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Parismarais Newsletter
Issue 82 June 2012
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A JUNE TO SWOON

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Bonjour Parismarais Readers,

June is the busiest month in Paris with many cultural events for you to enjoy! Here’s a list of our favorites that you won’t want to miss.There are few cities in the world that can compete with the diversity of cultural and social events organized by the city as well as private entities.

From the Paris Gay Pride Parade, to the bi-annual famous shopping sales, Paris is full of memorable activities to enjoy.To make the most of your stay in Paris, we have selected some great deals for you, in hotels, restaurants, clubs and more. We encourage you to check out the addresses we have listed throughout the newsletter.

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PARIS 2012 SUMMER SALES

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The 2012 summer sales will officially begin in France Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 8am and finish at the end of the day Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Sales, called “Soldes” in French, are state-regulated in France. Please note that a few parts of France have different official 2012 summer sale dates. Shops, department stores, boutiques, and designer outlets clear out items by gradually dropping their prices over the course of the sales period.

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PARIS GAY PRIDE - Mark your calendar- June 30, 2012 !

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In a procession of color, gaiety and fun along the streets of the capital, the now legendary “Marche des fiertés” proclaims its protest message against all forms of discrimination, and support of equality as well as putting an end to homophobia.

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Arnaud Sellier, Parismarais.Com Art Expert, Seybah Dagoma, our new Member of Parliament
supporting SOS Homophobia Project

Due to the recent election of Social Democrat president François Hollande and the majority they won in parliament, rights for LGBT people will be accomplished very soon, hopefully in the next few months. We recently met our new Member of Parliament Seybah Dagoma. Born in Nantes, an attorney, at only 33 years old, she is a member of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanöe’s team and has always been on the front lines in every fight for liberty and justice. She is in charge of the social economy. She was elected « députée du 3e et 10e arrondissement » on the 17th of June 2012.

Each year, more than half a million people take part in this event. As usual, the parade will have a theme, which is always treated with thought and humor, and which may be a reflection of society, a subject of debate, or a sensitive topic.

The floats file past a crowd of bystanders and locals, who are at first surprised and then won over by the stream of dancing, singing and rhetoric, always conveying the same warmth and conviction.

It starts at Paris Montparnasse and reaches Place de la Bastille plaza at 5 p.m. The best place to sit and watch the parade is definitely the Pont de Sully, where you also have a fabulous view of the back of Pascal Fonquernie Parismarais editorNotre Dame.

Check out the parade route and plan to join in the fun! And dress as outrageously as you dare !

A Bientôt

Pascal Fonquernie,
Editor

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HOTEL DEALS IN SUMMERTIME

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The low value of the euro makes it cheaper for our American friends, therefore many hotels in le Marais are offering great deals you won’t believe starting on the 15th of July. From 100 euros per night you will find fantastic centrally located hotels in le Marais with very special offers dedicated to parismarais readers.

Here is our selection. For each hotel, check out the special summer rate on the right side of their presentation page.

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La Villa Mazarin

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L'Hôtel Duo

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Hôtel de la Bretonnerie

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  BUDGET HOTELS

  AMAZING HOTELS IN OTHER DISTRICTS OF CENTRAL PARIS

  1000 ROMANTICS RESORTS IN EUROPE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES

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NEW GOURMET PLACES

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Le Dôme du Marais

Nestled in the heart of the old Mont de Piété auction room inaugurated in 1777, the Dome du Marais is an elegant restaurant uniquely decorated and offering fine, traditional French cuisine with an Asian touch. Taste sea bream tartare with lime, ginger and herb salad (16 euros) or green pea ice cream with mint (9 euros) before discovering other fantastic dishes. The lamb with vegetable ratatouille jam (26 euros) or the veal liver and carrot puree with bacon and caramelized sherry (27 euros) literally melt in your mouth. The lunch options are particularly attractive (19 and 32 euros). In the afternoon, it becomes a wonderful tea room where time seems suspended. Enjoy a lovely selection of teas in the sunny winter garden and let your mind wander while admiring the original objects that form the decor.

7/7 from noon to 2AM
Tea lounge from 2PM to 6PM

Manager : Cédric Munier

53, bis rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75004 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 74 54 17
Metro: Rambuteau / Hôtel de Ville
  www.ledomedumarais.fr

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Le Gaspard de la Nuit

A semi-gastronomical traditional cuisine has found it’s home in «Le Gaspard de la nuit», in the rue des Tournelles. The menu, known for its fresh produce delivered daily, proposes a lovely selection of «reinvented dishes», nonetheless keeping their authenticity. Treat yourself to their famous steak with black pepper sauce (29 euros), possibly one of the neighborhood’s best. The rabbit with lavender (18,50 euros) or the escargot ravioli are also delicious. A bistrot menu at 25 euros is also available (entree + main course + drink) every day except Saturday. The wine cellar is bursting with veritable treasures at reasonable prices that Myriam, the owner, unveils with gourmandise. Among the impressive selection are some real finds such as a côte du Rhone, côte rotie 2006 - les essartailles (68 euros) or a Chateau Lasalle de Poujeaux 2005 Second vin du Chateau Poujeaux Moulis. Reserve your table in advance, as space in this popular restaurant is limited.

7/7 every evening until midnight

6, rue des Tournelles
75004 Paris
Tel: 01 42 77 90 53
Metro: Bastille
Parking: Bastille
  www.legaspard.com

  For more restaurants, please check our global listing

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FESTIVAL DES SOIRS D'ETE AT PARIS DISTRICT 3 CITY HALL

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Thanks to Mr. Pierre Aidenbaum, our local Mayor, this festival brings free culture and entertainment to all residents and tourists during June and July. Every night, until 14 July, enjoy a new show or film in the open air courtyard facing the Temple Garden, at the spot where 200 years ago the Temple Tower Prison stood, Queen Marie Antoinette’s last residence.

Check out the program details on the Paris district 3 web site:
  http://www.mairie3.paris.fr

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FABULOUS SHOPPING

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La Squadra

Issuing from a long family tradition specializing in knitwear, the brand La Squadra inaugurates its new shop in the Marais with a complete collection of chic ready- to- wear men’s clothes inspired by yachting and sportswear, made of sumptous fabrics in classical cuts. Original pieces range from polo, pointed- collar and turtleneck tops to chino and straight- leg trousers. Here you will find the must- have item to complete any male wardrobe. Up to 50% discount on this summer collection !

Monday to Saturday: 10:30AM to 7.30PM
Sunday: 11AM to 7PM

3, rue des Filles du Calvaire
75003 Paris
Tel : 01 44 61 10 00
Metro : Filles du Calvaire

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Les Opticiens du Marais

If you’re after that unique look, Les Opticiens du Marais is the place to go. All the frames are distinctive and the lenses are cutting-edge technology. No dull, conventional brands or ostentatious frames with showy logos nor mass market productions here. Creativity is the byword. VIPs from the neighborhood and even the international jet set come to find just the right French touch. Some of the frames are even funky enough for Lady Gaga. Les Opticiens du Marais stand behind their products and will exchange and adapt your lenses and frames if need be. High-quality service, innovation and creativity will certainly give you satisfaction.

Brands available include:
IC Berlin, Tom Ford, Alain Mikli, Starck, Cutler and Gross, Gold and Wood, Lunor Montures vintage

Open 7/7, Sunday - Monday 2pm / 7.3pm, Tuesday > Saturday 10am / 7.3pm

41 rue des Archives
75004 Paris
Tel: 01 42 76 05 06
Métro: Hôtel-de-Ville & Rambuteau
Parking: Parc Baudoyer - Place Baudoyer

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MOIA

The design shop where you will find plenty of gay-friendly souvenirs such as rainbow Eiffel towers and camp I-phone accessories.

Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 7.30pm, Monday & Sunday from 10.30am to 7.30pm

59, rue des Francs- Bourgeois
75004 Paris
Tel./ Fax: 01 44 78 03 52
Metro : Rambuteau
  www.moia.fr

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Open Café

Completely redecorated, with a new team of sexy bartenders, Open Café’s central corner location on the busy rue des Archives makes it the perfect place to people-watch all year. Inside, giant flat screen TVs and a friendly English-speaking bar staff greet you. Giant salads and club sandwiches, plats du jour, delicious chocolate cake, tarts, and milkshakes at affordable prices are served until 5pm, plus a vast selection of drinks until 2am. Happy Champagne from 10 pm until closing at less than 6 € per glass.

17 rue des Archives
75004 Paris
Tel. 01 42 72 26 18

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Spyce

From 18h until late at night, this brand new gay and hetero-friendly dance bar is a fun place to start your evening, complete with live DJs and the latest music to get you warmed up. Come enjoy the lively atmosphere and great music as well as gogo dancing. Drinks are a bargain on Mondays plus every Tuesday half price from 19h to 22h. Wednesday provides a fabulous cabaret show called Burlesque, with talented female and male impersonators. Philippe Massière, the art director has a great sense of hospitality and creativity offering you a new adventure every night.

23 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie
75004 Paris

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L’Oiseau Bariolé

Tyra, Franky and their team welcome you like friends in their classy, cozy, charming, mixed gay and gay-friendly little bar located in the heart of the Marais. They offer hundreds of cocktails and “mocktails” (without alcohol) at affordable prices, including the XXL size (half a liter to share) at 17 euros! The lovely and original decoration of comfortable black leather seats and dark blue walls is the work of Oscar Larrat’s recent renovation. From Sunday to Thursday, it is open from 17h to 2h as well as every weekend and the eve of public holidays from 17h to 4h. Cocktails are reasonably priced, plus there is a cocktail happy hour from 17h to 21h- buy one and get the 2nd one free. In the basement you will find a small club with DJs, which on the weekend is open until 4h. Every week the bar also offers themed evenings.

16 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie
75004 Paris

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Les Agités

Located close to the Centre Georges Pompidou in the heart of le Marais, the chef offers a « French culinary burger tour » (duck confit, salmon, tartare, even foie gras, as well as seasonal burgers). Starters include lovely charcuterie and escargots de Bourgogne ( snails). For dessert, a variation of giant profiteroles of every flavor imaginable awaits you. In the basement, the classic French residence-style ambiance invites you to enjoy a cocktail, snack or even dinner. As Bruno and Arnaud the owners say : « It’s like home, but better! »

15 rue de la Reynie
75004 Paris
Tel. 08 99 23 40 83

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PARTIES
we enjoyed and where you should go next

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Follivores and Crazyvores

The Follivores and Crazyvores are the most unpretentiously fun dance parties in the Marais, held at Le Bataclan every other Saturday. Twice each month, thousands of French music addicts gather to dance to the sound of classic French dance hits including songs from famous icons like Dalida, Mylene Farmer, Claude François, France Gall, Julie Pietrie, Rose Laurens and many more singers from the 70’s up to the present. It’s been on for years and is still a must. If you’re not familiar with French disco classics you may be shocked, but it’s definitely worth discovering. Don’t miss La Nuit des Follivores and La Nuit des Crazyvores, twice each month on Saturdays at Le Bataclan, under the talented eye of DJ Hervé.

LE BATACLAN
20 Boulevard Voltaire
75011 Paris
Metro Saint Ambroise
  Website

 

  For day by day venues do not miss the best online gay agenda
on paris-gay.com

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LE MARAIS MAP, DOWNLOAD FOR FREE !

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To prepare for your trip to Paris,
you can download the exclusive Parismarais map of le Marais for free !

Be sure to print out both sides A and B
of the map by clicking on the following links:

  SIDE A

  SIDE B

 

You can also visit the following page where you will find more maps of Paris and le Marais as well as selected places to visit - photos and addresses will “pop up” as soon as you click on the colored dots.

Fabulous, n'est-ce pas ? : parismarais.com/map-of-le-marais.htm

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