Who says November isnt for lovers? Since its Euro-marriage with Netherlands airline KLM became official last month, Air France has been walking on air
At the Musée de la Publicité (107 rue de Rivoli, 1er, M° Louvre-Palais Royal, tel: 01 44 55 57 50), a handsome display of posters and memorabilia celebrates Air Frances 70th anniversary. Dubbed On Air 1933-2003, this aeronautical overview pays tribute to the top-flight couturiers whove designed the uniforms of this legendary companys hostesses and stewards over the decades, as well as to the artists and architects commissioned to decorate its planes and agencies. (To Jan 25, Tue to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 6pm, closed Mon)
Promoted on TV as La chaussure qui respire (meaning, Footwear that breathes), GEOX is an Italian brand thats taking off here in a big way. Equipped with microporous rubber soles that absorb and expel sweat without letting water in, these shoes come in every adult or kids style imaginable: from elegant leather classics to this seasons ultra-trendy boxing boot-like sneakers. (New Paris boutique: 109 rue St-Lazare, 9e, tel: 01 48 78 98 76)
Hailing from America, Merrells spring-stepped sports shoes, with a patented Air Cushion at the base of the heel, are equally à la mode. (Sprint Striker Goal option 110E, available from sports chains such as Stadium)
Featherweight shoes like these are just the ticket for foot ache-free sightseeing. To be seen absolument, in the recently restored kitchens of The Nissim de Camondo Museum, a stately mansion that connoisseurs compare to New York Citys Frick Collection
Portraits de saveurs is a scrumptious show of food pix. Jean-Louis Bloch-Lainé has raided the pantry of Pierre Gagnaire the Michelin-rated Parisian chef who opened a suave London brasserie named Sketch last December to photograph gourmet produce in a fresh light. (To Nov 30, 63 rue de Monceau, 8e, tel: 01 53 89 06 50)
Health-conscious foodies with a sense of art de vivre, full speed ahead
this is the place for you! Just off the rue du Havre, within steps of the Printemps and Galeries Lafayette department stores on boulevard Haussmann, à toutes Vapeurs! is a loft-like self-service eating house, which proffers market-fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat all steam-cooked before your eyes. After taking their pick from a selection of recipes, each poetically presented in a grocery stall-style basket lined with greaseproof paper, and pointing to one of several different perfumed olive or hazelnut oils, thats then gingerly brushed on
customers watch as the dish of their choice is heated in a special chrome appliance. On the drinks list: natural juices, pleasant wines, Mariage Frères teas, hot chocolate made from Weiss cocoa beans
(Mon to Sat 11am to 7pm, closed Sun, 7 rue lIsly, 8e, M° Havre-Caumartin/Saint-Lazare, tel: 01 44 90 95 75)
At 30-something, Rebecca Magniant a bouncy American expat wife and self-confessed shopaholic has turned her knack for unearthing fabulous boutiques and insider tips into a flourishing e-business, in tandem with fellow francophile David Bizer. For the past six months, Chic Shopping Paris has been treating visitors to the City of Light to thematic tours, covering a variety of topics ranging from couture and antiques bargain hunting to epicurean expeditions. Customized sprees can be arranged, and a 10% early bird discount off the special Holiday Shopping option is featured on Rebeccas regularly updated website: www.chicshoppingparis.com
Maybe, some sunny day, some corporate whiz will conjure up a soap powder that smells of Chanel No 5 or LAir du Temps. For years, detergents were content to wash whiter. Then, came the vogue for magic products designed to put the black back into fashionistas mainly black wardrobes. Launched in association with four household name labels Morgan, 123, 3 Suisses and Dim Ariel Style Liquide sets out to keep your trendy tangy-hued attire as zingy as it was when you bought it. On supermarket shelves mid-November: an effervescent tablet variation.
Automotive showrooms with restaurants and arts spaces are in the air. At Le Rendez-Vous Toyota (79 av des Champs-Elysées, 8e, M° George V), you can catch a glimpse of this Japanese manufacturers latest urban concept car, the Prius, and pop into its tiptop tapas bar, which schedules groovy after-work gigs and DJ sessions, including weekly NeOJazz nights (Thursday/ 9-11pm). On view until November 19... Mobilités, an exhibition of XXL photographs and plasma screen images of walking figure cityscapes by Denis Darzarcq of the VU agency.
Speaking of electro thrills
French Touch duo AIR aka Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are currently revving up for a sleek New Year release. Their previous CD? City Reading, an experimental sound meets theater album based on Italian author Alessandro Bariccos cult novel titled City. (Source/Virgin)