Thursday, May 27, 2010
Note: starting in June 2010 the passes will have a one year expiration date (once you activate them they are only good for the two, four or six consecutve days). This mainly impacts folks who buy the passes and keep them for future use...
Go to http://en.parismuseumpass.com/ for full details, prices, and how to order before leaving on your trip (in English) or, where to buy the passes in and around Paris. You don't want to stand on a long line at the Louvre to buy a pass to save you from standing on lines.....
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Paris hotels, both humble and haute, often run great summer specials. If you are traveling in July and August be sure to look for a hotel with AC or 'climatisée' as it can be quite warm in the city. If you prefer a private apartment talk with Your Great Days in Paris. We have excellent sources for well-run short stay rental companies offering everything from simple studios to three bedroom apartments with gourmet kitchens and killer views.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Enjoy this story I wrote for Bonjour Paris on the fabulous chocolat to drink, eat, and savor in Bayonne, France. Bayonne is the home of chocolate in France... and it is a great chocoholics destination today!
Yves Camdeborde has had a smash hit with le Comptoir in the heart of St. Germain des Prés. It is tough to get a table, easier at lunch than dinner. For the past few years spontaneous consolation could be found just around the corner from Le Comptoir at the Creperie du Comptoir where delicious crepes, innovative and classic, could be purchased day and night. Last fall, Camdeborde and co. renovated the tiny creperie into a clever small-plate serving 'comptoir' with delicious mini-portions of hearty southwestern French food and some tapas-y things. There are still crepes too... still tiny, still delicious, and a great idea for a light dinner or snack while waiting for a table at Le Comptoir. Carrefour de l'Odeon, Paris 6.
Friday, May 21, 2010
July 7 through July 25, 2010
Burgundy is a splendid region to visit and it is easy to access by train or car from Paris. In addition to all of the superb wine and regional cuisine there will be an outstanding Opera Festival this July. Based in Beaune, a soignee small city that is heart to the region you can enjoy superb performers like Les Arts Florissants and much more.
The International Baroque Opera Festival has been the leading European festival for baroque opera and has become the biggest “Händel” festival in France. Great baroque conductors (Léonhardt, Brüggen, Christie, Herreweghe, Kuijken, Jacobs, etc.) perform here in works as varied as opera, sacred or secular music, making Beaune the event for enthusiasts.
To open the festival, the opera “Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria” by Monteverdi will complete the Monteverdi trilogy that was begun in 2005 with the Roman conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini.
This year, the Festival is also celebrating the 30th birthday of the “Arts Florissants” with Jean –Philippe Rameau; William Christie will be conducting two of his lesser-performed works, the ballet “Anacréon” and the opera ballet “Pygmalion”.
The young conductor Jérémie Rohrer and his orchestra “Le Cercle de l’Harmonie” will be offering the heroic drama “Thamos, roi d’Egypte”.
Download the 2010 program
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
5 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire. Paris 3.