Posted by dan on February 23, 2011
Click to download as a screensaver (1024x768 px) - Banlieues Bleues 2011
Banlieues Bleues, an annual five-week festival of French and international music – jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, flamenco and world music – is about to begin next month. Some programs already start on the 1st of March, with the main festival events from the 11th of March till the 8th of April. The venues, including La Dynamo, are a bit out but can be reached conveniently by RER or other means. If you find something that you like – and if you’re around this time – maybe it’s worth that little effort.
Banlieues Bleues official website: www.banlieuesbleues.org
9, rue Gabrielle Josserand
Bus 170 – 249 – 330
RER E Pantin
Métro ligne 7 Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins
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Posted by dan on February 16, 2011
Army patrol in Paris - Montmartre
Paris is one of the safest big cities in Europe, or the world for that matter, violent crime is very rare. Pickpocketing and different scams are more common, but with a little common sense they are easily avoidable. In a world of global terrorism another worry for many visitors is security – especially with these occasional warnings issued time to time – as Paris is just as much a possible target as any other city. I personally think these threats are often exaggerated, but it is good to be vigilant. The French army has been patrolling the streets for many years and you can see them at major tourist sites, at stations, in the airports. The patrol always consists of three, often women amongst them. I met this patrol in Montmartre – one French guy, an African and an Arab. Since my Arabic is better than my French I talked to the soldier of Moroccan origin and asked if they would mind if I take a picture. They were all friendly and nice and happily posed for a shot.
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