A magical summer evening

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An evening at the castle or light and sound at Les Invalides ?

Summer in Paris offers unique moments of relaxation, but you may be tempted to venture outside of Paris to the historic castles of Fontainebleau or Vaux-le-Vicomte. Since 1980, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte has been putting on a totally original experience for visitors. From May to October, the walls and gardens are candle-lit on Saturday evenings. Imagine spending an enchanting evening in French gardens (81 acres) designed by Le Nôtre, alongside Le Vau's marvellous architecture and Le Brun's sumptuous paintings, all in the flickering light of 2,000 candles! A festival of light with music, of course -waltzes this year for ball-room dancing enthusiasts- plus a romantic dinner and firework display. An absolutely charming and poetic opportunity to see the Château in a different light with family and loved ones!

If you prefer, however, to enjoy a Parisian night, do not miss the Nuit aux Invalides. Located in the center of the Court of Honor of this magnificent building ordered by Louis XIV to shelter and pay homage to the wounded veterans of the wars of the kingdom, you will attend a monumental show dedicated to the history of Paris, or rather Lutetia, the name of the capital at the time of its Gallo-Roman foundation. 3000 years of history are projected in light and sound on the outside walls of this majestic place: from the Gauls to Louis XIV, from Caesar to Napoleon and other rulers who have shaped Lutetia into the Paris we know and love today.

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And in the daytime, if you walk along the Seine, between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, you will certainly be tempted by the exhibition dedicated to the eminent American photographer Sally Mann’s career at the Musée du Jeu de Paume. This retrospective retraces how this artist, born in 1951 in a privileged white family in Virginia -where she still lives- was impacted by the progressive awareness of her native Southern social and historical environment. Literature -William Faulkner’s in particular- as well as the surrounding countryside, generate what she calls her "photographic poems". She uses old-fashioned wet plates to produce black and white photos -just like the first users in the 19th century- which have exceptionally dense light creating great psychological depth. Family connections, natural scenery, the complex heritage of slavery and history are at the core of this major show!