18 July 2009

Bastille Day

Fête Nationale turned out to be one of my really favorite events so far. Prelude to July 14, concerts are held right in the middle of Bastille.

And right before Bastille day ended, the entry points toward Eiffel tower are suddenly jampacked with tourists, immigrants and locals as they wait for the grand fireworks display happening at 22h45. I was a bit surprised to have seen that much people and it kinda annoyed me as well. All of the inhabitants of Paris might have been standing or sitting down in that area that fine day. People were squeezing in to get the best spot to view the fireworks, while a few were shouting at policemen for barricading all the strategic points.

But it was all worth it. Although I wasn't in the best spot and while there are trees covering half of my view of the Eiffel tower, I could say that it was the best fireworks display I've seen in my life so far--one of those few reminders that I'm blessed to be here in France.

People flocking in at Passy

Johnny Hallyday

Here's my un-pro video of the fireworks:

Sous La Plage

A two-day festival of free concerts, dance, food and bumming around in Parc Andre Citroen and Port de Javel.

Parc Andre Citroen & Port de Javel
July 12-13

Paris Fashion Days

A three-day fashion event centered on the Woodstock theme of peace, love and music.

Exhibit hall
Fashion show by Xuly Bet

Les Docks de Paris
Metro: Porte de la Chapelle
July 5-7

Le Grand Pari(s)

Envision Paris few steps to the future and maybe you'll have the same vision as that of the 10 architectural teams that created proposals for the Paris of the future.

Cite de L'Architecture & du Patrimoine
April 30-November 22
Metro: Trocadero (line 9/6)
Entree Libre

MyParis Festival

For three days, Paris gives us a taste of its creative scene. Part of it are a series of must-see exhibitions, molecular food-tasting, trips to museums outside Paris and artistic performances.

MyParis offers free visits to museums and art centres in Paris: CENTQUARTE, Le Plateau, Betonsalon, La Villette, Galerie Chappe, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Ricard and Galerie des Galeries. At the outskirts, MyParis exposes the art scene in Micro Onde(Velizy-Villacoublay), La Marechalerie(Versailles) and La Generale(Sevres).

Galeries Lafayette highlights the works of Olivier Saillard in Au-dela du vetement. Saillard, the curator, fashion historian, designer of window displays, shows us the art of window display, through his "display sculptures". Inspired by the archives of Stockman's , the fashion expert dabbles with techniques to highlight products using shoe racks, hat stands, hand displays, scarf and tie rings.

Palais de Tokyo opens its doors to the public for a guided visit of the Spy Numbers exhibit, as well as the Walking Series performance by Vanessa Le Mat.

Cocktails at Jardin du Palais after the performance

MyParis Festival
June 25-28
Au-dela du vetement
La Galerie des Galeries
1st floor Galeries Lafayette
June 26-August 15
Monday-Saturday 11h-19h
Entree Libre