Sixteen works of art at the Louvre

16 works of art in the Louvre

To make the visit to the Louvre manageable, I’ve selected 12 works of art to see. I have to map out the locations of each of these so we can navigate the halls of the Louvre as efficiently as possible or we’ll be there for a month.

Les trois grâces (The three Kharites) is a Roman copy of a Greek statue
(coming soon)
Le Radeau de la Méduse (The Raft of the Medusa) by Théodore Géricault
Winged Victory of Samothrace is a sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory)

The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David (the painting is larger than Napoleon!)
Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses sœurs is my favourite painting in the Louvre
(coming soon)
La Liberté guidant le peuple (Liberty Leading the People) by Eugène Delacroix

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova (very romantic!)
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Giuseppe Archimboldo’s allegories of the Seasons and the Elements
Femme voilée (La foi?), Antonio Corradini
The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde) by Leonardo Da Vinci

(coming soon)
(coming soon)
Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) by Alexandros of Antioch
(coming soon)

Very rarely, no tourists.

Bicycling in Paris

The New York Times > French Velorution: “If you have only one day to do Paris by bike, make it a Sunday, when a city program called Paris Respire (“Paris Breathes”) closes some of the loveliest areas to cars, including Montmartre, the Marais and some roads along the Seine. For spectacle, time your trip to coincide with a Béret Baguette ride, in which Parisians put a very French twist on London’s Tweed Run: bérets, Breton stripes, vintage Peugeots and a picnic of baguettes, brie and wine in the Bois de Vincennes.” Read the complete article.

On Sundays, the streets of Le Marais are closed to traffic between 10am and 6pm. Here’s a map:

Check out this cute video of the Béret Baguette Ride 2011: Beret Baguette Ride 2011. This year it’s on May 12-13. “Ride ouvert à tous, pignon fixe, randonneuse, gentleman… dress code: la France entre deux guerres, bérêt, casquette, chemise blanche, bretelle, ect…”

Ride Béret Baguette
Ride Béret Baguette

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations features Paris twice – the very first show in July 2005 and the 100th episode, in September 2010.

The anniversary episode is a very revealing show about a new wave of restaurants in Paris and we must visit some of them.

Le Jeu de Quilles
45 Rue Boulard, 75014

Next door to Hugo’s boucherie is this small restaurant. Tony, Eric, Hugo and Hugo’s wife enjoy a beautiful breakfast.

Je Thé…me
4 Rue d’Alleray, 75015

Tony and Eric enjoy some tripe at this corner restaurant famous for making its nasty bits some of the most delicious in Paris.

Marie-Anne Cantin
12 Rue du Champ de Mars, 75007

Renowned cheese merchant and cheese refiner Marie-Anne Cantin perpetuates the tradition of French gastronomy. Marie-Anne and her husband, Antoine Dias, offer authentic and uncompromising cheeses.

Les Cocottes de Constant
135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Ouvert de 8h00 à 23h00
Service midi de 12h00 à 14h30, Jusqu’à 17h avec une carte réduite
Service soir de 19h00 à 23h00
Sans réservation
Ouvert tous les jours

Tony and Eric have lunch with food wizard Thierry Marx. A veteran of Taillevent and Joël Robuchon’s Jamin, the 44-year-old Mr. Marx is comfortable enough with his genius to be playful on the plate.

5 Rue de Montalembert, 75007

Tony samples the world-class cuisine of chefs Eric Lecerf and Philippe Braun at L’Atelier.

La Quincave
17 Rue Brea, 75006

Anthony Bourdain meets one of the hottest chefs in Paris, Yves Camdeborde of Le Comptoir at La Quincave, to discuss the future of dining in the City of Light. They sip on wine and taste amazing French cheeses.

Le Comptoir
Hotel Relais St-Germain
9 Carrefour de l’Odeon, 75006

Tony has dinner with chef Yves Comdeborde at his 20-seat restaurant, Le Comptoir.

5 Rue du Nil, 75002
Monday to Friday from 7pm to 10:30pm

Frenchie is known for its affordable menu and casually correct food. Chef Grégory Marchand spent most of his career working at Jamie Oliver’s 15 in London, where his nickname Frenchie was born, and at Gramercy Tavern in New York.

Le Chateaubriand
129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011

Inaki Aizpitarte combines flavors in a way that no traditional French chef would dare. At Le Chateubriand he reinvents the classic French bistro with a style all his own, often delivering his dishes personally.

Le Tete Dans Les Olives
2 Rue Sainte Marthe, 75010

Alexandre Cammas and Inaki Aizpitarte invite Tony and chef Eric Ripert to Le Tete Dans Les Olives where 10 people are served daily. The restaurant has 1 table and 1 chef, Cedric Casanova.

Restaurants around Bastille

Lubrication at La vache Acrobate

La Vache Acrobate
77 Rue Amelot 75011

Great for a beer or pitcher of wine. I spent many a morning and evening here. I didn’t know one can eat here, but according to reviews on the web, it’s quite good. Free WiFi.

Amici Miei
44, rue Saint-Sabin 75011

I managed to get into this stuffed-to-the-gills restauarnt. The ambiance is wonderful – bustling, but not too noisy, with delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen. I had the Carpaccio de pesce spada e melone (espadon et melon / swordfish with melon) as antipasti and Linguine alle vongole (palourdes / clam). It was all delicious, particularly the linguine. A 25cl carafe of red rounds everything off perfectly. it is well reviewed on the web.

Though situated in the 11th, these are a few minutes walk from Le Marais.

The Guardian’s Top Ten movies set in Paris

“From a masterpiece of film noir to classic Gene Kelly musical An American in Paris, French film critic Agnès Poirier chooses her favourite sets in the city” –  from The Guardian’s Paris City Guide. She mentions the locations and  includes video excerpts of each of the films. Her list:

  • Les Enfants du Paradis, Marcel Carné (1943-45)
  • An American in Paris, Vincente Minnelli (1952)
  • Rififi, Jules Dassin (1955)
  • Funny Face, Stanley Donen (1957)
  • Bande à Part, Jean-Luc Godard (1964)
  • La Maman et la Putain, Jean Eustache (1973)
  • Last Tango In Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci (1972)
  • Three colours: Blue, Krzysztof Kieslowski (1993)
  • Everyone Says I Love You, Woody Allen (1996)
  • Caché, Michael Haneke (2005)

Movies to see before going

All these movies deserve repeated viewing!

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001), starring the lovely Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Jean-Luc Godard‘s  À bout de souffle (Breathless) (1959) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and the lovely Jean Seberg. (Please do not see the 1983 Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky version!)

And there’s The Day of the Jackal (1973), Diva (1981), Charade (1963), Zazie dans le métro (1960), Chacun Cherche Son Chat (1996), Last Tango in Paris (1972), An American in Paris (1951), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Before Sunset (2004)… the list is endless.


The Paris Blog
Vingt Paris Magazine
Chef Morgan

Paris by Mouth
Filles Sourires
Paris by Photo

Girls Guide to Paris
Paris, Francis or bust!
24 chansons (24 French songs as selected by DJ FM)

Le Fooding
Born “by chance”, but having taken the culinary world by storm, the Paris-based (and now international) Le Fooding movement has authored not only guides, but all kinds of memorable events in cities like Paris, New York and Milan. While the movement began in Paris with Alexandre Cammas and his partner Emmanuel Rubin, Le Fooding’s initial events were immediately successful and began to galvanize foodies, cooks, critics, event planners and journalists throughout France.

Fine Dining Lovers – Paris
From the Marais to Saint Germain, from meat to macarons, join on a gourmet tour (is there any other kind possible?) of Paris, an open-air epicurean heaven. Trying to draw an exhaustive map of “gourmet” Paris could be considered folly: after all, the French capital is the largest open-air gastronomic gold mine on the planet. A more realistic approach, instead, is to trace small thematic routes to enjoy during a day. And no gluttonous tour of Paris would be complete without a visit to the city’s most amazing food markets. (They visit le marché des Enfants Rouges).

Yarn shops 1

Knitting at the Centre Pompidou

La Droguerie

9, Rue du Jour 75001
01 45 08 93 27

Lil Weasel
1 Passage Du Grand Cerf 75002

19, Rue Saint-Marc 75002
01 42 96 00 69

Amélie Diffusions
86 rue de Gravilliers 75003
01 42 78 16 87

Huguet & Cie
36, Rue Réaumur 75003

Le Bon Marché
22, Rue de Sèvres 75007
08 00 46 19 33

Le Comptoir
26, Rue Cadet 75009
01 42 46 20 72

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Emergency phone number – 112

112 is the single European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge.

Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. It can happen to you, when you are visiting an EU country or at home. In case you are involved in, or witness, an accident, see a fire or spot a burglary, would you know which emergency number to call?

Reachable from fixed and mobile phones – Just remember 112!

You can call 112:

To contact any emergency service
In any EU country
From fixed phones, including public payphones, or mobile phones
Free of charge

A New Yorker in Paris – Sebastian Marx

A New Yorker in Paris – Sebastian Marx Comedy
Friday, 18 May, Le Pranzo Gymnase, 38, Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle 75002 Metro Bonne Nouvelle

Stand Up Comedy in English by a New Yorker Living in Paris!! Sebastian is a New Yorker who is living in Paris and, as you can imagine, he is a bit lost here. Therefore he has decided to share his expat experiences in his native tongue through a show called “A New Yorker in Paris”, which is so funny that even the French find it “not bad”!
Influenced by Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK, Sebastian shares his humor that is: As varied as the American landscape, As improbable as a Hollywood movie, As naïve as a cheerleader!!
Please note : Directions to the Pranzo: Go in through the main entrance of the grand Gymnase Theater which is currently under scaffolding. There is a ticket window on the right but you turn left! (No need for a ticket!) There is an open door leading to a staircase. The Pranzo is on the last floor!

Chopin & Schumann at Saint Ephrem Church

Chopin & Schumann at Saint Ephrem Church
Saturday, 12 May, 18:00.
Eglise Saint Ephrem, 17 rue des Carmes, 75005

Frederic Chopin: Selected works for piano
Robert Schumann: Selected works for piano

Enjoy a candlelight performance of works for piano by Chopin and Schumann in Saint Ephrem Church in Paris.
The Church of Saint Ephrem in the historical heart of Paris regularly hosts concerts by talented young musicians. The outstanding acoustics and remarkable ambience offer a wonderful setting for classical music.
Benefit from the wealth of musical talent and enchanting architecture in Paris.