MUSIC IS ALL OVER PARIS!!! Music festival on the 21st of June 2012

The Fête de la Musique was created in 1982 by the cultural gouvernmental office. The 21st of June 1982, first day of summer, the festival is created making the old tradition of the “fête de la saint jean” live again.

« Faites de la musique, Fête de la Musique » , has become a formula! The festival is made for professionals and amateurs, and invites them to make them discover to all, their music. All the different types of music are welcome, would it be rock, jazz, songs, traditionnal music. It has now become a very popular event where musicians come and spontaneously start playing!

The fête de la musique starts exporting itself in 1985. It is now copied in more than one hundred countries all over the world.

Concerts are free and all over the media! A programme can be found in any local newspaper, especially if you want to see one of the massive concerts! In the laters, you might be lucky enough to hear some reknown artists, for free!



Just stroll around the different neighbourhoods in Paris, stop here and there, dance a little, stop for a drink, change neighbourhoods again etc. You will definitely find one concert that will suit your taste of the moment.

Maybe you can try sticking around the tiny improvised gigs, or on the contrary, decide, you’re just up for a big kick and go for one of the huge feasts! Either way, you can’t be disapointed.

For the occasion, the ratp (local parisian transports) are open all night long and has put in place a special fee: 3€ to go all around Paris and suburbs.


It’s time to party! Time to play music!

Have a break, have a cocktail! Paris, the best places!

Getting a cocktail is among the numerous pleasures you ought to test in Paris ! You can find many excellent addresses where you will find the best cocktails, the most original ones, the classic ones! Some will treat you with their own creations, other will just follow your mood, some will specialize in one specific alcohol. Whatever you feel like, it’s most likely you will find it in Paris. Here is a selection of a few good cocktail bars:

QUARANTE TROIS (forty three): on a rooftop, with a view !
The quarante trois is located on the 9th floor of the Holiday inn Paris, Notre-Dame, in the 6th arrondissement. You will enjoy a delicious cocktail while admiring some of most beautiful monuments in Paris.
This selective address can only receive as much as thirty guests. The bar opens only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 11pm. The barman will make you taste come of his original creations.
Try out: the Anna K with tequila, melon liquor, basil, herbes de provence, apple nectar and schweppes
Price : 12 to 13 €. Olives, tapenade, grissini & vegetable chips are served with your drinks.
Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame, 4, rue Danton, 75006 Paris – reservation recommended – 01 81 69 00 60. Open until the 30th of September and even later if the weather is nice
Métro : Odéon ou Saint Michel

The EXPERIMENTAL : confidentiel
Founded by three friends during the spring 2007, the bar is located in the 2nd arrondissement. The atmosphere is very New York with its velvet sofas, soft lighting and walls with apparent stones.

Try out: the house’s emblematic creation : the « experience » with lemongrass
Price : 10-15 euros
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris – 01 45 08 88 09 – Métro Sentier or Réaumur Sébastopol

HARRY’S NEW YORK BAR: the oldest one
Launched in November 1911, le Harry’s New York Bar is more than 100 years old and is the oldest cocktail bar in Paris. Historically, the bar was always very popular, especially among Americans who would come to seek comfort when travelling far from their country. The alcohols are chosen with great deal of attention and you will find all the classics! Some cocktails have even been created at the Harry’s such as the Blue Lagoon in 1960 and the James Bond in 1963!
Try out: the French 75, one of the first cocktails invented in the bar in 1915.
Price: de 10 à 15 euros
5 Rue Daunou – 75002 Paris – 01 42 61 71 14 – Métro Opéra

LE FORVM: Historical
Located just behind the place de la Madeleine, the Forvm, is among the oldest bars in Paris, along with the Harry’s. Since 1918, cocktail lovers, especially whiskey lovers, get together to enjoy the bar’s wide selection : 123 different whiskies and 226 cocktails ! The very « British » decor hasn’t changed one inch since the thirties ! The cocktails are classified by alcohol and you can choose one of the classics or go for a more adventurous inventive one !
Try out : the Ultra Violet with champagne, cranberry, blackberry liquor, violet liquor and ice. Price: 10 to 20 euros
4 Boulevard Malesherbes 75008 Paris – 01 42 65 37 86 – Métro Madeleine

Tiny, almost invisible bar, located in the rue Quincampoix. It has opened in January of this year and over there, you’re the barman. The existing cocktails do not have names and basically, you will be creating your own. It’s a simple concept: just pick a fruit (listed on a board according to the season), add an herb, a spice, select your alcohol, and there you go ! Sometimes, in the basement, parties are organized.
Try out : be creative!
Price : 10€ to 12€
94 rue Quincampoix, Paris 3- 01 44 61 29 69 – Métro Etienne Marcel ou Rambuteau
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 6pm to 2am

You can’t miss it : the street in tiny, and the bar is all red. The owner is from Texas, everybody speaks English! In the back of the bar, huge mirrors listing all the different cocktails! Even if they do not all sound familiar, just try, it’s usually a good surprise! And if you really have doubts, the barman will sort things out for you: just tell him what you fell like! Also, they organize some specific theme days with cocktails based on one specific alcohol which will make you discover some totally new mixtures! And the prices are very reasonable.
Try out : the aviator or the millionnaire…. !
Prix : around 8 euros
1 bis rue de la forge royale 75011 Paris – 01 43 67 06 43 – Métro Faidherbe Chaligny ou Ledru Rollin –Open Mondays to Sundays from 5pm to 2am.

The MOMA exhibition on TIM BURTON is now in the 12th!

The Tim Burton event at La Cinémathèque française is not only a wonderful opportunity to see all of his films (including very limited-distribution short films) but also, thanks to the major exhibition designed by the New York MoMA in 2009 and shown here this spring, an opportunity to discover Burton’s talents as a draftsman, painter, video director, photographer and inventor of colorful, amazing sculptures.

To be discovered:
700 works on exhibit
Drawings, sculptures (including several original works created by Tim Burton for the exhibition), large-format Polaroids made by the artist, accessories, models, costumes and film excerpts (unreleased long and short features).
Eccentricities and visual reveries

The exhibition shows original works that are conscious mixtures of pop, Goth and surrealism – a creative hybridization claimed by the artist, who enjoys mixing and subverting genres. Some are from his youth and are pure visual reveries imagined for projects that remained in the planning stage. It is a place where the filmmaker’s intimate work (sketchbooks, amateur films) is shown next to legendary cinema productions, such as Edward Scissorhands or Sleepy Hollow, whose hidden side is revealed here for the first time.

“I love these characters, their duels, the fact that they are haunted by darkness and a desire for light.” TIM BURTON
Burton likes the intermediate zone. Twilight. Somewhere between the indie move and the blockbuster.

“Films knock at the door of our dreams and our subconscious. Although this reality varies depending on the generation, films have a therapeutic impact – just like fairy tales used to have.” TIM BURTON

La Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy -75012 PARIS

Mondays and Wednesday to Friday
from 12 noon to 7 pm
Weekends, holidays and school vacations (14 to 29 April and 4 July to 5 August): 10 am – 8 pm
Open on Thursday evenings until 10 pm; closed on Tuesdays and on May 1rst.

Normal rate: €11
Reduced rate: €8.50
Under 18: €5.50
Exhibition + museum: €13
Family Special (2 adults + 2 children): €30.50, sold only on and at FNAC stores
Guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am: €12

A nice little indian restaurant near by!

We have discovered this cute hidden Indian restaurant in the 12th, at walking distance from the hotel! It’s actually a client who told us about it, so we went to try it and weren’t disappointed. The food is delicious and the menu has a very wide variety of choices. It’s perfect for vegetarians too, as they offer a selection of vegetarian dishes!
The owner is absolutely adorable with always a cute story to tell.

Furthermore, they have menus for all budgets!
Plus no need to call, it’s open 7days a week for lunch and dinner!

12 rue du Docteur Goujon
75012 Paris
Tel: 01 43 42 02 02

Hotel de la Porte Doree in GLOBAL GRASSHOPPER article!!

Hôtel de la Porte Dorée got the global Grasshopper’s attention for their article “10 of the best budget hotels in Paris”
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Hotel the la Porte Dorée won their votes their votes! Here’s the article! “10 of the best budget hotels in Paris”
Anyone who has been to Paris, knows that it deserves its reputation for being one of the most expensive cites in the world. It’s also not easy to find a decent hotel that won’t blow your budget. Although this will hardly put visitors off. People will always be drawn here for the city’s beauty and romantic reputation – especially around Valentines Day. For those travellers without deep pockets, here is our pick for 10 of the best budget hotels in Paris.

5. Hotel de la Porte Doree
For a true taste of nostalgic Paris try the beautiful Hotel de la Porte. It’s an excellent value (and very popular) boutique hotel located only a few blocks from the Bois de Vincennes and within walking distance to the local metro. Homely, well run with an elegant classic French decor, this kind of styling is much sort after but becoming increasingly harder to find in the capital. Being on the outer edges of the city you’ll also feel much less of a tourist – it’s positioned in a true Parisian neighbourhood, surrounded by traditional flower, vegetable and butcher shops.