In today's edition of the French newspaper Le Parisien you'll find a front-page headline "Dur d'être touriste à Paris!" (Tough to be a tourist in Paris!), with a two-page spread featuring differing opinions from both tourists and locals. But haven't we beat this horse dead already? Yes, Parisians can be rude, like anywhere in the world. Let's share the stories of Parisian kindness instead.
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Entries in French Culture (47)
A cruise on the Seine, kissing on the Eiffel Tower, a show at the Moulin Rouge, dinner at the Tour d’Argent...despite the tired clichés, Paris still has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable rendez-vous that fits any couple’s definition of romance.
The Gaïté Lyrique is an elusive place. Not physically: the building is grand, impressive and situated an easy walk from the centre of town. It is what lies behind the façade that is not easily categorised. For the curious, however, it turns out to be one of the most individual tourist attractions in Paris: a forward-thinking haven of digital culture and modern music, currently welcoming art collective H5’s Hello™ exhibition as well as recent concerts by international groups from Maximo Park to Jagwa Music.
I took a short cut through the Bon Marché Department Store last week (well, it's big), and was surprised to find the 160th anniversary decorations are actually pretty cute. Catherine Deneuve is the muse for this Rive Gauche event, with her cartoon caricature accompanying you in a fun little photo booth (€5) and a moody video of the actress traipsing around the Left Bank. There are quite a few "Limited Edition" products for sale created especially for the event, including a Jean-Paul Gaulthier sailor shirt, a cute Lapin Ange stuffed animal, a chocolate bar in the image of the shop, and plenty of home decor and clothing. The scootering Lacoste shirt, I quite like. Have a look if you're in the hood. Through October 27.
The Credit Municipal de Paris (Marais, 55 rue des Francs Bourgeois) is hosting an exhibition "Bijoux d'Artiste, Une Collection", featuring 180 rare peices of jewelry designed by great artists such as Picasso, Man Ray, Giacometti and Dali, today through January 8th, entry €5. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm.