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By Irene Fogarty

Summer has just arrived in Paris. The rain has stopped, the gray, drizzly, depressing climate has subsided, as the moody clouds have parted. All in perfect time for the brighter, orange clay courts of Roland Garros which opened yesterday. In fact, I was there to do a shoot with #4 seed, Petra Kvitova, the Czech who’s a big favourite this year. Roland Garros, the French Open is really something to experience. It’s exciting, glamourous and very expensive. So if you can get your hands on any corporate tickets this year (or even for next year) go for it.

This highly anticipated Grand Slam is always full of tennis stars, celebrities and a sophisticated air that can only be rivalled by the red carpets of Cannes. So if you happen to love tennis (as I do) this year’s Grand Slam in the 16th arrondissement will reveal if Rafa wins his 7th, Azarenka wins her first and Federer retires. No matter what happens, it promises big excitement on and off the court. For more info on the players, times and tickets, go here,

Of course, if you’re looking for entertainment a little less extravagant, there’s a lot going on. Here’s a real treat. On June 4th, you can hear a liv performance of Vivaldi’s Four Season in La Sainte Chapelle at 7pm. This small gothic chapel, one of Paris’ hidden treasures, has a celestial feel partly because of its glorious stained glass windows which essentially surround the entire upper floor. Built by Louis IX in the 1240´s to house relics from the Holy Land, La Sainte Chapelle is now surrounded by the Palais of Justice on the Ile de la Cité near Notre Dame. It has two tiers, the first one at ground level which is rather dark and close, the second one with radiant tall windows, as well as a small balcony. Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ live performance at La Sainte Chapelle’Metro: Cité (line 4). For tickets and more info go here,

From Vivaldi to rock, here’s an interesting one. Since March 6 through July 15 2012, you can get a deeper insight into the musical carerr of Bob Dylan, one of the most emblematic musicians of the second half of the 20th century. During his exceptionally long musical career, the period from 1961 to 1966 was decisive. The exhibition maps out the important moments of this period, which see Dylan radically modifying his artistic approach and creating a veritable musical revolution. It is both the first Dylan exhibition in Europe and the first Cité de la musique exhibition for a living artist. The exhibition, (created by the Grammy Museum of Los Angeles), recounts through previously unpublished photographs, objects and rare documents, as well as audio-visual archives, the astonishing story of a personal evolution which reflects also a radical change in society. Guided tours of the exhibition may be reserved for groups and individuals. For more info, click here, http://www.cité

Originally published June 2012
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