If there is one thing Parisians love, it is New York.
In the 7th arrondissement of Paris is the unicorn of museums: not a lot of people, not a lot of lining up to do, not a lot of passive aggressive fighting for viewing space.
For a taste of art in a more quiet setting (read: without the extremely long lines and extremely large groups of tourists), head on over to the Musee Jacquesmart Andre.
The world’s biggest museum and second most visited, the Louvre is arguably the best known cultural institution of the city.
What April showers? All we’ve been experiencing so far in Paris has been plentiful sunshine and the vengeful return of Parisians crowding up our favorite canals that were empty just two weeks ago. On the heels of May and right before summer kicks in, here are three events to check out during the last week of April.
- It’s not the sound of a dying cat, it’s Bob Dylan! The one, the only, the legend – Bob is back in town in Paris performing at Le Zenith on Thursday, April 20th (Yes, Bob Dylan is in town on 4/20. Make what you will of that). The newly minted Nobel Prize winner will dazzle us all with his poetry, activism, and endlessness enigmatic and profound music.
Though Pablo Picasso was not a Frenchman, we need to check if he ever got French nationality (Wikipedia? Siri? Help us!) considering how much of his life was spent in France and with French women; however, Picasso’s first wife and longest running legal marriage was to Olga Picasso, a Russian ballerina he met way back in the day before anyone knew who he was. The namesake museum in Paris is holding a fascinating exhibition on the life of the little known Olga before, during, and after her encounter with Picasso.
The churches in Paris are not only full of stunning architecture, but they also host some pretty cool musical performances. Just in time for Easter, you can hear performances of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” at the La Sainte Chapelle church on April 16th, 28th, and 29th – https://www.classictic.com/en/vivaldi__the_four_seasons__handel__pachelbel_at_la_sainte_chapelle/16806/296378/ **Note: the “Four Seasons” are also playing at La Madeleine on April 11th and 16th: https://www.classictic.com/en/bach_s_sonatas___partitas_for_violin_at_la_sainte_chapelle/16808/296516/?fin=c8 If you’ve had the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time in France or live in the country, you may have picked up on some oddities that just can’t quite be explained as brilliantly by none other than Paul Taylor’s #Franglais series on Youtube. Taylor is taking his routine of routinely making fun of the country and bringing it live for a run of shows at the Rentier des Halles throughout April. Be sure to check out his videos on Youtube to get an idea for their clever…
Marathons, museums, and much more: welcome to the first week of April in Paris. Not only has the sun come out, but so have some new events worth checking out! Here are our three picks: 41st Annual Paris Marathon – Get your running shoes on! The 41st edition of the Paris Marathon is happening this week on Sunday April 9th, and it will involve more than just people running away from violently overtly speeding motorcycles. Clocking in at a whopping 42 kilometers in length, (that’s 26 miles, in case you didn’t want to do the conversion yourself), if you are not participating in the run, you can either figure out where to avoid being due to the run or where to go to do some crowd watching. Starting on the Avenue Des Champs-Elysées and winding through Concorde, the metro stop from hell Châtelet, Hotel De Ville, Place de La Bastille,…
Between fashion week, a newly opened and super crowded Vermeer exhibition at the Louvre, and Drake in town, we are totally confident that you can find some worthwhile events in Paris the week of March 12th through the 19th. Below are our top five choices: 1. Fashion week: though fashion week shows and their locations are no longer published online and are invitation only, you are very likely to encounter some well-dressed and also oddly-dressed people this week in Paris especially in the 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 16th arrondissements. 2. Vermeer at the Louvre – the Dutch are a very, very special people (have you ever been to Amsterdam?), and thus Vermeer is also a very special. Johannes (aka Jan) Vermeer happened to be a Dutch painter who captivated the world with his small repertoire of delightful paintings juxtaposing simple quotidian scenes with lavish attention to light and color.…