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Art has never felt so good, young and creative. So does Paris!

Paris, the center of attentions in art especially this weekend.

1 – With the reopening of the Paris’ Picasso Museum after 5 years of major renovation.

After five years of delays and a total of almost €52 million renovation, the museum’s reopening is finally set for the artist’s birthday, Oct. 25. The renovation has doubled the public space, modernized outdated facilities and added a new entrance, a multimedia auditorium and a Cubist garden with geometric topiary trees.

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The museum’s 17th-century hôtel particulier (…) now holds the largest Picasso collection in the world: some 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, illustrations, ceramics, sketches and notebooks, along with 150 works by other artists from Picasso’s own collection.

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Entrance is free during the whole weekend.

2 – The inauguration of the new Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

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The 11,000-square-meters building was design by the one and only Frank Gehry – his most important work to date. It is the vision of an “iceberg” wrapped in a fragmented shell of billowing “glass sails” nestled in the quiet Jardin d’Acclimatation of Paris’s Bois de Boulogne.

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The inauguration will take place in three stages from October 2014 to September 2015, with each stage marked by an exhibition, a partial presentation of the collection and a schedule of events.

The first stage is dedicated to discovering the architecture of the Fondation’s building, with an exhibition concerning the building itself. Alongside a very select group of emblematic works from the collections of various major contemporary artists.

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Entrance is free during the whole weekend — with a ticket pre-booked on the Fondation’s website.


3 – La FIAC at Grand Palais Paris

Some people would predict the death of the FIAC (International Fair of Contemporary Art) 10 years ago. Well it has never been biger and so talked about since they changed the people at the head of the organization.

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Well haters: the launch of (OFF)ICIELLE and FIAC’s 41st edition are the opportunity to discover a rich artistic program in Paris and throughout France. More than 191 galleries will be exhibiting.

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The fair is also taking place outside of the Grand Palais where you can see modern Works of art for free in Jardin des Tuilleries, on the River sides, Place Vendôme of cours (remember Paul McCarthy’s giant ‘butt plug’ sculture ?) and so many other places in Paris that are listed inside the official iPhone App that can be downloaded here: http://www.fiac.com/fr/application-iphone-fiac.html

 

Latino stud of the day – Samuel Aguiar by Andres Ramirez

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Samuel Aguiar is an attractive model with a sensual and powerful and imposing  born in São Paulo (Brazil), but living in Barcelona (Spain). Samuel is 29 and measures 1.80 cm.

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Exudes masculinity, seduction of this statuesque model who works as a gogo, gogo dancers and performers promoter in events across Europe.

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Passionate about fashion, film, fitness, video games, swimming, dancing, driving on empty roads and cheescake.

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Photographer: ANDRES RAMIREZ    www.andres-ramirez.com

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This Sunday in Paris will be full of life and colors.

The-color-runThe Color Run is in Paris.  We will be dressed in white at the starting line and don’t really know how we are going to end up – but we will be all covered by coloured powder.

It’s a crazy competition that will happen for the 1st time in Paris (after 40 other countries in the world…) this Sunday April 13th, 2014.

 

The Happiest 5k on the Planet.

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The color run is a 5km challenge in which thousands of competitors run accross a coloring zone for 1km. They will be thrown colored powder 100%.

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When getting close to the finish line, the run becomes a “Finisher festival” in which contestants will receive even more powder from different colours.

ParcoursThe starting line is at Hôtel de Ville and the finish line is at Trocadero.

 It is going to be a very special and colorful day. If we do any good picture, we will post them here!

The Color Run French website: http://thecolorrun.fr/

Animals are getting ready for Vincennes Zoo’s grand re-opening this Saturday!

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They are now ready to welcome visitors…  Néro the lion, Aramis the jaguar and almost 1000 new neighbours will be expecting Parisian visitors this Saturday. It took 6 years to renovate the zoological park of Paris. A brand new zoo organized around 5 bio-zones that recreated the Patagonian, Sudanese, European, Amazonian, and Madagascan environments.  A 21st century park with animals’ well-being as major concern.

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Before the re-opening, an acclimatization period was necessary.

Tropical birds are flying freely inside the huge glasshouse and the giraffes – the real Vincennes Zoo stars – made their own a playground space 3 times larger than before renovations. As if it was their first day in school, some of the animals just got in – they are a little shy. This acclimatization period is crucial for more than 50 seconds who are here to take care of the animals.  “When arriving, animals are first apart in a special zone, where they have enough time to get to know the space, identify places where to eat, to sleep. Little by little there is an expansion of their territory with always the ability to step back if they feel the need to.” is explaining the veterinary Dr Alexi Lécu.

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Though temperatures in Paris for the beginning of April have been pretty low, the baboons from Guinea acclimatization process was pretty short and they are already enjoying their new land underneath the huge rock – having so much fun already.  Little turtles from Hermann also settled in very easily in their cozy and warm vivarium inside the rock.

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In the following video in French, you will see the arrival of the animals at the zoo, followed by www.20minutes.fr

For further information, opening hours and entry rates, visit: http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/

Audrey Chauvet – Original article published in the paper version of 20 Minutes on April 9th, 2014

Food trucks are VERY slowly invading Paris for our pleasure.

There’s always something new to try at a food truck and a really cool and inspired way to enjoy a quick lunch.

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But getting an authorisation to open a food truck has never been harder. Only 3 food trucks have obtained the right to park in different corners of Paris. Three against more than 250 trucks are on expanding waiting list. The city hall administration fears an unfair competition for already established restaurants. Food trucks offers gastronomy’s inspired meals to go, accessible to any Parisian – willing to cue for hours in order to taste some!

The very first food truck – and always referred to – was “Le Camion qui fume” (the smoking truck) and it started almost 2 years ago with a great success. Always parked at Place de la Madeleine, it was the beginning of what we call now Street Food. Kristin Frederick who imported the food trucks in France claims that the different trucks owners need to gather and unite in order to show their values and respect for artisanal work of art.  Hence their very recent “Food Truck Parade” that happened on March 21st (1st day of Spring), rolling from the Main François Mitterrand library (in front of the MK2 cinema where you can always find a food truck parked), to Bastille and Nation places… a way to raise awareness and support among Parisians.

Let’s hope that there will be more trucks opening in the coming years because they are dedicated to great quality and friendly service.

 We recently tried and loved…

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They remind us that street food started in Asia and especially in Thailand. The food is prepared by Thai lady cooks on the truck. More info on their website:  www.thailaroute.com

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 In recent news, H&M also lunched a fashion Truck going around the streets of Paris full of men clothes to try on and personalized advice in fashion… We liked the idea and it was quite successful.

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