Apr 30, 2010

Bercy Village, 12 th arrondissement, next to the Parc de Bercy and the Seine, consists largely of small wine warehouses from the late 19th Century that have been saved and changed into shops and restaurants.There are cinema, art galleries, beauty parlors and pet shops im the Bercy Village.

Station on Paris metro: Cour Saint-Émilion

Apr 28, 2010

Attending the Céline Dion Concert in Palais omnisport de Paris Bercy, is an amazing experience. Located at 8, Boulevard de Bercy, 12 th arrondissement. It’s like a pyramide, an indoor sport arena, 55000 m2.

Its capacity 3500 to 17000 sits, 18000 audiences sit or stand up in an adaptable place for all of the sport, all of the concerts, launching the product, etc. The main place of the Palais omnisport de Paris Bercy is salle de concert (concert hall), welcoming the singers, musicians of all of the genre.

Station on Paris metro: Bercy

Apr 24, 2010

Preparing the crépes, sandwich poulet crudité, some tea, and hot chocolates. This was my second picnic in France. I remembered my first picnic was in chamonix, when I really wanted to see the Alpens in the sunny day. This time my friends and I went to Bois de Vincennes and had a picnic in the sunny day. It is Paris’s largest park of all, romantic boating lakes rendez vous, a city’s main zoo and restaurants keep families entertained.

Main entrance of the Bois de Vincennes is at Avenue de Paris (just east of Paris 12 th arrondissement). At the he west end, we found a man made Daumesnil lake (Lac Daumesnil). It features two islands and a delightful place for boating and picnic. Just east of Lac Daumesnil, 15hectares Parc Zoologique de Paris, known as the Zoo du Bois de Vincennes.

Parc floral is at the east end of the Bois de Vincennes features hundreds of varieties of flowers and botanical plants. Jazz concerts and plays are performed on the park's central stage in the spring and summer. There a lake, lac des minimes which once housed a convent. Now, a bridge leads to an island on the lake, where a restaurant provides scenic dining. There’s many amusements for kids aged six to 14 include the Bibliothèque-Ludothèque Nature (Nature Library & Puppetry) and a lovely Jardin des Papillons (Butterfly Garden), with 40 species of butterfly.

Lac des minimes

Château de Vincennes
At the north of Bois de Vincennes, there’s a château, known as The Château de Vincennes, is a royal chateau with massive fortifications and a moat. Louis XIV spent his honeymoon at the mid-17th-century Pavillon du Roi, the westernmost of the two royal pavilions flanking the Cour Royale (Royal Courtyard).

Station on Paris metro : Château de Vincennes, Porte Doree, Porte de Charenton

Apr 22, 2010

How creative parisian are! They converted the disused railway line into an elevated walkway and planted with trees, flowers, cherry trees, maples, limes, roses and lavender. This planted walkway known as Coulée Verte or Promenade Plantée. The walkway starts near the beginning of avenue Daumesnil(12 th arrondissement), south of the Bastille opera house, and is reached via a flight of stone steps or lifts with a number of similar access points all the way along. It took me to the Parc de Reuilly, then descends to ground level and continued nearly as far as the périphérique, all the way to the west entrance of the Bois de Vincennes.

Walking the first part, along the viaduct which is the most attractive stretch. I could enjoy the view of the street below. Small architectural details such as decorative mouldings and elaborate wrought-iron balconies that I wouldn't normally notice at street level come to light.

The viaduct have been converted into attractive spaces of artisan’s studios and craftshops. Known as Viaduct des Arts. The workshops house furniture and tapestry restorers, interior designers, cabinet makers, violin- and flute-makers, embroiderers and fashion and jewellery designers. I found a full list and map is available at 23, avenue Daumesnil the location of SEMA (Société d'Encouragement aux Métiers d'Art). The viaduct ends around halfway down avenue Daumesnil, but the Promenade Plantée continues to the Jardin de Reuilly, an inviting, circular expanse of lawn, popular with picnickers and bordered by terraces and arbours. The open air café made a good refreshment when I was walking the length of the promenade.

The next part of the walkway is the allée Vivaldi, a road lined with modern blocks, but then I entered a tunnel and emerge at the other end in the old railway cutting, a beautiful stretch, a canopy of trees and flowers, below the level of the surrounding streets. At this point the path divides into the path for pedestrians, and the other for cyclists, taking me to the disused railway tunnel, until I saw a wrought-iron spiral staircase. The right hand path up to road level, turn right onto the ring road, and then left under the flyover. Turn right onto busy boulevard de la Guyane, and a short walk along brought me to the Bois de Vincennes.

Station on Paris metro : Bastille

Apr 11, 2010

Faubourg Saint-Antoine (in 12 th arrondissement) is a district of craftsmen. I wonder how the woodworkers and furniture makers concentrate their workshops here. Since 15 th century and it’s still home to an artisan community.

The passages industriels which built in 19th century, were created as live work spaces for craftsmen. There are many studios of people who create the merchandises and sell them in marais district.

Apr 6, 2010

Attending the Armand Basi fashion show in La Maison des Métallos is adorable. La Maison des Métalos is located at 94, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11 th arrondissement. Workshops and mezzanines were conserved to maintain the architectural integrity and to privilege the circulation and the movement.

La Maison des Métallos is founded on a unique concept, the cultural centre depends upon the participation of the public, to support the artists and increase the exchange among the amateurs and professionals of the art world, in a varied program that presents exhibitions, debates, shows and workshops.

Station on Paris metro: Couronnes, Parmentier, Saint Maur