Dear friends, even if some of you were brave enough to visit during winter, spring is coming back with its beauty, fun and plenty of things to do for you! Check out our selection of places to visit and activities not to be missed next month!
The arts break is now over and all big museums and collections are back on the agenda with major, incredible arts retrospectives from now until the summer!
Our favourites include Vasarely, Sharing Shapes: a full 300+ artworks retrospective of this iconic artist who preached the accessibility and gratuity of arts everywhere. From metro stations to board rooms’ decoration, the geometrical and super-visual works of Vasarely invaded every space of the Western world in the 70s. Discover his thinking and philosophy behind his art at Pompidou Museum until June!
The Courtauld Collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation: walking on the steps of the Chtchoukine collection a year ago, the Foundation achieves another incredible feature by gathering the 110 modern art pieces of this once-private British collector. An exceptional gathering of Manet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Renoir until June as well!
While the big names like Chambord or Versailles are open year-round, smaller little gems usually close during the cold times. Take a sunny day in March and head to Vaux-le-Vicomte or Beauregard in the Loire Valley to enjoy the “Vie de Chateau” for a day.
Stroll along the alleys of the serene gardens, wander through the historical rooms and travel back in time. And don’t miss our “Castles’ Life” series in March 🙂
March is traditionally also the month for outdoor competitions to resume, in particular with the Paris Marathon scheduled on 14th of March! Athletes, put on your best shoes and gear up for one of the most beautiful and scenic runs of the world! Parisians will cheer you up from the Vincennes castle, through the old streets of Le Marais, in front of the Eiffel Tower and all the way to the amazing finish near the Champs Elysees!
Carnivals all around
While Venice in Italy is without a doubt the most famous one, France hosts a variety of funny carnivals too! Several cities, from Nice in February to Mulhouse in the East (7-10 March), Annecy (15-17 March) and Dunkirk in the North (until 23rd of March), will dress up and celebrate carnivals!
Carnivals originally were a popular and rural celebration of spring coming back and fieldwork resuming, it then became a Catholic celebration of feast, dance and singing before the Carême (period of fast). Nowadays, it is a perfect opportunity to wear costumes, sing, dance and eat with locals!