Some news from France, CCXCVI (2020)

So we are approaching end year 2019 pretty fast,and I need to tell you some of old good spots to celebrate New Year’s 2020 as well as some things to look forward to in Paris beginning of 2020! So this is a special Some news from France post, the 296th one for those not familiar with Roman numerals. Enjoy it

First a few chosen spots to wait for the New Year 2020 in Paris.

New Years Eve masked ball Eyes Wide Shut.  Pavillon Wagram . 47, avenue de Wagram (17éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 22h. to 05h. Formula 5 drinks + open bubbles + evening: € 60.48. 10 drinks + open bubbles + evening package: € 66.63. Info https://www.facebook.com/events/2192101744227575/

 New Years Eve on the Champs-Élysées. Arc de Triomphe, place de l’etoile (17éme). Tuesday December 31 from 23h. BFM Paris is accessible on channel 30 of regional DTT, channel 38 on the SFR box, channel 340 on the Orange box, channel 307 on the Bouygues box and channel 943 on the box Free. Info https://quefaire.paris.fr/31decembre

The crazy new year – Réveillon 2020. Point Éphémère. 200, quai de Valmy (10éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 21h to 05h. Entrance: € 18 presale and € 25 on site. Info https://pointephemere.org/event/LA-NOUVELLE-ANNEE-FOLLE-REVEILLON-2020-rkqlOGVpH

 For New Year’s Eve, the Pachamama turns into a circus track. At the same time restaurant, club and cocktail bar, the majestic place of 3000 m2 located in Bastille will fill your taste buds with a special Pachamama circus menu. 46, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine (12éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 22h. Entrance: 30 € with a drink. Dinner € 130 per person (excluding drinks) from 20h. This is the old Barrio Latino ! info https://www.facebook.com/PachamamaParis/

 New Years Eve at the Pavillon des Étangs. 50, route de l’etoile (16éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 21h. to 05h. Price: from 59 € with 3 to 10 Consos + cocktail dinner. Info : https://www.soiree31decembre.fr/soirees/reveillon-pavillons-des-etangs-feu-dartifice-vip,51.html

 Head to South America at the Forum & Club for a 100% Latin evening with three concerts, six DJ’s, dance shows and projections, orchestrated by the Fiesta de Cumbia Paris team Latin New Year & Swing New Year Soul. La Bellevilloise. 19-21 rue Boyer (20éme). Tuesday December 31, 2019, from 22h. to 06h. Admission: € 42 in presale and € 50 on site.

Info Latino : https://www.labellevilloise.com/evenement/nouvel-an-latino-de-la-bellevilloise/

Info Swing: https://www.labellevilloise.com/evenement/nouvel-swingn-soul-a-la-bellevilloise/

 The Aquarium Club invites you to wake up around 10,000 fish in a magical setting unique in the world. Facing the Eiffel Tower, wiggle around on the dancefloors and sip your glass of champagne (at will from 00h to 01h) in front of the biggest pool in France which has thousands of exotic fish and around thirty sharks. Aquarium’s New Year “tour Eiffel”. The Aquarium. 5, avenue Albert de Mun (16éme). Tuesday December 31, from 21h. to 05h. Entrance: from € 49 + drinks + open bar bubbles + pastries . Info : https://bonplanaparis.com/Evenement/detail/nouvel-an-paris-a-l-aquarium-trocadero/13294

And many folks ask me what to do in Paris, something different well as you know Paris is the world’s most visited and beautiful city and you have folks from all over the world tramping its streets and looking for something new as well. Well I have chosen some events that will be happening in Jan ,Feb, and Mar 2020 in Paris that will bring something new to do in Paris. Hope you enjoy it

Discover the 36 new paintings in La suite Binant which retrace heroic episodes of civil and military resistance during the Commune, the siege of Paris, from September 1870 to January 1871 (Paul Eluard art and history museum, Saint-Denis dept 93 , until March 2). Info: http://musee-saint-denis.com/event/36-episodes-du-siege-de-paris-binant/

Rediscover smell, taste and touch by blindly tasting delicatessen products or by participating in perfume workshops in the “Dans le Noir” sensory space, a stone’s throw from Beaubourg (4éme). Info: https://paris.danslenoir.com/

 Put on your moon boots to climb Mont-Valérien, in Suresnes, where the group of Bistrots Pas Parisiens (who works in particular with Norbert Tarayre) installed Mourchevel, an ephemeral restaurant like a ski resort where to put raclette and Savoyard fondue ( until March 1, 2020). Info : https://www.mourchevel.fr/

Marvel at night in the botanical gardens of Thoiry (Yvelines 78) thanks to the 600 impressive Chinese lanterns representing some twenty different animal species (until March 8). Info: https://www.thoiry.net/thoiry-lumieres-sauvages

Rediscover your child’s soul in front of the breathtaking numbers of the new Bouglione Défi circus show, in the oldest circus in the world (11éme, until March 15). Info: https://www.cirquedhiver.com/en/shows/defi/

Let yourself be charmed by the “Fantasies for a Palace” exhibition at the Château de Maisons. The opportunity also to revisit this beautiful historic place. (Maisons-Laffitte Yvelines 78, until March 22). Info: https://www.monuments-nationaux.fr/Actualites/Fantaisies-pour-un-palais

Believe in Cancale by tasting the best pancake in Paris, that of Bertrand Larcher, in his new Breizh Café rue Paul Bert (11éme). info: https://breizhcafe.com/fr/locations/breizh-cafe-paul-bert/

Climb on the “rooftop” of the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards (2éme), transformed into a “Winter Shed” for the season with mountain cocktails, winter decor and comfort food (until the end of February-beginning of March 2020). Info: https://www.grandsboulevardshotel.com/the-bars/the-shed

Take your older teens to the De l’Amour exhibition, where between poetry, musical listening, films and literary references, you speak frankly and without complexes about this mysterious feeling, this eternal universal subject… (Palais de la Découverte 16th , until August 30). Info : http://www.palais-decouverte.fr/fr/au-programme/expositions-temporaires/de-lamour/lexposition/

Warmly applaud the 5 crazy comedians From around the World in 80 days and realize, above all, that it’s great to laugh out loud (Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse 14éme, until January 4). Info: https://www.theatresparisiensassocies.com/pieces-theatre-paris/le-tour-du-monde-en-80-jours-4132.html

Take the children to play the Robinson Crusoes while enjoying the last days of the “Cabins” exhibit. (City of Science and Industry 19éme, until January 5). Info: http://www.cite-sciences.fr/fr/au-programme/expos-temporaires/cabanes/lexposition/

Put on your skates for a sliding game 110 meters high with a 360 ° view of Paname (Grande Arche de la Défense Hauts de Seine dept 92, until January 5). Info: https://www.lagrandearche.fr/actualites/la-promenade/il-est-grand-temps-de-chausser-ses-patins-a-glace

Attend the new equestrian show at the Grandes Écuries, Alice and the enchanted merry-go-round at Domaine de Chantilly (Oise dept 60, until January 5, by reservation). Info: https://www.domainedechantilly.com/fr/accueil/grandes-ecuries/spectacles-equestres/

Hear the delighted little cries of baboons, wolves or lemurs who will discover during the holidays, savory and sweet treats distributed as gifts (Paris Zoological Park 12éme, until January 5). Info: https://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr/agenda/noel-au-zoo-2796

Save the representation of The Magic Flute and solve the curse of the legendary phantom of the Opera during an escape game at the Opéra Garnier (2éme, until January 12). Info : https://www.inside-infos.fr/opera/

Wiggle to the sounds of the DJs from the Friendsome Records collective from 19h to 23h. Under the Bulle Parisienne in a magical setting, on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, have a drink and eat in a lounge bar perched 57 meters high. (7éme, January 9). Info : https://www.restaurants-toureiffel.com/

Resume a swarm of news at the Théâtre de Poche (75 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 6éme), converted into “Café Maupassant” until January 12. Info: http://www.theatredepoche-montparnasse.com/project/au-cafe-maupassant/

Swing on Gershwin’s music and party with An American in Paris for an evening at the Châtelet theater (1éme, until January 20). Info: https://www.chatelet.com/en/programmation/season-19-20/an-american-in-paris/

Dive into the literary masterpieces of Hugo, Sand, Zola and Balzac adapted to the seventh art, on the big screen and in concert at the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation (13éme, until January 21). Info http://www.fondation-jeromeseydoux-pathe.com/node/1792

Vote for the Sea girls in power !, by and with burlesque singers Lise Laffont, Judith Rémy, Prunella Rivière and Delphine Simon (Café de la Danse 11éme, January 13, 14, 27 and 28). Info https://www.cafedeladanse.com/seagirl/

Infiltrate the show rooms of editors and creators of decoration to be up to date and transform its interior in a jiffy (Paris Déco Off, from January 16 to 20). Info: : https://www.paris-deco-off.com/

Spend an entire night enjoying reading in libraries and bookstores that organize many events – readings, debates, recommendations – around their literary background (Nuit de la lecture, January 18). Info: https://nuitdelalecture.culture.gouv.fr/

Getting lost in the Pompidou Center which devotes a vast exhibition to the very fleshy British painter Francis Bacon, from the 1930s to his death, bringing together 86 of his works (2éme, until January 20). Info:Centre Pompidou agenda

Be unbeatable on spring-summer fashion trends by following the new collections of the great couturiers during Paris Fashion Week (from 20 to 23 January). Info: https://fhcm.paris/fr/paris-fashion-week-fr/calendrier-des-defiles/

Sip signature cocktails at low prices, with and without alcohol, on the occasion of the 6th Paris Cocktail Week (from January 24 to February 1, in Parisian bars). Info: https://pariscocktailweek.fr/

Celebrate the Rat and indulge in a change of scenery for the Chinese New Year, which starts on January 25 with events over two weeks in Paris (traditional parades, concerts…). Info: https://en.parisinfo.com/what-to-do-in-paris/info/guides/chinese-new-year-in-paris

Rediscover the most beautiful films by Alfred Hitchcock in a retrospective of the Cinémathèque: Chantage, Les 39 marches, L’Inconnu du Nord-Express… (12éme, until 25 January). Info: https://www.cinematheque.fr/cycle/cycle-alfred-hitchcock-552.html

Get to know the Queen of France, wife of Louis XVI through the exhibition “Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses of an image”. (Conciergerie 1éme, until January 26). Info: http://www.paris-conciergerie.fr/Actualites/Marie-Antoinette-metamorphoses-d-une-image

Caracoler with lightness and liveliness at the racetrack to decide between the 18 best cracks in the world at the American Grand Prix (Hippodrome Paris Vincennes 12éme, January 26). Info: https://www.prix-amerique.com/

To be dazzled by the paintings of Pietr Mondrian in his figurative period from the Salomon B. Slijper collection at the Musée Marmottan-Monet (16éme, until January 26). Info: https://www.marmottan.fr/expositions/mondrian-figuratif/

Save to buy one of the tables newly crowned by the 2020 edition of the Michelin guide, unveiled on January 27. Info: https://restaurant.michelin.fr/guide-michelin

Stroll by night in the crypt and the nave of the Pantheon (5éme) by the light of a flashlight, accompanied by the music of your choice. (Sept. exceptional nights until January 29). Info: http://www.paris-pantheon.fr/Actualites/La-Nuit-au-Pantheon-2019-2020

Realize that literature can radically change a life with the exhibition “Books in the Mirror” by photographer Marguerite de Merode. (Mazarine Library 6éme, until February 1.). info: https://www.bibliotheque-mazarine.fr/fr/evenements/expositions/liste-des-expositions/livres-au-miroir

Discover Paris and its surroundings differently with the new edition of Paris Face Cachée and its visits to atypical or unknown places open exceptionally to the public (from January 31 to February 2, by reservation). Info: https://www.parisfacecachee.fr/

Contemplate a Thousand & an orchid in the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes (5éme, from February 5 to March 2). Info: https://www.jardindesplantesdeparis.fr/fr/programme/galeries-jardins-zoo-bibliotheques/mille-orchidees-3683

Run at 100 an hour for vintage cars and motorcycles exhibited at the Rétromobile show at Paris Expo before the auction organized by Artcurial (Porte de Versailles 15éme, February 5 to 9). Info : https://www.retromobile.fr/

Relive the epic of the Ile de France cruise liner in an Art Deco atmosphere through the exhibition dedicated to it at the Musée des 1930s in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts de Seine dept 92, until February 10). Info: https://www.boulognebillancourt.com/information-transversale/agenda/lart-deco-un-art-de-vivre-le-paquebot-ile-de-france-au-musee-des-annees-30-681

Warm up at the Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris Christmas chalet, which takes on the air of a funfair and fall back to childhood with a sweet break with pancakes, waffles, love apples and traditional spit cakes (8éme, until mid-February). Info: https://www.leroyalmonceau.com/en/le-royal-monceau-raffles-paris-is-going-all-out-for-the-festive-season/

Uncover emerging blues talent with the 14th “Alligator Nights” (La Maroquinerie 20éme, January 31 to February 23). Info: https://www.nuitsdelalligator.com/ and info: http://www.lamaroquinerie.fr/fr/agenda/

Take his spy outfit to go listen to the biggest titles in James Bond movies and spend an evening in the skin of 007 (Grand Rex 2éme, February 14 and 15). Info: : https://www.legrandrex.com/evenement/1368

Take a campaign shoot at the Agricultural Show by strolling among the stands of producers and breeders (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, 15éme, from Feb. 22 to March 1). Info : https://www.salon-agriculture.com/

Immerse yourself in the digital works of Monet, Renoir, Chagall for Voyages en Méditerranée (11éme Lights workshop, from February 28 to December 31). Info: https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/fr/monet-renoir-chagall-voyages-en-mediterranee

Be immersed in the cinema of the 1920s (episode film, popular or avant-garde cinema) through unpublished documents from the collection of the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation (Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, 13éme, until February 29). Info: http://www.fondation-jeromeseydoux-pathe.com/node/1794

Take part in the Holiday on Ice Supernova ice show with the whole troop of figure skaters, accompanied for the last time by Philippe Candeloro (Palais des Sports, 15éme, from Feb. 27 to March 3). Info: https://holidayonice.com/fr/en/#

Challenge yourself during the half-marathon and travel at its own pace the 21.1 km that mark out the race in the heart of the capital (March 1). Info: https://www.harmoniemutuellesemideparis.com/fr

Transform your home with the Art & Deco Fair, essential for decoration enthusiasts (Grande Halle de la Villette 19éme, from March 5 to 8). Info: https://salon.art-decoration.fr/

Have fun with the craziest costumes of visitors to Paris Manga 2020, the Japanese pop culture fair which welcomes comic, video game, web culture and cosplay lovers every year (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles 15éme , March 7 and 8). Info: : https://www.parismanga.fr/paris-manga-sci-fi-show/informations-pratiques/

Pay homage to the great artist to celebrate 100 years of his birth with the exhibition “Boris Vian in Saint-Germain-des-Prés”. (Les Deux Magots 6éme, from March 9 to 31). Info: http://lesdeuxmagots.cafe/letelitteraireborisvian/

Think India at the Book Fair which this year invites the authors of this country to exchange and sign their works (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles 15éme, from March 20 to 23). Info: : https://www.livreparis.com/zoom-sur/leurope-a-lhonneur/

Stroll between the different restaurants of Table Square, the giant food court (4500 m2) expected in February at La Défense (Hauts de Seine dept 92), with the “fast good” by Anne Sophie Pic, Akrame Benallal or Olivier Bellin. Follow news info here: https://parisladefense.com/fr/projet/table-square

And there you go folks enjoy eternal Paris , there is nothing like it in the world, and I have been around ….Happy New Year 2020!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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