Paris has more than one trick up its sleeve

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Like me, a fan of the Socosy blog and a Parisian at heart, Karen agreed to meet me not for lunch in one of the many bistros of which she is fond, but in a charming hall holding a short concert…a great opportunity to recognise, once again, that in addition to the Opéra Garnier, Bastille or Salle Pleyel, Paris can also offer small moments of spontaneous happiness.

A healthy break
Thanks to that day, we have an increased desire to listen to music instead of sitting down to lunch. Like Karen and yours truly, anyone can visit the imposing mansion that is the town hall of the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
The “Midi-Concerts” at midday are held once a week, on Thursdays, and that can only be a good thing!

The quality of the events
It’s not something new, but it’s often overlooked: the quality of the concerts offered in some town halls of the arrondissement leaves music lovers completely satisfied.
This Thursday we were both seduced by a dozen young prodigies of the Conservatory whose freshness and passion enchanted us with Beethoven, Dvorak and Mozart for almost an hour.

An elegant setting
The discovery of the venue, a remarkable architectural work of art from the Second Empire, enhances this escapade. A note to the friendly tourists and visitors of the City of Light: this fascinating building is not listed in the guidebooks…

However, the ornate ceiling, the marquetry and gilding of the small hall of the Vénerie which hosts this free concert is worth a look!


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