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On the quais of the Seine. Photo: Ron Fox

 

Paris Update This Week’s Events

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

Christmas singalong
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> So British! Concert: Join the choir and sing along. Practice session on Dec. 10 or click here for singing tutorials. Philharmonie de Paris, Dec. 16.

Christmas markets
> Mulled wine and gifts galore. A full list of Christmas markets in Paris. Various locations and dates.

African music and film
> Africolor cultural festival. Various locations in Paris suburbs, through Dec. 24.

Master of Indian cinema
Festival Satyajit Ray. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Dec. 14.

Cultures of the world onstage
> Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world at the Festival de l'Imaginaire. Various locations, Paris, through Dec. 20.

Contemporary arts festival
> The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world. Various venues, Paris, through Dec. 31.

Music & more in park bandstands
> Kiosques en Fête brings life to the bandstands in Paris’s parks with concerts, writing workshops, club meetings and even a square dance. Various locations, Paris, through Dec. 31.

 

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Bed & breakfasts

Staying Chez l’Habitant
The city's new manual for bed & breakfasts.

May 11, 2005; updated July 19, 2006

Paris is rich in hotels (with 75,000 rooms) but poor in bed and breakfasts (only 300 rooms). This isn’t surprising, since the French are intensely private people and are not in the habit of throwing their homes open to outsiders. If you were invited to dinner by a Parisian friend, for example, you would be entertained in the living and dining rooms and would probably never see the rest of the apartment – there are no “tours” of the home like those commonly offered by American hosts.

This attitude is gradually changing with the younger generation, however, and now City Hall is encouraging the creation of bed and breakfasts to not only offer tourists a wider range of accommodations but also to help ease the isolation of some Parisians, half of whom live alone, and give them a chance to increase their income. The city has created a new “quality charter” specifying the standards (cleanliness, room size, comfort, service, etc.) to be met by new B&Bs, which must be approved by one of the seven reservation services that have signed the charter.

This is good news for tourists looking for a charming, inexpensive place to stay or interested in meeting the locals. They will also feel more confident about staying in a stranger’s home when they know certain standards have been met and are backed up by a professional organization. The seven B&B reservation services are:


Alcôve & Agapes:
Paris Bed & Breakfast.
8 bis, rue Coysevox, 75018 Paris.
Tel.: 01 44 85 06 05. Fax: 01 44 85 06 14.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web:www.bed-and-breakfast-in-paris.fr


Association Française BAB France:
23, centre commercial Les Vergers,
95350 Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt.
Tel.: 01 34 19 9000. Fax: 01 39 94 89 72.
Web: www.bedbreak.com
or www.babfrance.fr

Fleurs de Soleil:


Villa Mansart, 9 allée Victor-Basch,
94170 Le Perreux-sur-Marne.

Tel.: 06 62 37 97 85.
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Web: www.fleursdesoleil.fr


France Lodge:
2, rue Meissonier
75017 Paris.
Tel.: 01 56 33 85 80. Fax: 01 56 33 85 89.
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Web: www.francelodge.fr


Good Morning Paris:
43, rue Lacépède 75005 Paris.
Tel.: 01 47 07 28 29. Fax: 01 47 07 44 45.
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Web: www.goodmorningparis.fr


Une Chambre en Ville:
10, rue Fagon 75013 Paris.
Tel.: 01 44 06 96 71. Fax: 01 44 06 96 72.
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Web: www.chambre-ville.com


2binparis. Bed & Breakfast Paris:
19, villa de la Croix-Nivert 75015, Paris.
Tel.: 01 47 34 01 50. Fax: 01 72 72 90 74.
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Web: www.2binparis.com


Hôtes Qualité Paris: the city’s official B&B Web site: www.hotesqualiteparis.fr/

Heidi Ellison


© 2005-2006 Paris Update

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