Sunday's picture and a song: All Night Long - Nuit Blanche in Paris!


"All Night Long" is the song that kept playing in my head as Stéphane and I experienced our first "Nuit Blanche" ("Sleepless Night") in Paris. The theme "Between the Sky and the Seine" was highly appropriate for the 11th edition of this celebration of contemporary art because the sky, or the rain falling from it, played a major role in the evening. Additionally, the organizers of Nuit Blanche promised to get visitors "high" by giving them access to fifteen unobstructed viewpoints along the river that are normally closed to the public.


After studying the "Nuit Blanche" app that divided the city into three zones, Stéphane and I decided to concentrate on the events in the Western arrondissements and headed towards the Guimet Museum. Thinking that most people would prefer to stay inside on such a rainy night, we were surprised to see a long line of art enthusiasts huddled under umbrellas.


While many people used the late night opening to view one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia, Stéphane and I made a beeline to what we thought was the terrace on the top floor hoping to have an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower. After waiting and wondering why the line wasn't moving, one of the staff members gave an incomprehensible explanation that completely baffled me and all of the Francophones, including Stéphane. Not quite sure what was at the top of the steps, Stéphane and I decided to wait...and wait. Finally, it was our turn. Confused as to why we had to remove our shoes when we thought that we were going to the terrace, we were surprised to stumble into a room with a subdued performance. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that we only stayed the length of time that it took me to snap a photo before Stéphane bolted out the door.


Slightly disappointed, Stéphane and I headed back out into the rain. Seeing the long line in front of the recently reopened Palais de Tokyo, we changed our itinerary and walked across the river to the Quai Branly Museum. After waiting in another line and walking up 136 steps, we were treated to a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from the terrace.

Deciding to visit one more place before stopping for a midnight snack, we changed our plans once again when we saw the long line in front of the Grand Palais. While we dried off over steak tartare and cheese at the Mini-Palais, Stéphane and I reviewed the evening and discussed what we'll do differently next year. Rather than relying on an app that isn't user friendly, we'll pick up one of the detailed brochures from the mayor's office. We also thought that instead of staying up late that we may get up early because many of the events last until 7:00 am. And the very first thing that we'll do is hope that it doesn't rain!

On a more positive note, it was a really good night for photos of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Click here to see the album that I posted on Facebook.

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  1. Sorry about the inclement weather but sounds like you and Stephane managed to pull off a fun evening....and some great shots! Oh, and thanks for the L Richie post. You know my Sunday am is not the same without a song to get started.

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    1. You're welcome. I'll try not to ever let another Sunday go by without a song! ;)

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  2. The weather really was awful last night! Not very conducive to a sleepless night exploring art exhibitions. A post-fashion week tradition for Seb and I is to have a cocktail at Palais de Tokyo (it's right by the showroom) and we went by and were also turned off by the long line (and rain!). Whatever they were doing did look really interesting though!

    Oh and thanks for getting that song in my head! MK, all I have to say is "siesta forever". What does that even mean?! Hahaha!

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    1. That's so cool that you have a post-fashion week tradition! Even though I'm not remotely connected with fashion, I think that I'll have to take a page from your book, Mlle Ella!

      I'm not sure what they were doing in the Palais de Tokyo but there was a man outside taking photos with a really long lens who seemed completely entranced by whatever he was seeing. He certainly snapped enough pics!

      "Fiesta", mlle Ella, "Fiesta forever" - not "siesta"!!! ;) Seeeaaassshhh - show some respect for 80s music!

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  3. Wow. I ended up going home after dinner, but only after noticing the endless line at the Assemblie Nationale. So explain the "midnight snack' thing- you can pop into the mini-palais on a Saturday night for a snack? What time do they close?

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    1. The Mini-Palais is open for drinks until 2:00 am! They stop serving food at midnight. It's a fabulous place for people watching. Lots of fancy people! Plus, the view from the heated terrace at night is spectacular.

      Just saw on FB that 5,000 people visited the Assemblie Nationale during Nuit Blanche.

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  4. Very cool! I like the theme they chose, I would have loved to explore new vantage points.

    I looked at your Facebook photos. You got some great shots. The Asian art museum looks really good. I'd like to see the Quai Branly one day, too.

    I think my husband also would have ditched the performance piece. And he would have scoffed a lot. :)

    Here's Kerouac's coverage:

    http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=paris&thread=6128&page=1

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    1. Thanks for including the link for Kerouac's report. He covered a lot more ground in the rain than we did!

      As for the performance piece, Stephane looked like a deer caught in headlights when he realized what we had stumbled upon. I've never seen him in such a hurry to get out of a room, partially because he was worried that we would have to stay there until the end.

      Both the Guimet and the Quai Branly are worth a visit. There's what appears to be an interesting exhibition at the QB on hair - "THE ART OF HAIR -frivolities and trophies". I hope to see it.

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  5. Well you ended up with a great photo of the Eiffel Tower, so all was not lost.

    And I couldn't listen to the song of the day, I just can't afford to have that song in my head all day.

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    1. But there it is anyway. Better put on some Sex Pistols or something to erase it.

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    2. Sorry, Joseph! After walking around with "All Night Long" in my head...all night long on Saturday, I know how insidious it is. I hope that the Sex Pistols were able to fully eradicate it from your brain!

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    3. You ate making me miss Paris so much. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, fashion week and now Nuit Blanche. These are all events that we are usually in Paris for.

      However we have never suceeded in enjoying Nuit Blanche for long. It seems far too crowded and we miss lots.

      But I miss Paris!

      Maybe a quick dash over this weekend. I have four days off.

      Love Denise

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  6. I went to a vineyards long island though the view there is incomparable to what you got here, can I just say that the intensity of the view I've just visited is really amazing and the vineyards are really lovely though what you have here is full of romance, emotions and passion. Nice post! I hope to visit the place some other time. Thanks!

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