Summer is right around the corner, which means there are a number of events taking place in Paris. If you are going to Paris in the next few weeks, it is a perfect time to go.
Nuit des Musées
What are you doing this Saturday? The 19th of May is the Nuit des Musées, or in English, “Museum Night” throughout France. This means all museums are open from 7pm to 1am and entry is for free for everyone. The initiative was launched in 2005 by the French Department of Culture and has been positively received. There are similar events taking place on the same day throughout Europe.
The French Open
The 2012 Tennis Championships take place at Roland Garros from 27th of May to 10th of June. Tickets are not as hard to come by as they are for Wimbledon, you may be able to get one from a ticket punter near by, but best to visit some of the more genuine sites like Ticketmaster.
The annual Paris fair – Foire du Trône takes place throughout May and is great for kids. It is open every day from 12 noon until midnight and until 1am on the weekends. The Foire du Trône is located outside the Boulevard Peripherique in the south east of Paris.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival
Now in its 10th year, the Jazz festival last for 2 weeks from 20th of May to 3rd of June on La Rive Gauche. International musicians flock from all over the world to perform at these mostly free concerts, which occur in cafes, hotels and local libraries. There are concerts every day and free photo expositions. The festival opens this Sunday with a free concert at the Saint-Germain church.
In 2 weeks time, Friday 1st of June to Sunday, 3rd of June, the Paris bicycle festival takes place in the Luxembourg gardens. Tous à vélo, meaning “Everybody on your bikes” attracts a number of people each year and there are activities for those that take place at the Jardin du Luxembourg. The nearest metro station to the bicycle festival is Odéon or RER Luxembourg.
We have a number of different short term rental apartments in Paris, including Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter to suit independent travellers, couples and families.
Written by Jo Turnbull