Friday, August 13, 2010

Rainy Days - Guest Blog by Priscilla Pilon!!

Weekend in Paris also sent in something extra special for this week's JNSQ Friday Feature -- a lovely guest post for your rainy-day-reading-pleasure!

Priscilla's blog is down to earth, informative and a real treasure in the Paris-loving community. Check out her site, I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do!

‘Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down’ is a line from a famous song, but in Paris rainy days will never get me down with so many things to see and do!

Cité de la Musique “The Cité” is a perfect attraction for all age groups on a rainy day in Paris. It is, as the name implies, a mini-city that houses all things music. Former French President François Mitterrand finished this project as one of his last contributions to Paris while at the helm of France. The Cité website states that this venue “is aimed at all audiences: music lovers, youth, artists and budding artists, amateurs and professionals.”

Inside The Cité are facilities that showcase all genres of music in unique ways. There is the Music Museum “Musée de la Musique” that not only lets the tourists see the instruments of yesterday, it also allows visitors to hear any type of music from their extensive audio library. Local musicians share their talents daily and they host seminars about music as well as forums for discussion to enhance the experience. Guided tours are available.

The complex also houses an incredible concert hall that is The Cité’s “la pièce de résistance!” With its superior acoustic quality and capacity to seat 1,000 music lovers, this venue is fantastic for the concerts that are performed there. Many concerts are free and the ranges in music performed there is as varied as grains of sand on the beach.

Complete with a bookshop and Café de la Musique for creative cuisine, you can spend a whole day into the evening at The Cité without worrying about the weather outside!

Location: 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 44 84 45 00
Métro: Line 5 Ourcq

Rainy day shopping can be done handily at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Chaumet, and Chanel are just a few of the top names that can be found in Paris’ chic version of a shopping mall. It will be hustling and bustling with Parisians from all over the city, but it is worth a trip to see all the fashion designers in one spot while spying on the locals to see what they think are the hottest trends this season!

Le Bon Marché is conveniently located on the Left Bank at 38, rue de Sèveres 75007. Parking is difficult, but the Métro (Sèveres/Babylone) is mere steps away from its front doors.

Shopping can make anyone hungry and frustrated, so take a break for lunch on a rainy day and try my favorite restaurant in Paris – L’Epi Dupin. Located right around the corner from Le Bon Marché at 11, rue Dupin 75007, you won’t even have to pull out your umbrella, just throw your scarf around your hair and head straight there. Chef François Pasteau's creative cuisine is flavorful without drama, eclectic in nature and yet satisfyingly comfortable like a home cooked meal.
As I always say, “I’d rather be in Paris in the rain, than anywhere else in the sunshine!” Enjoy!

Thanks so much to all the tweeps, and a very special thank you to Priscilla of Weekend in Paris for this inspiring guestpost and to Nichole from Little Brown Pen for the beautiful photos!


  1. We just went to the museum yesterday! It was a little cloudy and drizzly through the afternoon and was indeed a good rainy day place to be. The café (along with everything else in the city) is closed for a few weeks in August, but the museum and bookshop were open. I'm not a huge "music person" but the number of instruments and the historical perspective of music one gets while there are impressive.

    Thanks to Priscilla for the info, and to you, Shannon, for featuring her writing & letting us know about her blog.

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