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Paris Activities for Summer

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Trocadero Aquarium (Cineaqua) read the French page using Google Translate for special deals

Some items in this post are out of date, others still happen in Paris. Check links for updates.

This is a good portion of my Summer Newsletter which contains information about dates and activities for the Paris 2011 summer.

The summer Festival de Saint-Denis , takes place in June and July. The entire program is shown on their home page. Click on “Voir le Détail” for information about each concert in French and English. Listen to an extrait of Charpentier’s Te Deum, which opens the 2011 program 8:30 p.m. at the Basilica. Some concerts are in the Basilica and some in the Légion d’Honneur.

For ticket prices, click on “Bulletin de Locations.” The Adobe Reader document shows dates, times, category prices for each concert.

Olivier Giraud‘s show, “How to become Parisian in one hour”  is still a hit – pick dates through August – He is taking the show on the road touring in 2013.

Want to use a baby stroller in a Paris museum? Baby’tems has a few suggestions which museums can help your visit.

Reader tip for coffee:
Coutume Café
47 rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris
Mon-Fri 8-20; Sat-Sun 10-17

Paris with view points not open to the public. François Grunberg has prepared for the Mayor of Paris’ Web site numerous Paris views in 360 ∘.
Visit the Mayor’s page  for the 360∘views from Saint-Jacques, Sacre-Coeur, Hôtel de Ville, and Saint-Sulpice (click on the photos to start the viewing).

Are you making wishes about your Paris visit?
Are you looking for a route to walk in a place you have never visited?
Visit the “le nouveau Par!s Ile-de-France” Web site. On their Guide page, scroll down your wish list to pick choose from the alternatives on “All your wishes”, choose a walk from “All routes”.

Find out about current exhibitions on the Paris Tourist Office Exhibits page

Interested in the passages and galleries of Paris? Visit “Passages et Galeries”  and use Google Translate

Paris view from BHV (Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville) fifth floor
Paris view from BHV department store, rue de Rivoli

What’s On for the Summer and daily in Paris?
Follow the live timeline for what is happening daily in Paris! This is a great new feature for events. The Que faire à Paris page is part of the Paris Mayor’s office (Mairie de Paris). Use Google Translate  for the  because the text is available in French.

The following are the highlights:
June 18Fête de la Musique – application is available for download for smartphones.

June 27 – July 16 –  Look for a temporary garden in Paris. On the Hôtel de Ville plaza the theme will be trees and forests.

July 2-13Paris Cinéma – The all-night cinema at Forum des Images sets the tone with a “quirky, erotic, trash and fantastic night on Saturday July 2. About 250 films will be shown.
For movie buffs, keep an eye on their Web site for ticket information, venues and film tributes.

July 14Fireworks for Bastille Day
The theme is “Broadway in Paris” (Broadway à Paris). The fireworks are shot off from the Trocadéro basin. The best views are recommended from either the Champ-de-Mars or Place du Trocadéro. They start at 11 p.m.

July 21 – August 21 Paris Plages – The tenth edition of Paris Plage will have ten times more sand this year! Dunes will be created, larger umbrellas, kids’ playground near Pont-au-Change…. Concerts are scheduled on the Hôtel de Ville plaza between July 21 and 24.

August 3 – 21, 2011 – Eleventh annual Cinéma au Clair de Lune (like being at a drive-in during the full moon without the car). Movies under the stars for free in many of the neighborhoods in Paris. Keep an eye on the Forum des Images Web site for the program, under “Festivals and événements” . They are only on June right now.

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