They are absolutely essential to us, to our lives, to nature. Their presence is a sign of (relative) health of our planet. So maintaining them, protecting them, is saving our planet. Our life is linked to theirs. They maintain our biodiversity. They garanty 35% of the quantity of our food supply and 65% of food diversity depends on pollination.

Unfortunately, their annual mortality is 30%. Lets work on that !

Paris is becoming more and more involved into keeping apiaries in the city. Yes, Paris now has more than300 apiaries! The city has become a sanctuary for bees! Temperatures are higher, the plantations are more diverse and are usually pesticide free. Plantations are all over the place: in publics parcs, on balconies, gardens etc.

In Paris, one can find apiaries eveywhere ! In public gardens such as the Luxembourg or Georges Brassens, in the surrounding woods of Boulogne and Vincennes (about 50 apiaries!), but also on roofs like to roof of the Opéra Garnier, company buildings, or city halls.

The apiaries are taken care of by associations which have signed an agreement with the Ville de Paris.

And… at the end of Septembre, you will be able to go to the HONEY FESTIVAL in the Luxembourg parc and the Geroges Brassens parc. The Luxembourg’s apiary was created in 1856 by visionary Henri Hamet. You can buy honey and visit exhibitions, all about bees, preservation and honey making !


Go for it! All the money goes back to the bees!

Festival “L’été continue dans le 12ème” : summer ends with a festival for kids in the 12th !

From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September, parcs, public gardens and streets will be hosting   numerous shows: music, dance, theatres, puppets!


The festival will kick off on Friday the 31st of august at 6:30pm in front of the city house with a concert of the Papas Rigolos: wild rythms, crazy lyrics!


During three days, your children will enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays: gigs, dance shows, clowns, puppet shows, and even a moving piano, will be going around the neighbourhood!




The whole program is to be found on

Paris in the Summer! Go to the beach!

The summer transforms Paris! The Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) operation kicks off around 20 July and lasts four weeks. It began in 2002.

This year is will be concentrated arounf two areas: from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully. This is where it originally started in 2002. It spans three km through historical Paris, and features a swimming pool, concert stage, and open-air attractions (rollerblading, tai-chi, wall climbing, boules etc.). Refreshment areas, play areas and deckchairs are available for your time out unwinding by the river.

Kids will be having a great time, but so will you!

A second spot was added around the Bassin de la Villette.

This is the latest addition to Paris Plages, and opened in 2007. It stretches from Rotonde de Ledoux (nearest Jaurès Metro station) to the former Magasins Généraux (in Rue de Crimée) and features a proper water-sports complex (with rowing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies) alongside quaint quay-side restaurants and boules courts.

Paris plage is all around the Seine! Sandy beaches, deckchairs, ice cream sellers, and concerts for French and foreign guests. Holidaymakers at the Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19) can also borrow books free of charge, play beach volley, take an aquagym class in a mini pool, or kayak around the lake – or, of course just chill and enjoy. The Seine’s banks become pedestrian and the beaches are spread across three spots (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette).

On the Place of the Hotel de Ville, you will also have animations and outside doors concerts.

Every year, Paris Plages begins around 20 July and lasts four weeks.

All Paris Plages beaches are open non-stop from 8.00 am to midnight. It’s free of course (apart from the food stands)

Métro : Stations Louvre-Rivoli (Ligne 1), Pont-Neuf (Ligne 7), Châtelet (Lignes 1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Hôtel-de-Ville (Lignes 1, 11)

Bassin de la Villette
Métro : Stations Jaurès (Lignes 2, 5, 7 bis), Crimée (Ligne 7), Laumière (Ligne 5).

MUSIC IS ALL OVER PARIS!!! Music festival on the 21st of June 2012

The Fête de la Musique was created in 1982 by the cultural gouvernmental office. The 21st of June 1982, first day of summer, the festival is created making the old tradition of the “fête de la saint jean” live again.

« Faites de la musique, Fête de la Musique » , has become a formula! The festival is made for professionals and amateurs, and invites them to make them discover to all, their music. All the different types of music are welcome, would it be rock, jazz, songs, traditionnal music. It has now become a very popular event where musicians come and spontaneously start playing!

The fête de la musique starts exporting itself in 1985. It is now copied in more than one hundred countries all over the world.

Concerts are free and all over the media! A programme can be found in any local newspaper, especially if you want to see one of the massive concerts! In the laters, you might be lucky enough to hear some reknown artists, for free!



Just stroll around the different neighbourhoods in Paris, stop here and there, dance a little, stop for a drink, change neighbourhoods again etc. You will definitely find one concert that will suit your taste of the moment.

Maybe you can try sticking around the tiny improvised gigs, or on the contrary, decide, you’re just up for a big kick and go for one of the huge feasts! Either way, you can’t be disapointed.

For the occasion, the ratp (local parisian transports) are open all night long and has put in place a special fee: 3€ to go all around Paris and suburbs.


It’s time to party! Time to play music!

Have a break, have a cocktail! Paris, the best places!

Getting a cocktail is among the numerous pleasures you ought to test in Paris ! You can find many excellent addresses where you will find the best cocktails, the most original ones, the classic ones! Some will treat you with their own creations, other will just follow your mood, some will specialize in one specific alcohol. Whatever you feel like, it’s most likely you will find it in Paris. Here is a selection of a few good cocktail bars:

QUARANTE TROIS (forty three): on a rooftop, with a view !
The quarante trois is located on the 9th floor of the Holiday inn Paris, Notre-Dame, in the 6th arrondissement. You will enjoy a delicious cocktail while admiring some of most beautiful monuments in Paris.
This selective address can only receive as much as thirty guests. The bar opens only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 11pm. The barman will make you taste come of his original creations.
Try out: the Anna K with tequila, melon liquor, basil, herbes de provence, apple nectar and schweppes
Price : 12 to 13 €. Olives, tapenade, grissini & vegetable chips are served with your drinks.
Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame, 4, rue Danton, 75006 Paris – reservation recommended – 01 81 69 00 60. Open until the 30th of September and even later if the weather is nice
Métro : Odéon ou Saint Michel

The EXPERIMENTAL : confidentiel
Founded by three friends during the spring 2007, the bar is located in the 2nd arrondissement. The atmosphere is very New York with its velvet sofas, soft lighting and walls with apparent stones.

Try out: the house’s emblematic creation : the « experience » with lemongrass
Price : 10-15 euros
37 Rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris – 01 45 08 88 09 – Métro Sentier or Réaumur Sébastopol

HARRY’S NEW YORK BAR: the oldest one
Launched in November 1911, le Harry’s New York Bar is more than 100 years old and is the oldest cocktail bar in Paris. Historically, the bar was always very popular, especially among Americans who would come to seek comfort when travelling far from their country. The alcohols are chosen with great deal of attention and you will find all the classics! Some cocktails have even been created at the Harry’s such as the Blue Lagoon in 1960 and the James Bond in 1963!
Try out: the French 75, one of the first cocktails invented in the bar in 1915.
Price: de 10 à 15 euros
5 Rue Daunou – 75002 Paris – 01 42 61 71 14 – Métro Opéra

LE FORVM: Historical
Located just behind the place de la Madeleine, the Forvm, is among the oldest bars in Paris, along with the Harry’s. Since 1918, cocktail lovers, especially whiskey lovers, get together to enjoy the bar’s wide selection : 123 different whiskies and 226 cocktails ! The very « British » decor hasn’t changed one inch since the thirties ! The cocktails are classified by alcohol and you can choose one of the classics or go for a more adventurous inventive one !
Try out : the Ultra Violet with champagne, cranberry, blackberry liquor, violet liquor and ice. Price: 10 to 20 euros
4 Boulevard Malesherbes 75008 Paris – 01 42 65 37 86 – Métro Madeleine

Tiny, almost invisible bar, located in the rue Quincampoix. It has opened in January of this year and over there, you’re the barman. The existing cocktails do not have names and basically, you will be creating your own. It’s a simple concept: just pick a fruit (listed on a board according to the season), add an herb, a spice, select your alcohol, and there you go ! Sometimes, in the basement, parties are organized.
Try out : be creative!
Price : 10€ to 12€
94 rue Quincampoix, Paris 3- 01 44 61 29 69 – Métro Etienne Marcel ou Rambuteau
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 6pm to 2am

You can’t miss it : the street in tiny, and the bar is all red. The owner is from Texas, everybody speaks English! In the back of the bar, huge mirrors listing all the different cocktails! Even if they do not all sound familiar, just try, it’s usually a good surprise! And if you really have doubts, the barman will sort things out for you: just tell him what you fell like! Also, they organize some specific theme days with cocktails based on one specific alcohol which will make you discover some totally new mixtures! And the prices are very reasonable.
Try out : the aviator or the millionnaire…. !
Prix : around 8 euros
1 bis rue de la forge royale 75011 Paris – 01 43 67 06 43 – Métro Faidherbe Chaligny ou Ledru Rollin –Open Mondays to Sundays from 5pm to 2am.