WINTER WONDERLAND IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL
Festivals and hot chocolate in Paris Paris is home to many winter festivals which will help beat the winter blues. If pretty lights and funfairs aren’t enough to cheer you up we’re sure a cup of hot chocolate with a view of the Eiffel Tower at dusk, will do the trick. By Nadja Sayej Photos courtesy of © Paris Tourism Office
he 43rd annual Paris Autumn Festival (www.festival-automne. com), running all December is the ultimate program with cuttingedge contemporary art by blockbuster art stars like Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, and even cinema films by Marguerite Duras and concerts by Luigi Nono. The theater program in December includes Jeanne Candel at the Théâtre dela Citéinternationale and Angélica Liddell at Odéon-Théâtre del’Europe, for a passionate act.
January 2, with old fashioned wooden fair rides, traditional fair stalls, cotton candy and candy apples. Of course, there are crepes and hot chocolate. A product of classical culture, the 30-meter-high carousel offers a close view of the glass ceiling of the Nave, along with a stunning city view. Once you step indoors, you have unlimited access to roughly 50 attractions, from live acrobatic performances to dodgem cars and rides. And if you love doughnuts and toffee apples, this is sweet heaven.
It’s a merry-go-round The funfair at the Grand Palais (www. grandpalais.fr) is not what you’d expect. Set in the Nave of the Grand Palais, this century-old historic site is also the site of a museum made of steel and glass. The one-of-a-kind, indoor funfair runs until
Intimate music From January 23 to March 8, look forward to the 14th annual Autour du Piano (www. autourdupiano.fr), which offers intimate music salons with composers and classical musicians. With a focus on piano pieces, the principle is musical diversity. Fourteen
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A product of classical culture, the 30-meterhigh carousel offers a close view of the glass ceiling of the Nave, along with a stunning city view.
musical performances will showcase piano recitals, chamber music concerts and dialogues between pianists and actors. Imagine it as a time warp back to an age before the iPod, when Beethoven and Bach were the leading stars, cheished for their live concertos. Then there is the Musée Jacquemart-André, a prestigious art museum which in the 1800s was the private home of Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart. Visit the museum’s Grand Salon where, for example, you can attend a concert on January 23, with a glass of champagne and enjoy the concert with a menu, a project between classical music and gastronomy. Created for “foodie Parisians,” an old food book from 1825 will act as an inspiration point for Brigitte Fossey, the reader, and Danielle Laval, the pianist, who will play everything from Chopin to Mendelssohn.