Hotel du Printemps

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Boulevard Haussmann - Magasins du Printemps (2003)

by Mikebond

If you like modern art, you should not miss entering the Magasins du Printemps in boulevard Haussmann! No, not to buy fashion stuff, but to observe and to take a picture of the great stain glass dome in Art Nouveau style (see the other photos of this tip).
It was done by glassmaker Brière and located there in 1923. It was taken into piece in 1939 to prevent its destruction. In 1973 Brière's grand-son restored the dome according to the original plans and in 1975 both the façade and the dome of this building were declared historic monuments.
The closest metro stop is Havre-Caumartin (lines 3 and 9).

France

by William-G

"Arles"

"Orange"

"Orange"

The city is founded in 35 front J. - C. by the veterans of the second gallic legion under the name of Colonia Julia Secundanorum Arausio in the territory of the Gallic tribe of Tricastini. With the Middle Ages, the city is the seat of a principality, stronghold of the Saint Worsens Roman Germanic, bus belonging to the kingdom of Burgundy. This one thus profited from the feudal rights and the sovereignty specific to the grounds of Empire. By the chances of the marriages, it falls in 1173 at the house of the Beams, then in 1388 at the house of Châlon, and finally 1544 at the house of Nassau. In 1562, the Protestants burn the relics of Eutrope saint, outragent the bishop and cut down the bell-tower of the cathedral. The papal troops from Avignon and ordered by Fabrizzio Serbelloni take the city, massacre the Protestants and a thousand of seasonal workers come from the neighbourhoods, plunders and violent one [1]. The account of these slaughters causes an anger and massacres by the baron of the Adrets. Louis XIV, in war against the United Provinces directed by of Stathouders, resulting from the House from Orange-Nassau, fact low hand on the city whose annexation with the kingdom of France is recognized by the treaty of Utrecht in 1713

"Pont du Gard"

Le pont du Gard faisait partie d'un aqueduc de près de 50 km de longueur, qui apportait de l'eau du printemps d'Uzès (le point précis du captage n'est pas connu) à la ville romaine de Nemausus, aujourd'hui appelée Nîmes. L'aqueduc de Nîmes a sans doute été construit au Ier siècle de notre ère, comme en attestent plusieurs preuves. Des tunnels datant de l'époque d'Auguste ont dû être contournés, ce qui démontre que la construction de l'aqueduc est postérieure. De plus, les pièces de monnaies retrouvées dans les réservoirs de la ville de Nîmes, où étaient recueillies les eaux de l'aqueduc, ne datent pas d'avant l'époque de l'Empereur Claude (41-54). On pense donc aujourd'hui que l'aqueduc, dont fait partie le Pont du Gard, a été érigé entre 20 et 40, ou peut-être un peu plus tard.

La source n'était située que 12m au-dessus du niveau des reservoirs de la ville. Les Romains ont donc dû faire preuve d'une grande précision pour permettre à l'eau de s'écouler par gravité jusqu'à Nîmes. L'aqueduc complet a une pente de 34 cm au kilomètre, soit 1/3 000, ce qui est un exploit technologique remarquable. Il a un trajet sinueux pour pouvoir profiter au maximum des reliefs (à vol d'oiseau, Uzès n'est qu'à 20 km de Nîmes). Le pont lui-même a été construit afin que l'eau puisse traverser la petite vallée du Gardon, apportant 20 000 mètres cubes d'eau par jour à Nîmes. L'eau courante mettait une journée entière pour parvenir par gravité de son point de captage situé à la Fontaine de l'Eure, proche d'Uzès, jusqu'à l'ouvrage de répartition encore visible rue de la Lampèze à Nîmes et appelé Castellum. Nemausus comprenait un certain nombre de puits, ainsi qu'une source proche : la construction de l'aqueduc ne relevait donc pas d'une nécessité vitale mais d'un ouvrage de prestige, destiné à l'alimentation des thermes, bains et autres fontaines de la ville.

"Cahors"

Quercy, whose department of the Batch is one of the components, was inhabited 40.000 years ago, as the caves of the Valley of Célé (Pech Merle for example in Cabrerets) show it. Then were installed on the heights, the “oppida” strengthened, of Cadurques, Gallic tributaries of Arvernes. Their place-strong Uxellodunum, which one does locate badly (Puy d' Issolu, Luzech, Murcens? ), but whose name means “high-citadel” and who was into 51 before J. - C. one of the last bastions resisting César. The capital of Cadurques romanized was “Divona Cadurcorum” (Divona means “divine”) become Cadurca then Cahors. It was an opulent city with a bridge on the Batch, an aqueduct bringing water of the Worms, the villas, of the temples, a theatre likely to accomodate several thousands of spectators and thermal baths, whose only close to the station the arc of Diane and several stones carved with the museum Henri Martin remain. Cahors exported to Rome its fabrics of flax. It was burnt into 571 by Théodobert, king d' Austrasie. Raised of its ruins by the holy bishop Didier, said also holy Géry (this one made there build the first cathedral into 650), the city was again plundered by Buckwheats into 732, then by the Vikings and the Hungarians. The town of Cahors a long time was disputed, and besieged more often than in its turn: of the Roman Jules César or frank Théodebert with king de Navarre Henri IV while passing by the English claims of Richard Lion Heart, later of Prince Noir. With the centre even of the city the conflict lasts for ever between bishops, consuls then seneshals to assume the capacity. On September 2, 1272, the bishop of Cahors, Barthelemy, and the consuls of the city intend themselves to name “referees and friendly type-setters” charged to settle the disagreements which have occurred between them about the old habits and of the new habits. Saint-Etienne cathedral of Cahors Saint-Etienne cathedral of Cahors On July 23, 1304, in a statement made publicly in the church cathedral of Cahors, Raymond, bishop of the city, recognizes that it holds the consuls and inhabitants of this city for goods and true catholic, aumoniers, priors and excessively pious people.

"Near Tolosa"

Activities in Southern France

by Rob_Thorne

Her's last year's calendar of events ( borrowed from southernfrance.com) from our region, to give you a taste of what might be happening this year !

CAUX : On Saturday March 4th from 9 pm in the " Salle des fêtes " : into the party spirit with a masked ball (tel. 04 67 98 40 09)

PEZENAS : Here the carnival lasts four days starting with the traditional "Machou" show on March 4th and 5th at 9 pm at the Foyer des Campagnes, which is very popular and sold out long before the date. Satirical and cynical humour the Machou spirit is biting and makes fun of local life.

Monday March 6th, "danse du soufflet" in the streets of the town

Shrove Tuesday, March 7th the " Poulain " will be at the heart of the carnival in the afternoon. Park your car well away from the centre and wear old clothes if not fancy dress – spraying visitors with shaving cream, throwing eggs and flour at onlookers is just considered part of the fun.

BEDARIEUX : Past, present and future is the theme of the carnival in Bedarieux on Saturday March 18th. The parade will leave Place Pasteur at 2 pm.

L’Union Sportive Bédaricienne is organising a dinner from 8 pm at the Espace Léo Ferré, followed by a fancy dress ball open to everyone from 10.30 pm. To be taken seriously, you’d better come in costume !

HEREPIAN : The carnival will take place during the afternoon of March 25th.

Festival

LAMALOU : "Fête du Cheval et de l’Ane", a horse and donkey show on Sunday, 26th March. All day there will be horses, ponies and donkeys for sale, also pony rides. You can tour the town in a horse and carriage. At 2pm there will be a competition at the riding centre ("centre équestre") and a display at 4pm. There will also be a flea market just in front of the Casino.

Concert

BEDARIEUX : Renaissance motets by Palestrina, Vitoria, De Lassus and also Fauré’s "Requiem" interpreted by the "groupe polyphonique Notre Dame" in Saint Alexandre church on Saturday March 11th at 9pm. Entry free.

MONTAGNAC : Choral music with " Bella Ciao " and " Nacoma " who will be singing Mediterranean and Eastern European melodies in the St. André church at 9 pm on Friday, March 17th.

Entrance : FF 25 in aid of " Retina Fa " association to fight eye disease.

LAMALOU : Concert organised by the Hérépian choir, Se Canto at 4.30 pm on Tuesday March 7th in Lamalou.

Tourism

PEZENAS : A 12.5 km hike around Graissesac will be organised by the "Maison pour Tous" on Thursday March 16th (Tel. : 04 67 98 98 58).

LAMALOU : Rally around the "Espinouse" hills – beautiful scenery on March 11 and 12th. Information at the tourist office (tel. 04 67 95 70 91)

LAMALOU : Throughout the year, every week the tourist office organises visits on foot or by bus (tel. 04 67 95 70 91 for information and to reserve). For example, excursion to the flower market in Béziers by bus (60 F. per person) on March 17th or a walk to St. Michel de Mercoirol – 14 km – free – on Thursday March 16th.

Pétanque – Bowls

LAMALOU : Discover the joys of playing "pétanque" in the sun and shade of Plane trees. The tourist office at Lamalou organises regularly competitions and leisurely games of this French version of bowls – this is real French life, it gives you a chance to meet the locals – and other tourists. It’s fun and free in Lamalou where you don’t have to be an expert to join in !

Tournaments are organised every Tuesday at 3pm, at the "Boulodrome" near the Ulysse centre.

Exhibitions – on the theme of carnival

PEZENAS : "Fêtes et jeux traditionnels en bas Languedoc" original documents - photos, prints, posters, etc. illustrating carnival and other popular festivities in this part of France, at the Hotel de Lacoste (a must in Pézenas for the wonderful Renaissance courtyard). From March 1st to 28th Open every afternoon (2pm-4pm) except Mondays. Entrance free.

PEZENAS : Post art presented at the Médiathèque (pl. Frédéric Mistral) on the theme of the carnival. Organised by "les timbrés de l’art postal", an association of artists and postcard collectors, they launch an annual event open to enthusiasts throughout the world. After the exhibition, contributions are sold by auction for a good cause. This year, for Vietnam. It is an amusing event – you might just pick up a masterpiece for a song, or a unique postcard to send back home for no more than an ordinary Christmas card. Exhibition : March 3rd to 26th and the auction will take place on March 26th at the Maison des Métiers d’Art at 2 pm.

– other exhibitions :

BEDARIEUX : An exhibition of the work of German artist Petra Schubert will be on show at the Maison des Arts from March 10th to April 2nd. Entrance free.

PEZENAS : An exhibition of Mediterranean pottery at the Maison des Métiers d’Art, place Gambetta until March 19th – entrance free.

Coffee time

PEZENAS : On Wednesday March 1st, from 6.30 pm the Pézenas-Market Drayton twinning committee is organising its first monthly "café anglais" in the "Glacier" café on the place 14 juillet.

In the thick of the Loto season

The people of Languedoc are keen gamblers – they love their version of Bingo known as " Loto ".

Throughout the winter and during the long summer evenings in June before the tourists arrive there are many very good opportunities for improving your knowledge of numbers in French (complete with bad rhymes) and who knows, if you get good at it and understand the rules, you may even have the good fortune to win a " quine " or hamper with all sorts of edible goodies in it, including vqst quantities of the local plonk.

Vegetarians or squeamish should refrain – there is often half a pig or a large cured ham to be won. There is usually a worthy cause behind such a bad habit, such as cancer relief, boy scouts, local choir, primary school trip to the mountains, etc...

To name but a few in March :

Caux : Saturday 11 March at 9 pm (organised by "Comité des Fêtes")

What’s on in and around Pézenas

in April ?

It’s still carnival time !

No, it’s not necessarily an April Fool, but you can join in the fun of carnival on April 1st at :

RIOLS (afternoon and evening)

LATTES MAURIN (parade leaves place des Arcades at 2:30pm ; theme "cinema 2000")

ST. MARTIN DE TREVIERS (afternoon)

TEYRAN

St. JEAN DE FOS

VILLENEUVE LES MAGUELONE

On Sunday April 2nd, if you haven’t had enough LATTES (place du Marché) and VILLENEUVE LES MAGUELONE (there will be a parade in the afternoon), organise a two day carnival, or you can enjoy the fiesta at :

ROUJAN – big fair and carnival – don’t miss the totem "hérisson" (yes this is a hedgehog, it is not April Fool’s day any more and the animal is large and prickly)

MURVIEL LES BEZIERS – here the totem is a cow ("la vache"..; no, it’s not my mother in law)

LA CAUNETTE (afternoon)

Other carnivals in the area during April :

LE CAYLAR EN LARZAC : April 8th

MARSILLARGUES : during the afternoon of April 8th

BEAULIEU : during the afternoon of April 8th

SAINT PARGOIRE on April 9th in the afternoon they will be bringing out the snail – "l’escargot" - should be interesting.

LUNAS : April 9th during the afternoon

GIGEAN on April 15th

MUDAISAON : afteroon of April 16th

MARSEILLAN on April 16th

NEZIGNAN L’EVEQUE : during the afternoon of April 29th is rather different – there is no totem animal there, but a large and impressive Bishop instead !

Kite flying

CAP D’AGDE : Throughout April every year Cap d’Agde is increasingly becoming a real centre for kite enthusiasts : "Festival Cervolantissimo" with exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops for children to make your own kite. The key event is the festival organised on the beach on April 17th and 18th.

Around the Mediterranean

For the past 18 years cultural events have organised on a Mediterranean theme – "les Rencontres Méditerranéennes" throughout the Hérault department during April.

A full programme of music, drama, conferences, exhibitions is laid on in towns and villages throughout the area, the major event being "la nuit de la Méditerranée" on Saturday April 15th at the Zenith Theatre in Montpellier. It all starts at 5 pm with traditional music, art exhibitions, food from around the Mediterranean and at 9 pm and at 9 pm a concert with Enrico Macias (famous French singer). Information, tel. 04 67 47 91 00. Tickets : FF 100 / FF 80.

Traditional Festivals

MARSEILLAN : "Fête du Printemps", from April 12th to 16th (ending with the carnival)

BOUZIGUES : "Salon de la Gastronomie Ostréïcole" will take place from April 14th to 16th at the port. If you enjoy eating oysters, this exhibition is undoubtedly for you, although there will be stands set up by specialists in gastronomy from all over France ; for example, Salt producers from Guerande, prunes from St. Aubin, wine from Alsace.

On the Friday and Saturday evenings a Gargantuan gastronomic meal will be prepared by chefs from all over France, open to the public. Menu : FF 250 per person and it is a good idea to reserve, tel. 04 67 78 30 12. More details on this event a little nearer the time.

PEZENAS : Easter week-end the way it used to be a hundred years ago : April 22nd in the town centre.

Flower exhibitions at FLORENSAC and BOUZIGUES on April 23rd.

VILLENEUVETTE : Easter Monday festival on April 24th.

MARKETS and FAIRS

TEYRAN : Medieval market and craftwork on April 1st.

ROUJAN : April fair on Sunday April 2nd (+ carnival)

BALARUC LES BAINS : Craftwork fair on April 5th

POMEROLS : Craftwork fair on April 9th

CASTRIES : All sorts, shapes and sizes of Pottery on April 15th and 16th

La SALVETAT sur AGOUT : Monthly fair on April 19th

LAROQUE : "Printemps des Artistes" Craftwork and art fair on April 24th

BALARUC les BAINS : Craft fair on April 26th

PEZENAS : Find Hot Cross Buns on the market on April 15th – sold by the Pézenas and Market Drayton twinning committee

Other Festivals Funfairs Bull racing...

MONTPELLIER : Funfair at Domaine de Grammont from April 1st to 24th

St. GELY du FESC : Bull racing on April 2nd (to be confirmed)

LUNEL : "Course camarguaise - trophée des As" – bull racing on April 16th & April 24th

MAUGUIO : The "Temporada" bull fighting event will start on April 19th

St. NAZAIRE DE LADAREZ : Local fair from April 22nd to 24th

MUDAISON : Bull fighting from April 29th to May 1st.

ALIGNAN du VENT : Funfair during the Easter weekend.

Antique and Flea markets

LE TRIADOU : Antiques all day on April 14th

JACOU : Flea market for non-professionals on April 23rd

BOUZIGUES : on the Port - April 24th

VIOLS le FORT : Morning flea market on April 29th

Concert

MOUREZE : Choral music with "Vagabondage" on April 8th at 8:30 pm.

NIZAS : Accordion music in concert with the "Jeunes Accordéonistes de Nimes" at the village hall. On April 2nd.

PEZENAS : From April 13th to 15th every year Pézenas celebrates by way of concerts, dance, exhibitions, etc. the birthday of Boby Lapointe, a popular singer and poet of the 1960’s. Boby, who was contemporary with and somewhat similar in style to Georges Brassens came from Pézenas and his sense of humour and nonsense rhyme is really amusing – for fluent French speakers. Programme to be confirmed.

Pétanque – Bowls

LAMALOU : Discover the joys of playing "pétanque" in the sun and shade of Plane trees. The tourist office at Lamalou organises regularly competitions and leisurely games of this French version of bowls – this is real French life, it gives you a chance to meet the locals – and other tourists. It’s fun and free in Lamalou where you don’t have to be an expert to join in !

Tournaments are organised every Tuesday at 3pm, at the "Boulodrome" near the Ulysse centre.

Exhibitions – make the most of a "museum pass" available for the whole of April -pay for your entry to one museum, which will issue a pass card for free or reduced price entry to 4 of 90 museums in the Hérault department

FRONTIGNAN : Local art exhibition – salle Voltaire - March 31st-April 7th

LATTES : Animal sculpture – Maison de la Nature - March 31st-April 19th

PEZENAS : Magic 2000 – contemporary furniture – Maison des Métiers d’Art – April 1st- May 21st

HEREPIAN : "Pâques et traditions" postcards, stamps, photos, Easter traditions - Salle Auguste Rodin - April 2nd-24th

VILLENEUVETTE : Oil paintings by Alain Ferraris - April 8th-24th

St. CHINIAN : Stamps – salle de l’Abbatiale - April 16th

HEREPIAN : Foundry smeltingat 3 pm – FF 10 per person - April 24th

BOUZIGUES : Art exhibition - April 27th- May 4th

SETE : Salon de la Mer - April 29th- May 1st

ANIANE : Art exhibition in the Chapelle des Pénitents - April 28th- May 8th

Coffee time

PEZENAS : On Wednesday April 5th, from 6.30 pm the Pézenas-Market Drayton twinning committee is organising its monthly "café anglais" in the "Glacier" café on the place 14 juillet.

Summertime and the living is easy………….

‘Spose you folks think that nothing goes on here in the deep, deep South after April !

Well you are wrong . It’s about this time of year that all the local villages sort their calendars of fetes,ferias and other happennings.

We’ve got a lot in but are waiting on dates from some of the villages before putting out our next ‘What’s on '.

So in the meantime lie back on your sunbed with a glass of chilled Picpoul de Pinet, imagine the sleepy cricket chirrupping Southern France heat hazy summer, and by the time you wake up the SouthernFrance Summer What’s On will be up on your screen.

What’s on in and around Pézenas

in May ?

Festive Fêtes

In May the whole of the region really wakes up from its winter lethargy. The southern French love to organise what they call "fêtes", and particularly during the end of the school year when only those who have serious exams to study for feel like staying inside the classroom. No doubt this is why the Département de l’Hérault (the county) has decreed that May is "young people’s month" or "mois de la jeunesse" and throughout the area children and teenagers will often be active participants in local events, for example :

Saperlipopette, Voila ! Enfantillages ! at the Château d’O in Montpellier on May 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th, a theatre festival for children. Tel. 04 67 60 05 45.

Festival du Modélisme at Cap d’Agde will please all small boys and perhaps their fathers and grandfathers even more. On May 13th and 14th demonstrations and exhibitions of model cars, lorries, trains ...

And on May 20th and 21st model sailing boats, speed-boats, aeroplanes, helicopters, gliders will be on show. Tel. 04 67 01 04 04

Rencontre des Totems : in Pézenas on May 13th and 14th when totem animals from throughout the area will congregate in the old quarter of Pézenas with musicians – it should be fun and lively. Many towns and villages in this part of the south of France have a "totem animal", often a sort of enormous pantomime horse, which they bring out for popular festive occasions.

You may enjoy festivities around the local totem animal in :

MEZE on May 8th from 2 pm – a parade with the "Boeuf" (or bull) of Mèze and "Chevalet" dancing

LOUPIAN on May 13th with the "Loup" (or wolf) of Loupian

ADISSAN on May 14th with the "Poulain" (or foal).

Other Carnivals in May :

SETE – on May 6th and 7th

LE BOUSQUET D’ORB - Floats decorated with flowers on May 13th

MIREVAL – During the afternoon of May 14th

FRONTIGNAN LAPEYRADE - on May 21st

POMEROLS – During the afternoon of May 21st

Flower Shows : In the Languedoc area we are all proud of our gardens and wonderful, colourful Mediterranean vegetation. Actually anything and everything leafy will grow remarkably fast in this sunny climate and in May, the blazing summer heat has not yet burnt plants to a frazzle. Enjoy local flower shows at :

GANGES – May 7th

PRADES sur VERNAZOBRE – May 7th

BALARUC LE VIEUX – May 8th

St. JEAN de BUEGES – May 13th and 14th

St. Jean de CUCULLES (on the theme of "Nature and hunting") on May 14th

BESSAN on May 20th

LE CAYLAR en LARZAC on May 28th

Everyone knows food and drink are taken seriously in France and all year round some aspect of culinary culture is celebrated. In May :

OLARGUES - Fête du Pain – bread festival on May 14th

LUNEL – Fête de la cuisine – food festival organised by the restaurants in the area around Lunel on May 25th. Tel. for information and reservations : 04 67 71 01 37

And because food goes automatically with wine in Languedoc - Fête du Muscat et du Vin during the morning of May 25th (allées Baroncelli)

MONS LA TRIVALLE – Fête de la Cerise – cherry festival on May 28th

CABRIERES – Fête de la Vigne et du Vin – wine and vine festival

Away from England for too long and nostalgia sets in as it feels like lazy August in Kent ? Why not come to the Pézenas and Market Drayton Twinning Committee’s yearly GARDEN PARTY on May 21st in the beautiful gardens of Domaine de Fondouce on the road from PEZENAS to Roujan. Enjoy a good English cup of tea and cake ; English book stall, pony rides, all sorts of games and of course wine tasting.

MARKETS and FAIRS

BALARUC LES BAINS : Craftwork fair on May 10th

THEZAN LES BEZIERS : Craftwork fair on May 13th

La SALVETAT sur AGOUT : Monthly fair on May 19th

MARSILLARGUES : "marché du Soleil" on May 20th and 21st

LES MATELLES : Craftwork and art fair on May 21st

La SALVETAT sur AGOUT : Spring fair on May 21st

ST. JUST : Craft fair on May 21st

MONTPELLIER : "Comédie du Livre" – Book fair from May 26th to 28th – place de la Comédie and on the esplanade.

LODEVE – Traditional fair on May 29th

AVENE – Craft fair on May 30th

Other Festivals Funfairs Bull racing...

CASTRIES : Bull racing May 13 and 14th

MAUGUIO : Bull racing on May 19th

LUNEL : "Course camarguaise - trophée des As" – bull racing on May 21st

SAUSSINES : Local fête and bull fighting events May 25th - 28th

LODEVE : Funfair from April 27th to June 4th

MUDAISON : Bull fighting from April 29th to May 1st.

BERLOU : Local fair for Ascension week-end

Antique and Flea markets

PEZENAS : Antiques all day on May 7th

St. GELY DU FESC : Flea market – Champ du Devois on May 14th

LODEVE : Flea market – May 31st

ST. BAUZILLE de MONTMEL : Flea market on June 1st

Concerts

LODEVE : Orchestre de création du Languedoc give a concert in the Salle du Triumph on May 5th at 9 pm.

LODEVOIS LARZAC : Music festival with jazz, chamber music, choirs ... From May 12th to June 3rd. For information tel. 04 67 88 90 90

MEZE : "4ème rencontre de la chanson occitane" organised by the Cercle Occitan, i.e. all you might want to know about regional occitan music and songs – good for local colour, but enthusiasts of pure French language may find it hard going. Information, tel. 04 67 43 44 10.

MOUREZE – Persian music with the Ispahan Ensemble and Luis Barban on May 27th at 8:30 pm at the church.

Pétanque – Bowls

LAMALOU : Discover the joys of playing "pétanque" in the sun and shade of Plane trees. The tourist office at Lamalou organises regularly competitions and leisurely games of this French version of bowls – this is real French life, it gives you a chance to meet the locals – and other tourists. It’s fun and free in Lamalou where you don’t have to be an expert to join in !

Tournaments are organised every Tuesday at 3pm, at the "Boulodrome" near the Ulysse centre.

Exhibitions

HEREPIAN : Wooden sculpture by Ghislaine Corallini and Sylvain Staëlens – Salle Auguste Rodin – Until May 18th

PEZENAS – Oil paintings by Mimouni at Hôtel de Lacoste until May 18th

PEZENAS – "Magic 2000", exhibition of beautiful modern state-of-th-art craftwork at "Maison des Métiers d’Art", place Gambetta until May 21st

LA GRANDE MOTTE : "Salon des Arts français en Méditerranée" – French Mediterranean artists – Palais des Congrès May 5th to 11th

FRONTIGNAN – Works by Peyronnet at the Museum May 5th to 29th

BOISSERON – Art in the street : May 6th and 7th

MONTAGNAC – 16th Art exhibition – Rex Hall – May 6th to 14th

NISSAN les ENSERUNE – "Bonaparte et le 1er Empire" at the Centre Socio-culturel, tel. 04 67 37 14 12 from May 9th to 15th

VILLETELLE : Artists’ Day on May 21st

MUDAISON : Art exhibition – salle polyvalente – May 21st to 29th

St. Jean de VEDAS : "Semaine des Arts et Expressions" – Chai du Terral – May 26th-June 4th

VIOLS LE FORTS : Stone-work and engraving – village square and hall – May 27th to June 5th

What’s on in and around Pézenas

HOLIDAY festivities

Key dates to note are :

June 21st, The longest day of the year is a nation-wide music festival. 

Throughout France you can enjoy music on practically every street corner (and sometimes have to put up with it throughout the night !). This new tradition started up some ten years ago and has really caught on. Whereas you may listen to better known groups and orchestras in the bigger towns, some famous names do in fact accept to perform, free and for nothing even for surprisingly small communities – just for the fun of it.

The idea is that music is for everyone and on June 21st all concerts are free of charge. The choice is amazing – in even small towns, you will find jazz, blues, rap and chamber music all going on at the same time.

Some local groups turn out to be much better than you would think and others ... are of course pretty awful. But the atmosphere is terrific and it is worth taking the car to go from one town or village to another. Generally this event is organised spontaneously at the last minute.

July 14th is Bastille Day

On either July 13th or 14th absolutely every village, town or city in France celebrates the anniversary of the 1789 Revolution with a splendid firework display. Dancing is laid on in the streets – sometimes all night.

Many small villages in this area will organise a big meal in the park (if there is one) or just on the village square, under the plane trees. Not exactly " haute cuisine ", but anyone can go along and the paëlla, barbecue or " brasucade " (mussels cooked over hot coals) is reasonably priced and fun for all the family. It is an ideal occasion to sample the local wine in company of those who produce it with tender loving care all year long. Precise dates and venues will appear soon on this page.

Many towns organise a three or four day fête around July 14th. We have already been informed of such festivities in Lunel, Frontignan, Cazouls les Béziers, Beaulieu, Villeneuve les Maguelone, St. Just, Canet, St. Pons de Thomières, Ganges, Nissan les Ensérune, Mauguio, Sète and Sauvian.

Here is a selection of some festivals throughout the Hérault area in July and August :

SETE - Jazz Festival

from July 5th to 9th – Théâtre de la Mer. Tel. for info : 04 67 74 50 55

LAMALOU LES BAINS - French song festival

from July 6th to 8th Tel. for info : 04 67 95 25 90

SETE - Organ music festival : "20ème rencontre autour d’un orgue"

On July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and August 6th, 13th, and 15th.

Tel. for info : 04 67 53 45 72.

St. MARTIN DE LONDRES – Les musicales de St. Martin de Londres

Concerts every Friday from July 9th to August 10th

Tel. for info : 04 67 55 09 59.

MONTPELLIER – Festival Radio France et de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon

Concerts – from Chamber Music to Jazz – July 13th-30th.

Tel. for info : 04 67 61 66 81

BEZIERS – Opera dans les Arênes

From July 15th to 29th. Tel. for info : 04 67 31 76 76

Around the Orb River Valley – Festival de la Vallée de l’Orb

From July 20th to August 8th – concerts, theatre... surprises ! in the villages near Béziers in the Orb valley. Tel. for info : 04 67 36 79 23

PEZENAS – Mirondela dels Arts

Throughout July and August – concerts, theatre, craftwork throughout the old town. Tel. for info : 04 67 98 36 40

SAUSSINES – Festival des Folies de Saussines

Silly games and fun, such as "throwing the slipper", exhibition of strange and unusual cars, a "newspaper dress" fashion show, hot air balloons – nothing to be taken seriously ! July 21st and 23rd. Tel. for info : 04 67 86 40 67

MEZE - Festival de Thau à la sauce mézoise

Music and gastronomy around the Thau lagoon from July 21st to 23rd. Tel. for info : 04 67 18 92 20.

ST. GUILHEM LE DESERT – Saison musicale de Saint Guilhem le Désert

Cycle of concerts at the Gellone Abbey from July 25th to August 19th. Tel. for info : 04 67 57 44 33.

SETE – Rencontres Georges Brassens

Open air concerts organised at l’Espace Brassens by Association ACTM d’Oc from July 27th – 30th. Tel. for info : 04 67 53 73 54.

BEZIERS – Mon Royaume pour un Canal

Show telling the story of the Canal du Midi and life of Paul Riquet who built it. End July – beginning August. Tel. for info : 04 67 28 05 97.

VILLEVEYRAC – Semaines musicales de Villeveyrac en l’Abbaye de Valmagne

Concerts in beautiful Valmagne Abbey (all at 9:30 pm) :

July 20th : Piano recital by Frédérique Nalpas

July 28th : Cord quartet from Barcelona

July 31st : Concert

August 5th : "La symphonie de l’harmonie des révélations célestes" with Antiphona Ensemble

August 8th : Recital by Cécile de Vannoise

August 10th : 20th-century masterpieces performed by Le Temps Retrouvé

August 11th : Open air concert – music by Offenbach – place de la Chapelle – entrance free.

August 12th – Toulouse Chamber Music Orchestra.

Tel. for info : 04 67 78 06 09

LAMALOU LES BAINS – Festival d’Operettes

July 29th and August 8th, 9th and 26th – "Carmen"

July 21st, August 6th "Méditerranée"

July 26th – "Un de la Canebière"

August 2nd, 18th – "La vie parisienne"

August 4th – "Belle Hélène"

August 5th – "Harpe Opéra" - Centre Ulysse

August 11th – "Comtesse Maritza"

August 13th – "Femmes je vous hai..me"

August 15th and 16th – "Opéra d’Aran"

August 18th – "Le Pays du sourire"

July 23rd, August 22nd – "Valses de Vienne"

Augfust 24th – "Adieux Opérettes"

Tel. for info : 04 67 95 70 91

MINERVE – Festival de Minerve

Street theatre throughout the village from July 28th to 30th -

Story and legends of Minerve and love poems –

Tel. for info : 04 68 27 80 05

ST. GUILHEM LE DESERT – Theatre festival

August 4th and 5th – Théâtre de Verdure. Tel. for info : 04 67 57 44 33

LATTES – Lattes Theatre Festival – Les Nuits d’en Civade

"Le Voyage de la Pérouse" by Guy Vassal – August 5th, 9th, 11th and 17th

"Le Malade Imaginaire" by Molière – August 8th, 10th, 16th

"Passion Ridicole" by Luca Franceschi – August 14th

Tel. for info : 04 67 22 52 91

MONTPELLIER – Festival Attitude

Skateboard, BMX, graffitis, music and shows – Domaine du Grammont – August 11th – 13th. Tel. for info : 04 67 60 43 89

BEZIERS – Féria

August 11th to 15th – Bull fighting and all sorts of merry-making throughout the town – Bodegas, street theatre, music ....

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HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS

by Basterma

Hi All

Has anyone stayed in HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS while visiting Paris? I want to know if it is ideally located, i.e. near the city center and how clean it is.

I’m only spending 2 nights in Paris and would like to stay in a budgeted hotel with friendly service and clean single rooms that is ideally located to visit the usual attrations..

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

thanx

RE: HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS

by mariev

Hello,
I just checke d with the yellow pages, there are 4 "HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS" in Paris, one in the 8th, one in the 12th, one in the 15th and one in the 18th (4 very different areas)
wich one is "yours" ?

RE: RE: HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS

by Basterma

Thanx marie for your effort. The address of the hotel is:
80 Boulevard de Picpus. I've checked the hotel's website and its near metro Picpus. Do you think I can travel to city center from the mentioned metro station?

Thanx

RE: RE: HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS

by mariev

FRom station Picpus, you have the line #6 (goes to Tour Eiffel for instance), you can also change at the next station "Nation" where you have more lines to the town center
For metro maps, look at www.ratp.fr wich has different metro and bus maps and a convenient iinerary finder (there is an english version)

RE: RE: HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS

by Sofia0412

If you want to stay in a budget but well located hotel in Paris, have a look at Hotel Sainte Marie, a 1 star hotel in the 2nd area...It is very clean and I found it very well located, near Grands Boulevards, not very far from Opera and also from the area of Chatelet, a very lively area..
Have a look at the website: http://www.hotelsaintemarie.com
Have anice trip in paris!

RE: RE: HÔTEL DU PRINTEMPS

by Basterma

Thanx mariev and Sofia041 for your efforts.

Which hotel

by metallemon

Good day everybody! I will be in Paris at April and I am little confused. Which of those hotel do you think it's better? Hotel des Voyageurs or Hotel du Printemps. Both have really good reviews and I ned an extra opinion.

Thank you very much

RE: Which hotel

by European_Traveler

I actually would have to say that both of the hotels are not in the best of locations. As a general rule, I would suggest not being near any of the Gares (or train stations, but Metro stations are good) and away from Place de la Nation.

There are some good 1-2 star hotels in the 6thor other aroundissement and that I would suggest looking into.

For good areas and for other helpful information on Paris (I found very helpful before my first trip to Paris) check out: youloveparis.com

Travel Tips for Paris

Money

by keeweechic

Banks and exchange bureaux give better exchange rates for traveller's cheques than for cash; Banque de France offers the best rates in the country. France's ATMs are plentiful and accept all the major international credit and bank cards. I believe though if you have a card with more than a 4 digit pin, you may have a little trouble with the machines there.

Great Market Street- rue Montorgueil

by rexvaughan

This is a wonderful street any day, but has a market on Sundays. It is home to the famous Stohrer Patissier, Traiteur, Chocolatier and Glacier. I am not going to try to describe it, but suggest you go to VTer GUYON's Paris page and check it out. He has the best info on Paris of anyone.

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 Hotel du Printemps

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Address: 80 Boulevard de Picpus, Paris, 75012, France