11 June 2009

Gustave Eiffel: Le Magicien du Fer

Paris pays tribute to the man behind the Eiffel Tower. The makings of the "La Tour de 300 metres", from the drawing plans to the pictures of the construction of the infamous structure are displayed in the first major exhibition dedicated to the iron genius.

The public will also be able to take a peek of the different interpretations of the tower from various artists, as well as Eiffel's iron works from around the globe. A part of his private life is also unfolded for the viewers to see.

May 7-August 29, 2009
Hotel de Ville
10h-19h (everyday except Sunday and holidays)
Exposition Gratuite

10 June 2009

La Grande Braderie de la Mode

Killer benefit sale for the killer disease. Designers unite every June and December for the event held in aid for the victims of AIDS (SIDA in French).

Some of the gem finds found in the sale are a 60-euro pants from YSL, 60-euro Paul Smith bag, boxes of 1-euro stockings, 10-euro swimsuits and lots and lots of 5-euro Agnes B. clothing.

Some of the famous names who participated in the event are: Agnes B., Balenciaga, Cartier, Christian Lacroix, Comme des Garcons, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Dior Homme, Elie Saab, Gap, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Kenzo, Kris Van Assche, Lacoste, Longchamp, Paul Smith, Philippe Starck, Sonia Rykiel, Vanessa Bruno, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent, Zadig&Voltaire...

June 6-7, 2009
BETC Euro RSCG Passage du Desir
85-87, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
Entree Libre

Fête du Vélo

June 6-7, 2009
Esplanade des Invalides

09 June 2009

La Suisse à Paris

Rue de Latran
June 4-7, 2009

Ateliers d'Artistes de Belleville

I came to Paris in the hopes of conquering the fashion industry. But as I continue to stay longer, I find myself being swayed into the Artist universe. Indeed, this city is heaven for arts-enthusiasts as art flourishes from almost everywhere.

Belleville is one of those places where art thrives. Yearly, its artists unite to display their works in a Portes Ouvertes. For this year, over 130 workshops and studios are mapped in the entire Belleville district.

20th edition
May 15-18, 2009

08 June 2009

Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

It was my first time to witness a horse-racing up close and personal...and it was totally FREE(a promo girl handed me an invite for two as I was about to enter the metro station in Sevres-Babylone)! I have to admit I had so much fun although I'm a horse and racing-illiterate.

May 24, 2009
Hippodrome d'Auteuil
Another prestigious racing event is held in Chantilly:

06 June 2009

La Nuit Des Musees

This yearly event all over Europe encourages the public to discover museums that don't share the same limelight as that of the more popular museums. Lectures, performances and animations add flavor to the late-night event.

Because of the event, I was able to discover that in Paris, there are many museums that offer free entry to their permanent collections:

Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musee Bourdelle
Musee Cernuschi, Musee des Arts de L'Asie de la Ville de Paris
Musee Cognacq-Jay
Musee de la Vie Romantique
Musee Zadkine
Maison de Balzac
Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

May 16, 2009
Entree Libre

05 June 2009

Paris Design En Mutation

If you are an industrial design enthusiast or is simply amused by sustainable innovation, you should check out this exhibit featuring 11 designers.

For a sneak preview of the works of Reudi Baur, Mathieu Lehanneur, Olivier Gassies, Francois Brument, Jean-Marie Massaud, Matali Crasset, Jean-Louis Frechin, EDF, R&D Design, Machin machin, Francois Azambourg and Delo Lindo, visit http://www.designaddict.com/design_addict/blog/index.cfm/2009/1/23/Paris-Design-in-Mutation

Espace Fondation EDF
6, Rue Recamier
April 17- August 30, 2009
Tuesday-Sunday, 12h-19h
Entrée libre
Metro: Sevres Babylone

Terence Gave Us Roses

Timi, Sol and I were killing time and feet in Rue de la Verrerie when a bunch of gay French greeted us. Although apprehensive, we greeted back. And so began the quick chatting in the street. It was Terence who did most of the talking as he was the only one comfortable in conversing in English among his friends. For that very quick encounter, Terence related his occupation, his Filipino ex-boyfriend (complete with pictures from his wrecked i-Phone), and how he found us "cute".

And because he was so amused by our Asian looks, or maybe because his clear judgment is so clouded with alcohol, he bought and gave each one of us a red rose from a vendor.

It was my first time to receive a rose--in Paris and by a gay guy. But I'm so so glad it came from Terence.

01 June 2009

Foire du Trone

A cheaper alternative to Disneyland, Foire du Trone transforms Bois de Vincennes into an amusement park filled with fun rides and sweet treats. On the side, you'll see packs of cute policemen and if you're lucky, you get to witness a teeny bopper brawl.

Pelouse de Reuilly
Happy days run from April 3-June 1st
Metro: Porte Doree/ Porte de Charenton