Yes, that’s right! Be excited! It’s finally sunny and hot after what seemed like never ending amounts of rain, gloom and freezing temperatures. So what does that mean? It means that it’s time to get outside, explore and have some good times. Lost at what to do? Let’s help you out…
The 2012 French Open
Details: The French Open is one of the country’s most important, and not to mention exciting, tournaments. The tournament, which dates back all the way to 1891, has seen countless memorable moments in tennis history. So, if you are a tennis fan that means that you will not want to miss out.
Where: Roland Garros Stadium 2, avenue Gordon Bennett, Paris
Metro: Line 9 Michel-Ange Auteuil, Michel-Ange Molitor or Porte de Saint-OR Line 10 Porte d’Auteuil
Details: Bicycles are easy to use, eco-friendly, remind us of childhood memories, good exercise, just so much fun…. the list could go on forever! Whatever your reason, get down to the bike fest and ride to your heart’s content!
When: June 1st through June 3rd
Where: Luxembourg Garden rue de Médicis, Paris
Metro: RER B Luxembourg OR Line 4 Odéon
Details: Paris is the capital of all things design. Journey through all sectors: furniture, architecture, textiles, etc. with a uniting theme of “identity(s).”
When: May 31st through June 4th (Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00)
Where: Lafayette House boulevard Haussmann, Paris and other venues across Paris. See website for details: http://www.designersdays.com/
Metro : Line 7 and 9 Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette
Fête de la Musique
Details: Every year, on summer solstice or the longest day of the year, a citywide music street festival is held. From gangster hip hop to classical there is literally something for everyone to enjoy.
When: June 21st at sundown
Where: Throughout Paris
Details: Have you been dying to go to the movies lately? Beat the heat and pay for one normal ticket and receive a Cinema Festival Pass that gets you to all other showings during the festival period for just 2.50€! Thats an opportunity too good to pass up! Maybe you’ll bump into an ÉCU crew member!
When: June 24th through 31st
Where: The Grand Rex 1, boulevard Poissonnière Paris and other participating cinemas around France
Metro: Line 8 Bonne Nouvelle OR Grand Boulevards
Arts and Exhibits:
Matisse – Pairs and Sets
Details: Enjoy Henri Matisse? There is a retrospective being held focusing on the artists repeated themes and motifs. Get to know the Matisse a little better and understand his passion and talents.
When: Through June 18th
Where: Centre George’s Pompidou 19, rue Beaubourg, Paris
Metro: Line 11 Rambuteau
Degas and the Nude
Details: Explore the evolution of Edgar Degas and his nudes. This is the first ever monographic exhibition in Paris and definitely worth a visit.
When: Through July 1st
Where: Musee d’Orsay 1, rue de Légion d’Honneur, Paris
Metro: RER C Musee d’ Orsay OR Line 12 Solferino
Bob Dylan: Rock Explosion ’61-’66
Details: Bob Dylan is more than a music icon. His personal development as a musical changed not only the music industry, but society as a whole. The exhibition will show unpublished photos, artifacts, and rare documents and audiovisual archives. If you’re a fan of the 60’s and the music revolution that Dylan strummed into being than this is an exhibit worth seeing.
When: Through July 15th
Where: 221, avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris
Metro: Line 5 Porte de Pantin
Tim Burton: The Exhibition
Details: The iconic and oh-so-bizarre filmmaker of classics like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton, is being featured at the Cinémathèque Française. Over 700 pieces from the MOMA in New York will be exhibited, including the director’s early drawings, sculptures, costumes, models and film excerpts. If you are a Tim Burton fanatics and lover then we know where you will be this month!
When: Through August 5th
Where: Cinémathèque Française 51, rue de Bercy, Paris
Metro: Line 6 Bercy
Place des Vosges
Details: Down in the Marais lies a hidden oasis. Place des Vosges was laid out by Henri IV making it one of the oldest squares in Paris. The area is enclosed by cobbled street and grand arches. The enchanted hide away is perfect for picnics, hanging out with friends, or some alone time with a book.
Where: Place des Vosges, Paris
Metro: Line 1 St. Paul
Jardin des Tuileries
Details: Cool off and relax in the beautiful and perfectly trimmed Jardin des Tuileries. The grand park stretches all the way from the Right Bank from Place de la Concorde to the Louvre. A formal garden originally made for royal pleasures in 1564 turned public just after the French Revolution. The garden is filled with magnificent statues, impeccable greenery, adorable ponds and is a perfect place to enjoy the sun or eat a sandwich.
Where: Place de la Concord, Paris
Metro: Line 1 Tuilleries
Details: Paris is filled 65 open-air markets selling everything from high quality produce to rare and extraordinary antiques. Markets are quite literally everywhere, from the 1st to the 20th arrondissement, 2 or 3 days a week and typically from 7:00am to 2:30pm. But for those of you party animals or late risers, there are a few that are open in the afternoon — thank goodness, right?
Where and When: For market days and addresses, go to www.paris.fr
By: Helene Kelly-Isham