Thursday, September 8, 2011

Something for the Weekend (9th - 11th September)

Back to school, back to reality. Paris now begins its Autumn cycle, with a whole series of events planned before the end of the year, so although the temperatures may be dropping and the days getting shorter, there's still a lot to look forward to!


We Love Green
A music festival cannot simply be a music festival anymore, but now must also be responsible and leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. Being held on Saturday and Sunday at the Parc de Bagatelle in the west of Paris, the We Love Green festival combines an interesting line-up (a mix of folk/pop and chilled dance) with an ecological spirit. There may be one small problem to put a dampner on the party - rain is predicted this weekend!

See the official website for more details on the full line-up:


Another 'responsible' and 'eco-friendly' musical event, but this time completely free. Being held in a selection of bandstands around the city over a three-week period, it matches up a series of up and coming bands and musicians with additional stands promoting local actors in sustainable development activities.

This weekend you'll find the roadshow at the Square du Commerce in the 15th on Saturday 10th, and at the Place des Fêtes in the 19th on Sunday 11th.

Full details of events can be found here:

Tours Circus in La Défense
The skyscrapers of La Defense will provide a spectacular backdrop to the first edition of a new street circus festival. Featuring a number of internationally renowned companies, it will include fanfares, dancers, acrobats and highrise performers.

In the evening, a show mixing the opera and the circus will provide a spectacular end to the day's events.

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th
Find out more here:

Hangawi Grand Festival

The celebrations of the Chinese and Hindi communities in Paris are now well known, but the festivals of the Korean community are more secret. This Saturday at the Jardin d'Acclimatation, the Hangwai grand festival will give you the chance to celebrate a Korean harvest festival. Although there is unlikely to be any Korean crops on display, you will discover some of the community's arts, traditions and cuisine!

Saturday 10th, 11am - 4pm
Jardin d'Acclimatation
Bois de Boulogne - 75116

Restaurant/Bar of the Week

Le Pearl
Lindsey from the Lost in Cheeseland blog is hosting 'Paris's first foodspotting event' this Friday at her friendly neighbourhood restaurant Le Pearl. I'm not sure what foodspotting entails, although it seems to involve taking photos of your lunch with an iPhone and sharing it on social networks. Whatever the logic is behind the service, Lindsey's event is a great way to discover a new venue and meet a few people. From one of her previous visits, it does seem to be a place worth checking out too.

Le Pearl
46 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011, M°Parmentier/Oberkampf

Take a Break from Paris

A Sunday tour of the Vexin

The Vexin is a verdant plateau to the north-west of Paris that stretches out towards the Picardy and Normandy regions. Although not geographically far from Paris, it can be tricky to explore, particularly using public transport, which is why the Baladobus scheme is such a good idea.

Throughout the summer and until the end of September, the (balado)bus picks up passangers from the Pontoise and Cergy train stations on Sunday mornings and takes them on a tour of the Vexin region, taking in castles, museums and quaint villages, before dropping them back off at the station at the end of the day.

Download the PDF for full details of times and the sites to visit:

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