September 15, 2014
In North America, it’s “back to school.” That time of the year when classrooms fill up and families slip into familiar routines, or start new ones as the youngest step into kindergartens and the oldest fly the nest for college. In France, it’s la rentrée, and is not just about families and their children. Each September, almost the entire population faces their regular routines after a long holiday season.
Since many businesses close for the month of August and three-week holidays are taken for granted, September means Parisians are frantically mourning their fading tans as they get back into the swing of things. Stock that has been arriving slowly over the previous weeks has shop owners scrambling to get their newest collections out on the floor (eg. the Pablo boutiques just announced their collaboration with actress Clémence Poésy, who played Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter series and dabbles in fashion design on the side). Figs and wild mushrooms also begin to perfume the air at local markets, inspiring chefs to rewrite their menus to reflect on fall’s bounty. And, like Canada or the US, it is also back to school for the young ones.
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September 5, 2014
It is officially la rentrée and Paris is abuzz. September brings Parisians back from their month-long holidays, revived and ready to welcome fall (at least for a few weeks). Here are some of our favorite events around the city this month.
This week kicked off the festival set with Jazz at la Villette (until September 14) and the Festival d’Automne (until December 30), and we continue with the Fête de l’Humanité next weekend (September 12 – 14). Each features concerts, various live performances, and with the weather recently turning to sunny and moderate, there’s really no better way to spend the upcoming week(s).
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October 3, 2013
Early fall has always been my favorite season in Paris. Residents return for “La Rentrée,” tanned and smiling (at least for now) after les grandes vacances and itching for some quality terrace time in their still seasonal summer looks.
Kids go back to school (hence the smiling parents), the weather is often lovely and the energy in the air is palpable. There’s always a lot happening – from restaurant openings to new exhibitions and film releases.
One of my favorite discoveries this rentrée is “Les Berges,” the newly pedestrianized waterfront that spans the Left Bank from the Pont de l’Alma to the Musee d’Orsay. Continue Reading »
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September 5, 2013
September 7 – October 13: The Festival d’Ile de France kicks off its month-long set of 30 concerts this week. Held in French heritage sites, the concerts represent a wide variety of genres, from classical to contemporary.
September 14: It’s baaack. Paris’s Technoparade returns on September 14th for its 15th anniversary and promises its best celebration of electronic music yet. Find your favorite DJ’s float and follow it throughout the streets, and to get yourself in the mood beforehand, check out this year’s Technoparade Playlist on 22tracks.
September 17 – November 17: Each fall the Musee du Quai Branly presents Photoquai, an exhibition showcasing photography from around our world. This year’s 4th biennial places its focus on the person, rather than a geography or point in time. The featured photos’ humanistic qualities truly bring the exhibition to life, and make it that much more touching. Continue Reading »
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September 19, 2012
I am a real foodie now. I have committed to buying locally and seasonally. So long sweet pineapples; see you sporadically. Most expats have their sentimental reasons that keep them in France. A perfect café crème, a favorite terrace, or unpasteurized cheese can easily outweigh all the persistence, courage, and patience it takes to build a life in Paris. Continue Reading »
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September 5, 2012
I have a lot of fond memories of Paris in September. It’s been a few years since I studied abroad there, but I distinctly remember the late-August excitement of leaving for my favorite place in the world, knowing I’d get to stay for more than a handful of days. There is a lively buzz around the city in September.
Everyone has just come off long vacances and is duly rested and ready for fall. I’ll be heading back to Paris in a few days, the same week I left for my study abroad program several years ago, and I may be as excited as I was then. Here are some of the events I will not be missing:
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