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Metlinks OTW : oops!

Oops, seems we forgot to take care of the metlinks this week…
Might be the lovely weather in Paris at the moment?
Me and Seurann celebrated by having a picnic on Sunday :D

Here is a quirky video about the quiet near Roissy due to lack of planes in the beginning of the week.

Also, the ice cream cart at the Luxembourg garden entrance (the one near the RER station) are back for the summer! :D I really like their ice cream and have a very soft spot for their “fraise feuille de menthe” (strawberry and mint leaf).

Metlinks OTW : 16.04.10

Ah the chaos of flight cancellations, no thanks to the spread of the plumes of volcanic ashes from Iceland. I hope not many of you are affected by this incident.

  • When the flights are back running as usual, and you’re packing but wondering what to bring, check out this Paris packing guide by Badaude. Actually strike that. Just read her blog. It’s too cool for words.
  • I don’t know about you but I’ve been hankering for chouquettes. And the best recipe that I’ve tried so far comes from Chocolate and Zucchini.
  • An exhibition of photography by Willy Ronis opens today at Monnaie de Paris and will run until 22 August. For more information check out this PDF document.
  • Speaking of photography, think you take great shots of Paris and fancy a chance at winning the new monthly Parisian Salon photo contest? Here’s the details. Get snapping!
  • As You Like It, or The Tempest? Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey have brought Shakespeare to Paris as part of the international tour of the plays. Already critically acclaimed in other cities, it’s still not too late to get tickets to watch these plays.
  • However, if Shakespeare’s not your thing, but looking for something more French to do, let’s discover the Paris of Adèle Blanc-Sec by walking tour (download the PDF of the walking tour linked from the page).
  • If you’re looking for something more energetic, and inspired by the city marathon last week, Sport Passion Organisation is hosting 10km Planet Jogging run at Bois du Boulogne on 25 April.
  • In celebration of World Earth Day, a special free documentary screening will be taking place at Pavillon du Lac (Parc de Bercy) on Thursday 22 April at 6pm, entitled The Titanic Syndrome.
  • It’s the Indian season at Musée du Quai Branly. Get yourself over there and learn all that you can about specific Indian tribe (Adivasis), their culture, their arts and in a bonus, there are contemporary Indian arts exhibition too.
  • Last but not least, woooo, more pedestrianised stretch along the Seine! Goodbye motorways, hello greener space.

Metlinks OTW : 08.04.10

I am not sure about you but I’ve probably overstuffed myself with Easter chocolate. So no more chocolate for now. Maybe until next week or so. And here is this week’s edition of metlinks. :)

Fun and Socials

  • Woohoo, there’s a Venetian Carnival in town this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 2.30pm to 6pm at Bastille. Expect a colourful affair!
  • Liven up your Sunday with music and dance, food and drink, and be merry – Meredith Mullins reported her experience.
  • La Foire du Trône is back at Pelouse de Reuilly (adjacent to Bois du Vincennes) for a few weeks of fun and entertainment before we hit the summer.

Foodie’s Corner


  • A new exhibition opens next Wednesday at the Grande Galerie d’Évolution entitled Dans l’ombre des dinosaures. It runs for 10 months, so plenty of time to catch up on these cool giants that once roamed the earth.
  • Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly have a new exhibition “Follow Rose, Visit Paris” at the BnF Richelieu, running until Sunday 11 July. The photos are by no means conventional, but intriguing.

Other Events

  • Interested in quirky yet stylish furniture? Check out this Eiffel Tower-inspired chair by Caroline Corbeau.
  • Hey, a café where you can design and sew your own clothes, or get some classes if you’re a new to the world of sewing? Sweat Shop is the place to go.
  • The Paris Marathon takes place this weekend. Go on, go out and cheer the runners this Sunday!

Metlinks OTW : 03.04.10

With a blink of an eye, it is now a few days into April and all the Easter temptations didn’t make it easy for me to resist buying a gazillion and one chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, and the very cute chocolate ducks!

  • Talking of Easter chocolates, there are chocolate hunts taking place on Sunday 4 April and Monday 5 April, organised by Le Centre des Monuments Nationaux. In Paris, head for the Conciergerie and/or the tower of the Notre Dame Cathedrale.
  • Alternatively head over to Bercy Village for their Easter chocolate tasting event on the same days (Sunday and Monday) from 2pm to 6pm.
  • Do you consider these items as things you shouldn’t leave France without? I admit to fleur de sel being top of my list, along with caramel au beurre salé.
  • Tour Paris interactively. Go on, give it a go.
  • Our favourite sommelier Olivier Magny was featured in the New York Times – Going Underground in a Private Paris.
  • Confused over the practice of la bise in Paris? Sion recounts her experience in two parts as part of the instalments of Faux Pas Fridays. Here’s part one and part two.
  • Thanks to Adam of Invisible Paris, I am setting my alarm clock for 4am Project, on Sunday 4 April (04h @ 04/04). Unfortunately I’m currently not in Paris, so there won’t be any photo of the Eiffel Tower. ;)
  • Were you at the Opera metro station a couple of weekends ago and wondered why there were people knitting on some rather comfy sofa? Here’s a photo catch-up of the event.
  • The Paris Comedy Festival finishes this weekend. Did you manage to catch any good stand-ups? It’s still not too late to catch this evening or tomorrow’s show!
  • A rather interesting take on differences between reactions to affairs between French and American. What say you?

Metlinks OTW : 26.03.10

Here are this week’s random bits and pieces. Bon appétit !

Metlinks OTW : 19.03.10

Weather seems forebodding in Paris now, temps have climbed and the sky is cloudy… This looks like it’ll soon poor down over us…

Metlinks OTW : 12.03.10

While the South-West of France, as well as Corsica, have seen a sudden drop in temperatures as well as impressive amounts of snow, Paris is doing ok with normal weather…

(Ok, this is not from Paris but from where I am at the moment: picture taken on Monday morning in Montpellier…)

  • Join in the macaron debate. I’d just like to say that PH and La Durée have never been the sole purveyors of macarons in Paris. A number of bakeries, local or from other chains, sell them as well.
  • Another temporary restaurant? Fancy new eatery in the Palais de Tokyo
  • Free museums in Paris? Here is a helpful list
  • Go on Google to follow the results of Sunday’s elections… Impressive I think.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rétrospectives exhibition at the Petit Palais started yesterday. Seems like it’s going to have a lot of success, beware of the queues!
  • At the Musée d’Orsay, Crime et châtiments will start next week. Beware that some of the items might hurt visitors’ “sensitivity”…
  • Ok, just one other exhibition: Du Greco à Dalí at the Musée Jacquemart-André
  • I keep meaning to do a series of posts about day trips from Paris… Well, here’s one about Chartres!
  • IKEA furniture in the métro? Is that a joke? Check it out for yourselves
  • More strikes for RER B

Metlinks OTW : 05.03.10

Here are some totally random tidbits about stuff going on over here. Have fun exploring!

Metlinks OTW : 27.02.10

As February draws to an end, I’m getting excited with a feel for spring in the air. The days are also getting longer, and there are signs of budding blooms in small doses. In the mean time, with the French 6 Nations campaign going smoothly, there are lots to look forward to in March.

Weather Notice

  • Despite the arrival of spring, a weather alert is in place for this Sunday 28 February, for a significant storm/tempest in Île-de-France, with strength of up to 120km/h! Be safe.


  • Musée du Quai Branly is hosting a series of Brazilian themed events this week, including workshops of capoeira and barbatuques. Check the listing here, and please note that some has limited places.
  • Chopin made Paris his home for 18 years, and for the bicentenary celebration of the birth of this great composer, a number of events have been organised, including free concerts, exhibition and walking tour of Chopin’s Paris.
  • Children Everyone should be taught all above food and healthy eating. For the curious, heads over to the exhibition of Bon Appétit at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – La Villette.

Browse The Web

  • Think you’re having a bad day? Reconsider after you read the snippets from Vie de Merde.
  • If you’re a student working on your thesis, you’re not alone. Things go wrong all the time, and Thèse de Merde is your alternative venting space.
  • English song lyrics translated word by word into French? Check out Pardon My French which will keep you amuse for a bit.


  • Finally, a decision is made over the currently closed Paris Zoo. It’s going to be another 4 years before it reopens though…
  • Do you know that 2010 is the year of France-Russia in both countries, and there are tons of events hosted countrywide that put emphasis on Franco-Russian relationship.
  • Are you aware of Hidden Kitchen? It’s currently on my wishlist, but it’s not stopping me from wanting to share it with you either!

Metlinks OTW : 20.02.10

As we enter the period of Lent this week, many of my friends over in UK/Ireland are giving up things as penance. They range from chocolates to sweets to, gasp, internet usage off-work hours! Once, for a completely different reason, I stopped eating chocolates for 2 years. I know, crazy talk, but I persevered…


  • Musée du Quai Branly is currently hosting The Making of Images which explores the ontologies of living and imagery to represent the anthropology of human societies. Runs until 17 July 2011.
  • Meanwhile, the Pinacothèque de Paris is showing Edvard Munch ou l’Anti-Cri (unfortunately the official website is currently not available) until 18 July 2010, and the exhibition brings you a different side of Munch from the infamous The Scream.
  • Another highly anticipated exhibition will open next Thursday 24 February at the Grand Palais – Turner and the Masters. This 3-months showcase enables visitors to see some of his best works alongside with masterpieces which inspired him. Definitely not to be missed!
  • Across the street at the Petit Palais, Eloge du Négatif takes a look into print photography in Italy when it all first started back in mid-19th century. Exhibition runs until 2 May 2010.

Faits Divers

  • Arguably this would be the biggest among the different Chinese New Year parades in the city, organised in the main “Chinatown” of Paris – the 13th arrondissement – on the Sunday 21 February from 1.30pm onwards.
  • Adam over the Invisible Blog recommends heading to French K-Wa for an afternoon of Sunday Tea Dance. It sounds intriguing and I would have tried to make it except I’m away at the moment.
  • The beautiful and talented Corinne Bailey Rae is back with a new album and in it, the song Paris Nights/New York Mornings. Check out the video music which was filmed in Paris.

Other News

  • The daughter of the mayor of Kiev was robbed en route to Paris from CDG airport earlier this week. What’s mind boggling is, who carry that much jewellery with them? And were the doors of the car not locked?
  • Parisian taxi drivers are planning on a go-slow protest next week on Thursday 25 Feb?
  • The bouquinistes along the river Seine has been ordered to sell at least 75% books and less of souvenir items. How will this affect the livelihood of the sellers in this increasingly tough operating economic climate?
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