Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office
Celebrating Valentine's Day in Paris
If you're lucky enough to be planning Valentine's Day in Paris with someone you love, you're not likely to come away disappointed. The city of light seems to be synonymous with romance, so finding things to do for this special occasion shouldn't prove too difficult.
Also See: Most Romantic Things to Do in Paris
Ice-skating rinks: Every winter, ice-skating rinks are set up at several locations around the city. Admission is free (not including skate rental).
Read More: Winter Ice Skating in Paris (2013-2014 locations)
- Chinese New Year Celebrations: Celebrate the year of the water snake in 2013 starting January 31st by consulting our guide to Chinese new year 2014 in Paris (precise details to be announced soon).
Arts and Exhibits Highlights in February
The Sea in Paris, 45 Million Years Ago
This fascinating exhibit curated in the depths of the Paris Catacombs reveals a little known fact about the city of light: 45 million years ago, the area was part of a vast tropical sea ecosystem; its traces can be observed in the geological formations of Paris' many underground "layers". Anyone interested in natural history and geology shouldn't miss this one.
Dates: Through December 31st, 2014
Location: The Paris Catacombs
Edith Piaf: The Beauty of the Shadow Which Expresses Itself in Light
This tribute to the famed French songstress at the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Paris examines the artist's complex and fruitful friendship with artist, poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Warning: for this one you'd be better off knowing how to read French to a reasonable degree. Through February 23rd, 2014.
Location: Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits
222 Boulevard St Germain, 7th arrondissement
Goya, Inventor of Modernity - Pinacotheque de Paris
This exhibit at the exhibition space known as the Pinacotheque, located near the Paris Opera district, commemorates the singular eye and strange but compelling vision of Spanish artist Francisco de Goya. His somber scenes and portraits are haunting, if sometimes slightly disturbing. A fascinating look at one of Spain's great painters. Through March 16th, 2014.
Location: Pinacotheque de Paris
28 place de la Madeleine, 9th arrondissement
Metro: Madeleine or Opera
Brassai: For the Love of Paris
One of the 20th century's most-recognized photographers of Paris, Brassai always cast a romantic perspective on the city, in part shaping how it is perceived today by most visitors. A free exhibit at Paris City Hall (Hotel de Ville) reveals the workings of this beloved photographer, who also took portraits of famed artists and intellectuals such as Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.
Location: Hotel de Ville - Mairie de Paris
Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 4th arrondissement
Metro: Hotel de Ville
When: Through March 31st, 2014