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Since 1st of January The area around Centre Pompidou has several legendary cinemas. Open-air market stalls are set up on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings on rue Montmartre just beyond the grand terraces of corner kfe rencontre. Sun City 62 Boulevard de Sebastopolvast Marais facility open daily noon to 6am, three levels attached kfe rencontre Le Depot sex club. Others like MicMan are right at the center, kfe rencontre. These include familiar American, Italian, Asian, kfe rencontre, Mexican, Middle Eastern and South Asian fast foods, and Spanish tapas, as well as their own crusty bagette sandwiches and a rich variety of quiches and brioches on offer in any boulangerie. BMC Video 21 rue des Lombardssex toys an accessories, a wide range of gay DVDs, large selection of preview options in private booths.

Add Event Gay Paris Paris wears a thousand faces. For one thing, its architecture includes a bit of everything: Roman ruins and medieval byways in the Latin Quarter, the grandiose halls of the Louvre a former palace ; the Eiffel Tower, that ambitious 19th-century monument to progress; and the Centre Pompidou, hinting at lateth-century unease with its exposed ducts and wiring.

Its neighborhoods are just as diverse. The major gay neighborhood, and the one that never sleeps, is the Marais, a once primarily Jewish district that since the s has been known for its many gay bars, lounges and sex clubs.

Paris was one of two major European cities to have elected openly gay mayors in recent years: He retired in , succeeded by his Deputy Mayor, the Andalusia-born Anne Hidalgo, who became the first woman to hold the office..

Getting here Nearly every international airline has flights into Charles de Gaulle also known as Roissy. The secondary, smaller option is Orly. Both airports are served by bus, taxi and train. The Le-Bus Direct service links the airports to one another line 3, a 75 minute trip for 21 euros , and from each airport to destinations at city center: For information about bus and coach connections to other French and European cities, see the AboutFrance pages on the subject.

The Man in Seat 61 has a wealth of information concerning rail travel from Paris , across Europe, and everywhere else a train may go -- including how to save time and money , plus tips on where to eat. Getting around Central Paris is compact, which means walking is often the best way to get around. A new company took over in and introduced electric bikes but not without some initial problems. The Paris Metro is a highly practical and inexpensive way to get around, at 1.

Buy a carnet of 10 for a discount. Service re-starts at about 5: There are also two-day Prices as of May Bus routes are a bit more complicated, but those that run along the river are easy enough to figure out, and offer more scenic views than you get underground. For city transit information in French or English see Ratp. What to see Centre Pompidou. The final resting place of Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein and Proust is a must-see for anyone interested in queer history and literature. It was in a rundown Latin Quarter hotel that Oscar Wilde lived and finally died after his exile from England.

And it was on the stages of the Folies Bergere and other theaters that Josephine Baker, after leaving the racist US of the s, found fame, first as an exotic dancer and then as an all-round diva. After World War II, Paris became a much sought after place for American artists seeking to escape the stifling climate back home.

Even for artists who never actually took up residence, Paris sometimes served as a kind of surrogate birthplace for their work. Gay brothels, though less common, were not unknown. Proust himself was rumored to have been devoted to the all-male Hotel Marigny and, in fact, may have been a silent investor. Bordellos were so numerous they even had their own Michelin-style guidebook, called the Guide Rose. Its listings detailed maisons closes and their specialties, some designed to appeal to kinky priests, others to fans of SM.

Neither is Paris any longer the land of would-be Hemingways and Gertrude Steins. Marais -- the gay village For gay visitors the quartier of narrow streets called Le Marais the Marsh epitomizes Old Paris. Many come to shop, cafe-sit, cruise or watch the parade. The central artery is la rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, where cars are restricted, making room for a calmer pedestrian pace. The surrounding streets are filled with bars, boutiques, card shops, discount leather and shoe stores, porn arcades, internet cafes, and American, Italian, Asian and Middle-Eastern fast-food joints.

Down the pedestrian streets of Rambuteau and St Denis are several popular gay establishments. Above Les Halles, remarkable cafes and restaurants sit amid venders selling flowers, fresh bread and pastries, fish and fowl, and fruits and vegetables. Open-air market stalls are set up on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings on rue Montmartre just beyond the grand terraces of corner brasseries.

On rue Montorgueil the epiceries, or grocers, resemble boutiques in quality and abundance. One shop has postcards of Queen Elizabeth browsing the place. Near the base of the funicular is a neighborhood of many bargain stores, bars and restaurants, and close by, the Pigalle red-light district. Around the Place de la Bastille area are many more small shops, restaurants and bars.

Les Passages are two dozen surviving 19th-century covered shopping arcades filled with quirky little boutiques. Films The French love films from everywhere around the world, in many languages, of many periods. The area around Centre Pompidou has several legendary cinemas. Forum des Images , in Forum des Halles, showcases the best film directors in screenings at affordable prices.

MK2 Beaubourg 50 rue Rambuteau , features films from many lands in a complex of small cinema rooms, on the pedestrian street beside the Pompidou Center.

Twenty of these are listed at Parismarais. Try your hotel, tourist offices, Parismuseumpass. Wear comfortable shoes and consider visiting Wednesday or Friday evening, when it is less crowded and open until 10pm.

Pompidou Center has contemporary art, photography, film, and music. Definitely make time for the 6th-floor restaurant, with views out over the rooftops. Other museums worth checking out include: Good rooms can still be found off-season at reasonable rates, even at the city center.

But even at the center, a few euros will buy a seat at one of many splendid terrace sidewalk cafes for coffee, conversation, or merely watching Parisian street life. Not counting a splurge or two for truly memorable meals, you can reduce daily costs by sampling the abundance of inexpensive street fare, from sidewalk crepes or pizza slices, to quiches and fresh sandwiches on crusty bread from any of the ubiquitous bakeries for euros -- or delicious brasserie omelets for euros.

Also take advantage of Asian take-outs and Middle-Eastern fast food. These, along with bread, cheese, fresh fruit and pastries, to be found on almost any downtown street, can more than sustain you for amazingly little money. Tribu Move and Sensitif are two gay glossy lifestyle freebies.

All three have online readers to see the latest issues and archive back-issues. Their calendar listings "agendas" are open to all, but you have to sign up to access most content such as photos and videos, etc. The ParisFetish weekend takes place in late May each year.

ParisMarais has Marais information, apartment rentals and hotel bookings. The Convention and Visitors Bureau website covers accommodation, leisure, culture, nightlife, cruises, excursions and transport in six languages - with bookings too.

Expatica also offers advice on getting around the city, and AngloInfo covers the whole country, and beyond, from the expat perspective. Internet access can be found at hotspots all over Paris, but most require personal registration. For discreet access to x-rated internet sites and Espace Jockstraps chat lines, see the guys at boxxman video boutique and sex club, 2 rue de la Cossonnerie, Les Halles.

Besides mail services they offer phone cards and mobile phones. For some photos from around the City of Light see our gallery pages. Accommodations The choices are countless, but book ahead online for better prices. We list over 50 hotels and guesthouses on our map pages.

A sample of a few of these in central Paris follows: Hotel Beaumarchais 3 rue Oberkampf; 31 , rooms and junior suites, quiet interior courtyard patio, extended hours buffet breakfast, WiFi.

Hotel du Cygne 3 rue du Cygne; , modern room hotel in 17th century building, singles, doubles and one suite, moderate prices, central location near Forum Des Halles, breakfast room. Since , Parisian Home 9, rue Mandar; info parisianhome. Their LGBT- friendly and helpful staff take care of all the hassles when you make your reservation - you need only to show up at their office, near Les Halles Metro station.

Newly renovated in early CUD 12 rue des Haudriettes , neighborhood bar, mostly men, hot and shirtless dancing throng in basement. Depot 10 rue aux Ours , dancing, basement cruise complex, diverse male crowd. Duplex 25 rue Michel le Comte , youngish crowd, nightly 8pm-2am, weekends until 4am; artwork expos, house and jazz music. Open Cafe 17 rue des Archives , always busy at the central crossroads of the Marais; cute servers, coffee and cocktails, light meals, sidewalk tables.

Weekend Maurice Bar in the basement. Raidd 23 rue du Temple , nightly nude shower-dancer hunks, DJs, extra dancers on Wednesdays; packed most nights with handsome mostly male crowd, basement lounge, buff and shirtless staff.

Les Souffleurs 7 Rue de la Verrerie , small gay bar, the "other side" of Marais; DJs set, live performances, film screenings. Ze Baar 41 rue des Blancs Manteaux , two-level bar and restaurant, convivial mixed crowd.

Bataclan 20 bd Voltaire; Bastille , theater building, dance and concert club, international acts, large crowds; special show nights. Cabaret Chez Micho 80, rue des Martyr, Pigalle , long-time drag cabaret showbar, nightly dinner spectaculars, by reservation; un spectacle inoubliable! Sex in public, or in private clubs, has a long Parisian history. The many dark nooks and subterranean crannies have provided discreet areas for sex play far into the past. Outdoor cruising, in places like Bois de Boulogne, are a long-standing tradition, but can be risky.

Besides the many saunas, a variety of bars porn stores and sex clubs provide sexual opportunities not only at the center, but in outlying neighborhoods too. Others like MicMan are right at the center. Shops, including boxxman in Les Halles, are alternative places for sexual encounters.

Some outright sex clubs, with naked-always policies, can be less impersonal than the zombies in the hall vibe of some saunas or porn shops.

Many bars around the Marais feature ancient stone arched-ceiling cellars, with low lighting and flickering videos -- and men in heavy sex play. Slings, glory holes, cabins and piss benches may also be provided. Each place has its own ambience.

Bar'Ouf Paris ( rue Saint-Martin), tranquil women's cocktails beer and wine bar, pool games, former Snax Kfe near Pompidou Centre. One Way (28 rue Charlot), long-time regular men's bar, fills up early, open late weekends, cruisy basement, smoking area, theme nights, year cap collection. Au Moyen-Age deja, l’abbaye de Nivelles, dont la fondation remonte au VIIeme siecle, fut une etape obligee sur le Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle.

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