Paris In August

photo: drummers, la villette

Loud Sundays at La Villette - at least three free
musical events every week.

Samba, Rumba, Jazz and Catacombs

Paris:- Saturday, 28. July 2001:- This column is being tattered to shreds by August, with events beginning this week and some of them continuing until the end of the month. Should they be listed below as 'this week' or as 'coming events?'

There are so many of these that they are scattered throughout the column - from top to bottom. Just keep scrolling until you find what you think might suit you. If it isn't here, I'm probably saving it for August 2002.



Lili Petit d'Homme - is a clown show by the Allégro Furiozo Company, most likely for kids - and their parents if they're good. Beginning on Wednesday, 1. August, it continues until Tuesday, 28. August. Except Saturdays, daily at 15:00 and at 16:30 on Sundays and the 15th of August. At the Théâtre Astral in the Parc Floral de Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 43 71 31 10.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the long wait is over for the reopening of the Catacombs, with its new photo exhibition continuing until February 2002. Note - the 'tour' is 1.7 kmposter: visit les egouts de paris long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

Carreau du Temple - Jazz - this is a new five day festival, is to be held in a 'Temple' for it. Featuring various groups, from Wednesday, 1. August to Sunday, 8. August; at 21:00. At the Carreau du Temple, Rue Dupetit-Thouars, Paris 3. Métro: Temple. InfoTel.: 01 45 08 55 25.

Photographies Hongroises - 'from the romantic to the avant-garde,' features 100 photos rarely seen outside Hungary from the 1880-1925 period - from Budapest's Hungarian Museum of Photography, selected by Kàroly Kincses, with Anne Cartier-Bresson and Catherine de Bourgoing. This important exhibition continues until Sunday, 28. October. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Paris' Summer Specials

Bals - Concerts - will be found at the Kiosque à Musique at Villette every Sunday until the end of August; usually starting about 17:30. These free concerts can be a lot of fun if the weather comes too. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Ciné l'Eté - if you are 25 or under this program offers seats at independent cinema for 25 francs. The list of participating cinemas can be found on a postcard, available nearly everywhere. At the boxoffice, be prepared to prove your age. The program continues until Friday, 31. August. These conditions are also accepted at the outdoor movies at La Villette and the Parc André Citroën. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

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 some sort of pop-up screen. Films roll until Sunday, 26. August; and start about 22:00 when it's dark enough. Deckchairs are also available. Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 76 92.

Les Piscines, Paris Plage - here is a short list of the open-top pools open this summer in Paris. 'Open-top' means the pool, and does not guarantee water-free sunbathing space.

- Piscine Roger-Le-Gall, 34. Boulevard Carnet, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Vincennes.
- La Butte-aux-Cailles is historic and has triple-pools, at 5. Place Paul-Verlain, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie.
- The Piscine Champerret has, like the pool at Auteuil, grass to lie on, to catch sunrays without getting wet. At 36. Boulevard de Reims, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret.
- The Piscine Hébert was built in 1896 and renovated in 1992, but remains a bit small. At 2. Rue des Fillettes, Paris 18. Métro: Marx-Dormoy. Closed on 28. August until 1. September.
- Piscine Georges-Hermant, 4. Rue David-Angers, Paris 19. Métro: Danube.
- The Piscine Georges-Vallerey was built in 1924 for the Olympics and is where Johnny Weissmuller won the 400 metres before becoming Tarzan. At 148. Avenue Gambetta, Paris 20. Métro: Porteposter: c'est les vacances au stade france, ratp des Lilas.
- The Piscine d'Auteuil, in the Bois de Boulogne - two pools and grassy sunbathing - on the Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh.
- Dim inside, sun outside at Boulogne-Billancourt at the Parc de Billancourt pool, 165. Rue du Vieux-Pont-de-Sèvres. Métro: Billancourt.

These are not all the pools there are, but the ones where you can get some soleil as well as your feet wet. Look for the brochure titled 'Nager à Paris.'

Romanes - Cirque Tsigane - is with the subtitle 'Nothing In the Pocket' - which may mean this a a gypsy-type of circus, or a reference to a clown's costume. No shows on Sundays, otherwise at 21:30 until Saturday, 11. August. This is part of the Quartier d'Eté program. The Web site should have complete details. In the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries or Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Quartier d'Eté - a vast variety of events make up this summer's Paris program of artistic treats - from techno to opera to circuses - to be performed on streets, places and unusual locations throughout the city. This program goes on more or less non-stop until mid-August. Some of these events are free and others are not. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have complete details. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

A Beach - has been installed somewhere in or near the gigantic Stade de France, featuring a mini-sea for sailboats and some sand for a beach - with palms! This will be touched up with beach tents, deck chairs and parasols - but apparently no swimming is possible. Experts will be giving sailing lessons to the 6-17 age group while there will be an inflated 'castle' for the little people to bounce in. For big people, the beach will be equipped with sound, games and contests. Oh, there will also be a beach café too. Until Sunday, 12. August; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Stade de France, in Saint- Denis. Take RER 'D' to Stade de France-Saint-Denis or RER 'B' to La Plaine-Stade de France. InfoTel.: 08 25 30 19 98.

Last Chances

Except for a couple of events that fold up their tents at mid-month - like the imported seaside at the stadium above - just about everything in this issue's column continues to the end of August, or beyond it. Except for the exceptions, of course.

Note - some of the following events have already begun, but continue with future dates as well.

Trésors de Byzance - is merely the Bibliothèque Nationale showing off its collection of original Greek manuscripts, number about 50 items you can't see elsewhere. The exhibition begins on Monday, 20. August and continues until Sunday, 2. September. At the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 81 26.

Les Pepitas - are advertised as a 'fanfare groove' if you know what I mean, and I don't know. From Thursday, 2 August at 18:00 in the Luxembourg untilposter: expo, un art populaire, fondation cartier Saturday also at 18:00, the Pepitas will also put on one show in the Tuileries at 19:30 on Friday, 3. August. For one, try the Boulevard Saint-Michel entry and for the other, métro Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 90 00.

Noites do Brasil - August's Saturday nights at the Divan have a latin tradition, beginning on Saturday, 4. August at 23:00 and going until sunrise - and until 23. August. Featuring samba, 'funk de Sao Paulo,' samba reggae and other good, hot stuff. At the Divan du Monde, 75. Rue des Martyrs, Paris 18. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 44 92 77 66.

Cordel do Fogo Encantado - is music from Brazil's northeast, featured in Paris within the Quartier d'Eté program. First date is Tuesday, 7. August at 19:00 at the Square Maurice-Gardette, Rue du Général-Blaise, Paris 11. The following night's location is the Square Carpeaux, Paris 18. Then from Thursday, 9. August they stay put until Saturday, 11. August, in the Jardin du Luxembourg - for performances at 18:00. This is a Quartier d'Eté production.

Postonove Brasilian Night - put on by the Favela Chic for one night only - on Saturday, 11. August, with the blastoff at 21:00. Somewhere in the Jardin des Plantes, Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5. Métro: Monge, is closest. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have more details.

Danse - within the 'Festival Quartier d'Eté' program, there will be three dance events, starting with Anokha on Tuesday, 31. July - until Friday, 3. August; then the Ardha Nareeswara group will take over from 7. to 10. August; and finally there willposter: bals, concerts, la villette be the 'Europe Danse' taking place from 13-15. August. All of these will be in the Cour d'Orléans at the Palais-Royal. Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal-Louvre. The Quartier d'Eté Web site should have complete details. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Classical Music - Sainte-Chapelle is the scene of classical events, featuring soloists from the Orchestre Symphonique Français and the harp and flute duo of Gabriel Fumet and Iris Torossian. At 4. Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 42 77 65 65. The Eglise Saint-Séverin also features the Orchestre Philharmonique de France, on 11 and 14. August. Paris 5. Métro: Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 42 50 96 18. Notre-Dame will be the scene of one performance by its Gregorian Ensemble, on Tuesday, 14. August; at 20:30. Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 56 10. 'Violins de France' and the 'Trumpets and Organ' of Versailles will stage one performance on Tuesday, 21. August; at 20:30 - at the Madeleine, Paris 8. Métro: Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 42 50 96 18.

Musique En l'Ile - features 'Les Voix de Neva' from Saint Petersburg, on several dates beginning at the end of July, and at two locations - the Saint-Germain-des Prés church and Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile church. Other concerts will be given by the soloists and choir of Christ Church, from Greenwich in the US; plus the flute and harp duo of Gabriel Fumet and Iris Torossian. Finally there will be one performance by the soloists and choir of the Kremlin Museum's La Capella, on Tuesday, 28. August. For complete details see the Festival Musique en l'Ile Web site. Paris 4 and 6. Métro: Saint-Germain and Pont Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.

Musique Classique Au Vert - the Dana Ciocarlie and Khroma lead a string quintette for one performance on Saturday, 18. August; at 16:30. Jordi Saval follows on Sunday, 26. August; at 16:30. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

Chillida - is one on the 20th century's most important sculptors and this exhibition features his works in all materials from lead to paper. Until Sunday, 16. September. Closed Mondays; open on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 21:30, Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Jeu de Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

The Château de Budapest - part of the Hungarian season called 'MAGYart' begins with this exhibition about the history of Budapest's Château; repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. Most items on display are from the Budapest History Museum. Until Sunday, 16. September. Except Mondays, generally open from 10:00 to 17:40. At theposter: outdoor cinema, la villette Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Regards Persans - is an exhibition presenting the last 20 years of photography in Iran, represented by 200 photos and 20 photographers - which in turn represent three photographic schools in Tehran alone. Continuing until Friday, 31. August. At the Espace EDF Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylon. InfoTel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

37th Salon de la Marine - discover the salon that presents the French Navy's official painters, plus other artists attracted by watery scenes every other year. Until Monday, 27. August; from 10:00 to 17:50 daily except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Maillol Peintre - is an exhibition of 60 of the painter's works, from the period of 'Nabi' to the '40s. Until Saturday, 20. October; from 11:00 to 18:00 daily except Tuesdays. At the Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Cinquante Ans de Sculpture Espagnole - presents 19 significant Spanish artists, from the last half of 20th century, with some works made especially for this expo, whichposter: zoo, menagerie, jardin des plantes will be shown later in Madrid, in the Retiro. Very large pieces, mostly in metal. Continues until Sunday, 23. September. Free entry, from 7:00 to 23:00, in the gardens of the Palais Royal, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal.

Da Adversiadade Vivemos - from the '60s and '70s, 14 of Latin America's most dynamic young artists, chosen by Carlos Basualdo. Also on view, Niele Toroni and Dan Graham. The first two until Sunday, 16. September and the third until 14. October. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40; until 18:45 on weekends. At Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

La Mode et l'Enfant - 'mode' did exist for kids, for at least three centuries before our own, and it is on display, including costumes for royal kids. Until 18. November; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Mode - Galleria, 10. Avenue Pierre-1st-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 88 00.

Raymond Hains - is presented in a retrospective, with works done from 1949 through to 'new realism.' Until Monday, 3. September. Daily except Tuesdays; from 11:00 to 21:00. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Paris' Canals - are featured in an exhibition with the full title of 'De Biefs en Ecluses, Les Canaux de Paris.' Canals are still used for working, but mainly for all sorts of pleasures - not like in the 19th century when Parisians were short of water. This exhibition features the history of everything surrounding them. Until Saturday, 29. September. Except on Sundays, from 9:30 to 18:30. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 43 43. Free entry.

Pre-Columbian Arts - featuring ceramics and sculptures from central America; on show in Paris from the Barbier-Muller Collection. Until Sunday, 9. September; from 12:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Maison de l'Amérique-Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 75 00.

Un Art Populaire - is an exhibition presenting 'popular' art with 150 works by 50 artists from all continents. Until 4. November; from 12:00 to 20:00 daily except Mondays. At the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain, 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail or Denfert-Rochereau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 18 56 50.

Le Lion, le Lys et l'Abeille - Venice in decline in the 18th century had lost nothing of its power and seduction, as this exhibition within the 'Med-Arces' series shows. Until Monday, 10. September. Open daily except Tuesdays; on Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45; on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45. Musée l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Paysages d'Entre - Villes - will be an open-space or garden show, presenting the works of various artists, including the Stalker group from Rome. This expo will have a relationship to another, the 'Cosa Mentale - Paysage(s)' this summer. Until Sunday, 30. September; from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris - features lino-engravings by Picasso, to complement Paris' Mois de l'Estampe. Untilposter: musee ceramique, sevres Sunday, 16. September; from 9:30 to 18:00 except on Mondays. At the Musée Picasso, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Maggie Salcedo - see the works of this illustrator of Art Déco posters, with an exhibition until Saturday, 25. August; from Tuesday to Saturday; from 13:30 to 20:00. At the Bibliothèque Forney, Hôtel de Sens,1. Rue Figuier, Paris 4. Métro: Pont Marie InfoTel.:01 42 78 14 60.

La Dame de la Mer - the first lady oceanographer, Anti Conti travelled the world's oceans for a technical institute to look at fish, and stayed on to photograph everything maritime. An exhibition of her work has opened and continues until Sunday, 9. September. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Rue Rambuteau, level 1, Terrace Lautréamont, Les Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet, Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

The Louvre - is a huge place, somewhat like a 'hypermarché' of a museum. In addition to the tens of thousands of exhibits on permanent display, there are also special exhibitions. One on now is called 'Le Quartier du Musée du Louvre, XVIIe Siècle,' which continues until 31. December. Until Monday, 27. August, see 'Le Trésor de la Sainte-Chapelle.' From 9:00 to 18:00 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. All at the Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 57 60.

Jouer la Lumière! - features threads, textiles, lace - all of which changes with light and one's viewpoint. Recommended by Metropole's club members. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00; on Wednesdays until 21:00. Until 31. December. At the Musée de la Mode, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

"Mille Sabords!" - features Tintin, Haddock, the dog and the other characters from the ever-lasting comic book series by Hergé. Until Monday, 12. November; from 10:00 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. It's the Captain Haddock connection that put this into the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

La Guerre Civile en Espagne - 150 photos both by the combatants, and by professionals, such as Robert Capa; shot from February 1936 until the war's end. Until Sunday, 23. September. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimonie Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint-Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

Forum des Images - has a full-summer program for kids. Starting on Thursday, 16. August, 'Le Film Dans le Film,' which will feature movies that have featured movies as subjects. Then there will be a shorter 'Etrange Festival' from 22. August until 4. September. Screenings from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00. At the Forum des Images, Porte Sainte-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Coincidences Fatales - is the name on an exhibition subtitled 'Alfred Hitchcock et l'Art' which features 200 art objects plus 300 photos from Hitchcock's films, some film posters, and 40 extracts from the master's films. Except Tuesdays, open from 11:00 to 21:00 daily, until Monday, 24. September. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place George Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

More Summer Movies - often overlooked by the art-cinema circuit, short films are an art of their own. France's film mecca puts on a rare selection from now until the year's end, on Saturdays at 16:30, at the Trocadéro location. Meanwhile, a selection of musical comedies will be screened until Sunday, 2. September at the Grands Boulevards branch. The Cinémathèque Française operates in two locations - at the Palais de Chaillot at Trocadéro, 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. Program InfoTel.: 01 56 26 01 01.

Sam Taylor-Wood - an exhibitions of photos and videos, on view until Monday, 27. August. Closed Tuesdays; hours are from 12:00 to 19:00.At the Centre National de la Photographie, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 32.

L'Octuor de France - offers chamber music concerts in the Orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle. With Brahms, Prokofiev, Verdi - in several concerts - with two entry prices: 100 francs for afternoons and 150 francs for candlelight - plus 10 francs for entry to the park. Until Wednesday, 15. August. Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Métro: Pontposter: massage, tamla cafe de Neuilly, plus bus 43, plus 10 minutes' walk. InfoTel.:01 42 29 07 83.

Carmen - Georges Bizet's big hit is performed by the Compagnie Trazom, directed and staged by Jacques des Longchamps, and features a considerable cast. This show has been recommended by Metropole's club members. Until Sunday, 30. September; at 19:30 and at 15:30 on Sundays. At the Théâtre du Tambour Royal, 94. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, Paris 11. Métro: Goncourt or Belleville. InfoTel.: 01 42 66 62 06.

Opéras - take a summer break in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. For comming productions of both opera and ballet, check the Web site for both, or phone InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68, which may be a toll number.

De Caricatures en Tous Genres - Balzac went bust as a publisher, so he joined Philipon to found the weekly, 'La Caricature,' which featured Daumier, Grandville and Monnier, to name a few. Philipon founded the first illustrated daily, 'Le Charivari.' Continues until Sunday, 23. September. Except on Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Jan Prouvé à Paris - is an exhibition showing how and why this iron artist became an constructor, engineer and architect. Until Friday, 31. August. At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Le 'Prince Noir' - this was the nickname of crime writer Andre Héléna, who has remained largely unknown since his death in 1972 despite being an extraordinary writer. This exhibition includes his original works, posters and photos. Until Thursday, 30. August. From Monday to Friday; from 14:00 to 18:00, and on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. At the BILIPO, 48-50. Rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 5. Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 93 00.

Jardin Botanique - is Paris' 'show' garden, featuring its ordinary, its rare and its exceptional plant-life, such as a rare tree from Easter Island. This exhibition also has features for kids. Until Sunday, 30 September; daily from 9:30 to 19:30. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes. Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 43 28 47 63.

Fête des Tuileries - features cotton-candy, carnival rides and attractions in the centre of the city, until the beginning of September. Open until midnight, and until 01:00 on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday - until Tuesday, 14. August. On the Rue de Rivoli side of the Tuileries. Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries or Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 46 27 52 29.

Antique Métro Rides - because of the métro's 100th anniversary last year, the RATP has decided to re-re-run the old red and green 'Sprague' wagons dating from the '30s. The line chosen for this is the six, between Kléber and Nation, which is largely elevated and crosses the Seine twice. Brief photo-op stops are made on the Bir-Hakeim and Bercy bridges. Reckon on 80 minutes for the round-trip. Trains leave from the Kléber station at 14:30 and 16:30. These trains will be running on Sundays only - on the 12. and 26. August; 9. and 23. September and 7. October. Reservations are necessary. InfoTel.: 01 48 04 22 65.

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 five other moblie 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.

En Route Pour la Cirque - an exhibition of yesterday's and today's circus, for both little kids and big adults - in this 'Year of the Circus' lasting until April 2002. At the same location see 'Picasso's Paint Box,' until 30. September. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00; on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Les Pestacles - is for kids, with 22 free shows featuring clowns, music, puppets, music, magic, clowns, music and so on. On Wednesdays at 14:30, until Saturday, 29. September. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

Ile-de-France - is not an island, but the region surrounding Paris - all of it sort of like an 'island' in France. Find out more about its attractions for kids at the Espace Tourisme d'Ile-de-France, in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.

Les Grands Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and musical fountain show. Every Sunday, at the 'Grande Perspective' from 11:00 to 12:00; and at 15:30 at all of the Bassins and Bosquets, with the finale at the 'Bassin de Neptune' around 17:20. Also on Saturdays from 7. July to 29. September including the 15. August. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Also see the following item:-

Fêtes de Nuit - Versailles - is subtitled 'Louis XIV - l'Artiste Roi' and is a sound and light spectacular which includes the fountains of the château, plus fireworks and dancers, in a show lasting nearly two hours. Next date is Saturday, 21. July, followed by Saturdays onposter: paris en ballon, parc andre citroen the 28. July; the 25. August, and the 1., 8. and 15. September. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare, or the RER 'C.' InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

Pouet-Pouets! - is an exhibition of dolls based on famous comic book characters. Until Sunday, 30. September; from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Poupée, in the Impasse Berthaud, just off 22. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Paris' Balloon - offers Paris views from a high place, without need of an elevator. Still in the air until the end of the year but you should definitely call first to find out if it is a balloon day or not. If so, first lift-off at 9:00, until dark. For adults, 66 francs and 33 for kids. At the Parc André Citroën, Paris 15. Métro: Balard or Javel. Flight info at InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

Paris' Big Wheel - presents Paris views from another high place, which is called Concorde. Meant to come down at the end of 2000, the concession has been extended until Mnday, 7. January 2002. so there are a couple of days left for your ride. From 11:00 to 00:30 Place de la Concorde, Métro Concorde.

Paris Story - an audio-visual show that traces Paris' 2000 years of history, sort of like a long TV commercial on a big screen. Every day, on every hour, from 9:00 to 20:00, in summer. Paris Story, 11. bis, Rue Scribe, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 01 42 66 62 06.

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there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
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