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Chopin in Paris

By Linda Tancs

Last call for the Chopin Festival at Orangerie du Parc de Bagatelle in Paris. The closing concert at 5 p.m. marks 27 years of chamber music honoring the great composer.  This year’s event also honored Robert Schumann on the occasion of his 200th birthday.  And what better day to enjoy a little musical serenity in the Eiffel district than today, a national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille. After the concert, hang around for the Bastille fireworks over the Trocadéro around 10 p.m.


Another Reason to Visit Paris in Springtime

By Linda Tancs

For the sixth year this Saturday, the currency-challenged can enjoy free access to the museums of Paris. Dubbed La Nuit des Musées (Night of the Museums), the event signifies one day of the year when access to many museums in Paris (and the rest of France) is free for one evening. Among the highlights: for collectors, there’s The National Library of France: Museum of Coins, Medals and Antiques; Petit Palais, where “The History of French Art” is painted on the dome above the circular staircase; Monet’s “Water Lilies” at Musée de l’Orangerie; the 18th century art collection of Cognacq and Jay, founders of La Samaritaine, at Musée Cognacq-Jay; and Parisian history at Musée Carnavalet. Expect long lines.


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Marie’s Garden

By Linda Tancs

On the outskirts of Paris lies the site of Château de Saint-Cloud. Once a royal palace built in 1572 and later occupied by Napoleon and Marie Antoinette, it was destroyed in the 1800s during the Franco-Prussian War. What remains, though, is a verdant complex comprising over 1100 acres filled with ten fountains, a French garden, an English garden and, of course, Marie Antoinette’s flower garden. Nice place for une pique-nique. Get there via Le Val d’Or or Saint-Cloud rail lines or the T2 Tramway. Bon appétit!

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Paris on a Budget

By Linda Tancs

The French capital is rich with displays of cityscapes and architecture, festivities, sports, arts and entertainment.  But is it too rich for your wallet?  Fortunately, no–if you know how to stretch your euros in the City of Light.  Find out more at

Eurostar Bids Adieu to Waterloo

By Linda Tancs

Not even an industrial strike in France affecting the Metro and train service to Calais and Lille can rain on Eurostar’s parade.  Beginning today, Eurostar leaves its roost at Waterloo for new digs at St Pancras offering a higher-speed line to Paris and Brussels.  Commuting time will now be just over 2 hours to Paris and just under 2 hours to Brussels.  Those morning croissants might still be fresh when you get there.

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