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Libération 1944

photo: paris plage, pont neuf, il de la cite

Palms, sand blue sails and sky.

18 More Days of Paris Plage

Paris:– Saturday, 31. July 2004:– Some of summer's events are below but not all of them. Paris seems to have more happening than it did a few years ago when stupor struck the city a day after the Fête de la Bastille. More Parisians staying here for the summer has caused a minor 'révolution' – which has had a major touch of 'Libération' added this year.

For some of the 'regular' events you'll need to turn to the normal 'Scène column that is a companion to this one. Again, nether column contains everything that is going on.

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Contents of Scène Eté this month
  • This Week's 'Openers'
  • Last Chances
  • Coming Events, Exhibitions, Salons
  • Major Events, Exhibitions, Salons
  • More Events, Exhibitions, Salons
  • Photo, Cinema and Multimedia
  • Culture, History, Science
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Singin' In Paris! – Tune up your ears this August for a month of hour–long song recitals with piano, to hear some of the French songs that have travelled around the world, made popular by many different artists from New York to Tokyo, from Moscow to Trenton, New Jersey. Singin' In Paris! – until Tuesday, 31. August. At 19:30 hear the best songs about Paris, and at 21:30, the your favorite French hits.poster: france libere, senat, luxembourg At the Hôtel Guillaume de Brossier, 12, Rue Charlot, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau or Filles du Calvaire. Tickets available at FNAC, Virgin Megastore, BHV, the Paris Tourist Office and Galeries Lafayette. Reductions for students, seniors and Club France Card holders.

Between Dog and Wolf – is the name of the circus act put on by Le Cirque Pocheros during the summer. Continuing until Tuesday, 14. August. At 20:30. In the Cour du Maroc, 45. Rue d'Aubervilliers, Paris 18. Métro: Stalingrad. InfoTel.: 01 44 94 98 00.

Medieval! – take in a little 13th century jousting every Sunday at 16:00, until Sunday, 29. August, and on Sunday, 19. September. Inside the fortress in medieval Provins. Take the RER 'A' to Chessy–Marne–la–Vallée and then the bus.

Jeux Olympiques Vus par Depardon – followed for 20 years by photographer Raymond Depardon, the olympics are on view here, as noted by club members. Until Saturday, 28. August. 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.

Summer Cinéma Festival – features shorts and features, with the theme being the 'Monde d'Orages.' On the grass, under the moon and stars. There's a terrific – 'Orages!' – lineup of films this year, continuing until Saturday, 28. August. The films roll nightly except Mondays and start about 22:00, when it's dark enough. Deckchairs are also available. At the Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Mosaïculture – is a walking exhibition in the entirely renovated Serres d'Auteuil, which is a city nursery and palm plantation. Whatever 'Mosaïculture' mightbrochure: paris insurge, paris libere be, eight personalities associated with it are on display until Sunday, 10. October. Hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Serres d'Auteuil, 1–bis, Avenue de la Porte–d'Auteuil, Paris 16. Métro: Porte–d'Auteuil.

Cabanes – are the theme of a walking exhibition in the Parc de Bagatelle until Sunday, 10. October. There's live music of the chamber type with the Octuor de France at the park's Orangerie. Closed on Tuesdays, open from 11:30 to 18:00. Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43. Park entry – 1.50€. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Sous La Plage – with 'Piratages Meets Cake & Milk,' on Sundays. Dates are the Sundays of 15. August, and 19. September. Usually from 14:00 to 23:00. Find Sous La Plage in the Parc André Citroën, Rue Cauchy, Paris 15. Métro: Javel or Balard. InfoTel.: 01 43 49 68 68.

La Fête du Souvenir – is the overall name given to this August's remembrance of the events in Paris 60 years ago. Many of the events are memorial in nature, but there will also be an exhibition, parades, a 'really big show,' and a popular 'bal.'

Paris Insurgé, Paris Libéré – is an exhibition featuring many items concerning the Libération never displayed before. Continues until 10. April 2005. Open dailyphoto: liberation, police prefecture 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. Métro: Montparnasse or Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 40 64 39 44.

Préfecture de Police.

Août 1944 – is a booklet containing a map of the location of the Libération 'Parcours Mémoire' information columns, a chronology of the events, some historical notes, and pages devoted to the main scenes. In the rear there's a map showing the locations of barricades, and the routes of the French and American troops. The free booklet is available at public libraries, all Mairies, Tourist Office locations, and at the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

Thursday, 19. August
10:00 Inauguration of the Square Roger Priou–Valjean, chief of the 'Police et Patrie' resistance group. Paris 4.
11:30 Commemoration of the beginning of the insurrection, in front of the Préfecture de Police, with an outside photo exhibition. Paris 4.
17:30 Concert in front of Notre–Dame, performed by the police orchestra. Paris 4.

Sunday, 22. August
16:00 Ceremony of remembrance near the Grande Cascade in the Bois de Boulogne in homage of 35 young Jews shot here. Paris 16.

Monday, 23. August
11:00 Inauguration of the Avenue Rol–Tanguy and homage to the chief of the FFI. Near Denfert–Rochereau, location of the FFI headquarters. Paris 14.
17:00 Inauguration of the Square André Tollet, president of the Comité Parisien de Libération. Paris 3.

Tuesday, 24. August
11:00 Inauguration of the Rue Charles–Tillon, who ordered the national insurrection. President of the Comité Militaire National of the FTP. Paris 19.
15:15 Inauguration of the plaque commemorating the pathfinders of the Dronne column of the French 2nd Armored Division. Paris 13.
15:45 Homage in particular to Spanish Republicans with the French 2nd Armored Division. Paris 13.
17:00 Homage to the 2nd Armored Division in the presence of the actual French 2nd Armored Division. Paris 13.

Wednesday, 25. August
10:00 Commemorative bunting to be added to the Tour Eiffel by the Sapeurs–Pompiers, as they did on the same date in 1944. Paris 7.
11:00 Military ceremony in the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8.
16:00 Ceremony at the Gare Montparnasse recalling the cease–fire and the German surrender. Paris 14.
18:30 Inauguration of a plaque announcing the surrender, at the Préfecture de Police. Paris 4.
19:00 Solemn ceremony in front of the Hôtel de Ville, with image projections, and children reading essays written by school kids in October 1944. Paris 4.
From 20:00 Parade of WWII tanks. Paris 4 and 11.
From 20:30 The two columns converge at the Bastille. Paris 11.
21:30 Show, 'Liberté Liberty,' directed by Jérôme Savary, followed by a 'grande bal populaire,' at Bastille. Paris 11.

Thursday, 26. August
11:00 Mass at Notre–Dame to honor the combatants of the Libération. Paris 4.
18:30 Bertrand Delanoê, Paris' Mayor, relights the flame at the Arc de Triomphe. Paris 8.
19:00 Ceremony at the statue of General de Gaulle, on the Champs– Elysées at Clemenceau. Paris 8.
21:30 Film projection, René Clement's 'Paris Brûle–t–il?' in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Paris 4.

During September other streets will receive names of Resistance personalities. Also check on the Web site for Paris for additional events.

See other details concerning the Senat's efforts which include concerts and memorials in the Luxembourg gardens.

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.

Paris Plage – has an open–top pool beside the Seine between the Pont Marie and the Pont de Sully, featuring 220 cubes of aqua under the blue sky. Little more than a metre deep it is mainlyposter: guide paris plage for kids, but adults are allowed too, in tiny time–slots – from 8:00 to 9:30, and from 19:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday with longer morning sessions on weekends. Kids get all the rest. With showers and changing cabins. Outside the pool, wooden steps for lying and frying.

– 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 Keller,14, rue de l'Ingénieur Keller, Paris 15. Métro: Charles Michels or Javel.
– 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.
– Piscine Georges–Hermant, 4. Rue David–d'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. Of the 27 municipal pools, 22 are open this summer. Ones with solariums stay open until 21:00, and all pools take a rest until 13:00 on Mondays. If you can hold your breath a couple of years, Paris is thinking of dropping two floating pools into the Seine.

L'Animal à Paris – is a sort of 'where have the horses gone?' show. Paris' animals are not nearly as present as they once were, but here they are. See this until Sunday, 5. September. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, 23.poster: ete 2004 piscines, vdep Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Arcimboldo et les Cinq Sens – kids will be able to distinguish their five senses after seeing some of this Italian painter's now–you–see–it, now–you–don't works. Also visit Il Etait une Fois Léonard. Both on show until the last day of the year. 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.

Piranhas Enivrés – are not as bad as their reputation, so come and see some in the aquarium here. The exhibition continues until Tuesday, 31. August. Open from 10:00 to 17:30 except on Tuesday. At the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80.

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.

Scènes d'Eté – free live music on five Sunday afternoons in August returns to the Kiosque à Musique in the park at La Villette. More and better than before,poster: bato cool, batofar especially when the weather is fine. Starts about 17:30 each Sunday. At the 'Kiosque' halfway into the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75. A cool freebie that rocks.

Barbie Tells All – which is merely 5000 years of the history of costumes, which is not bad for a 45 year –old doll. Until Tuesday, 26. October, and 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 Plage, Edition 2004 – will be a replay of 2003's smash hit, to feature 3300 metres of right–bank beach front beside the Seine especially for pedestrians, sunbathers, bikers, strollers, rollers – non–stop until Friday, 20. August. There are more cooling fog machines. There are palms, sand, deckchairs, entertainment kiosks, with some 'boulodrômes' for pétanque fans, and 'clubs' for kids, including wall climbing, marble competitions and trampolines, as well as 'fair–priced' refreshment kiosks. In principle, to be open 24 hours daily, but most entertainments are supposed shut down at midnight. Drivers should note that their right–bank speedway will be closed for the duration of Paris Plage.

Ice Skating – Indoors – is 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.

For Roller Folks – the free Friday night 'roller rando' around Paris goes on all year, starting at 22:00 on Fridays, from in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Each complete tour takes about three hours – and they are not 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.

Paris Rando Vélo – is another Friday night bike rendez – vous that meets at the Hôtel de Ville at 21:30. This group also has a 10:30 session on the third Sundayposter: quartier d'ete, vdep of every month. Check the Web site for 'yet another roller rando,' always in sunny weather of course. Probably also not so taxing as the original night tours. At the Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville InfoTel.: 06 10 87 05 87.

Roue Libre – this RATP partner has bike rentals, costing not much per hour or day. Both complete accessories and insurance are available. 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.

'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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