MUST-SEE GARDENS IN & AROUND PARIS

Cherry Blossom time in Parc de Sceaux. Photo, theglitteringunknown

When we think of great things to see and do in Paris, our first thoughts often go to the world famous monuments, incredible museums, fantastic range of food and some of the best shopping in the world.  Often overlooked are the wonderful green spaces, all of which contribute to all these unforgettable experiences.

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KARL LAGERFELD, CREATIVE GENIUS

Karl Lagerfeld with his beloved Choupette. Photo, hollywoodreporter

Credited as the design maestro who resurrected Chanel from a sure and certain fate of irrelevance when he became art director of the House in 1983, Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris on 19 February at the age of 85.

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WHY GO TO PARIS IN MID WINTER?

Exhibition poster for Musee Marmottan-Monet’s winter exhibition. Photo, visitparisregion

Although winter has well and truly settled in for a while, this doesn’t mean that that Paris is quietly slumbering or even slowing down.  On the contrary, during the winter months the city is abuzz with fabulous exhibitions, imaginative concert programs and other great things to do, such as the eagerly awaited start of the end-of-winter-sales, which this year kicked off on 09 January.

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DISCOVER RUE PONCELET’S OUTSTANDING OUTDOOR MARKET

Spectacular fresh produce display, rue Poncelet. Photo, pinterest

According to the Mairie de Paris, there are more than 82 markets in Paris.  This equates to at least one market in every one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, and the number increases the further out you head from the centre.

One of the best-loved markets for Parisians is located in the rue Poncelet in the 17th arrondissement.

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A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE JARDIN DES PLANTES, PARIS

The official poster for the Festival de Lumieres. Photo, parisinfo

This year’s Festival de Lumières at the Jardin des Plantes is the first time the event has been held in Paris and the region.  Called Especes en Voie d’Illumination, ‘Species in the Process of Enlightenment’, it’s an incredible visual feast for adults and children alike that takes the form of a nocturnal walk along the paths and lawns, spread out over most of the park. 

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