Paris What’s On August 2019

Calling out around the world are you ready for a brand new beat. The sun is out in Paris and of course there is dancing in the street. I love the way people come out in this great city as soon as the sun is out and just let loose. If you see some dancing, singing or playing of your favourite games then you should sit back and observe or maybe even join in yourself.

Calling out around the world are you ready for a brand new beat

Martha Reeves

My Top Five Things To Do In Paris This August

  1. Take a nap
    An odd thing to do at the top of the list this month. But it’s a very relaxing and hot time of the year in Paris and tourists around the city will spend a lot of time walking around in the heat. So I recommend when you find the perfect shady spot to sit down, maybe even lye down and have a quick nap. Make sure you have a firm hold on your valuables of course. But why not make the most of that shady bench.

2. Paris Plage
6th July – 1st September 2019
The banks of the river Seine and Canal Saint Martin are transformed throughout summer to sandy beaches. You can sit back and get a tan or take a swim in pools made right on the canal. 
https://pro.parisinfo.com/sortie-paris/135161/paris-plages

3. Open Air Cinema – Villette
15th August 2019
One of my favourite movies is showing this summer at the Open Air Cinema, Erin Brockovich in English with French subtitles.
www.lavillette.com

4. Rock the Seine
23rd August – 25th August 2019
Three day rock festival in Paris featuring this year The Cure. Each year the festival takes place at Saint-Cloud just outside of the city.
www.rockenseine.com/en

5. Summer Sales 
July 2019 – 6th August 2019
Multiple stores throughout Paris and throughout the month of July finishing in August.

But don’t forget these fantastic events in August in Paris, France and around the world as well.

Fête des Tuileries
21st June – Sunday 25th August
http://www.parislete.fr/en/the-program

Festival Paris L’Ete
Friday 12th July – Saturday 3rd August
http://www.parislete.fr/en/the-program

Divine Marilyn Exhibition
Tuesday 9th July – 22nd September
https://galeriejoseph.com/en/exhibition-divine-marilyn/

Open Air Cinema Villette
1st August
Captain Fantastic in English with French subtitles
https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Open Air Cinema Villette
2nd August
Snowpiercer, the Transperceneige in English & Korean with French translation
https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Open Air Cinema Villette
4th August
And in the Middle is a River in English with French subtitles
https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Open Air Cinema Villette
9th August
Dog Island in English with French subtitles
https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Open Air Cinema Villette
10th August
Ready Player One in English with French subtitles https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Festival Classique au Vert
Every Saturday and Sunday from the 10th August – 1st September
www.festivalsduparcfloral.paris/programmation/classique-au-vert

Open Air Cinema Villette
11th August
Lost Horizons in English with French subtitles https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Open Air Cinema Villette
16th August
 The Children of Men in English with French subtitles https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Open Air Cinema Villette
18th August
Blade Runner in English with French subtitles https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

Liberation of Paris 
25th August
World War II liberation of Paris celebrations and memorials

Womens Equality Day 
26th August

Jazz à La Villette
29th August – 10th September
www.lavillette.com/programmation/jazz-a-la-villette-2019_e422

Paris What’s On July 2019

It’s been a heatwave this past June to start the summer of 2019 off here in Europe. Some parts of France have reached record highs never seen before. So with all of this it’s time if you are visiting Paris to get your togs on and take a dip in the canal saint martin or on the slightly cooler summer days ahead to get a tan down by the Seine at the Paris plages.

It’s getting hot in here, so let’s take off all our clothes.

Nelly

My Top Five Things To Do In Paris This July

  1. Paris Plages
    6th July – 1st September 2019
    The banks of the river Seine and Canal Saint Martin are transformed throughout summer to sandy beaches. You can sit back and get a tan or take a swim in pools made right on the canal.
    https://pro.parisinfo.com/sortie-paris/135161/paris-plages
Canal Saint Martin turned into swimming pools.

2. Summer Sales
July 2019
Multiple stores throughout Paris and throughout the month of July.

3. Firemans Ball
13th & 14th July 2019
Two nights a year fire stations around Paris open their doors to the community to raise money. Party time with the cute fireman. Who wouldn’t want to go to that.

4. Bastille Day Fireworks
14th July 2019
Fireworks celebrations throughout Paris to celebrate Bastille Day. The main viewing of these fabulous displays of course is the Eiffel Tour.

5. Lost in Frenchlation
12th July 2019
Free viewing – Outdoor screening of Fidelio. Lost in Frenchlation is French films shown in Paris with English subtitles.
http://lostinfrenchlation.com/event/free-outdoor-screening-fidelio/

But don’t forget these fantastic events in July in Paris, France and around the world as well.

FNAC Paris Live
Wednesday 3rd July – Friday 5th July 2019
https://www.fnac.com/fnaclive

Japan Expo
Thursday 4th July – 7th July 2019
https://www.japan-expo-paris.com/en/

Lost in Frenchlation
Pain and Glory
Friday 5th July 2019
http://lostinfrenchlation.com/event/pain-and-glory/

Carnaval Tropical de Paris 
Sunday 7th July 2019
http://www.carnavaltropicaldeparis.fr/carnavaltropicaldeparis/index.html

Divine Marilyn Exhibition
Tuesday 9th July – 22nd September 2019
https://galeriejoseph.com/en/exhibition-divine-marilyn/

Festival Paris L’Ete
Friday 12th July – Saturday 3rd August 2019
http://www.parislete.fr/en/the-program

Open Air Cinema Villette
Wednesday 17th July – 18th August 2019
https://lavillette.com/programmation/cinema-en-plein-air_e556

La Traversée de Paris
Old cars drive through Paris
Sunday 21st July 2019

Festival Avignon
Thursday 4th July – 23rd July 2019
https://festival-avignon.com/en/

Brisbane French Festival
Friday 5th July – Sunday 7th July 2019
https://lefestival.com.au

Tour de France
Saturday 6th July – Sunday 28th July 2019
https://www.letour.fr/en/

Lost in Frenchlation
l’homme de rio 
Sunday 7th July 2019
http://www.carnavaltropicaldeparis.fr/carnavaltropicaldeparis/index.html

Lost in Frenchlation
Sybil
Thursday 11th July 2019
http://lostinfrenchlation.com/event/sybil

Bastille Day
Sunday 14th July 2019

Nice Jazz Festival
Tuesday 16th July – Saturday 20th July 2019
http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/en/

Lost in Frenchlation
Comedy Night
Le Daim
Friday 19th July 2019
http://lostinfrenchlation.com/event/comedy-night-le-daim

Lost in Frenchlation
La Femme de mon Frère
Thursday 25th July 2019
http://lostinfrenchlation.com/event/la-femme-de-mon-frere/

Andrew’s Croissants

There’s nothing better here in France, then rocking up in the early morning to your local Boulangerie and picking up a delicious buttery croissant. But unfortunately not every one can do this. So I’ve got one better. Here is my recipe for delicious croissants that you can make at home yourself. Freeze them before baking and then all you need to do is the night before take however many out of the freezer to defrost that you want the next day and then when you get up in the morning pop them in the oven. Delicious. 

Nothing better than a homemade buttery croissant.

Ingredients 

Dough 

250g all purpose flour 
7g dried yeast
140ml water
25g unsalted butter
6g salt 
25g sugar 
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water

Turns 

150g unsalted butter

When you get to this stage if you have too many freeze them.

Method 

  1. Day before take the butter for the turns and between two sheets of plastic wrap roll it out to a square shape at least 10cm wide, place in the fridge until the following day 
  2. In a large bowl place the flour and make a well in the centre of the bowl
  3. Put the yeast and a little of the water in this well to dissolve the yeast as you mix it lightly together
  4. Add the rest of the water then the butter, salt and sugar and mix together until well combined. 
  5. Take this out and roughly whack this against the bench a few times to release the glutens then form into a ball
  6. Place this on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a rectangle shape and then fold in on itself from one end to half way and then the bottom end over this. 
  7. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 25 mins
  8. Take out of the fridge and roll on a lightly floured surface to form a large rectangle or square, make sure this is twice as large as the butter that’s in the fridge. 
  9. Place the butter in the fridge on top of this and fold over the edges of the pastry
  10. Roll this out into another rectangle and the fold again. Top to the middle then the bottom over this. Press down three times once at the top, once in the middle and once with the rolling pin then press your thumb into a corner once and wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  11. Take this out and roll again to a rectangle shape and again repeat the process on no 10. This time press your thumb into a corner twice, wrap and put in the fridge for another 20 minutes. 
  12. Finally take out a third time and repeat the turns above and press your thumb into a corner three times, wrap and put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or until you need to use. 
  13. Preheat the oven to 170’c 
  14. Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll out to a large rectangle
  15. Cut off the sides to make straight and then diagonally cut triangles 
  16. Stretch slightly the bottom larger end of the triangle then place on a counter and roll this end towards the tiny pointy end
  17. Place on a baking tray
  18. At this stage if you aren’t cooking all of them today then place any left over croissants in a ziplock bag or freezer airtight container and place in the freezer
  19. Mix the egg yolk with a tablespoon of water then lightly brush the tops of the croissants
  20. Bake until golden brown, around 10 minutes depending on your oven

Best Croissants in Paris

The croissant is a way of life for many people in France. It’s the first thing many people often think about in the morning. You have to admit I’m sure that if you could have one every morning with your coffee and some extra butter and jam to go on top you would. I would. Here are my best croissants in Paris in no particular order. 

Delicious buttery croissants.

Du Pain et des Idées
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 
10th Arrondissement 
https://www.dupainetdesidees.com

Blé Sucré
7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 
12th Arrondissement 

French Bastards 
61 Rue Oberkampf,
11th Arrondissement 

Pâtisserie Rose Canelle 
33 Rue d’Aboukir,
2nd Arrondissement 
http://rosecanelle.fr/

Liberté
39 Rue des Vinaigriers,
10th Arrondissement 

La Maison d’Isabelle 
47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain
5th Arrondissement 

Difference between croissant shapes

What’s the difference between a straight looking croissant and the crescent shape croissant you might be asking? Well that question I think definitely goes in the category of theres no such thing as a silly question. To be honest until I started visiting France I didn’t know there was a difference. In Australia when I grew up there was only really the crescent shaped croissants. In fact I thought that a croissant was called a croissant because it was in a crescent shape. Oh how wrong I was. 

What’s the difference between a straight or crescent shaped croissant or should I say a bent one?

Andrew Prior

This subject has been hotly contested in Europe lately with one story in particular of a major English supermarket brand.  They were asking the French manufactures of its croissants to make their margarine based croissants into a crescent shape as that is what their customers wanted. The French of course wanted nothing to do with this. And there should be the major hint as to what the difference is. 

Delicious croissant for breakfast on a Travelling Fabulously Cote D’Azur tour.

Traditionally throughout France a croissant shaped in a crescent represents that it has been made with margarine. The straight croissant has been made with butter. Margarine was invented back in the Napoleonic days on his orders actually. It’s made with beef tallow or rendered beef fat which means it can be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration. This was perfect for the feeding of Napoleons troops. There are many differences in opinion of the origin of both the croissant and its shape and in fact for many years the crescent was the only shape for the croissant. But now in any Boulangerie or patisserie you should find two types and the standard is that a straight one is made from butter and the crescent is made from margarine. Now remember that’s in France only. 

Where are the best croissants in Paris?

Are you coming to Paris? Want to know where the best croissants are near to where you are staying? Better still need help on where to stay. Then why not look into my itinerary services link here. Let me help you plan your next perfect holiday. 

Fabulous Croissants

My first episode of Travelling Fabulous is still one of the most popular. Now I might think that I need a personality injection at the beginning of the episode it’s still a great watch as where else can you find out the difference between a straight and gay croissant, sorry a straight and bent or crescent shaped croissant.