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5 cinemas in the Latin quarter for cinema lovers

6 months ago - Julie D.

Why are there so many cinemas in the Latin Quarter? The Latin Quarter does not quite correspond to a district: it straddles the 5th and 6th arrondissements, which covers almost entirely. A historical district of universities since the creation of the Sorbonne in 1250, it remains still today the beating heart of Paris’ student life. As of the 1960s, several movie theaters were opened in the Latin Quarter, adding to the historic halls of cinema lovers, some open since the beginning of the 20th century. In the intellectual turmoil that follows May 68, cinema is no longer seen simply as entertainment, but as a real art and often as a way of observing society and making it change, surfing on the prestige of the New Wave. Cinema arthouse, cinema of author, committed cinema: the Latin Quarter, epicenter of the bohemian intellectual and artistic center asks for more. Not to mention the fact, much more prosaic, that students have free time between classes - or when they skip a class... So, let's take the path of schoolchildren and go for a walk in the dark rooms, discover on the big screen what is the soul of the Latin Quarter! The Champo The Champo, proudly standing at the corner of rue Champollion and rue des Ecoles, needs no further presentation. Open since 1938, it survived a fire and was threatened with closure before a massive mobilization saved it. The Paris City Council has made the cinema and its original facade, dating from 1938, be classified as a historic monument for their protection. The fire of 1941 has also been the site of an ingenious invention: the "retro-reflex", which uses a periscope to project the image on a mirror reflected on the screen. This process, which makes it possible to project films even in very small rooms, is perhaps at the origin of the "reflection" that one finds in the name of another cinema of the street Champollion, the Reflet Medici, and in the name of the Ciné Reflet bookshop, today reincarnated into the library of cinema of the Pantheon. Champo is the cinema of filmmakers, the temple of the New Wave: François Truffaut admitted having spent whole days there. He is not the only one to have frequented this small cinema that quickly became Saint of the Saints of the 7th art: Lelouch, Godard, Chabrol were regulars. Champo is fond of major retrospective cycles devoted to an author or a movement and organizes "Champo nights", in which films around the same theme are broadcasted continuously from midnight until dawn. Le Champo - 51, rue des Ecoles, 75005 - metro Cluny-La-Sorbonne or Maubert-Mutualité, or RER Luxembourg The Filmothèque of the Quartier Latin It is rumored that Quentin Tarantino would come on pilgrimage to the Filmothèque of the Latin Quarter every time he goes to Paris ... The American director must have the gift of disguise, because its large size does not facilitate the incognito! In its two intimate rooms, under the sign of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, we come to revel in typical screenings of the neighborhood of intellectuals: films of authors, retrospectives of great directors, festivals of less known cinemas, Turkish cinema, Kurdish cinema, Hungarian, Lebanese, Finnish or Ukrainian. Eclecticism is the watchword, with a great variety of eras and genres. But attentions to the latecomers: do not think to arrive quietly during the advertisements, because there is none at the Film Library! La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin - 9, rue Champollion, 75005 - Cluny-La-Sorbonne metro or Maubert-Mutualité, or RER Luxembourg The Reflet Médicis Former theater, the Reflet Medicis opened in 1964, making it one of the oldest cinemas in the Latin Quarter. It is, like the Champo and the Filmothèque, located rue Champollion, so it has also become the den of students of the Sorbonne, who come to kill the time between two courses. The cinema has three rooms: in the room Medici 3, do not miss the multicolored stained-glass window, which dates from the time when the Reflet Medici was still the Theater of the Night owls. As it is of rigor in an art room, the films are presented in their original language, and there are special retrospectives devoted to the great directors, not to mention the debates and meetings with directors and teams. The Reflet Medici also hosts several festivals: Polish Film Festival, Cineril Festival, Film Festival - Human Rights with Amnesty International. When the Cannes Film Festival ends each year, we find at Reflet Médicis the selection Un certain regard, which allows to discover directors still little known. Opposite, the Reflet is a simple and friendly student cafe. Before or after a session, we come to Reflet recapture with the world and sip a beer, like any self-respecting Parisian student! The Reflet Medici - 3, rue Champollion, 75005 - metro Cluny-La-Sorbonne or Maubert-Mutualité, or RER Luxembourg Espace Saint-Michel Dean of Latin Quarter cinemas, l’Espace Saint-Michel has been operating as a projection room since 1911. L’Espace Saint-Michel gives pride of place to films by French and foreign authors; where other cinemas in the neighborhood cultivate the great classics, l’Espace also seeks to introduce new talents. Here too, everything is done to encourage long, crazy conversations between film fans: The Les Affiches bar-restaurant owes its "fifties" stamp to the frescoes and cinema photos, and its name to the original posters that are part of the cinema collection. Finally, the Club is a cozy space hidden in the depths of the basement: it welcomes meetings between moviegoers and film people, during debates, for film screenings during filming or short films. Espace Saint-Michel – 7, place Saint-Michel, 75005 – métro Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame Cinema La Clef – l’Usage du monde On the other side of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the cinema La Clef is not in the orbit of the Sorbonne, but remains well anchored in the Latin Quarter: The University of the Sorbonne-Nouvelle is nearby, on the street Censier. The Key has an original story. It may be the neighborhood's most "Mai 68" cinema: created in 1969, it is attended by students from the brand-new university that has just opened. During the 1970s, independent film and film screenings followed, but the room languished during the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was taken over by an African filmmaker under the name Images d'Ailleurs, to promote all the wealth of African and Afro-American cinema, which France then discovers the effervescence. Today, La Clef is the only associative cinema in Paris and has kept its spirit committed, by broadcasting films from around the world, especially those that are very difficult to see elsewhere or that reflect the social and environmental issues of the contemporary world. La Clef – l’Usage du monde - 34, rue Daubenton, 75005 - Censier-Daubenton metro

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5 cinemas in the Latin quarter for cinema lovers

5 cinemas in the Latin quarter for cinema lovers

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Orchid exhibition in Paris: an opportunity to revisit the botanical gardens of Paris

8 months ago - Julie D.

Who said Paris was gray? The big city conceals some well-hidden secrets where one can go green and walk along impressive flowerbeds. Given the occasion of the exhibition Orchids Paris, from 23 to 25 March 2018, one can take opportunity to take a short tour of the botanical gardens of the capital. The parade of the elegant: Orchids Paris 2018 From March 23rd to 25th, an impressive exhibition of orchids will be held in Paris, at the Porte de la Villette, where this bewitching and graceful flower will be featured. The exhibition will bring together orchid producers from around the world, as well as orchid-like institutions and associations such as the Writhlington School Foundation, Greenhouses of the Senate - Jardin du Luxembourg, the Eric Young Foundation and more. You can buy rare botanical species and the latest hybrid orchid creations. For the most assiduous, a high-level congress will disseminate the latest scientific results; some conferences will be more accessible to amateurs. During the three days of the exhibition, the National Horticultural Society of France will offer workshops to make bouquets. Also find workshops for the public, to take care of your orchids and cultivate them better, workshops for children and a photo contest. Orchids 2018 exhibition - Hall A of the Paris Event Center, 20 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris 19 - metro 7 or tram 3B Porte de la Villette - entry 12 €, free for children under 12 years old. Roses; dahlias, iris’: the seasons of the botanical gardens in Paris On this occasion, why not discover, or rediscover, the botanical gardens of Paris? Parisians have at their disposal the four sites of the Botanical Garden of Paris itself, but also the unmissable Jardin des Plantes, and the discreet botanical garden of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University Paris 5 - René Descartes. Each of these gardens has its own history and atmosphere, but they are all unexpected havens of peace in the megalopolis. Le Parc Floral de Vincennes The Parc Floral de Vincennes, accessible from the esplanade of the Château de Vincennes, is immense; it is the ideal setting for long walks to discover peonies (flowering in April and May), irises (May and June), geraniums (May to September) and dahlias (August to October). Find the agenda of flowering here. The Floral Park also hosts many cultural events, such as the International Dahlia Competitions every year at the end of September, but also festivals and concerts with no immediate relationship with flowers, except beauty! The Parc Floral is thus the theater of the Paris Jazz Festival in June and July, and of Classique au Vert, the weekends of August and September. Summer is of course the season, where it is good to wander in the flowery paths. But even if your favorite flower has not yet reached the tip of its nose, the Floral Park promises other attractions, such as the sculpture garden where you can enjoy the outdoors of Tinguely, Giacometti or Calder. The "rosalies" (quadricycles), ping-pong or treasure hunt will keep the children occupied. Parc Floral de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide, Paris 12 - metro 1 Château de Vincennes - open daily from 9.30am, until 8pm in summer (April to September), until 6.30pm in October and March, and until 17h in winter. The entry of the park is :2,50 € from May 1 to October 31, 2017. Reduced price (€ 1.50) for young people from 7 to 26 years, free for children under 7 years. Free admission on concert nights upon presentation of a ticket or countermark. Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil On the other side of the city is the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil and its admirable tropical greenhouses. It is originally a decorated garden, with some greenhouses and flower beds, sponsored by Louis XV. It attained its real growth at the end of the 19th century, when the city of Paris seeks to create a horticultural production site. The architect Formigé then renovated the garden of Auteuil and used Rodin's studio to decorate the retaining wall of the terraces of masks, grotesque faces and grimacing masks. The Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil houses, in fact, several gardens: French, Japanese, Mediterranean and contemporary. In the greenhouses, discover cacti, palm trees and tropical plants according to a very educational and well explained course. Garden of Serres d'Auteuil - 1 Place of the Porte d'Auteuil / 1 Avenue Gordon Bennett, Paris 16 - metro 10 Porte d'Auteuil - free admission. Parc de Bagatelle Located in the 16th arrondissement near Neuilly, Bagatelle Park is the ultimate in sophistication. There is the famous Roseraie de Bagatelle, as well as the garden of the water lilies, and an orangery. Here and there, the peacocks roam quietly, between caves, waterfalls and stone bridge of this landscape skillfully staged. The highlight of the season is the Weekend of the Rose, beginning in June, and its International Competition of New Roses. Next to the rose garden is the beautiful Iris garden, inspired by Hispano-Moorish architecture. The history of the Bagatelle Park is romantic at will: the park itself and the "madness" (pleasure residence) of the Château de Bagatelle are the result of an impossible bet between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law, the Count of Artois. In 1777, Marie-Antoinette challenged the count to complete this crazy project in less than 100 days. Bet taken with panache: at the price of a superhuman effort, the park and the castle were ready in 64 days... Like the Parc Floral de Vincennes, it regularly hosts concerts and music festivals, such as the Musicales de Bagatelle (end of June), the Chopin Festival (in June-July) and Solistes de Bagatelle (at the orangery, on weekends). end of September). Bagatelle Park - Route de Sèvres to Neuilly, Paris 16 - metro 1 Porte Maillot, RER C Neuilly-Porte Maillot - open every day from 9.30am to 8pm from April to September, until 6.30pm in March, and 5pm from October to February - free admission except during events, admission 6 € The inescapable: the Jardin des Plantes We no longer present the Augustus Jardin des Plantes. It is the dean of the Paris Botanical Gardens, because the apothecary Nicolas Houël was already giving herbalist classes at this site in the 16th century. In the 18th century, the famous naturalist Buffon made it one of the most important centers of scientific research in Europe. Part of the National Museum of Natural History, the Jardin des Plantes remains faithful to its scientific vocation. It includes several gardens (twelve in total): large greenhouses, again open to the public since 2010, alpine garden, garden of irises and perennials, garden of peonies, garden of roses and rocks, vegetable garden, ecological garden and the school of botany. And it houses no less than 15,000 different plants... Jardin des Plantes - subway 5 Gare d'Austerlitz, 7 Censier Daubenton, 10 Jussieu or Gare d'Austerlitz, RER C Paris-Austerlitz - open daily from sunrise to sunset (see specific times on the Facebook page) - entrance free, except the Botanical Gallery, 7 €. The Botanical Garden of the University of Pharmacy – University Paris 5 Few people know about it. It hides in a discreet corner of the 6th district, close to the Luxembourg Gardens. All you need to do is enter the Faculty of Pharmacy, avenue de l'Observatoire, and go straight to find yourself in this garden dedicated to medicinal plants, but not only. The collections of this botanical garden are of course geared towards scientific and medical research, and also allow pharmacy students to familiarize themselves with some common poisonous plants, in order to sensitize their future customers. The magnificent greenhouses, some of which are inherited from Gustave Eiffel, can only be visited during guided tours on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. Botanical Garden of the Faculty of Pharmacy - University Paris 5 - René Descartes - 4, avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 6 - RER B Port-Royal or Luxembourg, metro 4 Vavin, metro 12 Notre-Dame des Champs - open at the same times of the Faculty of Pharmacy - guided tours on Thursday from 14h to 16h.

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Orchid exhibition in Paris: an opportunity to revisit the botanical gardens of Paris

Orchid exhibition in Paris: an opportunity to revisit the botanical gardens of Paris

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Discovering the Parisian markets…

1 year ago - Pauline P.

It cannot be any more typical to discover the bubbling heart of a city by diving into the neighborhood markets. The Parisians are particularly attached to this legacy of Old Paris, and walk every weekend through the alleys of the 82 food markets of the capital. To live an authentic Parisian experience, follow our guide to the discovery of the most convivial or remarkable spots! Traditional and well priced The Marché d’Aligre, abundant In the heart of the 12th arrondissement, the Aligre market, set in the middle of a charming square surrounded by cafés and shops, is reputable. A few years ago it was one of the cheapest markets in Paris but now it has been "classy-fied" recently but remains a genuine and abundant market. Stalls of local fruits and vegetables of different provenance and market antiques come together, for the happiness of a varied clientele coming from the 4 corners of the capital. As soon as the sun appears, the surrounding terraces fill up, adding to the friendliness of the place. The Marché d’Aligre – 3 Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris – Metro: Ledru-Rollin – Open every day (except on Mondays) from 7h00 to 14h The Marché de Belleville, cosmopolitan The best value in Paris for this market where all cultures and nationalities come together. Next to first-class stands of good quality and impeccable freshness, we also find a lot of second-class products, the unsolds of Rungis, at prices that are unbeatable. At the end of the market, the prices are intensly reduced, in an electric and friendly atmosphere. The Marché de Belleville – 63 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris – Metro: Couronnes or Belleville – Open Tuesday and Friday from 7H00 to 14H30 The Marché de Barbès, The best priced It is under the aerial metro where this large market is installed, the cheapest of Paris, whose motto could be "1 euro per kilo! ". Result: the atmosphere is more crowded to stroll in than the market i.e.; The atmosphere is frenetic; Agoraphobes abstain. We leave a bit bruised due to pushing and feet stepping, certainly, but with three bags full for 15 euros. A multi-ethnic capital of the capital! The marché de Barbès – Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018 Paris – Metro: Barbes-Rochechouart – Open on Wednesday from 7h to 14h30 and on Saturday from 7h to 15h The Posh The Marché des Batignolles, in the honor of Organic The market of Batignolles is the benchmark of ecologists and followers of organic items. This large market has a special charm with its wide selection of fruits and vegetables and its merchants who interact with their regular customers. A bit of militancy and a lot of advice brought by these very nature traders. We talk about sprouted seeds, vegetable milks and gluten-free bread, and the more daring will test a juice of freshly pressed herbs. At the Batignolles, it's organic, it's good, and it's expensive! The quality, and the trend, undoubtedly have a price... The marché des Batignolles – 64 rue des Batignolles, 75017 Paris – Metro: Rome, La fourche Open on Saturdays from 9h to 14h The Marché des enfants rouges, the oldest in Paris In a quiet corner of the Marais district, you will find the oldest food market in Paris, the Enfants Rouges. The market was founded in 1629 and was named in honor of children from the orphanage, who were dressed in red uniforms. Today, we find fresh food, but also and above all stands of cooked dishes from the 4 corners of the world. A gigantic open-air dance hall, you can sit here with your family or friends to taste Moroccan, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese or Caribbean dishes. Success obliged, it is necessary to arrive early to find a table... The Marché des Enfants Rouges – 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris – Metro: Filles du calvaire – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: from 8h30 to 13h and from 16h to 19h30 – Friday, Saturday: from 8h30 to 13h and from 16h to 20h – Sunday: from 8h30 to 14h The chic The Marché Saxe-Breteuil, The most beautiful view This magnificent market which stretches along the Avenue de Saxe offers a superb view of the Eiffel Tower. Very pleasant, not too crowded and with a wide choice, this market offers high quality products, at prices adequate to the chic of the neighborhood and the clientele. A beautiful walk very close to the Champ de Mars. The Marché de Saxe-Breteuil – Avenue de Saxe, 75007 Paris – Metro: Ségur –Thursday and Saturday from 7h to 14h30 The marché Raspail Organic, again more organic, and especially fashionable, 2 steps from the Bon Marché, the most exclusive department store in the capital. The Raspail market is the best known, oldest and most classical organic market in Paris. And also one of the most expensive, but the products offered are of excellent quality, Whether you are looking for food, beauty products or maintenance products, everything here is guaranteed GMO free, pesticide free and not tested on animals. The marché Raspail – Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris – Metro: Sèvres-Babylone –Sunday (9h00 to 14h00) The originals The puces de Saint-Ouen, Paradise of antique hunting Clothing, antiques, vintage objects ... you can find everything in this flea market, among the most famous in the world. Enthusiasts of antique hunting and passionates of flea markets will find their happiness in Saint-Ouen, between small affordable rooms and monuments of design. Porcelain, musical instruments, antique linens, design icons, bird cages, military uniforms, diversity is well there on 7 hectares and 1300 shops on the market. An appreciable thing, the salesmen are quite discreet and let you look around in peace. The puces de Saint-Ouen – Rue Jules Vallès, 75018 Paris (between the Porte de St-Ouen and the Porte de Clignancourt) – Metro: Porte de Clignancourt – Open Saturday (9h00 to 18h00), Sunday (10h00 to 18h00) Monday (11h00 to 18h00) The Marché Saint-Pierre, The temple of fabric It's not a market, but it's just like one, and it bears the name. The market Saint Pierre, on the Montmartre hill, is the temple of fabric. Of all the materials, all the colors, at all prices, small creative hands and famous designers invest this store of 6 floors to find inspiration and get to work. The Marché Saint-Pierre – Rue Charles Nodier, 75018 Paris – Open from Monday to Saturday (10h00 to 18h30) The Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux, Poetry in its raw state In the heart of the Ile de la Cité, 2 steps away from Notre-Dame de Paris, an island of poetry and sweetness ... The market consists of two large buildings and dozens of small stands, in which roses, orchids, Lilies, tulips, bulbs, bird cages and books on gardening are sold by enthusiasts. If the market is accessible every day, the salesmen of the stands are there only on Sundays. They sell pigeons, parakeets and many other exotic birds. The marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux – Louis Lépine, Ile de la Cité, 75004 Paris – Metro: Cité – Open every day

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Discovering the Parisian markets…

Discovering the Parisian markets…