Quality Suites Bercy Bibliotheque
15, rue de Tolbiac
Phone: (33) 1 53616200
Fax: (33) 1 53616201
This garden, opened in 2009, is a totally ecological garden. Only plants adapted to the local climate have been planted, the watering is made with recycled rain water, benches are in wood, and pathways are made of wood or slate. Water runs everywhere in this garden, an area of steps has been recreated with water plants. Slate walls are planted with ferns and a system linking water was constructed. Walls are covered with lichens and mosses. The ecological management requires that most of plants grow and renew themselves naturally. The garden of Grands Moulins is a unique green oasis among the numerous new buildings. Call +33 8 3668 3112 to reach Tourist information center.
Place Jeanne d'Arc takes its name from Joan of Arc, a prominent figure in French history. The street attracts buyers during the Jeanne d Arc Market. You can buy fruits, vegetables, fish and meat besides other products at this popular street market. A short drive from here is the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France). Call +33 8 3668 3112 to reach tourist information center.
Situated on the east side of Paris, this street is a haven for contemporary art lovers. You'll find numerous galleries that specialize in abstract paintings and new media forms, such as computer animation. Galleries are mostly concentrated near the Centre Pompidou and Musee Picasso. This is a good place to check out art with a futuristic touch. For further information please call the tourist information center at +33 8 3668 3112.
With its two tall glass towers, the French National Library is vast and looks like an office block from afar. However, the visitors who enter this building are not bankers but researchers, students and general readers. Every book, periodical and audio-visual material ever published in France is accessible to professionals here. The general section of the library is open to the public.
Bibliotheque Marguerite Durand is a well-stocked library managed by the city's municipal library department. This public library was established in the year 1931. It holds an extensive collection of documents on feminism. You can find papers and books by noted women scientists, authors and journalists. Works by Marie Bashkirtseff and Maria Deraismes among other renowned personalities are stored here.
In this romantic city, over the Seine stands the 37th bridge of Paris. Named the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir after the French author and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, this footbridge is located between the bridges Bercy and Tolbiac. It was opened to pedestrians and bicycles on July 13, 2006. The National Library of France François Mitterrand is directly accessible from this bridge. For further information please call the tourist information center +33 8 3668 3112.
Until its decline in the 1960s, the area now covered by the Parc de Bercy was the bustling center for wine importation and storage in Paris. Wine arrived by barge and by train; the rails of the latter can still be seen in what are now the pathways of the park. The long-abandoned warehouses have been replaced by a neat garden, with wide lawns at one end and lines of plants, including a small vineyard, in the center. Landscaped hills, with fountains and ponds, manage to make the bizarre architecture of the nearby Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (Paris-Bercy Multipurpose Sports Arena) a little less of an eyesore. In order that the illustrious history of the spot not be forgotten, there is a little exhibition telling the story of wine in Paris. The Maison du Jardinage (Gardening Center) is in the Parc de Bercy.
The Bercy bridge, created by the engineer Feline-Romany, was built between 1863 and 1864. It was a simple bridge for vehicles at that time. In 1904, the bridge was widened by 5.50 meters (18 feet) in order to enable the construction of the metro viaduct (line 6), which is composed of 41 arcades. This bridge over the Seine links the 12th arrondissement of Paris with the 13th arrondissement of Paris. There is a lot of traffic on the bridge especially since the South-East districts of Paris have developed. In 1986, it was widened again by 16 meters (52 feet), including three new lanes and a 4.50-meter (14-foot) sidewalk. The work in reinforced concrete looks like the former one but is totally independent, just placed side by side with the existing bridge. It was finished in 1991. Call Tourist information at +33 8 3668 3112 for details.
The Cinémathèque française was founded in 1936 by Henri Langlois, a journalist, whose museum, the Musée du Cinéma Henri-Langlois, is immediately adjacent. It soon became a school for the young New Wave film makers and although today it no longer has a monopoly on classic films, it is still a stronghold of French cinema. Rare films are screened as well as retrospectives on particular filmmakers, actors or themes. Since it has moved to the Bercy district, it's also home to Bibliothèque du Film, where masterpieces of the film industry are stored and restored.
This 17th-century Lutheran church in Paris' 13th arrondissement features an impressive spire and beautiful Romanesque architecture. It occasionally serves as a venue for classical concerts, and inside is an incredible organ dating from 1647. Call +33 6 9834 1756 for details.
Located between rue de Tolbiac and the avenue de Choisy, Chinatown. The area has a very oriental feel to it with a lot of Cambodian and Vietnames restaurants and a tiny Buddhist temple present here. Every Monday and Friday there are informal concerts with Chinese music held here. As soon as you enter the are you feel as if you are in China with the Chinese Supermarket with a lot of goods. Call tourist information at +33 8 3668 3112 for details.
Situated between Rue de Tolbaic and Rue Auguste Perret, Avenue d Italie is popular for hosting White House Market (Maison-Blanche Market). Marked by wide roads, this street is easily accessible by Tolbiac Metro, Place d'Italie, Porte d'Italia and Maison Blanche Metro Station. Call +33 8 3668 3112 for details