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Affordable Hotel

Where do you go when you first arrive in Paris? (If you don’t already have your apartment!)

One of my favorite hotels is HOTEL JEAN-BART, conveniently located between the  Jardin du Luxembourg & rue de Rennes in the 6th. Jean-Bart is a privately owned jewel, on a quiet street opposite a police station. It’s a no-frills spot, but clean & affordable, in an old building with high ceilings. The room price includes French breakfast with fresh croissants, artisan baguettes (they’re not all the same anymore!), juice & great hot coffee. Although you can tell them in advance if you don’t want it, & they’ll deduct from your bill!

If you need tv & cable entertainment, this is not the place for you.  There is an elevator & you have the old European choice between en suite (full bathroom) or the cheaper option with sink only & communal showers. Great for people on a budget; not so great if you’re looking for quiet luxury. Around €55-75/ night, breakfast included.

There’s a local boulangerie (bakery) & supermarket on the corner. Metro Rennes (line 4) is one block away & there is a big Vélib Vélo (city sponsored bike rental station) on the cross street. Oh. And plenty of shopping nearby too! This is a place where French people actually stay. Book in advance by telephone only.

Hôtel Jean-Bart 9 Rue Jean Bart, 75006 Paris, France +33 1 45 48 29 13 ‎

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Something a little different…

When I think of Paris, my first associations are wine, cheese, Eiffel Tower, French, romance, bridges…not Yoga. However, one of the more extensive yoga festivals I’ve seen is happening in Paris this weekend, Friday, 19 October – Sunday 21 October 2012 at Le CentQuatre.

Le CentQuatre (le 104) is a diverse cultural center which opened its doors in 2008 to the research & innovation of all artistic disciplines. Built just before the turn of the century in 1873, this 39,000 square meter (41,9793 square feet) served as the city’s funeral home. It was eventually closed  & a €100 million redevelopment project began in 2001. It has 104 different performance & studio spaces & has housed everything from haute couture fashion shows to concerts & art openings. This vast, complex space alone is worth visiting.

Yoga Festival Paris will be the first major yoga conference in Paris, with an ambitious repertoire of classes, demonstrations & concerts for all ages & all levels. If you have been curious about different approaches to yoga, or are looking for international master instructors, attendance is well worth it!

The event website is entirely in French. If this is daunting, use Google Chrome web browser to access the site, then simply right-click (control click) whilst on the page & translate the entire page into English in less than a second. http://www.yogafestival.fr/

Yoga for Everyone – image from http://yogafestival.fr/

There is a class for everyone: Prenatal taught by Sophie Colombié, respiratory & relaxation, meditation,  pilates taught by Eva Winskill, weight-loss taught by Julie Ferrez, a class specially entitled Stiff Man Yoga taught by Simon Pyrke… The list is extensive, with over 50 available classes. *Classes for children, ages 6-15 are free.*

Reservation is seriously encouraged for classes & concerts! General entry is €8 or €4 tarif reduit. €12 for 2-day entry & €15 for 3-day entry. Group classes & concerts are an additional ticket, & you can reserve one-on-one sessions for only €25/hour! This is very inexpensive for the quality of teacher experience. Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Californian & Kalaripayat massages will also be available. There are also free demonstrations & classes & lectures available in the jardin des cours libres (free garden classes).

YOGA FESTIVAL PARIS is organized through the initiative of Health Yoga Journal.

CENTQUATRE 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris / Métro: Riquet, Crimée (line 7)Stalingrad (lines 2, 5 et 7), Marx-Dormoy (line 12)

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Nuit Blanche 2012

Photo: Mairie de Paris

Paris à l’inifi! Laurent le Bon, curator of the Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, is the Artistic Director behind (Paris to Infinity), this year’s theme for Paris’ 11th annual Nuit Blanche. For those of you still considering last minute travel dates, experiencing one of Paris’ greatest comprehensive cultural events is a must.

Go ahead & book your arrival for  Saturday, October 6th, & don’t worry about the jetlag! Take a nap when you arrive, then gear up for any number of cultural events, Paris vistas or promenades that Nuit Blanche has to offer. From 7pm – 7am, the night’s events begin at la Maison de la Radio à l’Ouest (16th), and follow the Seine all the way to Ivry. The streets along those Quais will be pedestrianized for the night. All events are free.

Panorama of Paris – A number of observatory points, normally closed to the public, will be open at your leisure:

 – the terrace of la Tour Morland, situated on the 15th floor, in the 4th arrondissement;
–  la salle du Haut Conseil, situated on the 9th floor de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, in the 5th;
–  the 24th floor de la Tour Zamansky, l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie, on the campus at Jussieu, in the 5th;
–  the 18th floor de la  bibliothèque François Mitterrand, in the 13th.

Fireworks show at Children’s departure point for Nuit Blanche
Photo : Paris Mômes

While children are welcome throughout Nuit Blanche events, unless specified, there are some special events just for children & families at Jardin Tino Rossi (8 quai Saint- Bernard, in the  5th, Métro Jussieu) from 7-11pm. For more info, visit the Paris Mômes website & remember you can always translate the entire page in a flash when using the Google Chrome web browser.

Here is a list of some of the major locations where you’ll find dance, art installations, light shows, galleries…

le Palais de Tokyo, le Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, le Musée Guimet, l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, le Grand Palais, le Petit-Palais, la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, le Musée du Louvre, le Centre Pompidou, la Cité Internationale des Arts, l’Institut du Monde Arabe, la Bibliothèque François Mitterrand ou encore la Maison rouge, la Cinémathèque française ou le Théâtre 13.

RATP Transport Map/Schedule for Nuit Blanche
Photo: http://www.ratp.fr

Public Transport: 

The Métro will be open with extended hours until 2am. SNCF regional trains & RER run as normal (no specially extended hours). AFTER 2am, the Métro is FREE from 2-5:30am, but only 2 lines (along the areas of events) will stay open with the following limited stops: Line 1:  Trains every 7 minutes, stopping at: Château de Vincennes, Bérault, Saint-Mandé Tourelle, Porte de Vincennes, Gare de Lyon, Saint-Paul, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet, Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, Concorde, Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V.  Line 14: Trains every 4 minutes, all stations! (This is the automated métro line sans driver).

Night Buses: The Noctambus lines that will be running will have extra buses to accomodate the crowds; the following lines will not be operating: N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N16. If you are staying in the suburbs, double-check terminus points, as several lines will stop early at Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Gare de l’Est or St.-Lazare.

Velib: You can always hop on a bicycle & drop it off at the next Velib station, wherever you land. Bikes will be in high demand, so some areas might not have any left. Never fear, there is likely another nearby station. Check out the Velib website for details.

Nuit Blanche is an experience you will find in no other city. You can always count on the Parisians to take pause & explore the unexplored, find poetry amidst the rush & city grime. 

Links: Mairie de Paris Nuit Blanche info (French), Mairie de Paris Nuit Blanche info (English)RATP (Transport Map), Complete NUIT BLANCHE PROGRAMME,

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Moving towards a Cheaper Euro

If you’re planning a trip to Paris, there are 3 things that could soon make the Euro cheaper – It’s common sense that you want the highest euro total possible. After all, the more euros you have in your pocket, the more sites you can see, the more macarons you can eat, & the fuller your Paris experience (& stomach) will be.

Given that, what’s going to make the euro sink on the foreign exchange market? Of course, while I don’t have a crystal ball, I can look at what’s happening in Europe, & use this to look at what needs to happen for the euro to get cheaper. Here’s hoping!

Credit: DPA, http://www.thelocal.de/ Germany’s News in English

1. The European Central Bank rescue plan proves a dead duck.

Last week, the European Central Bank launched a bold plan to draw a line under the debt crisis. It involves buying Spanish & Italian government bonds, hence reducing the financial pressures on these countries while they reform their economies. But will the plan take off?

According to the Bundesbank, the plan is illegal, in that it constitutes central bank funding of member governments. If that opinion gains sway, the ECB might not have the chance to use its scheme.

Second, the scheme is dependent on Spain & Italy first accepting bailouts. As with Greece, that would mean more cuts, more powers being devolved to Brussels, & national humiliation. If you were Spain, would you take this deal?

Hence, lots of potential for the euro to fall here.

2. The Eurozone falls into recession.

This has been on the cards for some time. However, until now, the continent has avoided the ignominy. For instance, France has had 0.0% growth for nine months on the trot now, meaning it’s stood on the line between recession & growth for almost a whole year.

Elsewhere, Mediterranean countries like Spain & Italy have already begun contracting, but that’s been balanced out by the continued (& almost miraculous) growth of Germany. How long can this last? How long can one country, however powerful, compensate for the shortfall of sixteen others?

The euro should then fall as Europe enters an official recession.

3. The Netherlands takes a more anti-euro stance.

The Netherlands is holding its general election this week &, while we’re unlikely to see the swing to the extreme left & right that characterised Greece’s election not long ago, anti-euro feeling is nonetheless strong in Holland.

For instance, anger about the total funds being siphoned to Spain & co. have forced current premier Mark Rutte to the right, meaning he’s adopted, if not an anti-euro platform, then one that involves taking a much tougher line with fellow Eurozone members. That could see the euro weaken further down the line, as whatever Dutch government emerges becomes even more begrudging about forking over taxpayer cash to Brussels.

As a result, there is a large chance the euro could weaken in the coming month.

Post by contributor Peter Lavelle, Pure FX –                                                              

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Eating Gourmet that’s Good for your Wallet

French fine dining at its best: Le Cinq – photo from Juwad Hussain @ http://luzurywallpapers.blogspot.com

I’d like to experience gourmet dining with white tablecloth service, but finding it tricky to balance the budget… What are my options? Well, you can certainly go romantic with a block of fromage et baguette with a bottle of red along the Seine… Or, consider an alternative: restauration and hotel schools.

Although a hotel school restaurant might not be the best option for a first date (don’t want them thinking you’re cheap), it is definitely worth exploring for banquets, business lunches, or for anyone looking for quality at a reasonable price. There are several in Paris that offer first class meals, with tablecloth service between €12-20. The only catch is that you must make a reservation. Don’t be daunted by websites in French; it is likely that students involved in hotel restauration will have English on the agenda as well.

17, Rue Jacques Ibert – 75017 PARIS
Tel : – Fax :
Métro Louise Michel

L’Ecole de Paris des Métiers de la Table, du Tourisme et de l’Hôtellerie is one of several schools where post baccalaureate students learn to master the art of cooking & food preparation, hotel & dining service, & everything that goes with the métier (trade). In the 17th arrondissement, this school offers daily lunch menus at €12-15. Menus are available by month on their website.

Example Menu for La Fontaine @ l’École de Paris des Métiers de la Table, du Tourisme et de l’Hôtellerie

Restaurant Le Charles  at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Hôtellerie, “ESHotel,” offers traditional French menus at €18. It is located on the northwest edge of Paris, in Clichy. Le Charles is open for lunch & available for privately booked events.

ESHotel Paris – 76, rue Villeneuve – 92110 Clichy la Garenne – France
Tél. +33 (0)1 47 31 39 39 – Métro Mairie de Clichy (13) – RER C Saint-Ouen, photo from tripadvisor.com

Lycée des Métiers de l’Hôtellerie Jean Drouant, near Parc Monceau in the 17th, boasts of 2 restaurants & is available for banquets: Brasserie Atelier Bartholdi is open for lunch, Tuesdays through Thursdays only. Restaurant Julien François serves a menu classique for lunch & menu gastronomique for diner. It seats up to 250 people, and is open Mondays through Thursdays. Closed Fridays. restaurant price menu

Atelier Bartholdi Lycée Drouant, Pistachio tartelette, photo by Airone 77 @ http://www.foodreporter.fr

FERRANDI – L’École Française de Gastronomie also has 2 restaurants that are open for both lunch & dinner. Another advantage to this school is its central location in the 6th, métro Saint-Placide (Line 4) or Rennes (Line 12). Menus change regularly; call for specifics.

École Supérieure de cuisine française Grégoire Ferrandi
28, rue de l’Abbé Grégoire 75006 Paris, Tel: 01 49 54 17 31 (mornings only), email: resaresto@ccip.fr, photo from www.ferrandi-paris.fr

With guaranteed good food & service, supervised by professionals, I can imagine finding my regular weekly luncheon spot. Complete 3-4 course meals for under €20, at least good ones, do not exist in Parisian restaurants. At a squeeze, you may find some nice bistros that offer 3 course meals with apéritif for €40, but certainly no less. Inquire about the wine service, especially if you are selective. Wine may cost a bit extra. Don’t consider the reservation a barrier; consider it a gateway, like you would for any fine dining establishment. You won’t be disappointed.

*Hotel school restaurants follow the academic calendar in France*

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