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Bastille Day

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When last seen – Paris Plage's cool pool.

Paris Plage and Pools

Paris:– Saturday, 25. June 2005:– Here is page two of your summer program, a lot longer than I remember it being. This page has most of the summer events like Bastille Day and Paris Plage, while the regular events are on the first page in this issue. Watch out for duplicates and expired events, mistakes, typos and café stains.

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Opening Items for This Week

Derain et la Scène – between 1918 and 1951 Derain conceived décors operas and ballets performed here. See photos, sketches, letters and films, until Sunday, 28. August. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed on performance days, and 14. July and 15. August. At the Bibliothèque–Musée de l'Opéra, Place de l'Opéra Palais Garnier, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra. InfoTel.: 01 40 01 24 15.

Chats with Nature, Forêts Urbaines – the park celebrates its 100 years with an expo of the works of Brazilian artist Frans Krajcberg, featuring sculptures, graphics and photos. Closed on Tuesdays, open from 11:30 to 18:00. Withinposter, saltimbanco the 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.

Robert Couturier – on a 100th anniversary, this expo is a major retrospective presenting the sculptor, including a series of photos taken by Frank Horvat. Continues until Monday, 19. September. 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.

Burlesques Contemporains – is an exhibition featuring the meeting of art with literature and cinema, supposedly defying gravity. Continues until Sunday, 18. September. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00, Tuesday evenings to 21:30, and on weekends from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1, place de la Concorde, Paris 8. Metro: Place de la Concorde. InfoTel.: 01 47 03 12 52.

Versailles – has three spectacular shows, called 'Musicales,' 'Nocturnes' and 'Fêtes de Nuit.' The first begins in March and continues with three shows every weekend and holiday until 25. September. 'Nocturnes,' at 21:00, are on Saturdays beginning on 9. July and continuing until 13. August. The 'Fêtes de Nuit,'photo, parasols, palms starting at 21:30, are on Saturdays from 27. August until 10. September and on Thursdays from 1. September to 15. September. At the Parc du Château de Versailles. Take a train from the Gare Montparnasse or Saint–Lazare, or the RER 'C' line. InfoTel.: 01 30 83 78 88.

Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil – features 'new' soloists at the renovated Serres d'Auteuil, which is a city nursery and palm plantation full of music in the summer. Check the Web site for details. Until Sunday, 11. September. Park hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Pavillon des Azalées, Serres d'Auteuil, 1–bis, Avenue Gordon–Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte–d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 46 32 02 26

Feed Back – a mini–festival of a little emerging loud music out in the open air, from Saturday, 9. July to Monday, 11. July. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Scènes d'Eté – is back with free live music on Sunday afternoons in summer at the Kiosque à Musique in the park at La Villette. Music from far away meant to make you dance. Starting at 17:30 on Sunday, 24. July and continuing until 28. August. At the 'Kiosque' in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Espace Brésil – an address where you can find Brazil daily and for free, until Sunday, 25. September. Concerts, exhibitions, theatre, crafts and films. At the Espace Brésil, Carreau du Temple, 2. Rue Perrée, Paris 3. Métro: Temple or Filles du Calvaire. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 14 52.

Fête de la Bastille

L'Incroyable Rallye – hang out with artists in east Paris to get a Bastille–time 'taste' of the city. On Thursday, 14. July, beginning at 9:30, meet at thephoto, sundown, paris plage Mairie of the 11th, Place Léon Blum. Check this year's Web site for sign–details.

Les Sapeurs –Pompiers – have a tradition of turning their firehalls into dancehalls for the Fête de la Bastille. The 'bals' will be held on the evenings of Wednesday, 13. July and Thursday, 14. July. At various locations in Paris and throughout France. These 'bals' are popular so you are advised to arrive early. Some feature live music, others have DJs. Initially held in 1937, the first 'bal' lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs–Elysées parade.

Mairie of the 3rd – in addition to the firemen some city halls stage Bastille Day fêtes too, such as this one to be held on Wednesday, 13. July, from 21:30 until 02:00. At Rue Eugène Spuller, Paris 3, this is also part of the Festival Soirs d'Eté program.

Big Scene, Bastille – this year Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, is the star performer at this popular 'bal' to be held at the Bastille on the evening of Wednesday, 13. July. Expect a really big show here, perhaps all night long.poster, new organ, st louis en l(ile church

Bastille Day 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. To be on Thursday, 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. Plan to arrive by foot or from the next nearest ones. This is also the day that Paris plays host to the military, so buy that sailor a drink!

Fireworks – fans will have their night on Thursday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The rockets 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. Another good viewpoint is the Pont de Bir Hakeim, for early arrivals. The show usually lasts about 40 minutes, and is 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.

Eté and Fêtes

Sous La Plage – with 'Piratages Meets Cake & Milk,' on Sundays. Dates are the Sundays of 26. June, 17. July, 21. August, and 18. September. Free entertainment, usually from 14:00 to 23:00. Find Sous La Plage in the Parc André Citroën, Rue Cauchy, Paris 15. Métro: Javel or Balard.

92nd Tour de France – this bicycle classic began in 1903 so this is not quite its centennial year. Starting on Saturday, 2. July, 'Le Tour' spins around France for three weeks before arriving at the finish line on the Champs–Elysées on Sunday, 24. July about 14:00. Paris 8. InfoTel.: 01 41 33 15 00.

Shorties – includes Les Pestacles, for kids, at the Parc Floral until Wednesday, 31. August. At the same location, the Paris Jazz Festival, bebops until Sunday, 24. July. The Festival Solidays takes place at the Longchamp racetrack, from Friday, 8. July until Sunday, 10. July.

Pool Time

Paris Plage, Summer 2005 – will be a replay of past summers' smash hits, to feature three kilometres of right–bank beach front beside the Seine especially for pedestrians, sunbathers, bikers, strollers and rollers for four weeks from Thursday, 21. July until Sunday, 21. August. Expect more cooling fog machines. There will also be palms, sand, deckchairs, entertainment and spots to dance, with some pétanque players, and 'clubs' for kids, as well as refreshment kiosks. Fishing and tango lessons will also be on the program, mostly all free. To be open 24 hours daily, but most entertainments will shut down at 23:00.

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 mainly 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 there are wooden steps for lying and frying.

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