You are visiting Paris during the Holiday season and have not yet decided where to spend these special nights ? Here are a few ideas for you ! Restaurants, clubs, boats – to name a few – many of them offer special formulas for New Year's Eve. You will only have to pick one to spend an unforgettable New Year's Eve in the French capital.
Right opposite the Eiffel Tower, on the tremendous Place du Trocadéro, a brand new museum awaits you ! After more than six years of renovation, the Musée de l'Homme (Museum of Mankind) was finally reopened on October 17th, 2015. And it is showing a whole new face ! Built as a journey through the history of mankind, with its specificities, problematics and stakes, the museum offers a visit shaped as a questioning on what it means to be human, and our place in space and time. Quite an ambitious bet, which has been neatly organised around three fundamental questions : Who are we ? Where do we come from ? Where are we going ?
In the heart of Paris (3rd and 4th arrondissements), the Marais is one of those neighborhoods that look like no other. Its name « marais » litterally means « swamp », which it used to be until the XIIIth century, when the Seine banks were reinforced to keep the water out of the area. As from then, it started to grow into one of the most interesting quarters of the capital. It first became the neighborhood of choice of the nobility (and the royalty!) to settle, and of the tradespeople to do business. In the seventies, during the big sexual revolution, the Marais started to be the favorite area of the gay community of Paris, which it still is to this day. But the Marais is also a unique cosmopolitan place, where hipsters walk along fashion designers, Orthodow Jews and artists. It is a lively, highly colorful neighborhood, filled with small paved streets, centuries-old mansions, religious buildings, museums and shops to discover. In short, an unavoidable step in your trip to get to know the Paris of today, of yesterday … and of tomorrow.
This summer (until September 13th, 2015), the Palais de Tokyo is hosting an exhibition that ressembles no other. Completely subverting the usual codes of artistic performance, Acquaalta offers a unique and highly unusual experience. We may be used to figuratively navigating among art pieces at regular exhibitions, but artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is truly making the experience as literal as it gets. The Acqua Alta is the name of the annual flooding of the laguna of Venice by the Adriatic sea. For this ambitious installation, Boursier-Mougenot decided to flood the space of the Palais de Tokyo, and take us for a boat ride in a totally hypnotic visual, auditory and tactile journey.