What can we offer you in the Parisian autumn? Well, how about a healthy helping of art and history? Paris consolidates her reputation as a cultural hub even as the leaves turn and fall, so an autumn break here is definitely worth considering. The days may be growing shorter, but the City of Light never grows short of interesting and fun things to do. To demonstrate this eternal truth, the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants has some recommendations for you. We offer you the chance to stay up all night; to find a wonderful memento of days gone by; and to share one of the most important occasions in the city’s history.
A White Night, A bargain hunter’s paradise and liberation
On October 4th Paris throws open her arms and embraces the night. Inspired by a similar event in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Nuit Blanche is a nocturnal arts festival lasting from the evening until dawn. All across the city public buildings such as landmarks, museums, galleries and even parks and gardens remain open and free to enter, allowing for a completely fresh perspective on well-known places. Come and follow a culture trail connecting the places of interest and see, along the way, exhibitions and art installations created by some fifty French and international artists, plus performances and concerts. It’s all so refreshing and exciting that you will completely forget about going to bed and instead wait to watch the sun rise over the capital!
If you love to hunt for bargains amidst antiques, bric-a-brac, objets d’art, curios and souvenirs, then you will find yourself in browsing heaven in Paris from the 6th to the 16th of November. That’s when the Bastille Antiques Fair takes place. Every other year around 350 antique and second hand dealers from all over France descend on Paris and set up their stalls on the Place de la Bastille to offer their wares. Furniture, old linen, books, photographs, paintings, silverware, pottery, ceramics…you name it, it will be here. This could be your chance to find exactly what you’re looking for, or perhaps something you weren’t expecting!
On a more serious note, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation. On the 25th of August, 1944, following uprisings by the Resistance, General Leclerc and his Second Armoured Division rolled into the city accompanied by their American allies.
Fortunately, for the sake of posterity, there were photographs taken and films made of this significant period in Parisian history. Many of these can be seen in the Paris Freed, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited exhibition which is running at the Carnavalet Museum until February 8th. Drawing on the work of Resistance fighter François Boucher, who mounted the first exhibition commemorating the Liberation in November, 1944, this is an extraordinary look at how images were recorded during wartime and how they came to be interpreted, shedding new light on an event that should never be forgotten.
Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night): October 4th, 2014
Detailed programme on the official website
Salon Antiquités Brocante (Antiques Fair): October 30 - November 3, 2014
Place de la Bastille, Paris 12e
Metro : Bastille, lines 1, 5 et 8 or Quai de la Rapée, line 5
Paris Freed, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited: until February 8, 2015
Musée Carnavalet, 16 rue Francs-Bourgeois - Paris 3e
Tel. : 01 44 59 58 58
Metro : Saint-Paul, line 1 - Chemin Vert, line 8
Picture 'Nuit Blanche 2004 - University campus, parc Montsouris' copyright holder: Paris Tourist Office - Photographer Marc Verhille - Artists : Artistes Cité Sonic - Hou Hanru
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