Paris district 3 city hall
Bonjour Parismarais Readers,
This month, PARISMARAIS web guide has the great honor of opening with an editorial signed by our local mayor, Mr. Pierre Aidembaum, to show visitors from around the world that everyone is welcome in Le Marais, Paris’ favorite district. Here is the original French version, followed by our English translation.
WELCOME TO PARIS’ FAVORITE DISTRICT
« Le 3e arrondissement jouit dans Paris d’un prestige et d’une notoriété que l’on doit aux hauts faits historiques qui s’y sont déroulés et qui ont marqué l’architecture et l’esprit de ce territoire appartenant au quartier du Marais.
De la place des Vosges au Marché des Enfants rouges, du Musée Carnavalet au Carreau du Temple… les touristes sont très nombreux à fréquenter le 3e et à le porter dans leur cœur. Ils y trouvent bien sûr des trésors du patrimoine parisien, mais aussi la douceur de petites rues au charme désuet et le dynamisme de son activité économique et culturelle.
Le public anglo-saxon ne s’y est pas trompé puisque nombreux sont-ils à le visiter ou même à décider de s’y installer de façon pérenne.
Le cœur de Paris est un des plus bels endroits du Monde. Que vous soyez en train d’organiser un prochain voyage, ou que vous y ayez déjà vos habitudes, je suis fier de vous souhaiter la bienvenue. Je suis sûr que vous ne résisterez pas au charme du 3e et que vous vous laisserez emportés par son effervescence ! »
Pierre Aidenbaum, Maire du 3e arrondissement
The 3rd arrondissement of Paris enjoys a certain prestige and reputation due to the many events in French history that took place here. These have left a deep imprint on the architecture and spirit of this district, which is part of le Marais.
Anglo-Saxons have made a good choice when selecting le Marais for their holiday or as the place to start a new life. The heart of Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful spots. If you are thinking of visiting Paris soon, or if you visit our area often, I am happy to wish you a warm welcome. I am sure you won’t be able to resist the charm of Paris district 3, and that you’ll be more than enthusiastic about its liveliness and wonderful energy.
In May 2007, France will elect a new president, after 12 years under the presidency of Mr. Chirac. There is no need to mention that most French citizens have seen enough of him – the polls show that his popularity is less than 20% – even worse than Mr. Bush, as most Americans would like to see W take a long holiday.
Among the many subjects that are listed as political issues, gay marriage is a very serious one. For the first time in history, 800,000 people marched in the streets of Paris to ask for equality in 2007.The socialist alliance took the formal stand that gay marriage will be adopted if they win the next election.After gay pride, we had the chance to meet with Mr. Jack Lang, former minister of culture, who has not missed the gay pride parade in 20 years, and who is also a candidate to represent the socialist party. Mr. Lang confirmed that no matter who will be representing the party, gay marriage and equal rights for all couples will certainly be adoped. In this case, France will follow Holland, Belgium and Spain as one of the many European countries that have already legalized gay marriage.
Royal or not Royal? Mrs. Segolene Royal, another former Minister of François Mitterand and also a socialist, would like to represent the left in the next election. She has reached 57% popularity in the polls. She also claims to be close to Tony Blair, so she is not a pure lefty, but more of a social democrat. It would be quite amusing if a person named « Royal » was elected as head of the French republic, especially since she is a socialist. (We’re sure she loves the Parismarais fleur de lys logo anyway!)
For those who often ask us, « Are you royalist? » we would say, we are Segolene Royalist, but not Royalist. Our heart does not belong to daddy but is definitely more democrat than anything else. We chose the Fleur de lys as our logo because it is the symbol of the old Paris that we love…it’s found in every stone of all ancient monuments and it’s the symbol of quality and excellence. It is even part of Paris’ flag: three fleur de lys and a boat. So don’t be surprised by our fleur de lys; it’s not a political symbol, just a symbol for the beauty, quality and excellence that we are promoting in every field – from hotels and apartments, restaurants, businesses and boutiques.
Let’s be royal in our choice of great spots… Here’s what our team have selected for you in July…
Enough of all the nouvelle cuisine and diet portions! We won’t send you to any restaurant where you’ll end up starving at the end of the meal. Here you’ll find creativity with taste and imagination – all at great value.
Les Chineurs offers refined yet unpretentious dining at affordable prices, where you can sample dishes made from only the freshest ingredients, created by chef Gilbert Luszezinski: Rable de lapereau aux morilles (small rabbit stuffed with mushrooms), Brochette de thon et d’espadon à la vanille (tuna and espadon skewers with vanilla sauce), Chartreuse de fruits frais à la menthe (fresh fruit pastry with mint sherbet)... To accompany your meal, homemade bread and a selection of 150 great French wines. Since «Les Chineurs» means antique-hunters, expect an ecclectic dining room decor with each table designed in a unique style. With the option of dining on the lively terrace overlooking the Square du Temple, and a new menu every 2 weeks, a visit to Les Chineurs is an entirely new experience every time.
Lunch menu for 22€. Three-course dinner menu for 28€. A la carte main courses from 20€.
Great lunch menu: starter + main course + glass of French regional wine for 20€. Auvergne and Aveyron regional menu: starter + main course + dessert for 28€.
Cuisine: Modern French
Le Dôme du Marais
Cuisine: Modern French
Check out their adresses and other information, and discover more good places at: http://www.parismarais.com/selected-restaurants.htm
WHERE TO STAY?
5 stars for the price of 3… and 3 for the price of 2
Hotel Saint Paul *** from 115€. Best location if you want to attend the famous « Bal des Pompiers » on July 13 and 14.
Hotel des Archives *** from 90€, a contemporary touch just next to the Paris District 3 City Hall and Temple Square
Hotel Ecole Centrale *** Single for 80€, double for 90€
APARTMENT RENTALS at 30% OFF
EVENTS NOT TO MISS
FESTIVAL DES SOIRS D’ÉTÉ
Until the end of July, Paris District 3 City Hall organizes a new party every evening in front of the charming Square du Temple. It is the perfect place to get outside and eat, drink, meet, enjoy open air cinema for free and attend cultural events.
To find out more about the daily events…visit Paris District 3 web site: http://www.mairie3.paris.fr/mairie3/jsp/Portail.jsp
Each summer since 2001, tons of sand have been transported to the heart of the city, transforming the banks of the Seine into an urban beach bash. Floating nightclubs, outdoor music festivals, sand castle building and activities such as roller skating, a climbing wall and trampoline attract sun worshipers, sports enthusiasts, picnickers and partyers alike. Just sit back in your beach chair, close your eyes and you can almost hear the gentle surf, rather than the din of busy Parisian streets.
14TH JULY CELEBRATIONS AND BAL DES POMPIERS
Paris heats up July 13 and 14 for the annual Bal des Pompiers. The young fireman are totally dreamy with their short hair, muscular tattooed bodies and adorable smiles. Last year, with a press pass, a business card and a little charm, we snuck our way into the back entrance of the party at the "caserne" (fire station) on rue de Sevigné before the party even began. That gave us a chance to "schmooze" with the guys before the crowds started to flow in and fill the large courtyards to capacity.
The band played, the dancing began and we didn't stop until we were dripping in sweat and our feet were in pain. The "merguez" and fries were surprisingly delicious. Check out last year’s report by Adrian Leeds and join us this year for the party at the fire station on rue de Sévigné, starting at 9:30 p.m. on July 13th. Metro Saint Paul… if you re staying at Hotel Saint Paul, you’ll be in a great position to be first in line!
Il fait beau
51 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris
In this lovely boutique set up like a small house, you will discover a selection of furniture, made-to-measure curtains, and home accessories, mostly created by up-and-coming young designers.
All are « beautiful, well-made, and original » objects which bring the « extra soul » you desire for your home interior. Whether you are looking for an original gift idea or are simply looking for inspiration to decorate your house or apartment, the two founders of Buzz, Martine and Natalie will give you the best advice for imaginative solutions to improve your living space.
A Fleur de Verre
Visit rue Charlot : http://www.parismarais.com/rue-charlot.htm
Find the genius of recycling in terms of clothing… meet Lisa at number 59 rue Charlot and you’re sure to become a VIP…
Customisée par Lisa
Musée Carnavalet - History of Paris
Carnavalet opens its gardens! Visit the former house of Madame de Sévigné and live for a few hours in the time of the Sun King…all for free
Paris from the Roman times to 1900… if you see only one museum, see this one!
23-29 rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris
GAY BARS: Places to go first
A critical guide, at last, to know where you should be most welcome
In every metropolitan capital where there is a visible gay scene, one should expect its nightlife to splinter off in all directions. Paris and the Marais are no exceptions. I’d say Paris is even more varied than most cities. After all, we are not all the same and we don’t all like the same things. Edwina likes Lacroix, Patsy has her bottle and Saffy her books.
Of course all this variety doesn’t help a traveler who is exploring a new city and wants to go out. The generic question where can I go to have some fun? just needs to be a bit more specific. So what do you call fun?
SOFT or “Just a nice place to sit, drink and watch people"
A favorite pastime for many Parisians, gay and straight, this one is a piece of cake. Edmund White the American author who once lived in Paris, titled one of his books The Flaneur meaning a person who hangs around without a purpose observing and watching, but especially allowing the spectacle to unfold on its own. This will be the sitting and drinking version of that.
What I look for in this type of bar is some colorful variety in the crowd and a low level of sexual tension. People might be flirting but they’re not cruising. Perhaps a decent air filtering system would play a part too if everyone is smoking. Paris risks banning smoking in bars but it hasn’t gotten there yet and even if it does I’m sure the bars will find a way around it as they do in New York. With some exceptions I’m focusing on bars for men though some of these bars are also cafes and/or restaurants too that certainly do not exclude women.
l’Enchanteur –Hidden behind a door that you might easily pass without noticing is this friendly bar that charms and entertains on rue Michel Lecomte. When introduced to a stranger the first thing you say in French is enchanté. Well that should give you and idea of the ambiance here. The age group is varied and the look is innocent and not pretentious. It’s a be yourself type of place. The extra bonus is the downstairs. While many Parisian bars sport backrooms in their lower parts, l’Enchanteur uses this beautifully renovated a l’ancien space for singers, shows and other fun things. Easily avoided upstairs if you prefer.
Duplex –Just a few doors down from l’Enchanteur, the Duplex is known as the intellectual’s spot where local artists often exhibit their photos or paintings. It’s a lovely bar that welcomes you with an engaging innocence. Friends in their 30s meet after work to decompress here. Tables on the upstairs balcony offer an intimate view where you can watch the happy hour from above. The furtive looks of young men searching for Mr. Right add to the innocence without creating a sexual tension.
Amnésia –More on the beaten path than the two previous bars I’ve mentioned Amnésia is a bit younger and perhaps a bit more “Marais” in the gay sense. These boys might live in the burbs or outer arrondissements and here they are “out” in the Marais having fun. Cell phones and cigarettes complete the look but it’s part of the rainbow we all know and love.
SEMI-SOFT or “A place to watch guys and pretend you’re not”
A special note about rue des Archives or what I refer to as “The Strip,” The Castro, Christopher Street, Chelsea, West Hollywood, Warmoestraat, Schöneberg or Old Compton Street. The Paris equivalent is the intersection of rue des Archives and rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie in the heart of the Marais. Just fake a sneeze when trying to pronounce it. If they hear croix they’ll know. A relatively recent phenomenon, this intersection has become gay central. The four businesses that comprise the main gay circuit of rue des Archives have certain particularities that need mentioning. The visibility of these establishments add to their notoriety but what is really going there?
Open Café - In the words of any good real estate agent it’s all about location. Smack dab on the corner sprawls the Open Café offering .....openness? Everyone goes there at one time or another but they might not admit it. Sort of like MacDonalds.
Cox –Cruisy, muscled Parisians and tourists with a touch of attitude. Fills to the max around 7p.m. and blocks the traffic on the sidewalk until 9:30 or 10, and then empties out completely until they all come back the next night. If a visiting friend insists that we go I often strike up a conversation about flower arrangements or feng shui in a loud voice just to see the reaction.
Les Maronniers –Food service at all hours which is convenient and nice chestnut trees in front of a big, outdoor terrace, hence the name Maronniers.
Le Carrefour –Mostly straight during the day when suddenly at 7 p.m., guys of different ages and looks fill the place. This bar/cafe is for those who prefer sitting comfortably outside with a beer rather than being pushed around the sidewalk at Cox.
To read more and find other places to visit or to avoid, read … http://www.parismarais.com/leather-bars-cruising-dating-le-marais-paris.htm
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Prices are still rising…when will they stop ? Buying in le Marais is more expensive now than in the bourgeois districts of Paris like the 16th or 17th. The number one buyers are French of course, then Italians, with Americans in third. In fact, 35% of new sales in Paris are made to foreigners…
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COUNTRYSIDE BREAKS OUTSIDE PARIS: TRAVEL IN PROVENCE
Gay Provence is a network of hotels and great guesthouses in the south of France. They are not specifically gay but welcome everyone, and it is important to know that we have the same policy at Parismarais. We want all the hotels and places we promote to be open minded and welcome all nationalities, ages, skin colors and lifestyles. This is our idea of welcoming and we share it with Gay Provence, so we highly recommend that you find out more about all they have to offer in the south of France or anywhere in the countryside. Their web site is in both French and English.
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