louvre was expanded again with the addition of the Richelieu wing.

East Wing, Louvre Museum

East Wing
The Louvre now had four symmetric wings surrounding a large courtyard. This would not last long, as the Communards burned the Tuileries palace in 1871, opening up the west side of the palace.

The collection of the Louvre Museum was first established in the 16th century by King Francis I. One of the works of art he purchased was the now famous Mona Lisa painting. The collection grew steadily thanks to donations and purchases by the kings. In 1793, during the French Revolution, the private royal collection opened to the public.

Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Pyramid

The most recent addition to the Louvre was the construction of the glass pyramid, which functions as the museum’s main entrance. The pyramid was built in 1989 by the renowned American architect I.M. Pei. The glass pyramid allows the sunlight to come in on the underground floor.

The modern addition originally received mixed reviews, as it contrasts sharply with the classical design of the surrounding buildings, but today it is generally accepted as a clever solution which has given the museum a spacious central entrance without the need to touch the historic patrimony.

Champs-Elysèes

Orientation

This impressive promenade stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe. At its western end the Champs-Elysées is bordered by cinemas, theaters, cafés and luxury shops. Near the Place de la Concorde, the street is bordered by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and some grand buildings including the Grand and Petit Palais at the southern side and the Elysée at its northern side. The latter has been the residence of the French Presidents since 1873.
Celebrations
The Champs-Elysées is used for all the major celebrations. This is where Parisians celebrate New Year’s Eve and where the military parades are held on the 14th of July. Historic national events, like the Liberation at the end of the second World War or the victory in

Champs-Elysees street name sign
17th century – The Elysian Fields
In the 16th century this area was nothing but fields outside the center of Paris. In 1616 Marie de Medicis decided to create a long tree-lined path going east from the Tuileries. The route was redesigned in 1667 by renowned landscape designer André Le Nôtre as an extension of the Jardins des Tuileries. The promenade, now called ‘Grande Allée du Roule’ or ‘Grand-Cours’ had become a fashionable place but was still isolated from the city with few buildings surrounding the area. 27 Years later the promenade was renamed to ‘Champs-Elysées’, or Elysian Fields in English. The name was derived from Greek mythology where ‘Elusia’ is a

Champs Elysees seen towards Arc de Triomphe
place where heroes come to relax.
18th & 19th century – Further Development
In 1724 the Champs-Elysées was extended all the way to the Chaillot hill (now known as l’Etoile, the site of the Arc de Triomphe). Its current form took shape in 1838 when French architect Ignaz Hittorf – who was redesigning the Place de la Concorde – created the Jardins des Champs-Elysées. He also installed sidewalks, gas lamps and fountains. The Champs-Elysées started to attract more and more restaurants and hotels, especially after 1900 when the Paris métro line nr 1 reached the Etoile station.
Current Design
The lastest redesign of the prestigious avenue was done in 1994 by Bernard Huet. The side lanes were converted into pedestrian zones, an underground parking lot was created and new trees were planted. Cars now only occupy half the width of this grand avenue.

Parc Monceau: An English Garden in Paris

Charming Parc Monceau draws parents, children, lovers and artists

The millions of tourists pouring into this city will almost immediately make a pilgrimage up Avenue des Champs-Elysees, squeezing through crowds while gawking at the showrooms of some of the most expensive luxury goods stores in the world. No one leaves before having their photo taken in front of the Arc de Triomphe.

Few know they can easily escape the crowds, expenses such as $20 glasses of beer, and stifling Paris summertime heat by taking a detour to one of the most beautiful, tranquil and unique parks in Paris.

Parc Monceau, a short stroll straight down Avenue Hoche from the Arc, has for centuries drawn parents with young children, strumming musicians, lovers young and old, and artists ranging from Claude Monet to the makers of the 2006 film, Paris, Je T’aime.

The park’s genesis dates back to 1769 when Louis Philippe II, the Duke of Chartres and later the Duke of Orleans, bought a plot of land to create an English-style park.

An anglophile, he wanted Britishstyle winding pathways and randomly placed gardens and monuments. Among the monuments he installed that are still standing is a small pyramid, which my son is fond of climbing, and a breathtakingly beautiful pond partly encircled by Corinthian columns.

Things didn’t quite work out for Louis Philippe, a cousin of King Louis XVI. Despite his known sympathies for the French Revolution, he was executed by guillotine in 1793.

But his park blossomed after the city purchased the land in 1860 and then sold some of the land surrounding the park to create space for luxury apartments.

Napoleon III’s brilliant civic planner, Baron Georges-Eugene Haussman, preserved and enhanced the rest of the park for the use of the public.

Parc Monceau isn’t short of important historical moments. In 1797, Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the world’s first silk parachute jump, leaping from a hot-air balloon to the park, where a cheering crowd greeted him.

In 1870, it was one of the grim public areas where authorities took the so-called communards, anarchists and communists who briefly seized control of Paris, for execution during La semaine sanglante — “The Bloody Week.”

Today the park, even on relatively frigid (for Paris) days, is populated by joggers, strollers and parents bringing their kids to the playground, the swings, a roller blade/scooter oval, and the small carousel. At lunchtime, the population soars as Parisiens flood in to have their lunches, leaving garbage cans spilling over with packaging.

And on sunny weekends, Parc Monceau often resembles a summer folk festival, with families picnicking on the grass, lovers cooing on the benches, and kids trying to play soccer or climb trees while avoiding whistle-blowing security guards shouting: “C’est interdit!” — It’s forbidden!

There are more than 40 parks in Paris: the two woodland parks book-ending the city, Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, as well as smaller parks and gardens such as my colleague Keith Spicer’s favourite, the spectacular Jardin du Luxembourg, which faces one of Paris’s most magnificent structures, the Palais du Luxembourg that houses France’s Senate.

You shouldn’t come to Paris, especially in the warmer months, without spending some time drawing a few deep breaths inside these wondrous combinations of natural and man-made beauty. And Parc Monceau has to be high on your list.

Bistro Paul Bert

With a friendly, arty crowd and wonderful food, this back-beyond-the-Bastille bistro would be well worth seeking out even if it weren’t one of the best buys in town. Don’t be put off by the slightly cliquish vibe—no one’s going to cold-shoulder you; it’s just that this place has a devoted following of regulars, all of whom seem to know one another. So settle into one of the moleskin banquettes, enjoy the snug dining room’s flea market kitsch (including a chandelier that looks like it’s made of melting ice cubes), and inspect the regularly changing blackboard menu. What’s cooking depends on what’s in the market, but typical starters include a wild mushroom omelet and sautéed squid with risotto, while mains run to perfectly cooked cod steak with chanterelles and guinea hen with bacon-spiked cabbage. Finish with the serve-yourself cheese tray or the chocolate ganache cake draped in pistachio cream.

This little street east of the Bastille has become a bit of a gastronomic haven in recent years: on the same street you’ll find the popular modern bistro Le Temps au Temps (whose original chef, Sylvain Sendra, now cooks at Itinéraires in the 5th), the buzzy Argentinian restaurant Unico and the Bistrot Paul Bert’s seafood annex L’Ecailler du Bistrot. This vintage bistro offers a quintessential experience, with its lived-in décor, classic French fare and lively cosmopolitan crowd. A meal might start with lamb pâté or lamb’s lettuce salad with truffles in season, followed by exemplary steak-frites (served “blue, rare or badly cooked”) and an enormous île flottante dotted with pink pralines and toasted almonds. The wine list is unusually extensive (and expensive) for a bistro, but you can also choose from the more affordable wines on the chalkboard.

The prix fixe menu costs €34.

18 Rue Paul Bert, 11th.

Tel: (1) 43 72 24 01.

Closed Sun. and Mon.

Taillevent


The most expensive restaurants in Paris generally excel at making their customers feel uneasy. Not so at Taillevent, where even relative paupers are treated like royalty —ask the valet to park your moped and he won’t turn a hair. Since the arrival of chef Alain Solivérès the kitchen has been on a roll, turning out flawless dishes such as a superb spelt risotto with frogs’ legs, bone marrow and truffles, and wild duck with Reinette apple and persimmon. Choose the subdued front room for a romantic (or illicit) meal, the livelier and more crowded back room to really feel part of this Paris institution.

Taillevent is foremost known as being one of Paris’ top tables, since the restaurant opened in 1946. But it also opened a wine-store arm in 1987, “Caves Taillevent”, which is now a top address for wine lovers, with about 3000 wines, from the best Burgundies and Bordeaux to the artisan wines of the different french regions. Only some of the wines are on display, but you can browse the catalog, choose a wine and have it brought from the cellar. Maybe more intimidating than the other wine stores on this page because of its upscale clientèle, Taillevent offers not only the top classic wines but a very wide ran.

15 Rue Lamennais, 8th. Tel: (1) 44 95 15 01. Closed Sun and Mon. Average €150.

Restaurant Du Palais-Royal

[Average price listed is for a three-course meal, without wine or berverage]

There can hardly be a more romantic setting for dinner in Paris than the Restaurant du Palais-Royal, looking onto the serene symmetrical gardens across from the Louvre. You can’t help but feel privileged to be here—especially if you nab a prized seat on the summer terrace. In winter, the jewel-toned interior makes an equally stylish setting for an intimate meal. The contemporary yet simply prepared French food lives up to the surroundings: among the specialties are risotto, such as a glamorous squid-ink version with lobster (the menu changes seasonally); an elegant take on steak-frites favored by the businessmen at lunchtime; some standout fish dishes; and millefeuille with seasonal fillings for dessert (chestnut in winter, strawberries in summer). Closed Sun. Average €50.

110, galerie de Valois 75001 Paris
Métro Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre
Tél : 01 40 20 00 27 Fax : 01 40 20 00 82

palaisrest@aol.com

Paris: New art exhibits on the Left and Right banks

Right Bank or Left Bank?  Visitors have a choice of three exciting exhibitions at two major Paris art museums.

Running now through May 29, the Paris Pinacotheque celebrates the installation of its permanent art collection and the opening of its new 3,330-square-foot exhibition space with two shows featuring paintings drawn from the former collections of Russia’s royal Romanov and Hungary’s noble Esterhazy families.  Jointly titled “The Birth of a Museum,” the Romanov and Esterhazy collections, with works by such artists as Rembrandt, Velasquez and Titian, became the foundations for the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Over on the Left Bank, from Feb. 9-May 23,  the Musee du Luxembourg will reopen after a year’s renovation with expanded exhibition space and a major show of the works of German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, known for his sensual female nudes. Cranach’s impact on his times and on the work of later artists will also be featured.

The Passages, Bibliotheque Nationale and Bourse


Passages – MUST SEE NUMBER 19# Paris’s nineteenth-century arcades are gradually being restored to their former glory and are fertile hunting ground for curious and one-off buys.

St-Ouen market – (les Puces de St-Ouen)

Puces de St-Ouen – MUST SEE Number 20 – Its easy to lose track of an entire weekend morning browsing the acres of fine antiques, covetable curios and general bric-a-brac at St-Ouen, the mother of Paris’s flea markets.

The St-Ouen market, sometimes called the Clignancourt market, is located just outside the northern edge of the 18 arrondissement, in the suburb of St-Ouen.  Its officially open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9am to 6:30pm – although this can vary depending on the weather, and many stands are closed on Monday.  Its poular name of les puces de St-Ouen, or the “St-Ouen flea market,” dates from the days when secondhand mattresses, clothes, and other infested junk was sold here in a free-for-all zone outside the city walls.  Nowadays, however, it’s predominantly a proper – and very expensive – antiques market, selling mainly furniture, but also old zinc cafe counters, telephones, traffic lights, posters, jukeboxes and so on.

The closest metro stop is Port-de-Clignancourt (line 4), from where it’s a five-minute walk up the busy avenue de la Porte-de-Clignancourt.  For a slower but quieter approach, you can go to the Porte de St-Ouen stop (line 13) and walk north along the avenue de la Porte de St-Ouen, turning right after the peripherique flyover, and continuing along rue du Dr Barbinski for about ten minutes until it meets rue Jean-Henri-Fabre.