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Notre Dame du Raincy near Paris   Paris Digest from France   21:22   September 19, 2015

Sometimes called the Holy Chapel of reinforced concrete, Notre Dame du Raincy was designed in 1922 by famous architect Auguste Perret. Its stainglasses by Maurice Denis are spectacular. Notre Dame du Raincy is open everyday from 9am to 7pm and is easily reachable from Paris by RER E, station Le Raincy Villemomble Montfermeil, 10’ walk to Notre Dame. Locate Notre Dame du Raincy on Paris map.

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Val de Grace Church in Paris   Paris Digest from France   18:58   September 14, 2015

The magnificent Val de Grace Church is one of the hidden treasures of Paris. Commissioned in 1621 by Queen Anne d’Autriche, the mother of Louis XIV, the Sun King and the King of Versailles, and finished in 1667, Val de Grace is a mixture of classical and barocco styles. Now part of the Val de Grace Military Hospital, the church can be visited at mass time at 11am on Sundays and during the Heritage days from 10am to 6pm. Locate Val de Grace on Paris map.

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Paris Heritage Days 2015   Paris Digest from France   10:28   September 13, 2015

For those of you who are in Paris next week-end (September 19th and 20th 2015), don’t miss the Journées du Patrimoine (Paris Heritage Days). Most sights of interest will be open free of charge to the public during the two days. The list of sights attached is endless. It provides the address of participating sights and opening times. Avoid the most famous ones, such as the Elysees Palace and Hotel Matignon, where the queues can be very long. Enjoy your week-end in Paris.

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Marcel Proust and Paris   Paris Digest from France   17:11   September 3, 2015

From 1906 to 1919, Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922), one of the most famous French novelists of all times, lived at 102, boulevard Haussman in Paris. He wrote there most of his masterpiece, "In search of lost time".


His apartment , now part of a bank office, cannot be visited. The presence of Marcel Proust is best felt in the lovely and intimate Marcel Proust Museum, also known as Aunt Léonie’s House, in Illiers-Combray near Paris. Marcel Proust spent the summer as a child in this house as is superbly described in "In search of lost time". (Maison de Tante Léonie - Place Lemoine - 28120 Illiers Combray - Tel : +33 (0)2 37 24 30 97 - Web site in French).

Marcel Proust’s presence can also be felt at the Grand Hotel in Cabourg, a superb seaside resort near D Day Beaches in Normandy, two and a half hours by car from Paris. Marcel Proust spent the summer in that hotel between 1907 and 1914. Cabourg, Balbec in "In search of lost time", was another great source of inspiration for the novel.

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Chalet des Iles   Paris Digest from France   11:19   July 23, 2015

So far, Paris is dry and hot this summer. This is good news for sightseeing. But, you may be looking for a cool place to spend the evening. Le Chalet des Iles in Bois de Vincennes at walking distance from Paris Zoo is the right place. Get to Porte Doree metro station on line 8. Walk 15’ alongside Lac Daumesnil. You get to this oasis of trees, flowers and water.

Le Chalet des Iles is a large outdoor restaurant that hardly has any equivalent in Paris. The atmosphere is trendy and relaxed. The food is first class with in particular excellent beef and a fantastic Baba au rhum, a traditional Paris pastry, that can feed four people. Yesterday night, our party of six had a delicious dinner. We paid 250 euros including an excellent bottle of Chinon, a Cabernet wine from the Loire Valley. This is not more than what you pay in most Paris restaurants at night. A unique summer experience in Paris on a dry day. Web site. More top restaurants in Paris.

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