All set to click away taking pictures of your best summer ever in the capital of art de vivre? Whether you're a jet-setting American Express platinum cardholder staying at the Ritz to take advantage of its VIP shopper offer entitling you to a celebrity welcome in luxury goods stores all over town or, more likely an expat seeking streetwise tips, to point visitors from back home in the right direction... Paris is a great place to be out and about.
Whats your idea of a souvenir pic? Wish you were here panoramic cityscapes of the Seine and Eiffel Tower, captured with one of Kodaks cute APS Advanced Photo System Advantix cameras? However you picture your vacation, the Instamatic spirit lives on... On the digital front, the American brand has brought out an EasyShare travel kit with higher capacity memory cards, geared to the needs of tourists on the move who dont always have instant access to a computer.
The Tuileries garden is the setting of Retour de Flamme a vintage movie screening that takes place out in the open, after dusk... The organizers of this dazzling cinema buffs gathering? Lobster a film restoration company which schedules regular public unveilings of its latest repair jobs. This 10th edition coincides with Frances annual Music Day or Fête de la Musique, so it includes rare footage of Duke Ellington, performing in 1929. (June 21, 10:30pm, Concorde/Orangerie entrance, info: 01 43 38 69 69)
Paris 13th Open-Air Cinema Festival at the Parc de la Villette, from July 16 to August 25 features more than 35 international films shown in their original language, on an XXL inflatable screen. From Jean Renoir to David Lynch, its 2002 selection is titled "Frontières." Admission is free, but chilly movie-goers can hire a blanket and deck chair for 6 Euros (4 Euros, if under 16) or purchase five deck chair tickets for 20 Euros. (Every night except Mon, 10pm, M° Porte de Pantin, infoline: 01 40 03 75 75)
With an American Peter Scarlet at his helm, Frances famed Cinémathèque film archive is attracting a fresh crowd, keen to see key movies, often introduced by their directors. In June and July, it presents Panorama du Cinéma Cubain a two-part retrospective of Cubas film scene.(Palais de Chaillot/garden entrance, 7 av Albert-de-Mun, 16e, infoline: 01 56 26 01 01)
To complete the picture... Head for the Opéra-Comique where Jérôme Savary has put together Looking for Chano, a musical about a young sax player who travels to Havana, on the trax of Chano Pozo a prominent Afro-cuban jazz/bebop percussionist who jammed with Charlie Parker in 1940s New York... For an evening out à la Cotton Club reserve a 50 Euro seat at one of six champagne on ice four-person stageside tables... (To June 29/ Bookings at the theaters place Boïeldieu box office, or via: 0 825 00 00 58, Mon-Sat 9am to 9pm/Sun 11am to 7pm)
The ideal silver screen fans outing? A visit to a free multimedia exhibition, to be seen until September 1... At 6 rue Récamier within steps of M° Sèvres-Babylones Raspail exit EDF's Espace Electra (tel: 01 53 63 23 45) pays tribute to Georges Méliès (1861-1938). This early filmmaker paved the way for 20th century special effects maestros such as Steven Spielberg. On the way out... Gourmets, wise enough to have reserved in advance, will proceed to Le Récamier (tel: 01 45 48 86 58) a terrace-equipped restaurant niched in the same, leafy pedestrians only enclave. Impeccable tablecloths and rows of spotless glasses set the tone...
The gastronomic event of the season is the creation of an ephemeral patio restaurant at the Hôtel Le Parc-Sofitel Demeure Hotels. After taking its cue from star chef Alain Ducasse, its top of the range cuisine is now in the hands of Alain Soulard who has mapped out a cosmopolitan array of contemporary dishes from here, and elsewhere. Until September 30, La Terrasse du Parc will be open for lunch, tea and lantern-lit dinners... served in an arbor-like haven, within walking distance of the Trocadero. (57 av Raymond Poincaré, 16e, reservations: 01 44 05 66 10). A feather logo evoking an authors quill is the signature of another resto launched this spring. Equally pleasant inside and out the Dédicace Café dispenses imaginative, wholesome food at its stylish terrace, with comfortable high-backed chairs. Its bar and dining room updates the atmosphere of a literary club without the billowing cigar smoke... As Dédicace means autograph it comes as no surprise that concerts and book signings are on the cards. (Daily noon to 3pm & 7pm to midnight, 7 rue St-Benoît, 6e, tel: 01 42 61 12 70)
Stars & Styles
The sight-seeing fashion victims alternative to Notre-Dame the Colette concept store fêted its fifth anniversary last March. As well as endorsing cutting-edge attire and high tech, it has a knack for compiling cool photo expos. As of July during couture week it hosts Stars & Styles a two-part collaborative celebration focusing on party pictures. Glitzy, upgraded snapshots by insiders connected with avant-garde arts and dress codes review, Self Service. from Jessica Craig Martin and Suzie Menkes, to Terry Richardson... (Jul 8 to Aug 3 & Aug 5 31, 213 rue St-Honoré, 1er, tel: 01 55 35 33 90). Also into style and nightlife, Duran, a French artist who commutes between New York and the Landes region, could pass for a projector and spray gun wielding hyper realist. Yet, he paints with... a paintbrush. His subject matter? Generally that is, except for a portrait of Tom Cruise... mysteriously headless clubbers. Each silhouettes personality is suggested through his or her clothes, and body language. Definitely worth a look! (To June 22, Galerie Eric de Montbel, 34 rue de Seine, 6e, tel: 01 43 29 34 31)
Pursuing its Think Different groove Apple sponsors a pre-Fête de la Musique before soirée at the Olympia music-hall on June 20. This DJtal Party will be a dual action affair. A special industry workshop showcasing the companys state-of-the-art sound technology and software will be followed by a 10pm public concert, with French Touch heavyweights like DJ Deep, Dimitri From Paris, Bob Sinclar and DJ Gregory. The ambience? In discotheque mode, with digital show live paintings by Judith Darmont... (28 bd des Capucines, 9e, tel: 01 47 42 25 49, 18 Euros)