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Napoléon Who?

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Easy on an afternoon in fall.

Hero of the Fall Season

Paris:– Saturday, 9. October 2004:– This was meant to be another 'mini–Scène,' meant to plug the information hole at the beginning of the the month. As usual there's a bit too much going on. Especially for Citizen Bonaparte.

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108 Dragon Portraits – to close 'L'Année du Chine' see this exhibition of photos by Yann Layma fixed on the grille of the Luxembourg Gardens until Monday, 31. January. Outside, from the Place Edmond Rostand to the Rue de Médicis. Paris 5. Métro: RER Luxembourg. No InfoTel necessary. Free 24 hours a day.

Images du Sacre de l'Empereur Napoléon – under the dome of the Invalides, this exhibitionposter, frigos, thtr cite universitaire marks the bicentennial of the 'Sacre,' or coronation, of Napoléon on 2. December 1804. From Friday, 15. October until Wednesday, 12. January. Open from 10:00 to 17:00 and from 10:00 to 17:30 on Sunday. Closed on the 1st Monday of the month and holidays. At the Hôtel National des Invalides – Musée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour–Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 38 77.

Le Cas du Sac – some 300 bags from just about everywhere, and every kind, including doctors' satchels and the bags of Mongolian travelling salesmen. Until 20. February. Except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00, and from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends and on Wednesdays until 21:00. Closed 25. December and 1. January. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107–111. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Le Bon Motif – this specialized museum shows off a part of its collection of antique wallpaper and fabrics, dating from 1760 to 1960. From Tuesday, 21. September until Friday, 31. December. 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.

Feu le Music–Hall – is taken from Colette, here directed by Karine Saporta. Curtain stays up until Thursday, 28. October. Tuesdays at 19:00, other days at 20:00, and at 16:00 on Sundays. Organized by the Comédie–Française, but at the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier, 21. Rue du Vieux–Colombier, Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 44 39 87 00.

Paysage, Lieu de Vie – presents the urban visions of Russian artist Valery Koshlyakov, who sometimes uses bits of carton or tar. Continuing until Saturday, 30. October. 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.

Aleppo, Photographed by Carlos Freire – with , texts by Adonis. One of a series of monographsposter, centre national danse about Arab cities. Continuing until Sunday, 14. November. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés–Saint–Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Véronèse Profane – an exhibition of 50 works by the Venetian master and some of his closest associates. Continuing until Sunday, 30. January 2005. Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00, and until 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint– Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 01 45 44 12 90.

Hastaire – Les Invertueses – see this painter's expo until Saturday, 30. October. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00. At the Galerie Meyer Le Bihan, 108. Rue Vielle du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Sébastien Froissart. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 81 16.

Trésors de la Fondation Napoléon – classic art from Napoleon's private collection at the Imperial court. Continuing until 3. April 2005. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Jacquemart–André, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Raymond Queneau – during the war this writer traded his pen for a brush, had one exhibition, and went back to writing as well as having a seat in the Collège deposter, affiches, grand monde Pataphysique. See Queneau's designs and watercolors until Friday, 12. November. From Tuesday to Friday, from 13:00 to 19:00. At the Atelier An–Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Capa, Connu et Inconnu – to be a definitive retrospective of this photographer for his anniversary, works have been gathered from public and private collections. Continues until Friday, 31. December. Except Monday, from 10:00 to 19:00, and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. In the Galerie Mansart at the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

A Fauve at Marmottan – is Jean Puy, who was a friend of Derain, Marquet and Matisse, who showed off his stuff at the Autumn Salon in 1905, and somehow caused the word 'fauve' to be coined. This exhibition continues until Sunday, 30. January. From 10:00 to 18:00 until Sunday, 2. February, except on Mondays. At the Musée Marmottan–Monet, 2. Rue Louis–Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

Affiches de Théâtre – this poster gallery is showing a collection of high quality and original theatre posters. This expo–sale continues until the end of November. 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 ateliers and galleries worth a visit.

Les Poupées Raynal – are known as 'poupées de luxe,' 200 of them from 1922 to 1980. Until Sunday, 23. January, 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 of Ihei Kimura – features photographs taken in 1954 and 1955. Continuing until Sunday, 17. October. 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.

Intimate Ecole de Paris – takes you on a voyage to the heart of the Ecole de Paris through over 100 works by Chagall, Foujita, Pascin, Picasso, Soutine, Utrillo, Valadon, Van Dongen – all known to the art critic and painter, André Warnod. Until Sunday, 17. October. Except Monday, open daily from 12:30 to 19:00. At Le Musée duposter, catalonie, mus moyen age Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 00.

50 Ans de Photographie – features Marc Riboud as a witness of the century, with 100 new prints and 30 other prints from the past. This show continues until Sunday, 17. October. 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.

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.

Design en Stock – is an exhibition of 40 years furniture design, created for the Mobilier national – the official supplier of furniture to the state. To begin on Wednesday, 20. October and continue until Sunday, 16. January. Open from 10:00 to 17:30, except on Tuesday. At the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293, avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80.

FIAC, the 31st Edition – an international gathering of contemporary art galleries and the artists they represent. To begin on Thursday, 21. October and continue until Monday, 25. October. The FIAC, in halls 4 and 5.1 at Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 47.

Art Paris – for the 6th edition of this art fair expect to see 85 galleries exhibiting contemporary art, and some photography. Beginning on Friday, 22. October, until Monday, 25. October. Friday from 10:00 to 20:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 andposter, la villette, danse Monday until 19:00. In the Carrousel du Louvre under the Pyramid. At 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro; Palais–Royal. InfoTel.: 01 56 26 52 00.

Turner, Whistler, Monet – other than the names, no details about this exhibition are known. It begins on Thursday, 14. October and continues until 17. January. Open 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.

Paris On the Air – is about radio and television broadcasting, from the beginning to now. To be a very audio–visual show. To start in mid–October and continue until mid–February. 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.

Pharaoh – an exhibition about who the Pharaohs were, with material from the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and from the Louvre's collections. To begin on Friday, 15. October and continue until 10. April 2005. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Fossés– Saint–Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

Stieglitz et Son Cercle – this big exhibition is meant to cover all of Alfred Stieglitz' many activities and include many of the artists that were involved, including 16 photos from the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation. Opens on Tuesday, 19. October and continues until Sunday, 16. January. Fromposter, sunday concerts, chatalet 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.

Vues of Paris – and of the Ile de France, by Albert Marquet, who was born in 1875. Sixty paintings and as many drawings will be on view, some in coherent groups. From Wednesday, 20. October until 23. January. 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.

Lumières de Soie – a show of silk and gold, some from 10th century China, Japan and Indonesia. Some on show to the public for the first time, from the Collection Riboud. To begin on Thursday, 21. October and continue until Monday, 24. January. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques / Musée Guimet – Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Napoléon – it's the 200th anniversary of the 'Sacré de Napoléon' on Thursday, 2. December, so the Louvre is putting on a really big show starring David, starting on Thursday, 21. October, and continuing until Monday, 17. January. Except on Tuesdays, open from 9:00 to 18:00, and until 21:45 on Wednesday and Friday. Musée du Louvre. Paris 1. Métro: Palais– Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 53 17.

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione – see the new show 'Bravo,' which celebrates the 70th anniversary of this traditional but modern, real circus. Has everything except Barnum. Starts Saturday, 23. October. Shows are at 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and at 20:30 on Tuesday and Friday and at 14:00 on all school holidays. At the Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, 110. Rue Amelot, Paris 11. Métro: Filles du Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 47 00 28 81.

Salon du Chocolat – features more chocolate than you can... well, eat. Parisian, French and European add up to make this the chocolate show of the year. From Thursday, 28. October until Monday, 1. November. Until 22:00 on Friday and until 19:00 on Monday, and otherwise from 10:00 to 20:00. At Paris–Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 45 03 21 26.

Mois de la Photo 2004 – Paris' bi–annual and somewhat elusive 'Mois de la Photo' begins in late October, has most of its exhibitions in November, and continues into December. This year's edition is devoted to history, starting with 1839 to 1914. Two other sections handle the 20th century and a bit beyond. This year's edition is associated with Berlin and Vienna. The official dates are Friday, 29. October to Monday, 29. November. From 11:00 to 20:00 daily exceptposter, marquet, mus carnavalet 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 26. See Scène Photo in this issue.

Marquet, Vues de Paris et de l'Ile– de–France, Musée Carnavalet.

The Rise of Napoléon – is featured in a festival of historical films from the 1930s until now, coupled with unique exhibitions at the Château de Versailles. Films to be shown at Le Roxane, 6. Rue Saint–Simon in Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 05 94. This begins in November. For the château, except Monday, hours are 11:30 to 17:30. The Château de Versailles, in Versailles. RER 'C': Versailles–Rive Gauche, or SNCF train from Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 30 83 77 88.

Shooting the Chase – is an exhibition of 19th century photos of hunting, some by the well–known photographers Charles Nègre, Adolphe Braun and Horatio Ross, plus some rare daguerréotypes and other remarkable images. This begins on Tuesday, 2. November and continues until Sunday, 19. December. Except Monday, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Hôtel de Guénégaud, 60. Rue des Archives, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.:01 53 01 92 40.

Salon d'Automne – begun in 1903, the 'salon' continues to show contemporary art's new talents. This year beginning Friday, 12 November and continuing until Thursday, 25. November. Find the Salon d'automne at the Espace Charenton, 323 –bis. Rue de Charenton, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Charenton. InfoTel.: 01 43 59 46 07.

Stagecoaches and Robbers – from the times of the Louis,' the old days of the Poste in France, as told in stamps and other objects. Beginning on Monday, 22. November, until 16. 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.

Napoléon – of Propaganda and Legend – this is about Napoléon arranging his own legend, for his time and ours. To begin on Wednesday, 24. November and continue until 6. June 2005. Except 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.

Bartholdi, and the Builders of Liberty – for the centennial of Bartholdi's death, an exhibition about the building of the Statue of Liberty, placed in New York's harbor in October of 1886. To begin on Tuesday, 7. December and continue until 6. March. 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 00.

Kojiro Akagi – painted and drew Paris for 40 years, represented here by 25 paintings and 40 designs. This expo continues until Sunday, 28. November. 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 55 42 50 10.

George Sand, une Nature d'Artiste – this exhibition presents a reunion of the writer's friends, Liszt, Marie d'Agoult, Chopin, Musset and Flaubert, plus glimpses of the avant–garde she championed. The exhibition continues until Monday, 29. November. 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.

'Souvenirs, Souvenirs' – is the title of this visual and audio exhibition celebrating 100 years of popular French songs and music, along with the last century's 'Top 100.' Until Friday, 31. December. From 10:00 to 19:00, and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, – Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 49 49.

Images of a Floating World – is an exhibition that attempts to define a 'floating world,' from the preface by Asai Ryoi to the thoughts of Ukiyo Monogatari. This begins on Thursday, 30. September, and continues until 3. January. Open 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.

Théâtre d'Ombres, Christian Boltanski – beginning in 1984, Boltanski was inspired by shadows, antiquity, the Middle Ages, photographic impressions, all on show here until Tuesday, 4. January. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Sundaysposter, sunday concerts, chatalet from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint–Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

Signes du Corps – signs of 'body art' from Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas, some as signals of a renaissance of identifying with ancestors. Continuing until 3. April 2005. Daily from 11:00 to 19:00, except Tuesday. 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.

Premiers Hommes de Chine – see an odyssey of a million years brought to light after a century of discoveries in this 'Year of China' exhibition continuing until Monday, 3. January. Except for Tuesdays and holidays, from 9:45 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 72.

Serge Poliakoff – 'La Saison des Gouaches' is the first retrospective dedicated to painter Serge Poliakoff's works on paper. Continuing until Sunday, 7. November. 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.

Witness To a Century – George Sand – retraces George Sand's path through Paris and time. To continue until Sunday, 14. November. From 10:00 to 19:00, but closed on Mondays. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 24. Rue Pavée, Paris 4. Métro: Saint–Paul. InfoTel.: 01 01 44 59 40 60.

Glorious! Advertising! Years! – were from 1950 to 1970 in France, in case you didn't notice. The antique ads until Sunday, 14. November. Hours are from 11:00 to 18:00 Tuesday to Friday and from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. At the Musée de la Publicité, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal–Louvre. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Sculptures du Val de Boi – from this valley in the Catalonian Pyrenees, rare examples of 12th century medieval art. Continuing until Monday, 3. January. Hours from 9:15 until 17:45, but closed on Tuesdays. Le Musée National du Moyen Age–Cluny, 6. Place Paul–Painlevé, Paris 5. Métro: Cluny–Sorbonne. InfoTel.: 01 53 73 78 00.

The World According to Hans Rudi Giger – retrospective of the artist famous for his contributions to the film by Ridley Scott. Until 6. February 2005. Daily, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Halle Saint–Pierre, 2. Rue Ronsard, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. InfoTel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

Le Mecano de la General – Buster Keaton's spectacular 'The General' from 1927 is a completely restored image–by–image high–definitionposter, festivalletti, malakoff version with new musical accompaniment, now playing in 5 cinemas in Paris. A DVD version is also available.

Documentary & Anti–Graphic – this is the reconstitution of an exhibition staged at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1935. Features photos by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier–Bresson and Walker Evans. This continues until Sunday, 19. December. From Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30, until 20:30 on Wednesdays, and from 11:00 to 18:45 on Saturdays. Free entry evenings. At the Fondation Henri Cartier–Bresson, 2. Impasse Lebouis, Paris 14. Métro: Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 42 75 59 15.

Henri Cartier–Bresson – the 20th century's photographer died recently at the age of 95. The Bibliothèque Nationale has placed hundreds of its collection of HCB photos on view. From 10:00 to 19:00, and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 49 49.

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

Historical Arms – are presented in a temporary exhibition of the collection of the Musée de l'Armée, which is otherwise closed until the spring of 2005. All the best are on view now and until the end of this year. Hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays except in July and August. At the Hôtel National des Invalides – Musée de l'Armée, 129. Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7. Métro: Latour–Maubourg or Varenne. InfoTel.: 01 44 42 38 77.

Mammoth Times – is a big show about very old ancestors of elephants, continuing for a long time, until Monday, 10. January. Closed Tuesdays, the hours are from 10:00 to 18:00, and on Saturdays until 19:00. At the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, at the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle, 36. rue Geoffroy Saint–Hilaire, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 36 00.

Histoire des Catacombs – is an exhibition continuing until Sunday, 14. November. 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.

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.

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.

Ice Skating – Indoors – is open to the public at the POPB, or 'Bercy' for short. Theposter, gonzales, folies bergere 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 Sunday of every month. Check the Web site for 'yet another rolling rando,' always in sunny weather of course. 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 18:00 on Sundays. This is now a year–round occasion.

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