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He had to go home - to Meudon, of course - to supervise some workmen so I buzzed by the city hall and got my paper, and then got lost in the Parc de Saint Cloud in the rain, where I wondered if Antonini really did paint the grass green for 'Blow Up' or he just waited for gloomy days in spring, when the 'green' is extra saturated and intense.

Some Events

Le Grand Aventure du Petit Ecran

The history of French television, from its birth and its development in the '50's; featuring extracts of old broadcasts and other artifacts such as posters, equipment and photos.

Musée d'Historie Contemporaine - BDCI - Hôtel National des Invalides, 129, rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro Varenne. Until Thursday, 26. June. Hours from 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:30; Sundays - afternoons only. Closed Mondays. Info. Tel.: 01 44 42 38 39.

Outils de Jardin - Garden Tools

Under this unexciting title you will find the collection of Guillaume Pellerin; who found, restored and collected - garden tools. There are 1,320 of them on show, the newest dating up to the '50's - the rest being antiques.

At the Trianon du Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sévres. The closest public transport to the Bagatelle are the bus lines 244 from Porte Maillot, or lines 144B or 43, from the métro station Pont de Neuilly. The bus line 43 starts at the Gare du Nord.

The exhibition is open until Monday, 19. May, from 11:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

The Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne is in itself worth a visit. This, now 25 hectare, floral park was originally laid out as one of Louis XVI's little follies, but evolved into a 'parc à l'Anglaise,' whatever that may mean. The city of Paris bought the park in 1905, maintained its garden traditions and restored the 'Folie' and the 'Trianon.' Its rose garden is supposed to be a world reference.

Between the city parks people and an association of 'friends of the park,' there is a full calendar of events which take place in the park each year. There is a classic car show in September, for example. For further information, call 01 40 67 97 00. Entry to the park is 10 francs or less.

Outdoor Fêtes

Foire du Trône - Fête Foraine

I can not think of one English word that sums up the French expression of 'Fête Foraine,' yet I know what it means - at some open location - fair grounds, open field, clearing in a forest - fair operators set up their ferris wheels, twirly rides, bumper cars, portable speed rides, shooting galleries, candy booths, carrousels, some cafés, and a lot of loud sound equipment - and the public is attracted to this extravaganza of color, action and sound; to walk around and get sticky fingers and slightly dizzy from some of the rides - and the purpose of it all is to have a good time. Could I call this a 'funfair?'

Around Paris, these fairs have their annual locations. In the Tuleries in late spring-early summer, out at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in August, and currently out at the Bois de Vincennes.

This year's affair at the Foire du Trône features old-time carrousels, an exhibit on the history of these fairs - dating to 957, plus the usual fire-eaters, acrobats and jugglers.

At the Pelouse de Reuilly in the Bois de Vincennes, until Monday, 26. May. Open from 14:00 to midnight; to 01:00 on Friday and Saturday nights, and the eve of May Day and Pentecôte. Métro stations: Porte Dorée, Porte de Charenton or Liberté.

Foire de Paris, on Until Thursday, 8. May

Paris' Annual Super Exhibition

This monster show takes up most of the exhibition space each year at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, and as in past years will feature a lot Foire de Paris of regional food and drink, and the ever-popular Concours Lépine - the inventor's show. Visit this if you are curious about the current crop of open-your-oysters-without-pain gadgets.

Within the framework of this 'Foire,' there is also the Salon de Tourisme, which features regional destinations within France. If this is all you wish to explore, it can be found in Hall 7 on the 2nd floor.

From Saturday, 26. April until Thursday, 8. May. Hours 10:00 to 19:00; plus early openings on weekends and May Day. Late 22:00 closings on Tuesday, 29. April and Tuesday, 6. May. Full entry price is 45 francs, foreigners 35 francs, children 14 to seven - 25 francs and under seven, free.

Regards, Ric
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