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Cinéma en plein air 2012

22 Aug

No thunderstorms yesterday, the weather forecast apparently has not been that accurate. But the temperatures have dropped to a far more pleasant level and today the sky over Paris is blue, blue, blue.

Ideal for a movie night outdoors. Just as every year, the 2012 version of the “Cinéma en plein air”, titled “Métamorphoses”, at the Parc de la Villette will entertain you with a best-of of recent film as well as beloved, sometimes rare, classics and international highlights.

Good to know: the films are all shown in their original language version with French subtitles.

Before it ends on August 26, the Cinéma en plein air will screen quite a few more jewels of film history.

Today: Being John Malkovich by Spike Jonze, USA 1999

Thursday, August 23: L’Esquive by Abdellatif Kechiche, France 2003

Friday, August 24: L’Invasion des profanateurs de sépulture (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) by Don Siegel, USA 1956

I have never watched the movie in this black-and-white version (as in the movie poster above), I only know the recent version and the amazing makes-your-teeth-chatter version with Donald Sutherland. Hope I will get a chance to see it!

Saturday, August 25: Superman by Richard Donner, USA 1978

Sunday, August 26: Hair by Miloš Forman, USA 1979

The screening of the movies starts at nightfall, entry is free.

Additional information:

Find the PDF-version of the Cinéma en plein air programme here (in French).

Métro: Porte de Pantin (Grande Halle) : Ligne 5 – Bobigny – Place d’Italie

Porte de la Villette : Ligne 7 – Villejuif-Louis Aragon / La Courneuve

Parc de la Villette, full address and map here.

Auberge de la Reine Blanche

31 Oct

View from Île Saint-Louis

You don’t have to be Alice to meet this White Queen, you don’t even have to fall down a rabbit hole, just visit the Île de la Cité’s charming little sister, the Île Saint-Louis.

Walking around the Île Saint-Louis is like travelling back in time. The island is touristy yet has still kept some of its original charm.

Saint-Louis houses

Hidden away behind the house fronts you’ll find truly marvelous apartments. Get a glimpse behind the walls, check out the photos of the apartment ads in the windows of the island’s realtors and start dreaming.

Recently we’ve had dinner at the “Auberge de la Reine Blanche” on Saint-Louis’ “main street”, rue St Louis en l’île.

The Reine Blanche is tiny. If you’re only two, try to get the table at the window. Not that much space, but a view on what’s happening dans la rue.

Tarte provençale
Expect classic French food with a modern twist. The portions could be a bit bigger but the food was good. I’ve enjoyed “Tarte provençale”, a luscious vegetable tarte with goat cheese followed by a scrumptious “Brochette duo de poisson”, red mullet and salmon skewers with homemade chunky mashed carrots/potatoes.

Prices: About € 20 for starter and main course and € 25 for a three course meal.

Auberge de la Reine Blanche, 30 Rue St Louis en l’ile, 75004 Paris, France +33 1 46 33 07 87 ‎
In the 4th arrondissement, see map.