For almost a year now, Parisian tourism players have been innovating and reinventing their products and services to offer Parisians, Paris region residents and other visitors to the capital other ways of seeing the French capital: virtual shows, unique encounters and outings … Spotlight on what’s happening in the capital this month.
Cultural venues, from exhibitions to shows
Throughout the month of March, some cultural venues are offering a rich, occasionally virtual programme of events, so that visitors can discover the capital in a different way. One such example is the Grand Palais: from March until June 2021, this exceptional venue retraces the history of black and white photography in the exhibition ‘Noir & Blanc: a photographic aesthetic’. Produced in collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, this event throws light on the most important photographers of the genre, such as Man Ray, Ralph Gibson or Diane Arbus and Robert Doisneau. 200 photographers from 30 countries are brought together for this unprecedented event. Two types of virtual tours are available: a live guided tour with a specialist guide, or an independent virtual tour with an audio-guide. To take advantage of one of these, simply register here. The Grand Palais also offers a virtual multiplayer escape game, in the steps of the ‘Fantômes de Malraux’. The mission? The public are taken back to the year 1962 to save the Grand Palais from imminent destruction. To begin playing, it is necessary to download the app and then go to 6 Cour la Reine in the 8th arrondissement. No need to panic, a hotline is open for the duration of the game.
Also, for adventure enthusiasts: the 'Enquêtes du Louvre' [Louvre investigations]. This Louvre Museum podcast provides another way of discovering the museum by mixing art and crime. On the programme: 5 episodes of police-style investigations in the shadow of the museum’s great artists and masterpieces: The Raft of the Medusa, The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds, the Pyxis of al-Mughira, The Regent, and The Winged Bulls of Khorsabad. As for the Musée des Arts et Métiers, it offers an experience around the exhibition 'Top Modèles. Une leçon princière au XVIIIe siècle'. Three themed itineraries are available to travel back in time and focus on the daily life of the children of the court, through carpentry, lock making and pottery workshops. And to entertain children, there are 7 puzzles to solve to find the young Louis-Philippe.
Another idea for a virtual visit: the Centre Pompidou invites you to explore 'Sounds like Kandinsky', an all-digital project, also in augmented reality, which offers an insight into the artist, his works, and a new experience: hearing colours.
For those who like to take a walk in the open air, the Musée Rodin’s sculpture garden, has now reopened. Extending over three hectares, the grounds of the museum offer the opportunity to discover or rediscover works by Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. Other parks and gardens displaying works of art include the Tuileries gardens, the Luxembourg gardens and the park of La Villette. Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau lists places Where to see art outdoors and Art in Parisian galleries to explore. One date not to miss: the resumption of activity by Marin d’Eau Douce, on 4 March, to explore the La Villette canal basin by electric boat (no boating licence required) and enjoy the many works of street art from the water along the Canal de l’Ourcq.
For an evening of entertainment, several Parisian cabarets are launching the streaming of shows under the name 'Sacré Montmartre'. After a first virtual date on Valentine's Day evening, the cabarets Chez Michou, Madame Arthur and Au Lapin Agile are offering another two show evenings. On 21 March and 18 April at 9pm, spectators will be able to admire artists who have combined their talents to keep Parisian nightlife alive. And for audiences looking for more dates, the cabaret Madame Arthur offers shows streamed every Thursday at 9pm. Previous shows are available on the website.
Sporting events, for kids and grown-ups
Ready for the Paris half marathon? Harmonie Mutuelle is offering runners an e-semi de Paris on 6 and 7 March 2021. This race, open to all and free, is run in pairs. Simply download the app ‘HM Semi de Paris connecté’ and sign up together. Programme: 21km to do in one go or in several times, in the place of your choice … challenges to take up, and gifts to be won. The same format will be proposed from 5 to 11 April to prepare for the Paris Marathon, scheduled for 17 October 2021. For those who prefer cycling to running, Paris offers countless opportunities along more than 1,000 km of cycle lanes. Themed guided bike tours (The Tuileries, the Quais de Seine, the Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, Feminist Paris, Unusual Paris ) by Parisian agencies such as Paris à Vélo or Paris Bike Tour provide a great way for visitors to get to know the capital. It is also possible to hire a bike and venture out into the streets of Paris on your own.
Good news this month: The Evasion Verte space at the Parc Floral de Paris has reopened. Visitors will be able to take part in an adventure course in the trees, in compliance with health regulations. Numerous treetop adventure parks on the outskirts of Paris have also reopened, including Accrocamp. Sherwood Parc is due to open on 27 March.
Hotels and restaurants: tailor-made offers
While waiting for the reopening of cultural venues, bars, restaurants ... some hotels have developed tailor-made offers to give their customers exceptional evenings. Following on from special offers for New Year and Valentine's Day, offers in March are certain to appeal to visitors. Fancy the idea of restaurant dining? Go to the Hotel Mercure Paris Montparnasse Raspail. This restaurant in the 14th arrondissement has teamed up with chef Eric Lequeux of restaurants Bistrot des Campagnes (14th) & La Gorgée (6th). Objective: to enable guests to book a table in one of the hotel's guest rooms, thus enabling the restaurateur to continue their business activity. And to prolong the pleasure, a dinner + overnight stay package is available. The Madison (6th) is continuing its ‘before times’ package, including the screening of a movie, an in-room private dinner, and an overnight stay at the hotel with breakfast. As for the Terrass Hôtel, it is offering a cosy cocoon stay with an in-room massage for two.
More information on the website parisinfo.com