More, Better, Summer

photo: stage a denfert, fete de la musique, 21 june

'Summer' in Paris officially began with Friday's Fête de la Musique - here at Denfert-Rochereau.

Ending With a 'Nuit Blanche'

Paris:- Saturday, 22. June 2002:- Last Tuesday morning Christophe Girard presented Paris' summer program for an assembled handful of about 100 Paris-watchers, who only had to wait about an hour before cocktails were served in the garden.

Visitors as well as residents will benefit from the city's new policy of having more theatre performances throughout the summer - and more of everything else too. Besides cheaper seat prices for independent cinemas, there will also be outdoor projections at three locations in August - Montmartre, Ménilmontant and in the Place des Vosges.

You can add this to the summer program at the Forum des Images. Mr. Girard said it would amount to Paris becoming the 'going-to-movies' capital of the world. In case you think this may not be enough, Paris' annual 'Quartier d'Eté' program has been given a massive shot in the arm - It plays throughout Paris from Sunday, 14. July until Saturday, 17. August.

The 'summer' will be longer too - until it ends with an all-invited, all-night 'Nuit Blanche,' to be held on 5-6. October, which might be 'Indian-summer' time. More details coming soon about this and other summer events.

Today's special 'Scene d'Eté' column has had a lot of summer items added, while last week's regular 'Scene' column remains valid - except for its expired items like the Fête de la Musique. If you want all of it, you'll have to glance at both.



Don Giovanni - will be opera under the stars, beginning at the Parc de Sceaux just outside Paris, until the end of June, then playing in the Luxembourg from Sunday to Tuesday, 18, 19 and 20. July. Thereafter, on three evenings in September at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Paris 6. Métro: Odéon. InfoTel.: 08 92 70 11 22.

Anniversary of the First Flight - the first solo non-stop transatlantic from New York to Paris was on 21. May 1927. Charles Lindbergh's exploit will be celebrated at Le Bourget on Friday, 28. June, beginning at 19:00. Make a visit to the Air and Spaceposter: les kings d'aubervilliers, thtr 5 diamants museum and the 'Traversées de l'Atlantique Nord 1919-1930' exhibition, and then there will be an overflight by a patrol of Mirage 2000s, followed by a 50-minute light and sound show ending with a landing by a replica of the 'Spirit of St. Louis.' Fireworks follow and a jazz band playing hits from the 1920s will round the evening off. At the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace - at Le Bourget airport, on the Route National 17. It can be reached via the Autoroute A1, but also with the bus 350 from Gare du Nord or the bus 152 from the Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 49 92 71 99, or from outside France, InfoFax.: 33-1 49 92 70 95.

Ex-Lesbian & Gaypride Parade - is now to be called 'La Marche des Fiertes Lesbienne, Gai, Bi & Trans!' - which makes a lot more sense, when we know it will still be the same old techno-rock noise-blitz with bizarro costumes. Mark Saturday, 29. June in your calendars. Now add 14:00, and guess the rest. Maybe the Web site knows more. Somewhere in Paris. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 47 01.

Exile-Exile - with the 2nd 'Exile' being backwards, featuring Raoul Marek and his 'La Salle du Monde,' in three dimensions. Until Sunday, 13. October, from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 43 26 91 90.

Fêtes des Tuileries - exciting amusement rides and cotton-candy vendors have moved into the Tuileries gardens and will be staying until the end of August or September. Hours are 11:00 to midnight, and until 01:00 on Friday, Saturday and eves of holidays. Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. InfoTel.: 01 46 27 52 29.

25th Foire Saint-Germain - is an annual fair, taking place in the Quartier Latin, mostly in the area between the Place Saint-Sulpice and the Odéon theatre. This continues a tradition begun in 1176 - and relaunched in 1978. It includes an antiques' market, music, exhibitions and street theatre. Until Sunday, 7. July. For more details, try Foire Saint-Germain. Mostly near the Place Saint-Sulpice. Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain, Odéon or Mabillon. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Festival Soirs d'Ete - continues at 21:30 until Sunday, 14. July, except for Sundays and Mondays. At the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement, 2. Rue Eugène-Spuller, Paris 3. Métro: Temple. No InfoTel.

19th Chopin Festival - is for you if you feel like a little music from the country, in a big park. Until Sunday, 14. July. Times are in afternoons and evenings. At the Orangerie de Bagatelle, Route de Reine-Marguerite, in thebrochure: les canaux de paris Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry - possibly 1.50 euros. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19, ResaTel.: 08 92 68 36 22.

Jazz à Montmartre - the 8th edition puts out its drum rolls and bass lines until Sunday, 30. June. In, on Montmartre. Paris 18. InfoTel.: 01 42 54 45 21.

For the Carless - the Seine-side speedways will be liberate from car-crazies for the use of strollers, bikers and rollers on Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 17:00, until next fall. On the right bank - from the Tuileries to Bercy and on the left bank - from the Quai Anatole France to the Quai Branly.

During the summer, the right bank's expressway will be completely closed to traffic from Sunday, 21 July until Sunday, 18. August. One exception - see below.

Tour de France - after riding around, up and down, in France for three weeks followed by a huge supporting circus including many motorcycled TVs, this year's bike race wheels off its final laps in Paris. The finishing line is on the Champs-Elysées and the day to see it will be Sunday, 28. July.

Fête the Eve of the Fête de la Bastille - at the firemen's balls scattered around Paris. Montmartre started it in 1937 and the good-natured brave lads party on - all these are on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14. July, mostly with live music. Saturday's edition of Le Parisien should have the fête locations listed. The first fête lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs-Elysées parade.

Two Big 'Bals' - one is usually at the Place de la Bastille, beginning at 22:00 and continuing until 02:00, with lots music and lots of party-people. Paris 4, 11 and 12. Métros: Saint-Paul, Sully- Morland, Chemin-Vert, Bréguet-Sabin or Ledru-Rollin.

The Parvis de la Hôtel de Ville - might be the scene of the other grand 'Bal,' also beginning at 22:00 and continuing until 01:00 or 02:00. Both of these 'Bals' will be held on Saturday, 13. July. Paris 4. Possible métro stops for the Hôtel de Ville will be Châtelet, Cité, Pont-Marie and the RER 'C' line's Saint-Michel stop.

Military Parade - this always takes place on the whole Champs-Elysées, from Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. On Sunday, 14. July. The official viewing stand is usually set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros: count on the métro stops at Etoile, George V, Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed - arrive by way of the next nearest ones.

Fireworks - should have their night on Sunday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The dazzlers will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. The show will last about 40 minutes, and is usually held rain or shine. Paris 7. Métros: Alma-Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte-Picquet- Grenelle - also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

Musique En l'Ile - starts its 16th season on Thursday, 27. June and musically wends its way around the islands and through the summer until Sunday, 1. September. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 44 62 00 55.

Louis Vuitton Classic - is, I suspect, classic horse jumping, lasting two days. Friday and Saturday, 28. and 29. June, from 12:00 to 18:00 the first day and from 10:00 to 19:00 on the second, with the parade and the prize ceremony at 16:00. In the Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry: my guess, 1.50euro 3 sign. InfoTel.: 08 10 81 00 10.

Paris Plage, Part 1 - begins with a 'Canal En Fête' all day on Sunday, 30. June. Then the beach opens, except for dates and a intermission on Sunday, 28. July for the Tour de France's tour of Paris, from Sunday, 21. July until Sunday, 18. August - nothing else is known about this except traffic circulation will be reduced on weekends beside the Canal Saint-Martin. We'll see. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

Quartier d'Eté - a vastly greater variety of events make up this summer's Paris program of artisticposter: hernani by victor hugo, thtr bibliotheque historique 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 from Sunday, 14. July until Saturday, 17. 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.

Walk-In Outside Movies - are now a tradition at the Parc de la Villette, which has a big grassy place for you to watch movies projected on an inflated screen. Films roll from Tuesday, 16. July until Sunday, 25. 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.

Fêtes de Bohème et de Moravie - will be five days of modern, classical and jazz from the Czech Republic, each evening at 20:30, from Tuesday, 27. August to Saturday, 31. August. At the Cabaret Sauvage, in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 58 71 01 01.

Les Grands Eaux Musicales - is the Château de Versailles' annual H2O and baroque 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 6. October including the 15. August. 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.

Les Grands Eaux Nocturnes - is a sunset sound and light spectacular which includes the fountains of the château, plus fireworks and dancers, in a show lasting nearly two hours. On Saturdays at 21:30 - on 6, 20. and 27. July. In 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. Note:- different sources give different times and dates for what may be one show, instead of what seems to be two different ones noted above.

Coming In the Fall - beginning in September and October, you will find Manet and Vélasquez at the Musée d'Orsay, Matisse and Picasso, followed by Constable, at the Grand Palais, as well as Kramer and Picasso at the Musée Picasso, and 'Rituels Tibétains' at the Guimet Museum.

Mondial de l'Automobile 2002 - it is Paris' turn to hold the biannual International Motor Show, which features the world's latest wheeled creations. If you like shiny, clean cars with no milage, this is the place to see them if you don't mind huge crowds, all kicking the tires. This year, beginning on Saturday, 28. September, until Sunday, 13. October. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Bohemia Magica - the Czech Republic has had its own special relations with Paris and these are celebrated this year, at the Musée d'Orsay and the Montparnasse Museum. Besides featuring 20th century Czech artists in Paris, the 'Bohemia Magica' program also offers a showcase for contemporary Czech artists, film makers and writers. Until the end of the year.

Victor Hugo in Caricatures - 70 cartoons inspired by the person of Victor Hugo, mostly by Honoré Daumier, Gustave Doré and André Gill, await you - out of 500 caricatures that were made during Hugo's lifetime. On view until Sunday, 4. August. 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. Also see the Ministry of Culture's portal for more Victor Hugo events, such as 'Exilium Vite Est,' on show until August, presented at Hugo's exile home at Hauteville House on the Ile of Guernsey.

Les Paris de Victor Hugo - this is a two-part exhibition featuring Victor Hugo's personal Paris locations and the locales detailed in 'Les Misérables' and 'Notre Dame de Paris,' which will be on show in several of the public libraries around Paris. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 50.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or an expo featuring the musical Yves Montand that continues until October. Free entry. 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.

Mâkhi Xenakis - phantoms came to this exiled Greek who took Corsica as a substitute home, and theyposter: le cirque cruel are featured in this posthumous exhibition, which continues until Friday, 5. July. 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, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00. No entry charge.

Art ou Nature? - the outdoor part of this exhibition in the Luxembourg garden near the Orangerie continues until Saturday, 21 September. At the garden entry at 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Odéon or Saint-Suplice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 33 99.

Portraits de Victor Hugo - are by Auguste Rodin, and can be found at his house, except on Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00, from 10:00 to 21:45 on Thursdays, and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. Until Friday, 14. July, at the Musée Rodin, 77. Rue de Varennes, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes. InfoTel.: 01 44 18 61 24.

Elles de Montparnasse - models and artists added up to inspiration, which is the theme of this exhibition which continues until mid- September. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Le Musée du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

Afrique Secrète - is an exhibition drawn from this museum's own collection, meant to shed light on death rites of equatorial Africa and the initiation ceremonies practiced in west Africa. Also see the sculptures of Ndary Lo from Senegal. Both expos run until Sunday, 21. July, daily from 11:00 to 19:00. Entry charge but free on the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Paris From the Sky - is proposed for a limited time by the Institut Géographique National in the form of a new aerial-photo montage, 11 metres by 15, which is not so tiny but is very detailed. If you've ever wanted to dance on Paris, this is the place to do it. On view in the Parc André Citroën, entry at the corner of the rues Saint-Charles and Balard. Paris 15. Métro: Balard InfoTel.: 01 43 98 83 06.

The Himalayas - are featured in large photos fixed to the Luxembourg garden's fence near the Place Edmond Rostand. A related film will also being shown, starting at 23:00, from Monday, 24. June until Saturday, 29. June and on Thursday and Friday, 11 and 12. July. Jardin du Luxembourg, near the Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 6. Métro: 'RER' Luxembourg. InfoTel.: 08 20 82 09 39.

William Klein's Paris - after living in Paris for the past 50 years, the 'MEP' asked William Klein to photograph his hometown in 1997. Or more exactly, put together an exhibit of photos he had already taken here. Continues until Sunday, 1. September. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 00.

Photos by Nathalie Darbellay - features photos taken during the renovations of the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique and the Châtelet theatre, all once part of Paris' 'Le Grand Opéra,' of the 19th century. Except for these, theposter: vaux le vicomte other extravagant 'grand' locations have disappeared. Being presented in the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame, until Sunday, 29. September. 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 or Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51.

Martine Franck - this Magnum photographer presents landscapes, portraits of artists and scenes from the 'Théâtre du Soleil,' in this exhibition of 90 photos. Until Sunday, 29. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays and public holidays. See the expo, then give yourself a tea in this museum's secluded garden. 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.

Underground Jobs - in addition to the métro, other areas of underground jobs in Paris concern the Catacombs and the quarries. 'Les Métiers du Monde Souterrain' features these jobs in photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, to continue until next March. 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.

Forum des Images In Summer - a wide variety of top-notch films will be shown, with only a two-week pause at the beginning of August. D. W. Griffith's 'Intolerance' has inspired a film cycle on the subject, continuing until October. Check the Web site for more details. Most screenings are from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00. At the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque at the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint-Eustache. Paris 1. InfoTel.: 01 44 76 63 00.

Cinemathèque Française - the film museum 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.

Paris Jazz Festival - this year's edition continues until Tuesday, 28. July. Music in the park from 15:30 weekdaysposter: hugo a paris and from 16:30 on weekends. Major artists will be on hand, so the trip will be worth it. 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.

Hugo au Jardin - the 'Man of the Year' in Paris is on a green stage with performances until the end of September, in or at the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, in the Jardin Pré-Catalan, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Port Maillot and then bus 244, direction Reuil-Malmaison InfoTel.: 01 40 19 95 33.

'Voir des Etoiles' With Victor Hugo - for his bicentennial the focus is on Hugo's theatre efforts, in cooperation with the Comédie Française and the Bibliothèque Nationale. With 200 years to look back on, Hugo's works stand the test of modernism. The exhibition and performances continue until Sunday, 28. July. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

Année du Cirque - The 'Year of the Circus' taking place in 150 locations around France with the 2nd third of the yearlong program lasting until the end of June. The final part takes place during the summer and early fall. See the Année du Cirque Web site for complete details. Also see specific items below.

Paris Aime le Cirque - in Paris this is the all-over name given to the 'Year of Circus Arts.' In addition to the circuses noted below, there will be five circuses in residence in July and four will be performing throughout August this year.

Au XIXème Siècle - at the time, two centuries ago now, Paris was the world's circus capital. This show has been put together by the Bibliothèque Nationale, as an exhibit within the annual Foire de Saint-Germain. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, until Sunday, 7. July. In the Mairie's Salle du Vieux Colombier, 78. Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Circus Cruel - brings you a paradise of 'bad-taste' every week from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:30 in an old cinema reconverted into a circus-cabaret, until the end of June. Look for Le Zèbre, at 61-63. Boulevard de Belleville, Paris 11. Métro: Belleville or Coronnes. InfoTel.: 01 47 99 40 40.

Le Tradition est Notre Culture - is a bulky name for the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann, which performs all year long on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 with an additional Saturday show at 20:30. Sounds like real circus. Find it at 9. Boulevard du Bois le Hêtre, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Saint-Ouen. InfoTel.: 01 64 05 36 25.

Cirque Alexandra Franconi - is another traditional circus with clowns, jugglers, aerial acts, magic,poster: grands eaux noctures, versailles and - circus! Until the beginning of October, in the Parc de Saint-Cloud near the Musée Ceramique de Sèvres. Métro: Pont de Sèvres, hike across the bridge and turn right. InfoTel.: 01 43 24 33 18.

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.' 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.

Opus 2 - La Cirque du Tambour - returns for part 2 on Wednesday, 12 June and continues until Saturday, 6. July. From Wednesday to Sunday. At the Théâtre Silvia Monfort, 106. Rue Brancion, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Vanves. InfoTel.: 01 56 08 33 88.

Les Piscines, Paris Plage - here is a short list of the open-top pools topless this summer in Paris. 'Open-top' means the pool, and does not guarantee people-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: Porte 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. If you can hold your breath a couple of years, Paris is thinking of dropping two floating pools into the Seine.

Out of Town - the SNCF has teamed up with amusement parks just outside Paris to offer all-in-one prices for transportposter: expo, sur le terre comme au ciel and entries to France Miniature at Elancourt, the 'Mer de Sable' - Sea of Sand - plus the Parc Asterix, Auvers-sur-Oise, Versailles and Fontainbleau. Access to some of these requires bus transfers, so the inclusive prices are handy as well as a way to save money. Tickets available at most major train stations in Paris. Also try the SNCF's Web site or call InfoTel.: 01 53 90 20 20.

Sur la Terre Comme au Ciel - is also known as how western gardens looked at the end of the middle ages. Continues until Monday, 16. September, from 9:15 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:45, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée de Moyen Age, 6. Place Paul Painlevé, Paris 5. Métro: Cluny-La Sorbonne. InfoTel.: 01 53 73 78 16.

Les Pestacles - is for kids, with free shows featuring clowns, music, puppets, music, magic, clowns, music and so on. On Wednesdays at 14:30, until Wednesday, 25. 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.

Balloons Away! - Eutelsat is now the sponsor of the tethered balloon flights at the Parc André Citroën. These take place, weather permitting, from 9:00 until 30 minutes before the park closes. At the Parc André Citroën, Rue Cauchy, Paris 15. Métro: Javel or Balard. For flight conditions call InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

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. Prolonged until 14. October, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69. There is also a combo deal that includes a Seine cruise, starting from the Porte de la Bordonnais, at the base of the Tour Eiffel. InfoTel.: 01 44 11 33 44.

'Sprague' Métro Train - the RATP will be running its antique 'Sprague' métro wagons between the stations Kléber and Raspail on Sundays. The trip takes 45 minutes and is accompanied by a commentary, most likely in French. Also, there are only 160 places available. Coming dates are 23 and 30. June, 21. July, 4. and 18. August, and 1. and 8. September. Métro: line 6. Reservations are very necessary. ResaTel.: 01 40 02 38 33.

Tous à la Plage - is an exhibition recalling the 'good old days' and their weekends spent at the guinguettes and bathing spots along the Marne. Closed on Monday and Friday, this exhibition continues until 31. October. The free-entry Musée Municipal is at 36. Boulevard Gallieni, in Nogent-sur-Marne. Take the RER 'A' line to Nogent, or the RER 'E,' or the métro line 1 to Château de Vincennes and then the 114 bus. InfoTel.: 01 48 75 51 25.

For Roller Folks - the free Friday night 'roller rando' around Paris goes on all year, starting at 22:00 on Fridays, from the front of the Gare Montparnasse. Each complete tour takes about three hours - so not they are for the wobbly or faint-hearted. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 89 81.

More For Roller Folks - the free Sunday afternoon 'other roller rando' around Paris goes on all year too, but starts at 14:30 on Sundays from the Place de la Bastille. Complete tours take about three hours, but are not so taxing as the night tours. Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 44 54 07 44.

Balade à Vélo - is to discover on bikes the artisanal and ex-industrial patrimony of eastern Paris, on the 1st Saturday of every month. Starts at 10:00 from the Place d'Aligre. Paris 12. Métro: Ledru-Rollin. InfoTel.: 01 53 17 03 18.

Roue Libre - this RATP partner has added enriched oxygen 'green' tours to its program, as well as Paris-by-night tours. Bike rentals are from 3.10euro 3 sign per hour. Both completeposter: le rat debile et le rat mechant, thtr melo amelie accessories and insurance are available. There are special long-term rates for bike rentals too. Tours are from 21euro 3 sign for adults. These require reservations. The year-round HQ is open from 9:00 to 19:00 daily, at 1. Passage Mondétour in Les Halles. Métro: Les Halles or Etienne-Marcel. InfoTel.: 08 00 44 15 34, or email rouelibre@wanadoo.fr.

Mike's Bullfrog Bike Tours - if you need guiding in English, then Mike's may be right for you. Meet at the south leg - 'Pilier Sud' - of the Tour Eiffel for low-effort, wide-ranging tours of Paris. There are two daytime tours, at 11:00 and 15:30, and a night tour at 19:00. Exceptions this year are on Sunday, 28. July and on Sunday, 14 July. Rates are 22euro 3 sign for days, 26euro 3 sign for nights, or 44euro 3 sign for both. Also, lots of service and Paris info at Mike's HQ. This is at 24. Rue Edgar-Faure Paris 15. Métro: Dupleix. InfoTel.: 01 56 58 10 54.

Final note - Roue Libre's bike tours for English speakers are conducted by Mike's Bullfrog Bike Tours in Paris. Final final note - Paris' other carless bike routes will be open on Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 08 20 00 75 75.

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