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Année de la Chine

photo: notre dame, soir

Notre Dame de Paris

Remembering Confucius

Paris:– Saturday, 3. January 2004:– This year, instead of the usual no–fireworks at the stroke of New Years, the city is planning to have an extra special Chinese New Years, to accompany its 'Année de la Chine' program.

If there aren't some firecrackers popping during the parade on the Champs–Elysées on Saturday, 24. January, I'll eat one of my hats. For the occasion, I may just go to Chinatown to get an edible hat.

Adieu Champs–Elysées

The L'Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris, usually referred to here as the PTO, closed its doors on the Champs–Elysées forever at 19:00 on Wednesday, 31. December 2003.

Its new central location at 25–27. Rue des Pyramides will not be open for business until next June. From now until then, the PTO's services will be scattered around the city. See the updated Links page for details about locations and open times.

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Soldes d'Hiver – all my guesses were wrong for the start date of Paris' Winter Sales. Officially, they begin on Wednesday, 7. January, and the final day will be Saturday, 7. February. As always, early shoppers get the best bargains.

L'Œil de Simenon – this exhibition continues until Sunday, 22. February. Except for Mondays and holidays, from 12:00 to 19:00, from 12:00 to 21:30 on Tuesdays and 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. At the Galeries Nationales du Jeu du Paume, 1. Place de la Concorde, inside the Tuileries, Paris 8. Métro: Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 50.

Beijing Culture Week – is scheduledposter: nouvel an chinoise to begin on Saturday, 10 January with a photographic exhibition, which will continue until Sunday, 18. January. The 'week' will be from Thursday, 22. January until Tuesday, 27. January. A parade on the Champs-Elysées is planned for Saturday, 24. January, which might be 'the' New Years event of the year. See the Année de la Chine Web site for additional details.

Chinese New Year – the actual date is Thursday, 22. January. Expect appropriate festivities on the weekend before, on the actual day, and on the weekend after – in Belleville, the 3rd arrondissement and in Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement – with a first-ever parade on the Champs–Elysées on Saturday, 24. January. See the Année de la Chine Web site for additional details.

Objectif Une – Un Demi–Siècle Vu par l'Express – is probably another photo-expo sponsored by the Senat, hung from the grille around the Luxembourg gardens. Continuing until Wednesday, 31. March. From the Place Edmond Rostand to the Rue de Médicis. Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No InfoTel necessary.

Des Villes en Chine – features photos of early 20th century Peking, taken by Albert Dutertre and Stéphane Passet. From Friday, 9. January until Sunday, 18. January. No entry charge. In the Salle des Prévêts, in the Hôtel de Ville, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 40 40.

Zazou – is a musical about love during the occupation, by Jérôme Savary. Shows continue until Sunday, 11. January. At 20:00 and at 15:00 on Sunday. No shows on Monday, and none on Thursday, 8. January. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Edouard Vuillard – is featured in a major exhibition, with about 300 works on view. Until Monday, 5. January 2004. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations –recommended– or required, for morning visits before 13:00. Afterwards, it's come–as–you–are. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Gauguin – Tahiti – features paintings from Gauguin's tropical south seas atelier inposter: expo, triomphe de delft, 16 feb, mus ceramique de sevres this major show. Continuing until Monday, 19. January. Open from 10:00 to 20:00 and until 22:00 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations –often– required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17. RésaTel.: 08 92 68 46 94.

De Delacroix à Renoir – Algeria as seen by French painters of the past is the focus of this exhibition., which continues until Sunday, 18. January. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00, and to 19:00 on weekends. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Au Cœur de l'Impressionnisme – at the end of the 19th century the family of Henri Rouart hobnobbed with art's avant–garde, while père Rouart was himself a painter. Also a collector, the collection was dispersed in 1912 – and some of it will be reunited here. Beginning on Tuesday, 3. February, and continuing until Sunday, 13. June. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique – Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint–Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 55 31 95 67.

Irving Penn – features photos of Dahomey, taken in 1967. Beginning on Wednesday, 14. January and continuing until Sunday, 14. March. From 11:00 to 20:00 daily except Monday and Tuesday. 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.

Métamorphoses du Livre – will feature books done by artists, of their own works. Onposter: affiches de festivals, grand monde show, the productions of artists from around the world. Beginning on Tuesday, 20. January, continuing until Friday, 9. April. Open 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.

Angoulème – Festival BD – the 31st edition of the annual comics festival in Angoulème shows off this year's selection of the best 'bandes dessinées.' From Thursday, 22. January until Sunday, 25. January. The town-wide event features comic veterans and the 'young wolves.' If it's cold, having it in Cognac helps.

Photographier La Guerre d'Algérie – forms part of France's record in a former colony. From Friday, 23. January until Sunday, 18. April. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

Expolangues – it is languages time again at this annual salon, which always features a lot of babble for the modest entry price. From Wednesday, 28. January until Sunday, 1. February. From 10:00 to 19:00 daily. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 44 08.

Henri Salvador – is over 70 and getting his second or third 'wind,' with the recent release of several smooth new albums. Dates are from Tuesday, 2. February until Sunday, 15. February, usually at 20:30, but at 17:00 on the two Sundays. At the Palais des Congrés, 2. Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 17. Métro: Porte Maillot. InfoTel.: 01 40 68 00 05.

Papiers de Chine – will be a 'Chinese Year' exhibition. Beginning on Wednesday, 4. February, until Monday, 5. May. Except on Tuesdays, open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30, and from 14:00 to 17:35 on Saturday and Sunday. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 87. Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville or Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Salon des Grands Vins – the best and the costliest, on show and for sale here, from Friday, 6. February until Monday, 8. February. From 10:00 to about 20:00 daily. Located in the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. Entry at 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro; Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 45 03 21 26.

Rétromobile – once gain, the annual very old used car show, featuring oldie cars, trucks, motorcycles and maybe boats, newer than new. Beginning on Friday, 13. February and rolling along until Sunday, 22. February. On opening day, from 12:00 to 22:00, then from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday and Friday. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Dessins de la Renaissance – is an exhibition formed from Bibliothèque Nationale's own archives. From Tuesday, 24. February until Sunday, 4. April. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

Primitifs Français – an exhibition subtitled 'discovered' and 'rediscovered,' the Louvre's collection of primitive works by French artists is on show from Friday, 27. February until Monday, 17. May. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesday. Closed Tuesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Juliette Greco – Saint-Germain's 'muse' will be onstage from Friday, 27. February until Sunday, 29. February, at 20:30 and at 17:00 on the Sunday. At the Olympia, 28. Boulevard des Capucines, Paris 9. Métro: Madeleine. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 33 68.

Salon de l'Agriculture – known to regular Metropole readers as the 'Beautiful Cow Show,' this annual hyper-event will be with us again from Saturday, 28. February until Sunday, 7. March. Open hours are 9:00 to 19:00, and until 22:00 on Friday, 5. March. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 95 37 00.

Confucius 551–479 – will be in another major 'Year of China' exhibition. This one continues until Monday, 9. February 2004. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Muséeposter: thtr, landru et fantaisies, etoile du nord National des Arts Asiatiques / Musée Guimet – Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Jean–Honoré Fragonard – popular but not well–known, a selection of Fragonard's works are featured in an exhibition of drawings, from both ends of a long and varied career. To continue until Monday, 8. March. Open from 9:00 to 17:30, and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Monday and Wednesday. Closed Tuesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Shanghai – is featured in two photo exhibitions. One is 'Shanghaï 1920-1950' and the other is 'Shanghai Hier et Demain' by Marc Riboud. Continues until Sunday, 7. March 2004. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. 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.

Aux Origines de l'Abstraction – takes us back to the period from 1800 to 1914, to show us how art evolved to a state considered modern – shown in 150 works, from Turner to Picabia. Continuing until Monday, 9. February. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. 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.

Botticelli – subtitled, 'De Laurent Le Magnifique à Savonarole,' is a major exhibition brought to Paris by the Sénat. About 30 other contemporary artists are featured, including Leonardo. This continues until Sunday, 22. February. Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 19:00, from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekends and from 10:00 to 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Botero – features the latest works of the past five years from this South American artist – some not so light–hearted. This continues until Monday, 15. March 2004. Except Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Maillol – Fondation Dina Vierny, 59-61. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Rue du Bac. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 59 58.

Parures de Tête – not to be missed, African hairstyles transposed as sculptures, with plenty of time to go until 11. July. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, except Monday and Tuesday. Entry charge but free 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.

Nicolas de Largillierre – this painter of the 'Grand Siècle' and the Regency is the star ofposter: thtr, feu d'amour, mc92 bobigny this major exhibition which continues until Friday, 30. January. From 10:00 to 18:00, and until 22:00 on Monday.. At the Musée Jacquemart–Andre, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Picasso – 'On Est Ce Que l'On Garde' is an exhibition from the deep archives of the Picasso museum. To continue until Monday, 19. January. From 9:30 to 17:30 except on Tuesdays. At the Musée Picasso, Hôtel Salé, 5. Rue de Thorigny, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 25 21.

Picasso Intime – the works on show in this major exhibition come from the private collection of Jacqueline Picasso. Continuing until Sunday, 28. March 2004. Open from 10:00 to 19:00, and until 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Pinacothèque de Paris, 30–bis. Rue du Paradis, Paris 10. Métro: Château d'Eau or Poissonnière. InfoTel.: 01 43 25 71 41.

Piaf, la Môme de Paris – features Paris' own 'little sparrow' in a popular exhibition in the city hall's reception area. Until Saturday, 31. January. For this occasion, EMI Music has produced an album containing Edith Piaf's Paris songs. Except on Sundays, from 10:00 to 19:00. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 49 61. Free entry.

Chen Zhen – is the author of 'Silence Sonore,' a stunning exhibition to be on view until Sunday, 18. January Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight. See also Pierre Joseph, Michael Lin, Daniel Pflumm and Mathieu Briand. Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01. Also watch for 'Playlist,' coming on Thursday, 12. February.

Hugo Face à Rodin – with sculptures taking the time they do, Rodin spent nearly a lifetime working on Hugo. Collected in this exhibition along with other objects, it continues until Wednesday, 4. February. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

Vies de Châteaux – is an exhibition of 200 stamps with themes from the Middle Ages,poster: thtr, mickey la torche, les dechargeurs plus 400 other objects from the same period are on view. Until Saturday, 24. April, from 10:00 to 18:00, except Sundays and holidays. At the Musée de la Poste, 34. Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 42 79 24 24.

La Boussole et l''Orchidée – is an exhibition retracing the scientific voyages of discovery to Latin America of Alexander Humbold and Aimé Bonpland at the beginning of the 19th century. Open daily except Mondays and holidays, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Thursdays until 21:30. At the Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60. Rue Réaumur, Paris 3. Métro: Arts et Métiers. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 82 51.

Queen Mary II – 'birth of a legend' may be a bit premature for the world's newest and hugest ocean liner, which has recently been launched. But I can personally vouch for the Queen Mary I, so this show may be worth seeing because the new ship will be made of good stuff too. Until Monday, 2. February 2004. Also, see 'Les Génies de la Mer,' which shows off navel sculpture such as figureheads, until the same date. From 10:00 to 17:45, except Tuesdays. At the Musée de la Marine, 17. Place du Trocadéro, Paris 16. Métro: Trocadéro. InfoTel.: 01 53 65 69 69.

Pierre Buraglio – is featured is an exhibition titled, 'Prolongements et Prélèvements.' This show continues until Sunday, 1. February. 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.

Fondation Cartier – see the 'Crystal Palace' sculptures of Jean–Michel Othoniel, and the 'beat' and 'pop' photos by Daido Moriyama. Both on show until Sunday, 11. January. From 12:00 to 20:00 except on Mondays. At the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain, 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail or Denfert–Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 42 18 56 50.

François Boucher – is featured in the exhibition of his works, titled 'Yesterday and Today.' This continues until Monday, 19. January. Open from 9:00 until 17:30, and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesday, but closed Tuesday. At the Musée du Louvre, principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Affiches de Festivals 2003 – this busy poster gallery begins the new year with a collection of high quality festival posters. This expo–sale continues 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 worth your while.

L'Ile de la Cité – 2000 years of history is the theme of the exhibition at the Crypte Archéologique, organized by the Musée Carnavalet – scheduled to continue until next May. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris 4. Métro: Cité. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51.

Forum des Images – most if not all movies shown here have a bit of Paris in them. 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 official film museum 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.

Pink Floyd Interstellar – rock sounds and an exhibition about this famous group, grouped together for an extended stay, until Sunday, 25. January. Organized around the idea of the 'Dark Side of the Moon.' Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. On concert evenings, the temporary exhibitionsposter: show, jin xing, casino de paris are open until 20:00. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Opéras – included this season are 'Die Fledermaus,' 'La Belle Hélène', and 'Der Fliegende Hollander' at the Opéra in the Place de la Bastille. For both opera and ballet names and dates, check the Web site, or call Toll number InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68. Coming in February – 'Les Capulet et les Montaigu' and 'L'Espace Dernier.'

Ballet – included in this winter's program are performances by the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, including 'Ivan le Terrible,' 'Le Lac des Cygnes,' 'La Fille du Pharaon,' and 'Le Clair Ruisseau,' all at the Palais Garnier. For both opera and ballet names and dates, check the Web site, or call Toll number InfoTel.: 08 36 69 78 68. In February expect 'Giselle.'

Canada Vraiment – That's Canada – it is a big and often cold place, with a lot of different people in it who keep pretty quiet. All the more reason for an exhibition about the whole thing, to continue for a long time, until Monday, 30. August. 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.

Plots and Attacks on Hitler – are documented in an exhibition demonstrating German resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. To continue until Sunday, 28. March 2004. Except Mondays, open daily 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. Métro: Montparnasse or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Tassili at the Musée de l'Homme – presents an exhibition showing off the 'lost' art and civilization of the Tassili. This is part of the 'Year of Algeria' program. Closed Tuesdays, its hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 22:00. At the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle, 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 36 00.

Lautrec et les Cancans du Moulin – is an exhibition showing Toulouse–Lautrec and the world of the Moulin Rouge, for both kids and their parents. At the same location, seeposter: expo, droles de trams, nogent sur marne 'Gauguin par-çi, Gauguin par-là,' until Wednesday, 28. January. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, but 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.

L'Invention du Monde – maps, globes, and the world as seen by contemporary artists will entertain kids and their minders. Until Monday, 8. March.from 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Le Cirque à l'Ancienne - is actually 30 years old, but is still an Alexis Grüss production. Continues until Sunday, 29. February. Performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00, at 20:30 on Friday, on Saturday at 14:00 and 20:30, and at 14:00 and 17:15 on Sundays. At the Cirque Alexis Grüss, Pelouse de Saint-Cloud, in the Bois de Boulogne west of the Auteuil racetrack. Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh or Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 45 01 71 26.

Tintin, Le Temple du Soleil – is the musical comedy version of the comic book and is probably a pretty big show. Regular showtimes are 20:30, with 15:00 and 20:30 on Wednesday and Saturday, and at 15:30 on Sunday. No shows on Monday or Tuesday. At the Hippodrôme d'Auteuil, Allée des Fortifications, in the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 42 61 39 95.

Voltige – at the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione. On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 14:00 and 17:00, and at 14:00 every day during school holidays. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles–du–Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 48 70.

Le Grand Céleste – is a smaller, human-scale circus that mixes up carny acts like the 'Human Cannon' with original music and with sort of a story to it all. Until 25. April, showtimes are at 20:45 on Friday and Saturday. Additional shows at 15:00 on Sundays and holidays, and at 14:30 and 17:00 on Sundays in December. At Le Grand Céleste, 22. Rue Paul–Maurice, Paris 20. Metro: Porte des Lilas. RésaTel.: 01 53 19 99 13.

Ca C'est du Cirque – is the name for the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann, which performs all year long on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 with a second Saturday show at 20:30 twice a month. Other performances on all holidays. Most likely like real circus. Find it at Rue de la Haie–Coq, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Chapelle or bus 65. InfoTel.: 01 64 05 36 25.

Zingaro – a very snazzy show full of snazzier horses, with Tibetan monks attending, and directed by Bartabas. Until Sunday, 29. February, at 20:30 and at 17:30 on Sundays. No shows on Monday and Thursday. At the Théâtre Zingaro, 176, Avenue Jean-Jaurés, in Aubervilliers. Métro: Aubervilliers –Pantin Quartre Chemins – or Paris bus 65. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 18 91.

Cirque d'Arlette Gruss – presents 'Carnaval,' a traditional circus, with two hours worth of laughs. Until Sunday, 29. February. Usually at 20:30, other performances are at 14:00. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 40 36 08 00.

Megalopolis – is a 'hip-hop' circus, inspired by the Tower of Babel, presented by Joseph Bouglione. This continues until Sunday, 29. February. Usually at 14:30 on Wednesdays, at 15:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Check for other times. At the Pelouse de Saint–Cloud, in the Bois de Boulogne west of the Auteuil racetrack. Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh or Porte d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 06 80 11 11 98.

Tendres Doudous – an exhibition of teddies – or 'doudous' as they are called here. Until Sunday, 21. March. 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.

Ice Skating – Outdoors – the Hôtel de Ville's outdoor ice skating rink is back in the place in front of Paris' main city hall. Another one is located in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Both will be open for daily twirling, often until midnight, until end of February. Skate rentals are usually offered. A third rink is in operation on the Esplanade at La Défense.

Ice Skating – Indoors – isposter: paris bibliotheques open to the public at the POPB, or 'Bercy' for short. The actual name is the Sonja–Henie Patinoire. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 18:00. On Saturday evening also open from 21:30 to 00:30, with a DJ for skaters who like music. Entry on north, garden side, at 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 01 40 02 60 60.

Balloons Away! – the tethered Eutelsat balloon flights at the Parc André Citroën 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 and fog news call InfoTel.: 01 44 26 20 00.

Catacombs – note that the standard '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.

'Paris Respire' – is the Sunday and holidays' program allowing slower folks unpowered by motors to stroll and roll around without worrying about the automobilistas on the Seine–side speedways and other areas around Paris, which are closed to motor traffic until 17:00 on Sundays. This is now a year–round occasion.

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