Delv­ing into Draw­ings

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The Sa­lon du Dessin, the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned art show and fair de­voted to draw­ings, is con­verg­ing on Paris for the 27th time this year show­cas­ing both works by the masters as well as emerg­ing and con­tem­po­rary artists. The show of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to see rarely dis­played works by ma­jor artists in­clud­ing Pierre Bon­nard, Claude Monet and Odilon Re­don. Works in myr­iad medi­ums are on dis­play in­clud­ing pas­tels, wa­ter­colours, char­coal and pen­cils. High­lights of this year’s show in­clude a se­lec­tion from the draw­ings of the Musée d’Arts de Nantes and an ex­po­si­tion of the draw­ings of the di­adems of the high jew­ellery house of Chaumet un­der­scor­ing the role of the artist in the art and craft of jew­ellery mak­ing. Some 30 mu­se­ums, foun­da­tions and cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions from Paris to Chan­tilly are get­ting into the draw­ing spirit, ex­hibit­ing some of their rarely shown works, for draw­ings are frag­ile and of­ten con­served away from the pub­lic eye. For a se­lec­tion of venues visit­lon­ From March 21st through to March 26th, from 12pm to 8pm, and un­til 10pm on the 22nd. Palais Brong­niart, Place de la Bourse (2nd)


This lovely gar­den with tran­quil walk­ways, su­perb green­ery, fruit trees, a rose gar­den and stat­ues of­fers a host of ac­tiv­i­ties for children and adults. It is split into French gar­dens and English gar­dens with a geo­met­ric for­est and large pond be­tween the two. Rue de Médi­cis/Rue de Vau­gi­rard (6th), 01 42 64 33 99. M° Odéon


Con­structed be­tween 1163 and 1345, it is a Gothic master­piece. Free guided tours in English Wed and Thurs at 2pm & Sat at 2:30pm. Ex­pe­ri­ence Quasi­modo’s view of Paris from the tow­ers Jul-Aug 10am-5:45pm week­days, 10am-10:15pm Sat-Sun; Apr 1-Sep 30: 10am-5:45pm; Oct 1-Mar 31: 10am-4:45pm. 10€. 6 Parvis Notre- Dame (4th), 01 42 34 56 10. M° Cité


De­signed by ar­chi­tect Charles Garnier, and a bril­liant ex­am­ple of Sec­ond Em­pire ar­chi­tec­ture. Through to March 3 Pa­trice Chéreau, this ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the cre­ative process of the opera and theatre di­rec­tor. Daily vis­its on your own, 10am-4:30pm (adults 11€, stu­dents and un­der 25, 7€) in­for­ma­tion: 08 92 89 90 90. Guided tours in English daily at 11:00am and 2:30pm (15.50€). For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on guided tours call 08 25 05 44 05. Place de l’Opéra (9th). M° Opéra


An 18th- cen­tury mon­u­ment com­bin­ing Greek and Gothic ar­chi­tec­ture, where Voltaire, Rousseau, Marie Curie and other no­ta­bles are buried. Through to March 4 Marie Curie, une femme au Pan­théon, an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to the il­lus­tri­ous sci­en­tist, Marie Curie. Jan-March & Oct-Dec 10am-6pm; Apr-Sept 10am-6pm, last tick­ets 45 min­utes be­fore clos­ing. 9€. Free for children un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26. 6 Place du Pan­théon (5th), 01 44 32 18 00. M° Car­di­nal-Le­moine


One of the old­est squares in the French cap­i­tal, this beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­tural en­sem­ble is a his­toric mon­u­ment with a lovely green space sur­rounded by red brick build­ings with blue slate roofs. Shops, gal­leries and delightful cafés and bou­tiques line the sides of the square. Place des Vos­ges (4th). M° Chemin Vert


This pedes­trian bridge of­fers some of the finest views of Paris’s mon­u­ments in­clud­ing the Notre Dame, the Ile de la Cité and the Lou­vre. Built in 1803, it was the first bridge in the city to be con­structed in cast iron and is fre­quented by artists and mu­si­cians. Ac­cess in front of the In­sti­tut de France on the Quai de Conti (6th) and Quai François Mit­ter­rand (1st).


Lo­cated on the high­est peak of Paris, the view from the Sacré Coeur is breath­tak­ing. There is a guesthouse for pil­grims pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals. Daily 6am-10:30pm; Dome 8:30am-8pm. 35 rue du Cheva­lier- de-la-Barre (18th), 01 53 41 89 09. M° An­vers


A jewel-like chapel on the Ile de la Cité in the court­yard of the Palais de Jus­tice with High Gothic stained glass win­dows, at its finest on days when there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Daily 9am-5pm, last tick­ets 30 min­utes be­fore clos­ing time, times may vary. 10€. Free for children un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26. 2 blvd du Palais (1st), 01 53 40 60 80. M° Cité


This vast park filled with peace­ful wide al­ley­ways for strolling and an oc­tag­o­nal water basin of­fers a place for a prom­e­nade be­tween the Pyra­mide du Lou­vre and the Place de la Con­corde. Sculp­tures by Mail­lol, Rodin, Dubuf­fet and Louise Bour­geois are among the jew­els set in these re­fresh­ing gar­dens. Place de la Con­corde (1st). M° Con­corde

Sacré- Coeur

The Tui­leries Gar­den

Lux­em­bourg Gar­den

Notre-Dame Cathe­dral

Palais Garnier - Opéra de Paris


Place des Vos­ges

Pont des Arts

Sainte Chapelle

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