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Désirs de Rivages - is the name of the first marine photographic biannual, with homage to be paid to René Jacques. This exhibition is open from 10:00 to 17:50 daily except Tuesdays, until Monday, 18. September. At the Musée de la Marine, in the Palais de Chaillot, Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

10 Ans d'Acquisitions - concerns the last 10 years of photographic acquisitions by the Musée de la Photographie. I've mentioned this museum's location may be a bitposter: l'art dans le pub difficult to find before, so be sure to call for directions. Musée Français de la Photographie, 78. Rue de Paris, 91570 Bièvres. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 17. September. InfoTel.: 01 69 35 16 50.

Vue Par Olivier Mériel - this concerns photographs of Victor Hugo's Hauteville House on the island of Guernsey, where the writer lived in exile from 1855 to 1870. The Ville de Paris has owned the house since 1927; so it decided to have Olivier Mériel take another look at it in 1998. This exhibition was shown at Hugo's house in Paris in late 1998. Hauteville House, 38. Hauteville Saint-Pierre-Port-Guernsey. Until Saturday, 30. September; open daily except Sundays, from 10:00 to 17:00 in July and August. Closed on some holidays. InfoTel.: 00 441 481 721 911, which is a long-distance number if phoning from France.

Exodes - for six years and through 40 countries, the photographer Sebastião Salgado sought the story of the world's refugees. Until Sunday, 3. September, at the Maison Européenne de la Photo, 5-7. rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

L'Eté Satie - is a series of exhibitions and concerts running all summer, which are intended to get you out of the casinos in Normandy. 'Satie sur Scène' is at the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur and 'Variations Satie' is at the Abbaye-aux-Dames in Caen; the first until Monday, 18. September and the second until Sunday, 10. September. Most of the concerts are in Honfleur, at the Greniers à Sel. InfoTel.: 02 31 09 06 00. Other events are programmed for September; InfoTel.: 02 31 85 73 16.

L'Octuor de France - offers 10 chamber music concerts in the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle. Brahams, Ravel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert;two entry prices: 100 francs for afternoons and 150 francs for candlelight - plus 10 francs for entry to the park. Until Tuesday, 15. August. Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly, plus bus 43, plus 10 minutes' walk. InfoTel.:01 42 29 07 83.

Cuba Cubana - is Cuban stuff in Paris, including lots of 'Happy Hours,' which are between 21:00 and 22:00. Then there's something about DJ's and 'every Friday,' until Friday, 8. September. All of it at Glaz'Art, 7 to 15. Avenue de la Villette, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 55 65.

Comédie. Pas Moi - concerns two short plays by Samuel Beckett, which run about one hour together. Directed by Christian Rist, with Sylvie Chenus and Catherine Laborde, plus the director. On Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. At the Théâtre de l'Aquarium Cartoucherie in the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Métro: Château de Vincennes. Free shuttle bus is called 'Cartoucherie.' InfoTel.: 01 43 74 99 61, or see TheatreOnline and fnac below for tickets.

Favela Chic - is the Parisian version of a Brazilian slum with music; now in a new location, open since May. This is in the Oberkampf area, so if this place is too hot, there are fall-back places nearby almost as hot. Favela Chic, 18. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 11. Métro: République. InfoTel.: 01 40 21 38 14.

Operissima - part one is a live 'best of' the 19th century Italian opera, with the Ignacio Jarquin Company and the Polyphorum Symphony Orchestra; and part two is a whole opera, 'Cavalleria Rusticana.' Every Sunday at 16:00 at the Bataclan, 50. Boulevard Voltaire, Paris 11. Métro: Oberkampf or Saint-Amboise. InfoTel.: 01 43 14 35 35.

Le Siècle Métro - is not about this magazine, but about the 100th birthday of Paris' underground transport system. The Maison de la RATP has an exhibition about itself, continuing until 1. January 2001. Except Saturdays,, open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At 189. Rue de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Gare de Lyon, where 10 bus lines also have stops. Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 68 77 14. See 'Métro rides' below.

Fugues Impressionistes - is an 'escape' brochure put out by the Ile-de-France, intended to get you to run around Luzarches, Auvers-sur-Oise, Sannois, Pontoise and Osny. After tiring of impressionism, then you are supposed to take a break at the 'Guinguettesbrochure: nat museum delacroix des Bords de Marne,' which are on the opposite side of Paris. 'Sundays in Canoes' also includes Marly-Le-Roi and Rueil-Malmaison. Then you get to the 'Paysagists,' who are scattered around Barbizon and Moret-sur-Loing. Finally, there several Paris museums - Orsay, Marmottan, Montmartre and two nightclubs. Find out more at the Espace Tourisme d'Ile-de-France, in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.

De Gaulle - Musée de l'Armée - The occasion for the new installation of an exhibition devoted to Général Charles De Gaulle and France-Libré is the 60th anniversary of the General's famous 'appeal' to the occupied French; broadcast from BBC transmitters on 18. June 1940. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Armée, north entrance of the Hôtel des Invalides, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides, Latour-Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 37 72.

Ecrits, Dessins, Papiers - Jean Cocteau was his own archivist, and has been followed by his adopted son, Edouard Dermit. Cocteau didn't write like you or me, he rewrote, re-designed his words and their placements on a page, over and over again. Paris' Bibliothèque Historique now has a large sampling of the poet's works, which will be on display until Sunday, 1. October. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. Closed Tuesday, 15. August. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 24. Rue Pavée, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 58.

1930's Live In Boulogne Boulogne-Billancourt's Musée des Années 30 - Espace Landowski has quite a lot of those 'good old days,' and some of them were pretty nifty. Worth a slightly long métro ride and featured in Metropole. At 28. Avenue André-Morizet, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Métro: Marcel-Sembat. Open Tuesday, 12:00 to 18:00; Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 to 18:00; Thursday, 14:00 to 20:00; Friday, 14:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, 13:00 to 18:00. Closed from 15. to 30. August. InfoTel.: 01 55 18 46 42.

Oser Le Savoir - which translates as 'Dare to Know,' features '10 keys to the future' which will be presented with a changing program of new exhibitions and debates until the end of the year. This takes place, in cooperation with the CNRS, at the Cité des Sciences & de l'Industrie at La Villette. 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

'Pas Si Bêtes! 1000 Cerveaux, 1000 Mondes' - The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle is for discovering evolution. The museum is in the Jardin des Plantes, with its entry at 36. Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hillaire, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge is closest.

Walk-In Outside Movies - are now a tradition at the Parc de la Villette, which has a sit-down place for you to watch free movies on an inflated screen. Except on Mondays, films roll nightly until Sunday, 3. September; and start about 22:00 when it's darkposter: paris quartier d'ete enough. Deck-chairs are available too, if you don't like sitting on grass. Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Ciné l'Eté - this event used to be called 'Aout au Ciné' but it has been extended, to begin in July. You need to get a card called 'Paris Ciné l'Eté' from the reception office in the Hôtel de Ville on the Rue de Rivoli, or at any Mairie, RATP offices, and some métro stations. By being able to prove you are under 25, the card allows entries to 150 cinemas for 25 francs per film. The cards are still available and the program continues until 31. August.

The Cinémathèque Française - has a non-stop program of rare film projections. This summer's double bill: 'B' movies and 'Classics.' The film museum operates in two locations: at the Palais de Chaillot, garden entry; and at its location on the Grands Boulevards at 42. Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10. Métros: Trocadéro for Chaillot and Bonne Nouvelle for Grands Boulevards. Auto-InfoTel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

Club MedWorld - one day when I was looking for a beach on the Champs-Elysées I wandered in to the Club Med offices because I thought they might know where to find one. They built one instead and it takes up three floors, at Bercy Village. No beach I think, but nightly shows at 22:30. Open Monday and Thursday from 11:00 to 02:00; on Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 02:00; on Friday from 11:00 to 04:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 04:00. and At métro: Cour-Saint-Emillon, on line 14. InfoTel.: 08 10 81 04 10.

Roue Libre - is the RATP's program to get you out of the métro and off the buses, and on to your own pedal-power. HQ is at 95. bis, Rue Rambuteau in Les Halles, plus seven other locations. Bike rentals are from 20 francs per hour and tours are from 85 francs, and require reservations. On the month's last Saturday, long tours are organized - call the HQ for details. InfoTel.: 01 53 46 43 77, which is necessary to call for the guided tours.

Holiday Bikes - rent bikes for all sizes of people by the day, weekend and week; from 50 francs to 390 francs. They also rent scooters, motorcycles and even cars. Open all week from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 19:00. At the 'Parking' Foch-Etoile, opposite 1. bis, Avenue Foch, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile. InfoTel.: 01 01 45 00 06 66..

Cyclotourists - should also check out the 'The Best Biking Guide to Paris And Day Trips Outside Paris,' which is by Rose Burke who has personally tested everything for you, both downhill and uphill. You have to pedal yourself though.

Antique Métro - for the métro's 100th anniversary, the RATP has decided to re-run the old red and green 'Sprague' wagons that disappeared from service 20 years ago. The line chosen for this is the six, between Etoile and Nation, which is largely elevated and crosses the Seine twice. Photo-op stops are made on the Bir-Hakeim and Bercy bridges. Reckon on 80 minutes for the round-trip. The RATP will be running these trains on Sundays - on the 30. July; and the 13 and 27. August. The actual anniversary run was Wednesday, 19. July. Reservations necessary. InfoTel.: 01 44 68 38 12.

The Ile-de-France is the region that surrounds Paris - which is more or less well-known. The region's problem is that it is very big; but its major attraction is that it is authentic French 'countryside,' and it is not far from Paris. The current brochure for summer festivals and events in the Ile-de-France runs to 41 pages.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Again in the air after a tough winter, you should call first to find out if it is a balloon day. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Balard. InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 01.

France Miniature - is designed for a small-scale visit to 150 sites in France, or for small people. New this year are 50 interior scenes; also small. By train from Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare via La Défense, stop at La Verrière and take the Sqybus no. 411 - to 25. Route du Mesnil in Elancourt, which is southwest of Versailles. There is a round-trip and entry price of 110 francs for adults; less for children. Open from 10:00 to 19:00: until midnight on Saturdays. Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 68 53 35.

Musée de la Poupée - has a new exhibition, continuing until Sunday, 5. November. Paris' doll museum will be featuring dolls made from 1850 to 1959 that pre-figured Barbie, followed by Barbie herself, from 1959 to 2000. The third partbrochure: la villette, july, august shows off Barbie's rivals; all the Bellas, Sindys and Nancy de Famosa to mention a few. Except Monday, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Musée de la Poupée, Impasse Berthaud, Paris 3. In an alley opposite the métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

The RATP's 'Cyberdeck' - The RATP has installed Internet terminals in four RER 'B' line stations. These offer free access and unlimited online time. The 'Cyberdeck' units are equipped with touch-screens instead of 'mice' and they have French keyboard layouts, so these are two features that take a bit of getting used to.

CyberPoste - France's La Poste has 1000 post offices throughout France with Internet connections, possibly making La Poste the world biggest cybercafé without any café. All you do is buy a rechargeable Cyberposte card for 50 francs, which is good for one hour of network time. You can also get a personal email account.

Free Entries - are offered to all on Sunday mornings, from 10:00 to 13:00, at some of Paris' own museums. This involves up to 15 different places, so I'm not going to list them all here. There are exceptions to the free entry; not everything is free. Except for bigger shows in the Musée du Petit Palais, most of Paris' own museums have modest entry charges anyway.

Paris Musées Editions - Paris' 14 or 15 museums regularly publish books concerning their permanent exhibitions and catalogues for their temporary exhibitions. The 2000-edition catalogue is now available. Otherwise, the best location I know of for a wide selection is the Bibliothèque Historique's shop at 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Les Eglises à Paris - is a reedited brochure featuring texts and illustrations about 92 of Paris' churches, which includes divisions by age: medieval, renaissance, modern; and bymagazine: nova, paris secret, with feeling locations. Slick and 72 pages, it is free at the Paris Tourist Office on the Champs-Elysées.

Guided Visits - Paris Gardens - the city has an annual program of guided visits to its gardens - also for the blind and the deaf; which include conferences, demonstrations of gardening and explanations about the life of plants. There is a brochure with more details available, and there is also the city's Web site. InfoTel.: 01 40 71 75 60.

Tickets:Théâtre On Line - presents the majority of theatre performances in Paris and the Ile-de-France, with news of new shows, criticism, and has a searchable database. France's giant media and cultural retailer also has its 'fnac' Web site, which also has tickets for many events of every sort.

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