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Parismarais Newsletter
Issue 70 July 2011


Bonjour Parismarais readers,

When summer heats up, Parisians head to the seaside and countryside to enjoy their holidays. But the capital city is the place to be! There is so much to do and see in Paris during the summer months—here are just a few highlights of our favorite events... Le Bal des Pompiers is one of the most popular parties on the Paris calendar. On July 13 and 14, fires stations across Paris threw open their doors and welcomed Parisians and tourists alike for a hot and hilarious dance party. The fireman are always as sexy as they are friendly, serving up drinks and performing for the cheering crowds. We recommend you to go early from 9 pm to avoid queing a long time, unless like us you have a press pass. Paris Fire Brigade was created 200 years ago by Napoleon, the french Emperor and our favorite fire hall on rue de Sévigné, just in Front of the charming Hotel Saint Paul was the first Paris fire station to be open in Le Marais. It used to be the former Hotel de Chavigny built in the 1600’s by Mansart, the architect of Versailles. It keeps getting busier every year with hundreds of people waiting in the long line to get in.

The fireworks display at La Tour Eiffel on Bastille Day, July 14, is one of the most magnificent anywhere in the world. And this year, as the Iron Lady is celebrating her 122 th anniversary, the spectacle promiss to be one of the best you ll ever seen!

If you’re in Paris and can’t make it to the beach in the summer, Paris brings the beach to you! Paris Plage has been a favorite attraction since 2002. Each summer, the city trucks in tons of sand and sets up a beach right on the shores of the Seine. There’s music, entertainment and so much to see and do… Or you may just want to sit back, relax and pretend you’re in a tropical paradise. Enjoy the sun and sand from July 21 to August 21.

PASCAL FONQUERNIEThe best part of all is that to enjoy everything Paris has to offer, the summer deals are sizzling too! You can get apartment stays at incredible savings, discover the top classic and contemporary restaurants, and get the ultimate shopping deals in the best boutiques.

Come join us in Paris and Le Marais during the summer season, it s also the season where hotels offer you the best deals with discounts up to 50% off from 15th july. A bientôt,

Pascal Fonquernie - Editor,

Paris Plages will take place from 21 July to 21 August 2011. It will be the opportunity to rediscover the events which make the event successful on the right bank of the Seine and in the La Villette basin.

Ten times more sand than in previous years will await visitors! It will also be possible to play racket sports on the beach. It will obviously be possible to build sand castles with buckets and spaces. The biggest of them will be up to 5 metres high. On the initiative of Disneyland Paris, sculptors will recreate the castle of Sleeping Beauty out of sand.

Your toes in the sand: an ideal position for relaxing under the traditional blue parasols. This year, the Paris Plages furniture, which has been used since 2002, has been replaced. The public will be able to lie on the usual chaises longues or on one of the 200 new blue and white striped beach mats. And this year, 10 giant deckchairs will be spread along the beach. They were designed by the stage design r Jean-Christophe Choblet and each one can hold two adults.

This year, there will be three sites for Paris Plages:
1 - The Georges Pompidou Expressway (in central Paris)
2 - The La Villette Basin (Paris 19th district)
3 - The square in front of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris 4th district)

As usual, Paris Plages will also set up beneath the windows of the main Hotel de Ville. The square will host concerts and sporting activities. The Fnac live Festival will offer free concerts over four days, from 21 to 24 July, and then leave the way clear for beach volleyball and also for children’s pedal boats!?The festival will also be a time for information and prevention. Representatives of the group “Paris Santé”, which includes 18 associations combating high-risk behaviour (auditory risks, addictions, sexually transmitted infections, etc.), will move around the square raising public awareness. It will also be possible to meet them in the Vélib’ booth.

21, 23 and 24 July from 6.30pm to 11pm and 22 July from 7.30pm to midnight. Free. In front of the Hotel de Ville. Moriarty, Catherine Ringer, Christophe, Mademoiselle K, to give a few examples. A total of 24 artists and groups will perform during these four themed evenings. They represent a plethora of new and well-known talent. Paris, a world capital From Australia to the Americas and from Africa to the Near East. Paris is once again becoming a world capital in touch with the sounds of the world.

A free exhibition from 6 July to 17 September, every day except Sundays and public holidays, from 10am to 7pm
Hospitality rooms of the Hôtel de Ville, 29 rue de Rivoli, Paris 4th district (Metro: Hôtel de Ville).
Since 2002, Paris Plages has allowed the capital’s residents to establish an unusual relationship with their river. The 10th event is the ideal opportunity to retrace several centuries of the city’s life on the banks of the Seine. At the Hôtel de Ville, the free exhibition “Paris on the Seine – From the Old Quays to Paris Plages” retraces the history of both economic and social links.

Only 5 rooms, 2 junior suites and one apartment, Managed by Mr Didier Costes and his friend, this is definitely one of the most charming place to stay in the Haut Marais. Rates are very low for the quality you get and a full breakfast buffet is offered to all Parismarais Clients.

Book online at the best rate :

Hotel du Haut Marais
7 rue des Vertus
75003 Paris
Tel. : +33 1 42 77 65 52

As Didier and Marc from The Haut Marais Hotel say : our first recommendation is always Monjul, the most creative place to enjoy a haute cuisine in « Trompe l’œil ». I recently met Mark Thompson and his friend Robert, from The Edge Media Group, USA biggest gay media network and I’m very proud to be their correspondant in Paris. I have invited them to Monjul, Julien Agobert’ restaurant and they adored it.

Check The Edge recent report on the french riviera :

Monjul and more restaurants :

Then I took Mark and Robert for a Paris discovery by night in my new Megane Coupé-Cabriolet designed by Renault. This car has a real story and will be for sure a collector’s item. It was launched during Paris Gay Pride and still had some blue glitter inside and That’s one of the reasons that made me buy it !

We were gladly surprised that major french companies are now supporting the LGBT community, and I was myself very amused to realise the same model I wanted to buy from Renault Republique, 96 rue Amelot, was parading with fancy rainbow colors on its sides co-branding with TETU magazine, France’s Biggest Gay Magazine, property of Mr Pierre Bergé, former partner of Yves Saint Laurent. It made me think I really made the good choice and was honored to see that my favorite car maker was also supporting the gay community.

The political situation in Paris regarding gay life is close to ideal apart from the fact that equality is not achieved yet - in terms of taxation, adoption and marriage. It’s true that recent surveys confirm that being gay is not a problem at all for 85% of the French, and 55% of them would agree to vote for gay marriage. So even if the french can’t have access to real marriage like the Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Belgian people, they enjoy life as much as they can… The social-democrat opposition promised equal rights if they succeed in the next presidential election in may 2012. Nearly 80 % of the french wishing to offer a long time holiday to our actual president…

The march ended up at Place de la Bastille. Until dawn streets were packed and the most famous clubs and bars in the Marais such as Raidd, Open Café, Cox, l'Oiseau Bariolé, Quetzal, CUD, Spyce, and Le Tango were crowded as usual.
Visit Renault republique web site and thank them for their support !

When in Paris, Renault Republique offers you to rent for a day or more the car of your choice from only 32 euro per day at their rental corner located 100 rue Amelot, just next to the winter Circus. They offer the most central office to rent a car in le Marais, as most other car renters are either in train stations or in suburban districts.

A trip to France would not be complete without spending at least a couple of nights in French Riviera, Loire Valley, Normandy, French Alps or Switzertland… It’s now high season there, but if you book now your stay for september, you’ll be surprised to realise you can afford hotels you would not even think about. When booking any south of France hotel through, you can benefit from great prices and often get upgrades upon availability…
A charming 4 star baroque palace at less than 150 € per night… what do you think? Definitely worth extending your stay after Paris!

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