Arts

Portes Ouvertes — It’s Not Too Late!

It’s not too late to visit the “Portes Ouvertes” in Menilmontant. During this event, many studios throughout the 19th and 20th arrondissements will open their doors to the public in an attempt to unite artists with the communities that surround and nurture them. Today is the last day of the Ateliers de Ménilmontant 2009. Use […]
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Exploring Paris’ Art & Architecture with Context Tours

Gargoyle on Notre Dame – www.photosfan.com While Paris is the perfect city for aimless ambling, there is a time and a place for directed exploration. Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of taking Context Tours’ “Art and Architecture of ...read more
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Penthouse Living: Artist Markus Hansen’s View From Above

The staircase and downstairs dining area. In his work, German artist Markus Hansen spends considerable time trying to “undefine” himself. Whether working on films, sculpture installations, or urban projects, he uses his art to explore the ...read more
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Moonlight Cinema – Cinéma au Clair de Lune

August in Paris is all about slowing down and appreciating life’s little pleasures. In other words, you have an excuse to do absolutely nothing. In that spirit, the Forum des Images invites you to sit back and let them do the work, as they bring ...read more
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Mellow Paris: Why We Love August in Paris

Sunbathers in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Photo by Tory Hoen You may have heard rumors that Paris empties out in August. As it turns out, the rumors are largely true. But before you start envisioning a Parisian ghost town—tumbleweeds rolling ...read more
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Sun by the Seine: Paris Plages ’09

Photo courtesy of Momondo.com Visitors to Paris now have one more item to add to their agendas: the beach! Paris is primed for what is perhaps the least logical—but most fun—event of the summer: Paris Plages, which kicks off July 20th. For the ...read more
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Wake Up! Paris Quartier d’été is back!

Twenty years ago, the first Paris Quarter d’été festival was held in order to “wake up the city” during the summer lull that tends to sweep Paris from late July through the end of August. Starting today, the festival is back for its ...read more

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Cinema Under the Stars – Free Cinema at la Villette – en plein air

Now that summer is in full swing, Parisians will seek out any excuse to loiter outside for as long as possible. Luckily, the Cinéma en Plein Air festival at the Park de la Villette gives them an excuse to do just that! Back for its 19th year, ...read more
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The 2009 Paris Jazz Festival Heats Up

For those lucky enough to be in Paris this July, the Paris Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year. As throngs of tourists crowd the city center, the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes, where jazz performances will be held every weekend until ...read more
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Paris Street Music: Fête de la Musique, 21 June 2009

Paris is a wonderful city to wander. With winding streets, beckoning café terraces and chestnut trees reaching out their soft leaves to passersby, it’s hard to remain immune to the charm of this pedestrian way of life. Parisians themselves, as ...read more
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Playtime in Saint Germain

While many tourists may be flocking to more traditional art institutions (the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay), in-the-know Parisians are simply soaking up the art in their own neighborhoods. That’s right… public art is on the rise ...read more
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MoMa Bed & Breakfast in Nice

MoMa Nice MoMa Nice – To read about this hip and funky B&B in Nice: https://hipparis.com/2009/06/04/moma-nice-bed-and-breakfast-chambres-dhotes/ Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: haveninparis.com...read more
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Conceptual Retail: A Tour of Paris’ Concept Stores

How many times have you wandered around a department store, and with every identical rack and bored attendant felt your eyes glaze over and the thrill of shopping fade perceptibly? In my earlier post I wrote about the annoying pretense of many ...read more