Friday, April 6, 2012

Something for the Weekend (April 6th - 8th)

It's Easter weekend which as well as chocolate and rabbits, also means public holidays and possible closures. Friday is not a holiday in France, but Monday is, and it is this day which may pose the most difficulties.

Closed on Sunday and Monday
All municipal museums (Musée Victor Hugo, le Petit Palais, le Musée des Arts modernes..)

Closed on Monday
The Musée d'Orsay and the Musée Auguste Rodin

However, here are some suggestions for activities that will definitely be going ahead. 

Les dimanches au galop
Free horse racing fun for all the family continues this Sunday with the first meeting of the season at the city's most prestigious track, Longchamp.

More information here.

Easter egg hunts
Easter is pretty much synonymous these days with crawling around under bushes looking for eggs. This year, this need not only be an activity for children, as an adults version has also been organised across Paris.

A list of events for children can be found here. Many are in the large parks outside Paris, but there are some being organised in museums or at the Buttes Chaumont park:

For adults, I already featured the event on the blog earlier this week:

Beauté animale
One of the most interesting exhibitions in the city currently is being held at the Grand Palais. The exhibition features around 130 creations from the Renaissance to the present day, and only works in which the animal is shown on its own and for itself, without any human presence, are included. The creations, fascinating in themselves, also tell us much about the links between art and science, and how creatures have influenced - and still continue to influence - artists.

Full information on the exhibition, as well as online ticket purchasing, can be found here

Free Soup!
If you're at the Grand Palais on Saturday, why not get yourself a free bowl of Tom Ka Thai soup? Interestingly, this 'happening' is not to promote a new brand, but actually an art installation (Soup/No Soup) launching the La Triennale show.

More details here:

A Sring Ball
Although the weather promises to be grey or damp, you can still get into a Spring mood by going to a ball. The event will be held both inside and outside La Rotonde alongside the canal at Stalingrad. There will be free events outside in the late afternoon/early evening (jugglers, fire eaters, grafitti lessons, music) and a more traditional (well, if burlesque dancers and body painting can be considered traditional) ball indoors later on.

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