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Strange Happenings in St. Germain

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The “Cyclops” helmet.

> The exhibition Bizarro, with works by a number of artists, fills seven Left Bank galleries with “Bêtes de Scènes et Sacrés Monstres.” Don’t miss the Meta-perceptual Helmets by the Irish duo Cleary/Connolly at the Librairie Alain Brieux, which allow the viewer to see forward and backward, for example, or the way a cyclops or horse would see. Various locations, Paris, through Oct. 30.

Car-free Paris!
> On the Journée sans Voiture, motor traffic will be banned in a large part of Paris and discouraged in the rest of the city from 11am to 6pm. Sept. 25.

Top of the tower
> The 16th-century Tour St. Jacques in the heart of Paris is temporarily open for guided tours and splendid views of the city. Reservation required. Paris, through Sept. 25.

Nationwide food festival 
> Tastings, special menus in restaurants and more during the Fête de la Gastronomie. Various locations, Sept. 23-25.

Two meals for the price of one
> Restaurants participating in Tous au Restaurant offer a second fixed-price menu for free. Various locations, Paris, through Oct. 2.

Whisky-a-go-go
> Whisky tastings, food pairings, cocktails and more at the Festival Whisky Live Paris. Les Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, Sept. 24-25.

Feel-good films
> Classic movies starring the Marx Brothers, Peter Sellers, Cary Grant and more are sure to raise a smile at the festival Qu’est-ce qu’on Attend pour Être Heureux!, Forum des Images, Paris, through Oct. 2.

Hitchcock’s silent films
> The festival Les Neufs Films Muets d’Alfred Hitchcock presents all the silent movies by the master of suspense. Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through Sept. 27.

Indian films
> Indian film festival. Musée Guimet, Paris, through Sept. 30.

Chanson française
> L’Estival features singers performing in French. Various locations, Saint Germain-en-Laye, Sept. 23-Oct. 8.

Antique fair in a bucolic setting
> A visit to the Foire de Chatou antique market and regional products fair makes a great weekend outing. Chatou, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.

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.

Free outdoor opera
> Opéra Côté Cour puts on live performances at 3:30pm and 5pm. Bercy Village, Paris, Sept. 25.

Classical, world, jazz & electronic
> The Festival d’Ile de France holds concerts in various locations in Paris and elsewhere, through Oct. 9.

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.

Music on the beach
> Sandy beach and nightly concerts or DJs at La Plage de Glaz’Art. Paris, through Oct. 1.

Garden festival
> Meet the gardeners and landscape architects, take a gardening class, listen to music, etc. at the Fête des Jardins. Various locations, Paris, Sept. 24-25.

Amazing gardens
> The popular Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loireis held annually in the park of the Château de Chaumont in Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Nov. 2.

Especially for kids
> The Festival les Pestacles offers concerts and other activities for kiddies age five and up. Parc Floral, Paris, through Sept. 28.

 

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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.
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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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