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:

  1. 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, Bastille, the burbs in Chàteau de Vincennes (thanks to the well situated Bois de Vincennes), and winding back through the scenic route passing by the Jardin des Plantes, Notre-Dame, Musee d’Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower, the marathon will finally end right near Avenue Foch/Porte Dauphine (near the university Paris Dauphine).  –
  2. Why suffer through destructive love with being in a weirdly complicated relationship when you can watch people sing their hearts out about it at the Opera Bastille’s showing of Carmen, the super famous opera of Georges Bizet? Not to be confused with the bar Carmen of the same name in Paris (which happens to be at the former home of Georges Bizet, and preserved in stunning shape!), this rendition of Carmen began running a few weeks ago and is so popular that most tickets are sold out until Christmas. Just kidding, they appear to be sold out until mid June, although sporadic dates still appear to be available.
  3. Ready to trip out underneath the stars and landscapes of the magnificent world around you? Not so ready to get dirty in the process of doing so or getting bitten by mosiquotes or fleas in your quest to become one with nature? Have no fear, a new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay is here to save you. Titled “Au-Delà des Étoiles, Le Passage Mystique de Monet À Kandinsky” (translated as “Beyond the Stars: The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky”, this exhibition aims to show through its paintings the mystical and transcendent capturing of various arts in the Symbolism group of the late 19th century who wanted to connect with something bigger than themselves and through the world they found themselves in. At the advent on scientific revolution dominating public discussion and values of importance, these artists and their works were trying to remind their audiences of the forgotten wonders around them. Running until June 25th, this is one you should be sure to check out –

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