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photo: park, square des batignolles

If you are 'lost - looking for Clichy,' you may find the
Square des Batignolles instead.

For the Rentrée?

Paris:- Saturday, 1. September 2001:- While Parisian parents muddle through next week adjusting to their return to the city and their kids' return to schools, the events calendar takes one final little breather, before it launches into the new season.

This really starts on the following weekend of 15-16. September, with the Fête de l'Huma' getting a jump on it by starting on Friday. There will be no 'Fêtes de la Seine' this year, but there will be an international fishing contest instead. Expect the riverside party to return next year.

Events for Fall 2001 were outlined in a separate column last week, and this has even been updated a little - but still remains within last week's issue 6.35. A link to this page is included here, and below this week's contents list.

A few more new items beginning in September are below for 'Openers' - while nearly everything that is over is gone from the scene, all except for the 'Last Chances' of course.



Fête de l'Humanité - it used to be the 'rentrée's big party, but now it competes with everything else. But the 'Fête de l'Huma' has lots of experience and lots of everything, from Manu Chao to Patrick Bruel to Compay Segundo - plus! - techno nights. It starts on Friday, 14. September and winds up on Sunday, 16. September. Entry for three days is 60 francs. At the Parc de La Courneuve, Espace Fêtes. Take the RER 'B' line to Le Bourget and follow the crowds.

Les Journées du Patrimoine - this is the weekend - on Saturday, 15. September and on Sunday, 16. September - when France shows off its treasures, some of which are not usually open to the public, such as some of Paris' churches. Paris' own 'Maison des Parisiens' - the Hôtel de Ville - also opens its doors on Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 9:30 to 18:00. Main entry by the front door. Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Visits are also possible for groups, by reservation one or two months in advance. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 60 37. For the rest of Paris, no less than 38 major attractions with open doors. For the rest of France, find details at the Ministry of Culture's Web site.

La Course des Femmes - is sponsored by Le Parisien so it's called 'La Parisienne' for its 5th edition and will be run off over a seven kilometre course in the Jardins de Bagatelle. This will be on Sunday, 16. September. At Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. For the race, InfoTel.: 01 45 75 67 12. And this for the Web site.

Electrocadéro? - the one-time Techno-Parade gets a new name but the non-parade planned for Trocadéro is unwelcome there. Wherever it will be, it should take place on Saturday, 15. September, fromposter: savignac, bibliotheque forney 13:00 to 19:00. Nuit Techno is the 'after' for the day, to take place 'all night long' at the Zenith, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

Savignac - one of the best poster designers in the last half the last century, Raymond Savignac had his first displayed in 1933. This exhibition runs from Tuesday, 11. September to Saturday, 12. January 2002. 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.

UNESCO's Patrimony In Japan - has gathered 50 photos by Kazuoshi Miyoshi, showing Japan's sites selected by UNESCO to be part of the planet's patrimony. Until Saturday, 29. September, open from 12:00 to 19:00 and until 20:00 on Thursdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. At the Maison de la Culture du Japon, 101 bis, Quai Branley, Paris 15. Métro: Bir-Hakeim. InfoTel.: 01 44 37 96 01.

Lettonie, Latvija - is an exhibition from the collection of the National Museum of History of Latvia. The occasion is the 800th anniversary of the founding of Riga. Until Sunday, 20. January. Except for Tuesdays and holidays, from 9:15 to 17:15. At the Musée de l'Homme, Palais de Chaillot, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 05 72 00.

Michel Kikoïne - was one of the 'artist-emblems' of the 'Ecole de Paris.' On show until Monday, 17. September. Also see 'Jérusalem' - photographs by Didier Ben Loulou, done between 1993 and 2001. Until Friday 28. September. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and Sundays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 53.

Art-Wall Sticker - instead of having boring old wallpaper in rolls, 'Art-Wall Sticker' is a set of stickers that will cover about 15 square metres. These sets are designed by 20 different artists and seriographed, mostly on a transparent backing. My favorite is 'Socks' by Santiago Reyes, which has 45 versions of people with mis-matched pairs of socks and feet. It's up to you how to arrange them on your favorite wall. Each series is limited to 100 sets. This year's collection is on view until Friday, 14. September, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00, at the Espace Paul Ricard, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine.

Babel TV - Patrick Mimran will be at the Orangerie de Bagatelle from Friday, 7. September until Monday, 15. October, from 11:00 to 18:00 daily except Tuesdays. Whatever it is besides a 'major event,' see Babel TV when you've got time to visit the Orangerie de Bagatelle, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 20 10.

Festival Ile-de-France - for six weeks, the eight departments surrounding Paris have their autumn festival too, this year with European themes. Beginning in September and continuing until Sunday, 14. October. For more info try the Ile-de-France Web site or InfoTel.: 01 58 71 01 01.

27th Festival Cinéma Américain - this annual event provides an evening alternative to Deauville's casino following an afternoon at the racetrack. I'm not sure if its purpose is to give Europe a preview of coming US films or gives US actors a chance to plug Hollywood's latest attractions on TV-news here. Whichever - or both! - from Friday, 31. August until Sunday, 9. September. At Deauville, in Normandy.

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. Atposter: saison musicale royaumont the Maison de l'Amérique-Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 75 00.

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.

La Dame de la Mer - the first lady oceanographer, Anita 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.

Montmartre - Vendanges - last year the Butte's own vineyard produced a 'Cuvée Lapin Agile,' and this year may be even better. Find out on Saturday, 6. October when Montmartre has its annual wine fête and costume parade, which starts at the Mairie at 14:00 and is expected to arrive at the Rue des Saules about 16:00. Paris 18. Métro: Jules-Jofferin or Lamarck-Caulaincourt.

François et Nicolas de Poilly - contributed to Paris reputation, beginning in 1630, as the capital of European engraving. In addition to 100 of their prints, see views of Paris at the beginning of Louis XIV's reign. From Tuesday, 18. September until Thursday, 11. October. Daily from 10:45 to 17:45, at the Mairie of the 5th - Centre Cultural du Panthéon, 11. Rue de Mirbel, Paris 5. Métro: Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 01 55 43 10 50.

Jean Dubuffet's - centennial means a major retrospective for this painter, from Wednesday, 12. September until the end of the year. From 11:00 to 21:00 except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

30th Festival d'Automne à Paris - a long and important program of opera, theatre and dance is included within this festival, which is dedicated to Merce Cunningham. Also to bebrochure: premiers films competition featured is a new installation by Jenny Holzer, on view at the Salpêtrière from 20. September until 4. November. From Monday, 17. September until Friday, 21. December, when winter starts. InfoTel.: 01 53 45 17 00. Also see the Festival d'Automne's Web site.

Les Neuf Encientes de Paris - each phase of Paris has its own wall, rampart, barrier or today's Perifreak! This exhibition shows them all, all at once, and from Thursday, 13. September until Sunday, 18. November; from 10:00 to 17:00 - all at the Musée de l'Armée, Hôtel des Invalides, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes or Latour-Maubourg. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Jardins en Fête - in Paris' 90 green spaces and gardens, a weekend orgy of flowers, demonstrations and exhibitions, all with the 'patrimoine végétal' as a theme. The place in front of the Hôtel de Ville will be transformed into a 'village de la fête, ' from 10:30 to 18:30. On Saturday, 22. and Sunday, 23. September, throughout Paris. On Friday, 21. September, the International Dahlia competition, at the Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincennes.

Fireworks - part of the 5th arrondissement's Fêtes d'Automne program, sparkles in the sky starting at 21:00 on Saturday, 22. September, at the Quai Saint-Bernard. Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu or Gare d'Austerlitz.

La Route du Poisson - on the occasion of 'Horse Days' in Paris, the descendants of the draft-horses that used to bring fish to Paris daily from the Channel ports will be in action and on display. This may be a weekend event, beginning on Saturday, 29. September, but the draft-horses will be the leads on Sunday, 30. September. Check out the Route du Poisson Web site. At the Vincennes racetrack, 2. Route de la Ferme, Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château-Vincennes or Charenton-Ecoles. InfoTel.: 03 44 40 80 13.

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 the Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

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: festival ile de france 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 Sunday, 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.

Hans Erni - was one of the 20th century's most prolific book illustrators as well as being a poster designer, sculptor and painter. His works are on view until Sunday, 30. September. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 24. Rue Pavée, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40., 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Paris' Canals - are featured in an exhibition with the full title of 'De Biefs en Ecluses, Lesposter: festival baroque a pontoise 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.

Un Art Populaire - is an exhibition presenting some strange, some wonderful, 'popular' art with 150 works by 50 artists from all continents. Until Sunday, 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.

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' recent Mois de l'Estampe. Until 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.

"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.

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 Monday, 31. December. At the Musée de la Mode, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 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. From 9:00 to 18:00 and until 21:45 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. The Musée du Louvre, Pyramide entry, Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 57 60.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Cata combs are open again, with a new photo exhibition continuing until February 2002. Note - the 'tour' is 1.7 km long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, butposter: producteurs, forum des images 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.

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.

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 - features films about films, the cinéma about the cinéma, until Sunday, 28. October. Otherwise, screenings of Paris' film collection in mini-cinemas 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.

Jerusalem, Traverses et Marges - the old city has been photographed non-stop since 1993 by Didier Ben Loulou, and a selection of the photos are on view until Friday, 28. September at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

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.

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 - are taking 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.

Decoding Hair - or, 'Le Cheveu se Décode' is an exhibition aboutposter: expo, heros populaires, 10 juin 2002 hair, which is more fascinating than you may think, regardless of it being short, long, blond or green. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00; until 6. January 2002. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

L'Or des Amazones - is an exhibition of the prestigious works by nomads from the steppes of Asia; from 600 BC to 400 AD. All the pieces are on loan from southern Russian museums and include the entire collection from the tomb of the Princess of Kobiakovo. Until Sunday, 7. October. Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays. Musée Cernuschi, 7. Avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. Métro: Villiers. InfoTel.: 01 45 63 50 75. After the current exhibition, this museum will close until 2004 for renovations.

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.

250 Years of Ads - from the 18th century to the present, see the permanent collection of the Musée de la Publicité. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00, until 21:00 on Wednesdays, and 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. Musée de la Publicité, at 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal-Louvre. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

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 alsoposter: mag, la bd anti rentree 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.

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 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 Sunday, 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 until 29. September. 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 dates are theposter: centre ^pompidou Saturdays of 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.

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