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Sundays in Blandy

Every Sunday from 10 April to 24 July

Blandy les Tours castle is one of the rare fortified castles of the 14th century that has been preserved and restored, at the gates of Paris. If you love medieval history, come discover Blandy-les-Tours castle, one of the last witnesses of medieval architecture in Ile-de-France, majestically deploying its high curtain walls, machicolated rampart walk, arrow slits, merlons, crenellations, moats, towers, towers, keep, etc.
Shows and concerts in the courtyard or audience room await visitors. The programme invites artists to take the medieval imagination and do everything they can with it. The challenge has gone out to actors and artists to show how bold, brilliant and amazing they can be.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 59 17 80 - www.seine-et-marne.fr/blandy-les-tours

 


Sundays in Blandy

Medieval shows in Provins, Medieval city listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site  

Medieval shows in Provins, Medieval city listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site

Provins, former capital of the counts of Champagne, town of fairs and UNESCO World Heritage site, will take you back to the Middle Ages. See the fortified gates, ramparts, medieval rooms, tunnels and merchants’ houses.
Shows will be held every day from April to November 2011:
- "The Legend of the Knights", from 2 April to 1 November
A fantastic medieval show on horse-back, the only one of its kind in Europe: feats on horse-back, fights, cavalcades, trick riding, where stunts and animals come together…
Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 67 39 95
- "Eagles of the Ramparts", from 2 April to 1 November
Through the legend of Bavon the falconer, a great hunter in the 12th century, you will discover the wonderful magic of these birds of prey, in perfect harmony with the horses. After the show you can visit the aviaries and the wolves’ enclosure.
Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 58 80 32
- "The Age of the Ramparts", from 18 April to 1 July
Come and see how identical copies of the amazing war machines from medieval times work and watch an entertaining, non-stop show with demonstrations of games on horse-back.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 67 39 95

The 1st Geofestival around Fontainebleau

From April to June 2012

As part of the international year of the forest, the Géomnis association and the Biosphere Reserve have joined forces to offer us another way of looking at the area covered by the Fontainebleau massif and the regional natural park of the Gâtinais français.
With the aim of raising awareness about the environment and sustainable development in a different way, through geology linked to biodiversity and human activities, this geofestival® has taken shape thanks to the collaboration of scientists, artists and the people living in the area chosen, including children.
Unique in France, the Geofestival® offers an original approach and aims to be festive, sporty, convivial and open to everybody. A programme is scheduled for entertaining activities that the whole family can share.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 70 35 84 - www.geofestival.org

 


The 1st Geofestival around Fontainebleau

The 1st eco-tourism centre in the Ile-de-Francee  

The 1st eco-tourism centre in the Ile-de-France opens in Fontainebleau forest on May 5th 2011

Right in the heart of the Franchard gorges, the most visited site in Fontainebleau forest, the Ile-de-France’s first eco-tourism centre will open its doors at the beginning of May. As a starting point for many natural heritage sites, this centre will set out to raise public awareness about the challenges for the area as well as controlling the environmental impact of a huge number of tourists visiting this fragile site.
This unique and innovative structure has already won the first prize in the national competition “Les lauriers de la construction bois” in the 2009 public buildings category awarded at the European Exhibition of Wood and sustainable Habitat in Grenoble.
This centre, built entirely from wood, is organized around reception, information and exhibition spaces and has an open hall available for groups and activities. This centre absolutely has to be your starting point for your walks in the forest, as it will give walkers advice as well as inviting them to explore the surrounding natural heritage sites, sometimes less well-known but just as rich.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 71 11 08, Seine-et-Marne Tourisme

Candlelit evenings at Vaux le Vicomte château

7 May to 8 October

France’s most beautiful private château offers its visitors a unique experience: a candlelight tour every Saturday night from May to October. Over 2,000 candles flicker in the château and gardens as visitors enjoy a glass of Champagne on the terrace and listen to classical music.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90 - www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

 

 


Candlelit evenings at Vaux le Vicomte château


Period Costum Ball at Vaux le Vicomte

 
Period Costum Ball at Vaux le Vicomte

21 May

For the first time, Vaux le Vicomte will host a period costume Ball in the Grand Salon after the candle light visit finish at 23 p.m. until 3 a.m.
The ball includes: Baroque music will be played most of the evening. The opening of the Ball will be launched by professionnal baroque dancers, singers and musicians. Then a lesson will allow participants to learn basic baroque dansing moves. By the end of the evening, other music styles may be played.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90 - www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

 

“A day in the 17th century” at the Vaux le Vicomte château

22 May

Numerous 17th-century animations will take place in the beautiful French-style gardens: baroque dance, classical music, plays by Molière, painting and fencing. A unique day in period costumes with lunch on the grass!

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90 - www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

 A day in the 17th century” at the Vaux le Vicomte château
History of art festival at Fontainebleau château  
History of art festival at Fontainebleau château

From 27 to 29 May

Based around the theme of madness and with Italy as guest of honour, the festival is organizing conferences and discussions with the leading names in art history and sociologists as well as artists and collectors.
Taking place inside the château will be educational workshops, forums for discussing the latest topics, the art market, the history of art and new technologies, an art film Festival, (a first in France, with discussions following the screenings and an art film/documentary prize) and a book and art periodicals fair.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 71 50 70 - www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr

"The Arrows of Time" great historical show in Meaux

17, 18, 24 and 25 June, 2, 9, 16 and 23 July, 26 and 27 August and 3, 10 and 17 September

In its bishop’s palace, Meaux reaches far back into its memory and reproduces the most significant dates in its history from the IXth century to the present day. This moving fresco uses the latest production technologies and features over 500 volunteer actors.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 33 02 26

 

 


The Great full white evening dress dinner at Bourron-Marlotte château  
The Great full white evening dress dinner at Bourron-Marlotte Château

24  June

Bourron-Marlotte's ideal location on the forest's edge drew many painters, composers and writers, including Cézanne, Cortot and Georges Sand. Visitors strolling through the village streets can see houses that have preserved their nineteenth-century charm and mood.
In your white evening dress, make yourselves comfortable in the grounds of Bourron château with your tables, chairs, dinner, tablecloths, candles, centrepieces, flowers, etc. Everything in white! A range of illuminations (including torches, floating candles in the moats, and more) and a selection of unusual shows will take you on a timeless fairytale journey!  
 
Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 78 39 39

"Django Reinhardt international jazz festival" in Samois-sur-Seine

22 to 26 June

Django Reinhardt is buried in the village of Samois-sur-Seine, where jazz enthusiasts flock each year for a tribute to the renowned gypsy musician in this festival that offers a complete musical panorama with jazz greats from around the world and gypsy jazz combos.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 69 54 66

 

 


"Django Reinhardt international jazz festival" in Samois-sur-Seine


The Blandy Art Tour(s) in collaboration with the Galleria Continua-le Moulin,  in its 4th year

 
The Blandy Art Tour(s) in collaboration with the Galleria Continua-le Moulin, in its 4th year

From 26 June to 23 October

Moataz Nasr, born in Alexandria in 1961, lives and works in Cairo. Present at major international events, the Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr was invited to “take the space over” and set up all along the visitor’s circuit a set of recent works and creations specially designed for the spaces in this fortified castle. Photos, videos, multimedia installations and sound sculptures explore themes, as seen from Cairo, representations and identities of the Arab world and the African continent today.  

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 59 17 80

Air Opera « Mrs Butterfly of Giacomo Puccini » at Fontainebleau château
  
 1st and 2nd July

Since 10 years the “Open Air Opera” takes a stand in order to help a wide public to discover lyric art. Popular Operas are performed in outstanding historical settings. Every year, international-class operatic art leaves the theatre to captivate the public with an open-air performance.

www.operaenpleinair.com
  >Air Opera « Mrs Butterfly of Giacomo Puccini » at Fontainebleau château
The Lights of Time in Provins  

The Lights of Time in Provins

2 July and 6 August

These two special evenings give visitors the chance to explore the medieval quarter at night by the light of hundreds of candles. Traders and restaurants are open from porte Saint-Jean to place Saint-Ayoul in a fairytale musical atmosphere.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 60 26 26 – www.provins.net

Medieval fair and market in Nemours

2 and 3 July

Be taken right back to the Middle Ages as encampments are reconstructed, listen to the Knights Templar tell their tales and recount their feats in battle, admire their courage during sword fight demonstrations, find out how the village lived with its blacksmiths, weavers, stone-cutters, illuminators, calligraphers…Troubadours, storytellers with tales of marvels, minstrels, thespians, jugglers, fire eaters and dancers will get you to join in with the joyful farandole chain dances and medieval dances.

Tel.: +33 (0)6 81 61 50 54 - www.nemours-medieval.com

 

  Medieval fair and market in Nemours
The « Grande semaine de l’élevage » – horse riding competition at Fontainebleau  
The « Grande semaine de l’élevage » – horse riding competition at Fontainebleau

From 27 August to 4 September

The « Grande semaine de l’élevage » welcomes each year the best young horses on the ground of Fontainebleau’s Grand Parquet, since 1982. This great event is a reference in the equestrian field, and its goal is to enhance French horse breeding.
Around 1800 horses are selected for the Final, and visitors are delighted to see the future most promising French horses.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 23 42 87
“In the Days of the Musketeers”, a show at Vaux le Vicomte château
  
 From 9 to 11 and from 16 to 18 September
Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90 – www.vaux-le-vicomte.com
  “In the Days of the Musketeers”, a show at Vaux le Vicomte château
A great occasion to discover the greatest sites of the Seine-et-Marne for free!!!  

European Heritage Days

17 and 18 September

A great occasion to discover the greatest sites of the Seine-et-Marne for free!!!

www.journeesdupatrimoine.fr

The Muzik’elles Festival in Meaux

24 and 25 September

The Muzik'Elles promises to be a great rock music Festival this year again, with an original and eclectic programme planning.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 23 02 26

 

  The Muzik’elles Festival in Meaux
On the farm taste trai  
On the farm taste trail

15 and 16 October

TThis initiative from the Seine-et-Marne is setting a trend across the region. The farm taste trail (La Balade du Goût) is organised by the Seine-et-Marne chamber of agriculture and brings together around 50 farms who are offering free entry so that visitors can discover their livestock and taste and enjoy the authentic touch and know-how that go into their produce!

+33 (0)1 64 79 30 63 - www.balade-du-gout.com
Melun celebrates its Brie
  
 1st October
In the centre of Melun there will be activities, a market with local products, competitions for the best Brie de Melun and the best cheese maker as well as a parade of the cheese guilds. Brie de Melun will be the theme for lunch in the town centre restaurants. Lunch can be booked in advance on www.resa77.fr - the first 15 bookings will be get a free ¼ Brie de Melun.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 52 64 52
  Melun celebrates its Brie
The R.L. Stevenson walk from Barbizon to Grez-sur-Loing  

The R.L. Stevenson walk from Barbizon to Grez-sur-Loing

Sunday 16 October

The Stevenson way was opened a few years ago to commemorate the walk by the famous Scottish author through the forest to see his cousin, who was a painter in Grez. This year’s 13½-mile walk also boasts activities along the way, including readings from Stevenson’s stories and tales, horn blowing, diploma presentations, presents and drinks. The end of the walk promises to be especially festive with a Scottish music concert and the opening of the "Journey with Robert Louis Stevenson" exhibition.

Book in advance: Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 45 61 41

NEW: The Great War Museum opens in Meaux!!! A new must-see tourist site in the Parisian area

On 11 November 2011 the region of Meaux, 30 minutes from Paris with direct accesses, will unveil its Great War museum, a new facility of international dimension.
The future Museum has been designated as a "Musée de France" thereby confirming the exceptional importance of its collection and of the project.
The museum has been attractively designed so that all visitors can understand the Great War, and furthermore enjoy the way the visit unfolds in a way different to other places devoted to this period.
One of the largest collections of Europe! Discover the 50,000 objects and documents, over 200 complete uniforms, representing most of the countries at war.
The museum has been designed using the latest technology and plays with the senses as there are objects to touch and handle, smells that evoke different surroundings and the sound design has been carefully planned throughout the visit.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 32 14 18 - www.museedelagrandeguerre.eu

 

  The Great War Museum opens in Meaux
Seine-et-Marne’s Autumn of Tastes  
Seine-et-Marne’s Autumn of Tastes

1 to 30 November

Around fifty restaurants are offering you the chance to enjoy the quintessential tastes of the Seine-et-Marne. Through the Seine-et-Marne Hotel Industry Association and in partnership with Seine-et-Marne tourism board and officially recognised producers of Seine-et-Marne/Ile-de-France produce, our restaurateurs are honouring regional fare as part of the Automne des Saveurs event. 50 restaurants are inviting lovers of fine food on a journey into the generous range of gourmet produce that is typical to our region. No sooner will the first shivers of autumn have arrived than this initiative lets you taste the foie gras and Gâtinais beer, nibble at Brie cheeses, snack on Brie fritters from Meaux and bite into soft poppy macaroons from Nemours. Gourmets won’t be able to get enough! These are simple pleasures that are sure to delight gourmets who come here with family and friends to experience wonderful and original menus made from quintessential local produce especially for the occasion!
Seine-et-Marne hotels keep the great ideas coming!
  
 Some 20 hotels are offering a great two-nights-for-the-price-of-one deal for weekends from November to the end of March.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 39 60 39, Seine-et-Marne Tourisme
  Seine-et-Marne hotels keep the great ideas coming!
“Chocolate thrills” in Vaux le Vicomte  

“Chocolate thrills” in Vaux le Vicomte

17 and 18 September

"Chocolate thrills" is a chance to discover the know-how and flavours created by the chocolate makers holding this gourmet experience at Vaux-le-Vicomte château, whose owners play host to a number of renowned craftsmen in an atmosphere that is never less than warm and friendly.
This event lets the professionals use their ingenuity and imagination to give the public stands, displays and demonstrations all based on chocolate. Workshops and tasting sessions are on the programme for all gourmets.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90 - www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

Vaux le Vicomte celebrates Christmas

3, 4, 10, 11 December and from 17 to 31 December (except 25/12)

As soon as you arrive at the château, the magic starts with an avenue of white fir trees and a whirlwind of artificial snow that falls every hour. The gardens’ central flowerbed, designed by Le Nôtre, is covered with a multitude of fairy lights that cast their twinkle on the boxwood and lawns, hinting at the form of the magnificent knot gardens
Inside, Vaux le Vicomte château has a totally new interior mood that delivers a surprise in the form of an amazing forest and a decor the likes of which has never before been seen in France. The Great Room (Grand Salon) remains the high point, with a forest you won’t see anywhere else
Two pathways run along this mass of trees and lead to a string of surprises: woodland creatures, magical characters and small fairy-tale glades.
Each ceremonial room reveals a different setting offering creativity, colours galore, symphonies of light and a wealth of decorations of every kind. Vaux le Vicomte château has broken with the traditional concepts of the Christmas setting to innovate with a spectacular new landscape boasting a carefully crafted style.

Tel. : +33 (0)1 64 14 41 90 - www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

 

  Vaux le Vicomte celebrates Christmas
Saint Francis of Assisi Live Nativity in Provins  
Saint Francis of Assisi Live Nativity in Provins

From 10 to 12 December

At the Christmas market, forty or so craftsmen will share their passion for the Middle Ages and crafts that are still practised or have since disappeared. Then on 11 and 12 December, right in the heart of the Saint Quiriace collegiate church a live nativity will recount the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, who travelled with his rich draper father to Provins’ famous fairs. No fewer than 50 actors, an ox, donkey, wolf, sheep, falcon, sheepdogs, the camels of the Three Wise Men and Christmas carols will bring the nativity story to life for you.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 60 52 20 10
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