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A New Artwork House on the Seine ⋆ Secrets and techniques of Paris


Parisians love our Seine-side leisure, and the most recent cultural institution to take up residence on the quays is Quai de la Picture: Centre d’Artwork Photographique. Run by the identical group because the Fluctuart floating city artwork gallery within the 7th, this gallery moored on the foot of the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand within the 13th arrondissement is devoted to modern pictures, “bringing collectively the nice names of pictures and rising artists from France and overseas.”

Entrance is free, so you’ll be able to pop in and take a look on the newest exposition with none obligation. The present exhibition by September twenty fourth is Martin Parr (contained in the gallery) and Clementine Schneidermann (on the terrace). Whereas there, try the specialised pictures bookshop, La Comète, which was positioned within the 10th arrondissement for a few years. They are going to be internet hosting e book launches and signings all year long.

Consuming and Eating

It’s also possible to simply go to the restaurant-bar (which, actually, appears to dominate this area greater than the gallery), with seating each contained in the galley and on the outside terrace from Might by October. They serve cocktails, bar snacks, and a menu of meals that’s supposedly totally different than what’s served on the neighboring quayside bars overlooking the Seine.

“Whereas providing pleasant service, the workforce concocts a fusion delicacies, dishes revisited with unique flavors influenced by Italian, Oriental and Japanese influences, recipes that delight the style buds and invite you to come back again many times. All of the components provided on Quai de la Picture are contemporary and of French origin, organically grown and chosen with subtlety.” I haven’t tried it but, however will report again once I do later this month.

Drinks costs are in step with most of Paris: beers from €6, cocktails €10-12, espresso €2.50. Bar snacks embody charcuterie and cheese platters €20, fish & chips €18, veggie platter €13 is €19 for 2 programs or €24 for 3. There’s no à la carte choice, however there are vegetarian dishes.

River Cruises

Profiting from their place on the water, additionally they suggest 50-minute boat rides of the Seine, circling the Ile de la Cité and Ile St-Louis. You possibly can e book a spot on one of many small group excursions (there’s room for as much as 12 passengers) each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night (climate allowing) at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 9pm. The associated fee is simply €12 per particular person, or privatize the entire boat for you and your pals for €290. Reservations are made on-line, so you’ll be able to see straight away if there are any spots left. When you’re unsure the climate will likely be dry, chances are you’ll need to simply present up and check out your luck a minimum of quarter-hour earlier than the scheduled cruise. In the intervening time it’s new sufficient which you could normally nonetheless get spots on the final minute (that is the 13th in spite of everything, not precisely an Instagrammer-infested nook of Paris).

You’ll see a glossy wood pace boat parked within the indoor marina, however don’t get too enthusiastic about that, as a result of the €12 journey is on the Zéro de Conduit electrical catamaran moored across the again (I gained’t say “hidden”, however you must realize it’s there to seek out it). The distinction between the 2 is like carrying Crocs vs Louboutins. If you’d like the sext boat, you’ll need to contact Quai de la Picture to order it (no costs are talked about on the positioning, and the bartender suggested me to ship an electronic mail for more information).

Pictures Courses

Additionally they present these glossy speedboats within the images selling their upcoming themed picture cruises, the place you’re going to get a lesson in pictures with a few of the finest surroundings on the planet to observe on. The following ones in English are “Underneath the Bridges of Paris” (September 30th) and “Paris from the Seine” (September 22nd), however as of in the present day it’s nonetheless not attainable to e book it immediately on their web site (“coming quickly”), however the value is €245/particular person for half-day course and cruise.

Pictures courses (with out the cruise) are additionally attainable in English and French for €225/particular person, six folks max per class. The following ones in English are September 23rd (Introduction to Out of doors Portrait Pictures) and September 29 (Introduction to Studio Portrait Pictures)

Sensible Data

Quai de la Picture: The Photographic Arts Heart on the Seine
9 Port de la Gare, thirteenth
Metro Quai de la Gare or Bercy
Open every day Might to October from midday to midnight (closed Monday and Tuesday in winter).


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