'Shopping' Is Not

photo: place de la concorde, saturday

If the Place de la Concorde was yours - would you
keep the wheel?

Paris' Only Attraction

Paris:- Saturday, 12. January 2002:- I came back from being away for a few days and I kind of expected that Paris would be digesting its holiday, or at least be totally absorbed by its winter sales.

Instead, it seems as if new events can't wait for 'old' events to clear out before getting installed, for the beginning of the 2002 season. While everybody is shopping, here is your chance.



'L'Ile de la Cité au XIXe Siècle' - features photos taken from 1858 to 1877, by Charles Marville, of the excavation work done in the 19th century for the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame. This work was begun under the direction of Baron Haussmann. The expo continues until Sunday, 14. April. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, on the Ile de la Cité. Métro: Cité orposter: expo didier trenet, cpif Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51. Entry: 3.35euro 3 sign. The Crypte Archéologique is under the direction of the Musée Carnavalet, in association with the Commission du Vieux Paris.

From the 'Transmissions' expo, featuring Didier Trénet's works.

Didier Trénet - Transmissions (1) & (2) - three photo exhibitions, at two locations, include photos by Beat Streuli, called 'Marseille .98.' The expo 'Transmissions (1)' continues until Sunday, 17. February, at the Ferme du Coulevrain - Ecomusée, Place Georges-Henri Rivière, in Savigny-Le-Temple. Take the RER 'D' train in the direction of Melun, to Savigny-Le-Temple. Hours vary from Tuesday to Sunday. InfoTel.: 01 64 41 75 27.

The other exhibitions by Beat Streuli and Didier Trénet continue until Sunday, 24. February. These are open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 13:00 to 18:30. Both are at the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenue de la République, in Pontault-Combault. By SNCF train for 30 minutes from Gare de l'Est, in the direction of Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.

Affiches de Festivals 2001 -France is a land of festivals and all of them have posters. See the best - and perhaps buy for modest prices - these now and until the end of March. At the Galerie Grand Monde, in the Cour Damoye, entry via 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 51 30. The Cour Damoye has several other galleries and shops, so a visit to all of it will be worth your while.

Close-Up du Génie - features Eddy Novarro's photographs of France's most famous artists, taken since the '50s. The prints on show are a large selection from 80 published in the book, 'Close-Up du Génie.' This exhibition continues until Friday, 25. January. From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 19:00, at the Espace Paul Ricard, Galerie Royale 2, 9. Rue Royale, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde or Madeleine. InfoTel.: 01 53 30 88 00.

Fred Kleinberg - is the author of the exhibition of paintings 'Retour de Moscou, Carnets de Voyage,' to be on view from Wednesday, 16. January until Friday, 1. March. From 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, Salon Jean Musy, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00. No entry charge.

Des Volcans et des Hommes - is an exhibition resulting from 10 years of inspecting volcanos around the world. Philippe Bourseiller was accompanied by Jacques Durie for this modest task, and the result is 100 large photos with detailed captions, hanging from the Senat's Luxembourg garden fence - along the Rue de Médicis and Rue de Vaugirard. This show continues until Thursday, 28. February. Paris 6. Métro: RER 'B' at Luxembourg.

Paris et Ses Avocats - this exhibition presents something special for lawyers, for a change. Itposter: fred kleinberg, retour de moscou features eight centuries of the 'legal' history of Paris. 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, even for lawyers.

From Fred Kleinberg's 'Retour de Moscou' expo.

Pirates! - where else but in the Marine museum? Illustrated, cartooned and filmed, the 'myth' of pirates belongs to the sea and is ably presented here, assembled from various collections. Continuing until Monday, 13. May, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays and 1. May. Also see another exhibition, 'L'America's Cup,' until Monday, 13. May. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Poussières d'Etoiles - could also be called 'stardust,' which is something that unites you and me to the cosmos - here presented as an ultrasensory voyage with lots of special effects. Continuing until 2004, at 21:00 in winter, and at 22:00 in summer, except for Monday and Tuesday. At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 70 72.

Au Temps de Marcel Proust - an exhibition focused on the Belle Epoque, with paintings of Paris of the period, with portraits of the real people Proust used as models in his prose. Paintings by Jean Béraud, Henri Somm and Abel Truchet. Marcel Proust was featured in Metropole earlier this year. Until Sunday, 20. January. Except Mondays, 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 42 72 21 13.

Raphaël - Grâce et Beauté - Casanova said nobody did human figures better and he knew what heposter: affiches festivals 2001, gal grande monde was talking about. Raphaël Sanzio and 80 of his paintings will turn up in the Senat's little gallery located in a Medicis park, for an extended stay after Raphaël's 20-year absence from Paris. Continues until Sunday, 27. January. Free entry, at the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice or Odéon. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Invitation to the Festival posters at the Galerie Grand Monde.

Jouets de Princes - includes the period of 1770 to 1870, when toys for royal kids formed part of their education for their future royal jobs rather than for sheer fun. Many French parents think the same today - growing up is a 'serious' business, royal or not. Until Monday, 28. January. Except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00. At the Musée des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau, Avenue du Château, in Malmaison. Take either the métro or the RER to La Défense, then the bus 258 to the Bois-Préau or the château. InfoTel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

Lam Métis - Wifedo Lam was born in Cuba in 1902, with roots in Africa and China. He moved to Spain and painted there until his involvement with the civil war landed him in a sanatorium near Barcelona, which led to his arrival in Paris in 1938, where he met Picasso for the first time. For this exhibition, see a selection from Lam's paintings done between 1938 and 1961. Until Sunday, 20. January. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

August Strindberg - has been subtitled 'Painter and Photographer' for this exhibition which continues until Sunday, 27. January. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

L'Atelier de Gilbert Boyer - is an installation based on a text by Zadkine and a voyage to Canada - Gilbert Boyer from Quebec explores the ties between public and private spaces. Until Sunday, 27. January. 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.

Lettonie, Latvija - is an exhibition from the collection of the National Museum of History of Latvia. Theposter: thtr amelie, gens civilises a paris 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.

Leclerc et Ses Hommes - Crossed Destinies - the victor of Koufra, liberator of Paris and Strasbourg, did it all with a wide variety men from all stations in life, who contributed to his and their own destinies. Presented with a background of comics from 1948-49, this exhibition continues until Sunday, 20. January. Open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the 'Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin,' Jardin Atlantique, above the Gare Montparnasse. Paris 15. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Figures du Carneval - 'au Temps de Balzac' is an exhibition of 110 designs and engravings by Gavarni, of the carnival in Paris at the time of Balzac. 'Beaucoup des drôleries.' From Wednesday, 23. January until Sunday, 21. April. 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 90.

Madame Carven - is presented here showing 50 years of creative clothing, from 'afternoon' dresses to suits for air hostesses. The exhibition features designer clothing, sketches and photos from private collections and institutions such as the Musée du Parfum de Grasse. From Friday, 25. January until Sunday, 26. May. Daily except Monday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Troc at Troc - merely means the 'Salon des Antiquaires' in the Trocadéro gardens for 10 days, from Friday, 18. January until Monday, 28. January. Daily from 11:00 to 21:00. Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 44 88 52 60.

Rétromobile - starting on Friday, 8. February everybody will be going out to the Porte de Versailles to get 'rétro' again, in the wheel sense - which will include, as usual, some fancy motorcycles and boats, all museum pieces - some of which are for sale. Try to get yours before the final day on Sunday, 17. February. Hours are usually from 11:00 to 19:00, but start earlier on Saturday and Sunday, and go later on Tuesday and Friday. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 48 44 30 30.

Salon de l'Agriculture - is known by all Metropole readers as the 'Paris Beautiful Cow Show.' It returns for another run this year, from Friday, 23. February until Sunday, 3. March. Daily hours are mostly from 9:00 to 19:00, except on Friday, 1. March when the barn stays open until 22:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 93 89.

'Vieux Papiers' - info is skimpy for this big event, other than the mention that this year's theme is 'the cat.' 'Old papers' means collectible ones. Dates are Thursday, 21. February until Sunday, 3 March, and hours are generally from 11:00 to 19:00. Not at Paris-Expo, but at the Espace Champerret, 6. Rue Jean-Oestreicher, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret. InfoTel.: 01 56 53 93 93.

Expolangues - features everything you wanted to know about learning languages, with Ireland as the 'country of honor' this year. From Wednesday, 30. January until Sunday, 3. February, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Grand Hall, Parc de Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 41 41.

Sous le Soleil de Mithra - is an exhibition of religious subjects inspired by antiquity and done by Picasso - most likely also concerning some heads of bulls. Continuing until Monday, 4. March 2002. From 9:30 to 17:30, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Picasso, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

La Nouvelle Athènes - many think the Second Empire period of the 19th century represented the 'Belle Epoque' but forget the preceding intimate and literary period that associated Balzac, Dumas, Baudelaire, Chopin and Georges Sand, with the 'July Monarchy,' all within a small area in the 9th arrondissement's 'Nouvelle Athènes.' Until Sunday, 10. February 2002, from 13:00 to 19:00, at the Fondation Taylor, 1. Rue La Bruyère, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges. Free entry.

L'Orient de Saladin - or 'Au Temps des Ayyoubides,' is an exhibition about the life andposter: roman de familles, cafe de la danse times of the Crusades, which are mostly unrelated to our times. Continues until Sunday, 10. March 2002. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Rouge et Or - or, the 'Trésors du Portugal Baroque,' is a major exhibition continuing until Monday, 25. February 2002. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Andre-Jacquemart, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 42 89 04 91.

La Juif Errant - an exhibition around the legend, within other legends, of the 'Wandering Jew.' This continues until Sunday, 24. February 2002. 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.

Paquebot de Rêves - is an exhibition about luxury liners - the kinds that crossed the Atlantic and all of the world's oceans, carrying mail or travellers in high style. Continuing until Saturday, 23. March. Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

La Magie de Magritte - featuring 12 of Magritte's works, designed to be educational, with puzzling games for young kids, to show off the life and work of the painter. For kids 4 and up. Until Sunday, 31. March. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed Christmas and New Years days. 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.

Kannibals et Vahinés - how we looked at the south seas, as seen through popular literature from the end of the 18th century until now. With comics, cinema, travel magazines - from Jules Verne to Tintin. On show until Monday, 18. February 2002. Daily from 10:00 to 17:30, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 85 00..

Mali-Kow - is an exhibition where you can discover the various realities of Mali, though objects and films from this African country. Until Sunday, 24. February 2002. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 19:00, in the Pavillon Paul Delouvrier. Check the Web site for other temporary exhibitions at the same location, including 'Poussières d'Etoiles' and 'Look Again.' All at the Parc et Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 08 03 30 63 06.

Etienne Falconet à Sèvres - is subtitled ' the art to please.' Etienne Falconet was the head of the 'Manufacture' at Sèvres in the period from 1756 to 1766, when everybody in Europe was asking for his pieces - and about 120 of them will be on show. Also see the works by Robert Deblander, done within the last 50 years. Until Monday, 4. February 2002. Except Tuesday, open from 10:00 to 17:00. Musée de Céramique, Sèvres, Place de la Manufacture, in Sèvres across the bridge from the métro stop, Pont de Sèvres. InfoTel.: 01 41 14 04 20.

Les Sports - as sculpted by Bouchard, for the 1924 Olympics. Continuing until Wednesday, 13. March 2002. Only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 14:00 to 19:00. At the Musée Bouchard, 25. Rue de l'Yvette, Paris 16. Métro: Jasmin. InfoTel.: 01 46 47 63 46.

Le Plus Belles Robes du Cinéma - come from the collection of the Cinémathèque Française, and many have never been exhibited before. Illustrated with sketches, photos and film extracts. Some very big designer names are shown here. Until Sunday, 24. February 2002. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Jean Cocteau - 'à Montparnasse, ailleurs et aprés.' Presented by Roger Pic and Pierre Bergé. This continues until Sunday, 3. February. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Worth a visit just to see this museum belonging to the past. At Le Chemin du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

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. Open 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.

Photographs - by Don McCullin, until February 2002. At the brochure: cinematheque francaisMaison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 26.

Forum des Images - the new theme from its film collection is called 'Corps à Corps,' on show from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00 - from now until Tuesday, 22. January. This includes 31 boxing films. At the Forum des Images, Porte Sainte-Eustache, Forum des Halles, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

Von Sternberg, Dietrich & Pirates - see 23 of Josef von Sternberg's films at Chaillot until Sunday, 10. February, and 22 films featuring 'Pirates' until Sunday 24. February. Films by Paul Vecchiali are being shown until Sunday, 3. February, followed by the works of Otar Iosseliani until Sunday, 3. March, both at the Grands Boulevards location. The Cinémathèque 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.

La Malade Imaginaire - is by Molière, in this production by Claude Stratz.. Odd dates from Friday, 7. December until March 2002. In the Salle Richelieu at the Comédie Française, 2. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 58 15 15.

Opéras - are in full swing in Paris at their locations in the Palais Garnier and at the Place de la Bastille. Current and coming productions include Tosca, Don Quichotte, Fidelo, Medée, Handel's Rodelinda and Rameau's Platée - until the end of February. For both opera and ballet, check the Web site, or call Toll InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68.

Héros Populaires - since sometime before the Middle Ages Europe has had more than its share of heros, both real and fictional - including anti-heros. This exhibition's poster features Cuba's Ché, and you can expect Cinderella too. Until Monday, 10. June. Daily from 9:45 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, 6. Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16. Métro: Sablons in Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 70.

Les Défis du Vivant - a wide-ranging cascade of exhibitions, debates and conferences inspired by the scientific musings of Joël de Rosnay - on the nature of man and his future in the 21st century. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and until 19:00 on Sundays, closed on Mondays. At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Malraux et la Modernité - for the centennial of his birth, André Malrauxposter: sons d'hiver is honored for his half-century of artistic endeavors and as a 'visionary of culture.' A big and important show, continuing until Sunday, 24. March. 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.

Hôpital et Utopies - or 'Demain Sera Meilleur,' is an exhibition featuring the long history of hospitals and the search for their utopic perfection. Until Sunday, 17. March, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Assistance Publique - Hôpiteaux de Paris, Hôtel de Miramion, 47. Quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5. Métro: Maubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 50 05.

Histoires de Calendriers - is also known as 'De Temps en Temps' and it is an exhibition of the idea of changing time rather than the mechanics of keeping track of it. On display, 200 pieces from 2000 years. Until Friday, 8. February. Except Tuesdays, open from 12:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Paris Aime le Cirque - is the all-over name given to the first half of the 'Year of Circus Arts,' which features a large program - to be followed in March by part two. For additional details check out the Web site of the magazine, 'Cirques Aujourd'hui.'

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - says 'Trapèze' - with a look back at the film, some of which was shot at the Cirque d'Hiver. Continuing until 27. January. At 20:30 from Tuesday to Friday and 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday and Saturday, with 14:00 and 20:30 for Sundays. No shows on Monday and Thursday, except during school holidays when the show must go on. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles-du-Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

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. Daily fromposter: thtr mc93, bobigny, othello 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.

Impulsion II - is subtitled 'Hommage aux Saltimbanques,' which means pure circus with clowns, jugglers, wild animals and sawdust. Except on Mondays, until 24. February. Cirque National Alexis Gruss, at the Pelouse de Madrid, Allée de la Reine Marguerite, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Bus: 43, from Pont de Neuilly. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 08 00.

Cyrk 13 - the 13th graduation show by the 14-member class of the circus school, directed by Philippe Decouflé. Until Sunday, 3. February, from Wednesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. At the Espace Chapiteaux at La Villette. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 76 92.

Cirque de La Licorne - features animals such as the giant flea and other marionette versions of tradional circus beasts, from minuscule to gigantic. From Tuesday, 12. February until Sunday, 10. March, from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 and on Sunday at 16:00. At the Cabaret Sauvage in the Villette park. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Opus - La Ménagerie Mécanique - is a 20-minute tour to see some very strange circus 'animals,' mostly fed by electicity. From Wednesday, 27. February until Saturday, 23. March, from Wednesday to Sunday from 18:00 to 23:00. At the Maison de la Villette. Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Ice Skating - the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink is back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. It will be open daily for twirling - from 9:00 to a late 22:00, continuing until early in March. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Smaller rinks are also open from 9:00 to 20:00 at the Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement and in front of the Gare Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement. Skates are available for rent.

Queen for a Day... - features the collection of Michelle Muller's 'fèves' - haricots? - beans?? - dishes, games, Parisian monuments, comics, animals - and crowns! - all very decorative, and wih old documents. I can't figure this out. Until Friday, 1. February 2002. At the Hôtel Ambassador, 16. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 44 83 40 40.

'A Table' - In the 19th Century - is a show about tables, cooking, restaurants and everything concerning the act of eating, which may include more than just the 19th century version. In Orsay's 'Salle des Fêtes.' Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and until 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Utopic Parks - At the turn of the last century Paris found itself behind other major cities in the 'park-race,' and this called for all sorts of plans - many of which remained 'plans.' In thebrochure: 2002 euro, ville de paris last 20 years 150 new gardens have been created, bringing the total of green flecks to 420. For the phantom ones, see this exhibition until Sunday, 24. February, at the Maison du Lac in the Parc de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy or Cour St-Emilion. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 30 30.

Paris' Big Wheel - has been legally evicted from its place at Concorde, but its operator intends to stay put and is risking a huge daily penalty. How much longer the high-rise twirl will continue is unknown. From 11:00 to 00:30, at the Place de la Concorde, Métro: Concorde.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - the Cata combs are open again, with a new photo exhibition continuing until February. 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, 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.

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