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THE CHOCOLATE OF PARIS

Take note all gourmet and chocolate lovers: here is our 2018 selection of the best chocolate artisans in Paris.

There is a wide choice of excellent craftsmen in the region. Some of them have prohibitive prices, but sometimes it is the price to pay for an exceptional product ...

If you are just passing through and have loved a product, do not panic!

The majority of artisans offer online sales.

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1°) LA MANUFACTURE DE CHOCOLAT ALAIN DUCASSE

Created by the giant of the gastronomy Alain Ducasse and pastry chef Nicolas Berger. The Manufacture du Chocolat, near Bastille, is a production area where artisanal chocolate is made.

Alain Ducasse chocolates come in three main categories: ganaches, pralines and truffles.

Our preferences: the discovery box, pure original tablets, mandiant tablet.

40 RUE DE LA ROQUETTE - 75011 PARIS

-- access from the hôtel des Champs Élysées : Subway - line 1. "Franklin Roosvelt" >> "Bastille"

from monday to saturday : 10:30am to 07.00pm

2°) PATRICK ROGER

Patrick Roger is without a doubt the most respected chocolate maker in France,

Winner of the World Cup of chocolate in 1994, elected "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" in 2000, as well recognized as atypical, it is a reference of artist chocolate sculptor.

Our preferences: L'instinct (praline almonds and hazelnuts), l'Amazon (caramel semi-liquid with lime) and Corsica orangettes.

43 RUE DES ARCHIVES - 75003 PARIS

-- access from the hôtel des Champs Élysées : Subway - line 1. "Franklin Roosvelt">>"Hotel de Ville"

every day : 10:30am to 07.30pm

3°) LA CHOCOLATERIE - JACQUES GENIN

Jacques Genin, passionate of chocolate and self-proclaimed "founder of chocolate" is a pastry, chocolatier and confectioner.

In addition to providing all the most prestigious palaces, it opens its own chocolate factory, a unique place of 400m2 on two floors: a floor dedicated to the laboratory and one for sale.

Its different chocolates are a perfect balance between acidity, bitterness, creaminess, sweetness and crunchiness.

Our preferences: Chocolate with mint, pralines, ganaches.

133, RUE DE TURENNE, 75003 Paris

-- access from the hôtel des Champs Élysées : Subway - line 9. "Saint Phillippe du Roule">>"République"

Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00am to 07:00pm.

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LISTEN TO JAZZ IN PARIS

From gypsy jazz to blues, swing and smooth jazz, jazz has many facets ... and there are to discover in Paris!

In many Parisian jazz clubs, in concert halls but also in some bars and restaurants in the capital that regularly organize parties dedicated to this type of music.

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A desire to listen to international jazz in a concert hall in the heart of Paris?

Le Duc des Lombards - 42 Rue des Lombards 75001 Paris

  • Jazz-club unavoidable and friendly - International music program - It hosts original musicians in a cozy atmosphere - Catering & Bar - French Specialties
  • TIMETABLE: Monday – Thursday : 07pm – 11:30pm / Friday – Saturday : 07pm – 03:30am / Sunday : closed
  • PRICE: According to the concerts
  • Some programming for November...
  • 11.02 – Sachal Vasandani ; 11.03 – Jum Rotondi & Eric Alexander ;11.05 – Marquis Hill Quintet 11.06 – Marquis Hill Quintet ; 11.07 – Oded Tzur Quartet ; 11.09 – Christian Sands Trio ; 11.12&14 – Jeff Watts ; 11.15&16 – George Burton ; 11.17 – Fred Nardin Trio ; 11.19 – Allan Harris Sings ; 11.21 – Molly Johnson ; 11.22&23 – Antonio Sanchez & Migration ; 11.24 – Molly Johnson ; 11.26/27 – Uriel Herman Quartet ; 11.29&30 – Schwartz – Bart / Galland/ Braff
  • A desire to go to a jazz club with a chic atmosphere?
  • Le Jazz Club Étoile - 81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr, 75017 Paris
  • At the hotel « le Médien Étoile » - Soul, Jazz, Funk - Moderne and chic architecture - Restaurant & Bar : Sushi & Burger
  • TIMETABLE : Monday – Thursday : 08:00pm – 01:00am ; Friday – Sunday : 10:00pm – 02:00am
  • PRICE ENTRANCE : from 32.00€
  • Some programming for November…
  • 11.02 – New Blues Generation ; 11.03 – Les Rapetous ; 11.09&10 – Accoustic Mississipi Blues Summit ; 11.14 – Maureen Angot ; 11.16&17 – Le big band Brass invite Gordon Goodwin ; 11.23 – Let’s Groove ; 11.24 – Ben Toury ; 11.28 – Faby Médina
  • A desire to listen to traditional jazz in a jazz club located in a vaulted cellar?
  • Le Caveau de la Huchette - 5 rue de la Huchette 75005 Paris
  • Iconic and unavoidable place of Parisian - Jazz traditional, swing, middle Jazz - Mythical place - meters underground (vaulted cellar) - Appearance in the movie: La la land. - Bar
  • TIMETABLE: Monday – Thursday & Sunday : 11:30pm – 02:30pm / Friday – Saturday : 11:30pm – 04:00am
  • PRICE: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 13.00€ / Friday – Saturday : 15.00€
  • Some programming for November...
  • 11.01&03. – Company Jazz Band ; 11.04 – Megaswing ; 11.05 – Blues Monday : 11.06&07 – Dany Doriz Swing Band ; 11.08&10 – Jacks & Jills Swing Band ; 11.11 – François Laudet Jazz Band ; 11.12 – Blues Monday ; 11.13 – Five o’clock ; 11.14/17. – Alain Guiu ; 11.18 – Megaswing ; 11.19 – Blues Monday ; 11.20 – Jean Paul Amouroux Boogie Woogie Machine ; 11.21&22 – Pablo Campos ; 11.23&25 – Jeff Hoffman Tribute to Chcuck Berry ; 11.26 – Blues Monday ; 11.27 – Jean Paul Amouroux Boogie Woogie Machine
  • A desire to listen to jazz in one of the trendlest places in the capital?
  • La gare - 1 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
  • Nestled in the old station Gare de Flandre - Good atmosphere and mini price - Soul, Jazz, Funk - 2000m² of garden and terrace - Bar
  • TIMETABLE : Monday – Sunday : 06:00pm – 02:00am
  • PRICE : Free participation
  • 01/03.11 – Company Jazz Band ; 04.11 – Megaswing ; 05.11 – Blues Monday : 06/07.11 – Dany Doriz Swing Band ; 08/10.11 – Jacks & Jills Swing Band ; 11.11 – François Laudet Jazz Band ; 12.11 – Blues Monday ; 13.11 – Five o’clock ; 14/17.11 – Alain Guiu ; 18.11 – Megaswing ; 19.11 – Blues Monday ; 20.11 – Jean Paul Amouroux Boogie Woogie Machine ; 21/22.11 – Pablo Campos ; 23/25.11 – Jeff Hoffman Tribute to Chcuck Berry ; 26.11 – Blues Monday ; 27.11 – Jean Paul Amouroux Boogie Woogie Machine
  • Une envie d’écouter du jazz dans un des lieux les plus branchés de la capitale ?
  • La gare - 1 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
  • Nichée dans l’ancienne Gare de Flandre - 2000m² de jardin et terrasse - Mise sur une bonne ambiance et prix mini - Soul, Jazz, Funk - Bar
  • HORAIRES : Lundi – Dimanche : 18:00 – 02:00
  • TARIF - ENTRÉE : Gratuit
  • 11.01 – La jam a TAO ; 11.02&03 – Wayne Brasel, Jazz référence ; 11.04 – We were ghosts ; 11.05 – Rick Margitza ; 11.06 – Riccardo Del Fra ; 11.08 – La Jam a TAO ; 11.09&10 – Shaker (Sophie Alour)
  • 12.11 – Rick Margitza ; 11.13. – Jam du conservatoire National Supérieur ; 11.14 – Riccardo Del Fra ; 11.15 – La Jam a TAO ; 11.16&17 – Heaven, Maxime Delpierre – Joce Mienniel – Antonin Leymarie ; ; 11.18– We were ghosts ; 11.19 – Rick Margitza ; 11.20 – Jam du conservatoire National Supérieur ; 11.21 – Riccardo Del Fra ; 11.22 – La Jam a TAO ; 11.23&24 – Velvet Jungle – Théo Ceccacldi et Cyril Atef ; 11.25 – We were ghosts ; 11.26 – Rick Margitza ; 11.27 – Jam du conservatoire National Supérieur ; 11.28 – Riccardo Del Fra; 11.29 – La Jam a TAO ; 11.30 – Banda Italiana, Flavio Boltro – Rosario Giulani – Clément Daldosso – Remi Vignolo
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THE JARDIN D'ACCLIMATION, AN AMUSEMENT PARK IN PARIS

In Paris, discover the new Jardin d'Acclimatation, with 40 attractions including its four large roller coasters, activities for the smallest, 18 hectares of walk and the meeting of the 400 animals of the park.

The Jardin is a 19-hectare (47-acre) children's amusement park located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.

OPENING HOURS

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: from 11 am to 6 pm.

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, French school holidays and public holidays: from 10 am to 6 pm.

Location: Carrefour des Sablons, Bois de Boulogne

  • Thrilling attractions, fairground stands, and the meeting of the 400 animals, there is something for every taste; some attractions with a height constraint for the safety of all.
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- 26 attractions: (flying chairs, mini train, the speed rockets, the big merry go round, the enchanted river…)

- 2 game stands (animals jungle and the darts stand) to win the best souvenir of the jardin d’acclimatation.

- 5 free Play areas (distorting mirrors; the paddling pool; the bear’s den; the dry fountain and the forestry adventure to enjoy all of your day!

- News activities for nature lovers:

° A small farm with 400 animals, the unique educational farm near to Paris.

° Donkey, pony and camel riding around the bois de Boulogne.

° A discovery of the korean garden, the vegetable garden and the apiary.

° Discover the Alpine rock to learn about the French and European biodiversity.

- 6 restaurants are available to fully enjoy a full day at the jardin d’acclimation.

- Workshops: discover the education workshops: new themes around the discovery of biodiversity, artistic awakening, will be proposed to your children from 3 to 12 years old, the morning and the afternoon.

- The garden: since over 150 years, the garden has been synonymous with plans, progress, passion and creativity.

  • UNLIMITED PASS - 29€ (entrance ticket & one day’s unlimited access to all of the garden attractions.)
  • DISCOVER PASS - 11€ (one entrance ticket and three attraction tickets)
  • ENTRANCE TICKET – Children under three: free - large family and seniors: 2.5€ - adults and children from 3 years old: 5€.
  • TICKETS ATTRACTIONS : per unit : 2.9€ / book of 15 attraction tickets : 35€ / book of 25 attractions tickets : 55€ / book of 50 attractions tickets : 90 €
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Come discover the best crepe in Paris!

You must have noticed, the weather cooled down in Paris! It is the perfect time to enjoy a good salty and / or sweet French crepe.

For you, we have selected the best French crepe restaurants in Paris:

  • Restaurant Crêpe Cœur :
  • Let's start with the closest restaurant from the hotel! Here, discover a quiet and perfectly decorated restaurant! Enjoy a traditional crepe or a little more sophisticated according to your desires and tastes! Salads crepes are also available if you want to enjoy a crepe while keeping a healthy lifestyle ☺
  • To get there, walk from the hotel to Miromesnil metro station. Take line 13, and stop at Place de Clichy. 5 minutes walk and you have arrived at your destination!
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Crépolog:

Do you know the concept of salad bar? Yes ? So welcome to a real crepe bar ☺ The owners of this establishment have preferred to play on the snacking side of the crepe with modern recipes and far from conventional wisdom. Come discover the crepe scrambled eggs and dried tomatoes or goat Salmon spinach and chives’ crepe.

From the hotel, take line 01 at Franklin-Roosevelt station towards Château de Vincennes. Stop at Saint Paul station and walk a few minutes to Rue Neuve Saint-Pierre.

  • Krügen:
  • A true Breton who chose to create a place half restaurant-half catering runs the establishment. Here you can taste Breton specialties to eat in .... Or take out! Here is a mix of crepe and other Breton specialties! So do not hesitate anymore and go to Krügen!
  • From the hotel, head towards line 09, Saint Philippe du Roule station and stop at Republique station. About ten minutes walk; you are arrived at your destination!
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The musicals of the autumn

Family or sexy, there is something for everyone, here is a selection of musicals.

"The Enchanted World of Jean de la Fontaine". Musical show by Jean-Jacques Debout. Directed by Nicole Chiraz, the famous animals of the poet's fables revive before the public eye. Twenty artists perform the Cicada, the Ant, the Raven ... From 7 years old.

Madeleine Theater. 19, rue de Surène (8th). Tel .: 01 42 65 07 09. From 6 oct.

"Chigago, the musical". The famous Broadway show created by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse in 1975 landed in Paris. The story is taken from the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. In the 20s, in Chicago, Roxie Hart finds herself in prison with her idol, a cabaret star, Velma Kelly, after screwing up her lover.

Mogador Theater. 25, street of Mogador (IXe). Tel .: +33 (0) 1 53 33 45 30. From September 26th

"Donkey Skin". The adaptation of Jacques Demy's film on Michel Legrand's music will inaugurate the "new" Théâtre Marigny.

Marigny Theater. Square Marigny (VIII). Tel .: 01 53 96 70 30. From 15 nov.

"The jungle Book". Director Ned Grujic happily takes over the adapted performance of Rudyard Kipling's book.

Variety Theater. 7, Boulevard Montmartre (2nd). Tel .: 01 42 33 09 92. From 7 Oct.

"Pretty Emilie". On tour in November, blue rabbit, bird and hedgehog return for the end of the year in Paris. The musical tale of Philippe Chatel does not stop making dream.

Olympia. 28, Boulevard des Capucines (IXe). Tel .: 0 892 68 33 68. From Dec. 22nd at 6 Jan.

"Notre Dame de Paris". The famous musical Richard Cocciante and Luc Plamondon will celebrate his 20 years in Paris.

Congress Palace. 2, place of the Porte-Maillot (XVII). Tel .: 01 40 68 22 22. As of 21 dec.

"We Will Rock You". At the moment when Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer's biopic on Freddie Mercury and Queen is released (October 31), a musical show is scheduled at the Casino de Paris. It has been concocted from twenty songs of the mythical group, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer QueenouWe Are the Champions ... Seen by 16 million people in the world, this musical tells the story of two revolutionaries who try to save rock in a " postapocalyptic world ".

Casino of Paris. 16, rue de Clichy (9th). Tel .: 0 892 69 89 26. As of 28 Sept.

So make your choice !

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Paris will breathe !

Paris will now be able to breathe one Sunday a month! Indeed, cars will be banned in 4 districts.

This is good news for lovers of Paris without cars since the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced that the first four districts of Paris will be reserved for pedestrians, one Sunday per month, from October 7, 2018.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 took place the new car-free day in Paris. An initiative appreciated by many Parisians, fallen under the charm of the capital without motorized vehicles and without noise pollution.

The City of Paris goes even further since Anne Hidalgo announced Friday, September 14, 2018, the first four districts of the capital will soon be closed to traffic one Sunday per month.

From 7 October 2018, a "Paris Respire" zone will be set up in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris one Sunday per month, allowing pedestrians to fully enjoy the center of the most beautiful city.

This is the majority of the streets in these districts will be concerned. However, major roads such as "boulevard Sébastopol and the high docks" will be spared and "will remain open to the traffic of cars," said Christophe Najdovski, deputy in charge of transport at the Town Hall.

It is not a complete victory. Until now, the "Paris respire" device, created in 2003, concerns 20 districts of the capital distributed in the different districts. In these neighborhoods, on weekends and holidays, the streets are closed to motor traffic.

On Saturday 15 September 2018, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close also proposed that a European car-free day be set up annually. Faced with the climate emergency and the health impact of pollution, the two cities are calling in a statement that "a thousand car-free days are flourishing across Europe".

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The new eco-district Boucicault

The 15th arrondissement has the reputation of being a neighborhood where there is nothing original to see. Well, there is an exception. This is the former Boucicaut hospital, recently transformed into a new eco-district of three hectares.

It has become a quiet place where one wanders between the buildings of the old hospital completely redesigned for the occasion.

Built at the end of the 19th century thanks to the legacy of Marguerite Boucicaut, the hospital consists of eight brick pavilions with two floors.

It is the heart of social mix and an astonishing mixture of types: social housing, private renting, a social residence for migrant workers, a cultural space, a home and a day care center for disabled people

Heritage Conservation

By redeveloping this hospital into an eco-district, the desire was to preserve the existing heritage. This is why three buildings of the old hospital, closed in 2001, have been preserved: the chapel and two pavilions, at the eastern and western ends. They now house a nursery, a business incubator and shops.

Urban and contemporary harmony

In this eco-district reigns a harmony. The two pavilions preserved have kept their pink appearance, while the new buildings mix gray, black, white. The alleys that separate the different constructions are named after three artists: the dancer Isadora Duncan, the novelist Irene Nemirovsky and the photographer Marianne Breslauer. A modern urbanization that highlights three women who have marked the world cultural life of the last century!

Finally, the large basin of the hospital has been preserved. The water that was there gave way to fallow plants and an insect hotel. This cute little square where it is good to read his newspaper in the sun keeps the old chestnut trees which delimited the central aisle of the hospital.

Useful information :

Eco-neighborhood Boucicaut - garden of the old hospital Boucicaut

7 Lane Isadora Duncan, 75015

Open daily from 9h to 19h30

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The most unusual movie theaters

It's soon back to school and back to the movie theaters.

Most movie theater are similar. But we selected 5 not like the others!

For romantics: MK2 Library

This movie theater is original because we can raise the armrests take in our arms

our dear and tender to enjoy the movie.

The outdoor cinema in La Villette

During the summer season, the City of Paris and the City of Music Belleville each evening screenings of free movies outdoors on a giant screen. You can rent sunbeds and blankets for the coolest nights.

The Studio 28 in Montmartre

In the typical atmosphere of the Parisian Art and Essay cinemas, this movie theater has been decorated by Jean Cocteau. Far from the complex programming of movie channels, here you will find a different movie every day! Also note that a small bar will allow you to enjoy a drink before the session.

The record room: the Grand Rex

Classified as a historic monument, the Grand Rex Room has the largest cinema screen in Europe. It was inaugurated for the premiere of Luc Besson's The Big Blue in 1988. Its area is 300 square meters. You will enjoy your movie with the beautiful decor of Mediterranean-antique style.

The high-tech hall: the Géode

Atypical and unique movie theater housed at the Cité des Sciences, the Géode is a sphere with a diameter of 36 meters covered with mirrors that broadcasts films in IMAX format on a hemispherical screen. There are mainly documentaries or immersive scientific fiction. It is a very intense experience that allows you to have a vision almost 180 degrees if you are in the center!

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Tribute to Joel Robuchon

The most starred chef in the world just left us at age 73. Present in New York, Las Vegas, London, Monaco, Tokyo, Hong Kong or Bangkok, he also has three tables and a wine cellar in the capital.

Born in Poitiers in 1945, Joël Robuchon began his career as a chef at the age of 29 at the Concorde Lafayette hotel restaurant. After being crowned Best worker of France (1976), he took the direction of the kitchens of the hotel Nikko in 1978, where he won his first two stars.

Retired but never completely, since he created the concept of the Atelier, declined in Paris, Tokyo, London or New York.

Here are the three Parisian addresses where you can taste its cuisine.

The Atelier Saint-Germain

Opened in 2003 and designated by Pierre-Yves Rochon in the red and black color, the place shakes the codes of haute cuisine. The kitchen is open, in the dim light, with the guests sitting on the counter, on high chairs, to enjoy the preparation show. The products are at the heart of the plates, to share in the spirit of Spanish tapas bars or Japanese sushi bars. With more than 50 different dishes, combining noble products and recipes from around the world: "fresh duck foie gras pressed under a delicate port wine veil, heart of melting pears", "lamb breast in chops with thyme flower", "gyosa with plancha, poultry, leek and ginger, in its bouillon with the scent of Asia "," langoustine in crispy papillote with basil "or even the unavoidable mashed potatoes. To choose preferably in small portions, for more discoveries.

The Star Workshop

In 2010, seven years after the Atelier de Saint-Germain, we find the codes that sign its ultrachic snacks around the world. With a star, the workshop Etoile offers among the signature dishes "avocado mishmash of vegetables in the belly of tuna confit", "the Saint-Pierre with a tomato fondue with fresh coriander lime" or "Apple, caramel and Calvados, lightness with Granny Smith, frozen with Peta Zeta".

Joel Robuchon-Dassai

In April 2018, the passionate chef of Japan, in partnership with Hiroshi Sakurai (producer of sakes Dassaï), inaugurates a new table with multiple relaxation: bakery, pastry shop, tea room, caterer, restaurant and sake bar at the same time. In a very contemporary black and white frame.

On the ground floor, you can take sandwiches, hot dishes, verrines and top-level salads at reasonable prices.

So you have the choice now !

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HISTORY OF ALEXANDRE III BRIDGE

The most majestic of all Parisian bridges is of course the Alexandre III bridge. It connects the Esplanade des Invalides to Petit et grand Palais and has a monumental ornamentation and an atypical history. We see it in many French and international movies but also in many music video clip.

We tell you his story.

Its construction was decided in the through of the signing of the military and economic alliance, concluded in 1891 between France and Russia. It symbolizes the strength of the Franco-Russian alliance. What is more symbolic than a bridge to designate an alliance?

It was inaugurated at the 1900 World Fair but it was first thought of as a political and diplomatic weapon.

But Alexander III died in 1894 and will never see the bridge that bears his name today.

It is his son, Tsar Nicholas II, who will lay, in 1896, the first stone of this monumental work of art.

The Alexandre III Bridge is a masterpiece of engineering and innovation. It has been on the list of historic monuments since 1975.

His engineers had received a lot of instructions, not always easy to follow, as for example, it was necessary that a person walking on the Champs-Elysees could see the Invalides in the extension of the causeway of the bridge. The bridge had to be as flat as possible so as not to cut the horizon ... but it did not have to disturb the traffic of the boats.

As for decoration, it is the most ornamented of Parisian bridges.

Its abundant use of gold and its overload of motifs allows it to be recognizable among all the Parisian bridges. Thought in the continuity of the Petit and the Grand Palais, it is characteristic of the architecture of the Belle Époque.

Take advantage of this summer time to take a walk, take beautiful pictures. You will certainly see a married couple posing!

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HISTORY OF PARISIAN METRO: WHY THE ARTS ET METIERS STATION LOOKS LIKE A SUBMARINE?

It is probably one of the most beautiful metro station, especially according to many Parisians: line 11 at Arts et Métiers.

Indeed, with its brass plates, it denotes compared to other stations that are content to expose the white tiles sadly. But where does the strange architecture of the station of line 11 of Arts et Métiers come from?

The reason is quite simple: the station is equipped with a pretty whimsical dressing to celebrate the bicentenary of the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. The National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris, more commonly called the CNAM, has three main missions: a lifelong professional development, technological research and innovation, and the dissemination of scientific and technical culture.

While waiting for the metro, we can see some pieces of the museum's collection through the portholes. Two comic book authors, Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, have teamed up to imagine an immersion in a timeless machine. His inspiration approaches Jules Verne's Nautilus, which takes shape through the steampunk style.

Other places in Paris are inspired by this atmosphere. In a previous article, we presented you the new Acclimatization Garden which also has the same stylistic codes.

You know everything about the station, so you can easily talk with the person sitting right next to you while waiting for the subway at the Arts et Métiers station.

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The 40 attractions of the Acclimation Garden

Open officially since June 1, 2018, the new park is composed of 40 attractions including 17 brand new! All in a fantasy and science fiction way old Paris. There is something for everyone: rides for the youngest and for teenagers, a protected nature park, animals and a sports course.

These are all good arguments to make this amusement park renewed, the must-see leisure spot in the heart of Paris.

The work began on September 4, 2017. A little less than a year is enough for the park to redo not only a beauty by keeping everything we love but adding modernity and new identity.

It is the LVMH group that has invested 60 million Euros to recreate a space that will shade the large Parisian theme parks in the periphery. Indeed, the goal of the group is to make this site, the second or third French leisure park after Disneyland Paris and Asterix with a forecast attendance of 3 million visitors in 2025. "The acclimatation garden must become at the same time an amusement park and a natural park, "said Marc-Antoine Jamet, general secretary of the LVMH group and CEO of the Jardin d'Acclimatation since 2004.

In the program

40 attractions including 17 brand new and including 4 large roller-coasters

500 animals (exotic birds, goats, rabbits, mouflons)

16 restaurants

18 hectares of nature

The 18 hectares of nature have been re-landscaped for the attractions to blend. It is therefore a green leisure park where nature remains present which is revealed to us. In addition, the small farm also evolves to allow the children to go to meet the animals.

Nowadays, the rides and attractions of the site have a common theme, a retro-futuristic style: between the universe of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.

500 events or shows are already planned this year. What make the place vibrate and entertain us in this green lung that we love so much.

New carousel package was born. An "All acess" package for 29 €.

Otherwise, the generalized wifi will allow you to buy tickets directly by mobile. The adult admission price (or without rides) of the park also evolves from € 3.5 to € 5.

USEFUL INFORMATION

schedule

From June 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

Place

Garden of Acclimatization

Mahatma Gandhi Avenue

75116 Paris 16

Prices

entrance only: 5 €

unlimited rides: 29 €

Recommended age

For all

Official site

jardindacclimatation.fr

More information

Exceptional pre-opening on May 26th and 27th in pre-sale on Vente Privée

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World Cup 2018: Celebrations on the Champs-Elysées

The French football team won the World Cup, it's no secret. And in view of all the atmosphere that there was in Paris for 2 days, we could not ignore it.

After the victory of the Blues against Croatia 4-2 in the final of the World Cup 2018, the French team has made an appointment on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 17h for a parade on the Champs-Elysees.

Strongly encouraged by their supporters, the blues have made their merry way in Russia, until reaching the final of the World Cup football 2018. We sing Samuel Umtiti who leads us at the end of the night, we celebrate Ngolo Kanté , we greet a Kylian Mbappé faster than lightning or a decisive Grizou on some matches ... and for the final against Croatia, the French team has thrilled the whole country!

While fans are celebrating and shouting their happiness, perhaps returning from the Champ de Mars after watching the final on a giant screen or in one of the many bars where it was broadcast, the Team France also knows how she will celebrate her return to France.

After his victory against Croatia and having scored his second star, the French team proudly paraded on the famous Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. A celebration that took place on Monday, July 16, 2018, date of their return to France. And it was at 17h that the football fans were able to express their pride to this team that made us vibrate throughout the duration of this world in Russia. But it was at 19h that they finally paraded.

An appointment at the Elysee Palace also took place after the parade.

On the security side, everything has been planned: Nearly 2,000 policemen have been mobilized to secure the event. A specific device has been provided to ensure the general security of the event, prevent disturbances to public order and prevent overflows.

Footballers have been acclaimed as heroes in joy and absolute safety. No serious incidents has been recorded.

We are after all world champions !

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ISLANDS IN PARIS

Islands in Paris? Yes, yes, there are more than one.

We are far from deserted islands, but we still go with pleasure!

Cité Island and Saint-Louis Island

If you seek the calm of a deserted island, it is not on the Cité island , that you will find it. This island shelters Notre-Dame of Paris, the most visited monument of the capital. It is therefore a very touristic island. But go early in the morning, when the city has not woken yet, and you will discover a very quiet island.

As for the island Saint-Louis which is not far, the atmosphere is totally different: quiet, pleasant for beautiful walks. A secret address: sit on one of the benches in Barye Square, at the tip of the island, you will feel alone in the world.

Metro: Cité

Swan Island

It is one of the least known of the Parisian islands. They are between the 15th and 16th arrondissements. It is lenghtwise, between the bridge of Bir-Hakeim and the bridge of Grenelle. At its end, there is the statue of Liberty miniature version. Its 900 meters long we promise a beautiful walk in the middle of weeping willows, poplars and ash trees.

RER: Avenue du Président Kennedy

The Bois de Boulogne island

It is not an island on the Seine, but on the Lower Lake of the Bois de Boulogne. Very small, it offers exceptional tranquility. This place is described in Marcel Proust's novel “Du côté de chez Swann ».

Access is free by river shuttle or boat. An exceptional address is in the center of the island: the Chalet des îles restaurant, ideal for a gourmet break.

RER: Avenue Henri-Martin

The Bois de Vincennes islands

More than one, there are five islands! The best known, those of Bercy and Reuilly are located on Lake Daumesnil.

We reach the island of Bercy by footbridge or boat and this island reveals pretty surprises: a belvedere and mini-caves. As for the island of Reuilly, it is much wilder. You will have a feeling of change of scenery, as well as on the 3 other islands which are located on the lake of Minimes.

Metro: Porte Dorée

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THE STORY OF RATTAN CHAIRS OF PARISIST BISTROTS

On cinema, on postcards or in literature, the Paris terraces are famous for their rattan chairs. These chairs give a charm to the capital, as well as street lights, fountains or newsstands. They are light and comfortable, no wonder they are handmade. Here are their story

If you take a look at 2 or 3 terraces, you will see that they are not all the same. Of course as everywhere, you will have real handmade in France and others in imitation.

How to recognize them?

it's simple: if the back of the chair includes a label like Maison Drucker or Maison Gatti, then these are real ones. Otherwise, they are imitations! These brands are two major Parisian houses that shared the French rattan chair market, each with its own specificities.

In 1885, it was the great fashion of rattan, especially for the interior furniture of houses. It was at this time that Drucker House was founded.

The house Gatti, meanwhile, opened in 1920. In the meantime the interior fashion to change. But the great restaurants and cafes see the rattan chairs as an interesting investment, thanks to their elegance and longevity.

But these qualities have a price. It costs on average between 100 to 800€ for a chair and 250€ for a chair. This is the price of resistant materials, rattan cane and rilsan, and a hand made and custom made.

After the choice of the material, one chooses its model, its colors and the pattern of the weaving. The chair is then mounted in six hours by the craftsmen.

Now you will have an anedoct to tell every time you go for a drink on the terrace. Moreover, here is a non-exhaustive list of terraces that have real rattan chairs :

Café de la Paix (Maison Gatti)

5 Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris

Aux Deux Magots ( Maison Drucker)

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris

Les Grandes Marches (Maison Gatti)

6 Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

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A little trip to parisian beaches

Paris beaches are back from July 7 to September 2, 2018, with many events on the Georges Pompidou lane, the City Hall forecourt and the Villette Basin.

The Parisians are used to it now: since 2002, tons of sand, 550 sunbeds, 450 parasols, 50 palm trees and dozens of animations that awaited them Georges Pompidou way, forecourt of the City Hall and Bassin de la Villette during one month.

But last year, there was a big change. The Paris City Council had stopped the sand and proposed different animations.

This year, Paris Beaches returns for 2 months and in 4 places:

• Georges Pompidou Way (Right Bank Park):

On the right bank, Georges Pompidou road, Paris Beaches offers hundreds of sunbeds for the "laze", water sprayers, picnic tables, refreshments, ice cream makers, but also football contest, beach Volleyball, tai chi sessions, dance workshops and a free library in a lawn and palm atmosphere!

• Port of Solferino and Invalides - (left bank):

This is the big news! The Paris Plages activities are now located on the left bank, with dozens of deckchairs for the "laze", water sprayers, picnic tables, refreshments, ice cream makers, for an extension of the party to the Alexandre III bridge!

• the Town Hall forecourt:

It is the place to be, thanks to the Fnac Live Festival. There is also an athletics track to celebrate the 2024 Olympics game!

• La Villette Basin:

Paris will really look like a summer resort. Deckchairs, bowling, water games, entertainment and shows will be as usual in the program. But this year, Paris Beaches will install a swimming area in the La Villette Basin, located on the Loire quay, with three open basins for free, every day from 11am to 9pm.

Thus, more than 54000 hours of leisure await us for 2 months, from 9am to midnight. On the 4 places, ephemeral libraries and snacks will be present to allow us to stay on the spot all day without having to return to the hectic life of the Parisians.

Useful information

schedule

From July 7, 2018 to September 2, 2018

Prices

free entry

Official site

www.paris.fr

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A giant new Rooftop in Paris

A giant new Rooftop in Paris

Paris welcomes a new rooftop. Unlike the others already existing, this one is huge!

Located in the 15th district which is not the most dynamic of the capital, this new place has opened: the Hanging Garden.

This green rooftop measures more than 3500 m².

It is located on the 8th and last floor of a parking building, and will be open until September 2nd. This green parenthesis is eagerly awaited.

A good program is waiting for you: greenery, lots of space and culinary discoveries.

You can discover a wide range of specialties from all around the world: focaccias Fratelli Ateliers, grilled kebabs (from the restaurant of the 2nd district designed by Hugo Desnoyez) or Dim-Sum Hong Kong. Whatever your taste are, you will be pleased.

About animations, the program is very busy. In addition to the several bars and food stands, you can enjoy an outdoor cinema, DJ sets or fitness aperitifs ... For football fans, the place broadcast lot of games of the world cup . Basically, go with friends, everyone will find happiness!

The vastness of this place offers a vegetable farm, that consists of about twenty parcels that will be made available for a final picking. It will take place the last two days, on September 1st and 2nd.

Small downside: the view. The Hanging Garden is located above a parking building that borders the “boulevard periphérique”. But the atmosphere will make you forget all that.

The Hanging Garden

Entrance through 40 rue d'Oradour sur Glane, 75015

Thursday from 16h to midnight, Friday from 16h to 2h, Saturday from 11h to 2h, Sunday from 11h to midnight

Free admission - Payment on the spot by credit card or "no cash" only

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Things to do in Paris when it is raining

This month of June 2018, the weather is not nice in Paris. If you have decided to take a walk or drink glasses in terraces, it's missed. But do not worry, we tell you what to do in Paris when it rains.

VISIT THE CATACOMBS OF PARIS

To escape the rain, nothing better than going down in the strange basements of the capital. The catacombs are long corridors carved into the rock where bones are staged with poems and epigrams that reflect on the human condition and death. We can see bones of celebrities from the French Revolution, such as Charlotte Corday, Danton or Robespierre. It is a real time travel journey.

TO BANKRUPT YOURSELF IN THE PARISIAN DEPARTMENT STORES

The Parisian department stores on Boulevard Haussmann are more than 120 million visitors a year! You will find all the most famour luxury brands and the latest pieces of fashion. Do not miss the famous BHV located next to the City Hall of Paris, or the Bon Marché, which has cheap just the name, so the prices are high.

MUSEUMS IN PARIS

When we think of rain in Paris, everyone thinks of Parisian museums, hence the endless waiting lines to enter the Louvre, the Grand Palais or the Orsay Museum. That is why, we advise you to prefer the small museums: visit the Carnavalet museum (the visit is free), the museum of the City of Paris which retraces the history of the capital from the prehistory to the present day in the sumptuous decor a 17th century mansion in the heart of the Marais. The Guimet Museum will make you discover the wide range of Asian arts. Or visit the Petit Palais, more intimate than its big brother.

PARISIAN GREENHOUSES

When it rains, we often tend to shelter indoors away from nature. But do you thought about Parisian greenhouses? There is many in Paris. The Jardin des Plantes greenhouse with their 19th century metal structures is the most famous.

You will see tropical plants, cacti or species from New Caledonia.

In a different wat, the Bois de Vincennes Floral Park has a butterfly greenhouse where you can walk among the most beautiful specimens in the world. If your desire for greenery is not yet satisfied, there is in the garden of Auteuil, in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, a tropical jungle in greenhouse that will not fail to make you travel.

Here is a nice program that can save your stay in the city !

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The Petit Palais exhibits its photographies

The exhibition "The Spirit of Places" at the Petit Palais presents the works of seven photographers seduced by the spirit of the place and who have put their singular look on the Parisian museum during its renovation and thereafter.

A hundred contemporary photographs acquired over the last ten years are exhibited as free admission.

At first, the photograph entered the Petit Palais as a document. It became an object of collection then of acquisitions and orders in the early 90s. First centered on old photographs of the Universal Exposition of 1900, , purchases then turned to contemporary photographies.

It was thanks to the big renovation of the Petit Palais from 2000 to 2005 that opened to the photographers the doors of the place. Photographers such as Bruno Delamain, Flore, Stéphane Couturier and Hélène Langlois become privileged witnesses to the deep changes that the museum has experienced during these major works.

Studied from every angle, the Petit Palais museum attracts other artists such as Jean-Christophe Ballot, Julien Lescoeur and Vasco Ascolini, who come to visit the museum to make its portrait.

The exhibition is divided into seven sections, presenting the work of the seven photographers.

We have selected our favorites of the exhibition:

• Vasco Ascolini photographies, exclusively in black and white, take a theatrical look at the spaces of the Petit Palais. Exploiting the light, the contrasts, the blurs, the overlays,the mirror games and optical illusion, his photographies turn the sculptures of the museum into a surprising crowd shadows.

• Stéphane Couturier's photographies are part of his research around spatial indeterminacy: with frontal and flat views, he blurs the markings between the inside and the outside, the visible and the invisible, the existing and the missing.

• Bruno Delamain's three black and white photographies offer very abstract and meditative visions of the Petit Palais building site.

It remains for you to discover with your eyes its magnificent photographs and the artistic universe of the four other photographers.

Exhibition « L’Esprit des lieux »

Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

03 May - 08 July 2018

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Bagatelle Park, a romantic garden

At the center of the Bois de Boulogne is the Bagatelle Park. It is part of the Botanical

Garden of Paris. It is one of the most prestigious and elegant gardens of the city.

There, you will find are caves, large flowered paths, beautiful buildings and huge

trees. There is always a lovely spot for a romantic picnic.

Created in 1777 after a bet between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law Count

D'Artois, the Bagatelle Park was designed in only two months. For the "Bagatelle" of

a few million pounds, the Park was completely rebuilt in exactly 64 days! François-

Joseph Bélanger designed the drawings in one night and 900 workers worked

tirelessly on the site. The inspiration style comes from the English and Chinese

gardens which was very trendy at the time. There is also a magnificient Chinese

pagoda of the nineteenth century.

Nowadays, the park measures 24 hectares and the park has an orangery and

stables. It is laid out in multiple gardens. During your walk, you will contemplate the

raw nature with caves and waterfalls, you will pass on small bridges, near fountains

and you will cross the gardens planted in various themes. The most impressive is

probably the Rose Garden. Its 10,000 plants of 1,200 species had made its

reputation around the world. This is why the crowds gather each year for the

international competition of roses.

Very charming and romantic, the Bagatelle Park is never invaded by the crowd. It

kept an intimate way that reinforces this feeling of love and secrecy. At the climax of

romanticism, you will surely come across the paths of pretty peacocks making the

wheel! Do not hesitate to consult the program because every summer, many

concerts and exhibitions are organized there.

At Parc Bagatelle, we love and forget everything. And it is convenient, it is not far

from the Champs Elysees!

The Bagatelle Park

Route de Sèvres 75016 Paris

Entrance from 9:30 to 20h.

Full price: 6 euros. Reduced price: 3 euros.

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In tune with the world

Man’s place in the universe is the theme of the exhibition currently being exhibited at the Louis Vuitton Foundation and entitled: Au diapason du Monde (In tune with the world)

200 works from the collections of the LVMH Art Foundation are on display and will attempt to answer this existential question. The exhibition is arranged in a very beautiful course. To see from April 11 to August 27, 2018.

the Louis Vuitton Foundation welcomes 25 contemporary artists with the greatest artists of the twentieth century: Giacometti, Piccaso, Matisse, Klein, Cyprien Gaillard, Wilhelm Sasnal and Adrián Vilar Rojas and many others.

From April 11 to August 27, 2018, you will have the chance to discover major works never exhibited in this place. Their purpose is to awaken our senses and alert Humans, highlighting the interconnections between humans, animals, plants, and even inanimate objects.

This magnificent exhibition is built in 3 stages, The Man who capsizes, there infinitely and Irradiances.

In the section The Man who capsizes, we find representations of the body in fantasized forms.

In the infinitely section, we ask the question of man in history and his desire to dominate the world around him.

In the Irradiance section, we find a continuous dialogue with nature that explores material and its metamorphoses.

And parallel to this journey, the Louis Vuitton Foundation offers a focus on Takashi Murakami, an artist who come back to the traumas of his country without a Kawaii aesthetic, saturated with colors and fantastic creatures.

Schedule

From April 11, 2018 to August 27, 2018

Address

Louis Vuitton Foundation

8 Mahatma Gandhi Avenue

75116 Paris 16

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The guide of the best terraces of Paris

The beautiful days are back and summer is coming soon!

This is the moment where Parisians are looking forward to: take a drink on the terrace under the sun! You prefer greenery, breathtaking views of Paris or secret places, this guide is made for you!

Be careful to ask about dates and hours opening before going there. They may differ according to establishments.

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TERRACES with stunning views

Le Jardin Suspendu

Thinked by Passage Piéton and Viparis, this place will be the largest vegetable rooftop in Paris. To discover from June 14 to September 2, 2018 on the 8th and last floor of a 3500 m² parking Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Les Maquereaux

Sitting on comfortable sofas and large tables, you will enjoy delicious regional products: Breton oysters from Côtes-d'Armor, butter from Isigny-sur-mer, delicatessen from Maison Dubernet, smoked tuna, sardines and mackerel of Yeu island.

Quay of City Hall, 75004

Rooftop de la Maison Blanche

The Maison Blanche restaurant offers even more entertainment for this summer. On the roof of the Champs-Elysées theater, with a breathtaking view of Paris, you can assist to various activities: Roland Garros, Yoga open air, dedication to moms ....

15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

THE MOST UNUSUAL TERRACES

LaPlage de Glazart 2018

The dream of holidaymakers: 50 tons of sands, many sunbeds, bowling contests, foodtrucks, but also an open-air clubbing every weekend, and free concerts. LaPlage is back once again at La Villette.

7-15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris

Papa Cabane

The beautiful and large terrace of 1000m² located just behind the AccorHotels Arena in Paris is back.

The program: food trucks, cocktails and mocktails, wine or beer and soft drinks, new arrangements of the terrace, good music with a DJ set every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm.

Rue Paul Belmondo 75012 Paris

The most elegant TERRACES

Terrasse Kléber du Peninsula

On this chic terrace, enjoy the dishes prepared by Chef Laurent Poitevin. He made a refreshing and seasonal menu.

19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris

Terrace of the Mini Palace

Designed by Chef Conseil Eric Frechon, assisted by its Executive Chef Stéphane d'Aboville, the terrace of the mini Palais offers a summer menu with light, colorful and vitaminized dishes.

Winston Churchill Avenue, 75008 Paris

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Discovering the Monceau Park

Paris has many small- and big parks, which allow parisians as well as the tourists to enjoy nature in the city. Parc Monceau is one of the most historic parks of Paris.

Indeed, before becoming the park we all know, the Parc Monceau was order by Louis-Philippe of Orléans to the landscaper Carmontelle. The Park had farms, caves, feudal ruines, water-mill and Romains temple. After being left alone for a century, the Prefect Haussman is the one who made this park to be restored in 1760.

Nowadays, The Champs Elysées Hotel brings you to discover some of its treasures in this park.

The Rotunda :

Located in the North entrance of the park, this building is now used as public bathroom in the park. Before, this establishment had a better use because the King Louis XVI took care of the taxes over drinks and marchandises.

La Naumachie :

Do not be fooled by this building. It is not as old as it seems. Actually these remains are the grave that catherine de medicis made for her husband. Formerly, these remains were situated nex to the Saint Denis Basilic and repatriate in the park in 1769. The pond its one of the few elements that has been kept since then.

The statues:

While you are having a walk in the park, you can marvel yourself with the dozens of statues that are scattered everywhere. These represent great writers and musicians that had made history. You can find Maupassant, Chopin, Alfred de Musset and many others.

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L'atelier de Lumières, new art parisian spot

Grand opening this week-end of a new 3300 m2 space spotted in the heart of the 11th district.

« L’Atelier des Lumières » takes place in an old foundry of the 19th century abandoned 20 years ago. « Culturespace » dynamise Parisian art with this center dedicated to numeric arts. The great volume and the 10 meters high sealing allows presence of « immersif monumental exposures » and dive the visitor into works of famous artists.

The venue offers to admire numeric reproductions projected on tall walls of the foundry with adapted music. An artistic alternative to movies.

From this week-end, discover this new manner of apprehending art, a total experience. The public will be able to wander in this gigantic and formally industrial lieu to discover projections organized around a 35 minutes program and a shorter one of 7 minutes. Spectacular!

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Kupka, Pionnier of abstraction, at Grand Palais

From the 21st of March, the Grand Palais hosts a retrospective of the artist czech František Kupka on a partnership with Centre Pompidou, the Národní Gallery of Praga and the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki. This exhibition will stay there from the 21st of March to the 30th of July.

Discover the origins of abstract art.

  • The retrospective follows the artist life and his artwork, we also find his approach of main art periods of the 19th and 20th century: symbolism and abstraction. We discover 300 pieces exhibited along a travel in time and through various topics of the artists. The exhibition progresses on 5 big topics with gravures, photographies, movies, drawings…
  • Information:
  • From the 21st of March to the 30th of July 2018
  • Open on monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm, on Wednesday from 10am to 10pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
  • Grand Palais
  • 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower / 75008 Paris 8
  • How to get there:
  • M° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
  • Or 13 minutes walking from the hotel
  • Reduce rate: 10€
  • Full rate: 14€
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Best parisian tea rooms

We all need a warm place to survive this freezing winter. What about a tasty break in a tea room?

  • These are the must taste places:
  • Ladurée Tea Room is one of the most famous place of the capital. Their delicious macarons are worldwide famous. On the avenue of Champs Elysées, few minutes walking from the hotel we can enjoy tasteful religieuses, saint honoré with rose or pistachio and other sweets.
  • Ladurée , 75 Avenue des Champs Elysées 75008, open everyday up to 11:30pm
  • The historic Angelina Tea Room, rue de Rivoli, is one of the very classic Parisian place and we don’t get bored! For more than a century Angelina is a meeting point for all the foodies! Don’t miss the famous « Mont Blanc » and the hot chocolate in this amazing place.
  • Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli 75001 01.42.60.82.00
  • Discover the tea collection in the Tea Room Mariage Frères in the same place than the museum. An invitation for dreaming.
  • 30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg 75004 01.42.72.28.11
  • The dream patisserie of Conticini
  • In few year, the cake shop of Philippe Conticini has become a hot spot of the Parisian pastry art. Taste a « véritable Paris Brest » or a « Saint Honoré »
  • 93, rue du Bac 75007 01.42.84.00.82
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Chinese New Year in Paris

On the 16th of February, the earth dog replaces the fire rooster. Still the end of the month, enjoy various events for the Chinese new year: exhibition, work shops, shows, parades, markets…

  • The traditional and oldest parade takes place like every year on the 13th district of Paris with a parade of dragons, lions and musicians.
  • Take a look at the other parades:
  • Parade of the 8th district on the 25th of February from 2pm to 5pm.
  • Parade on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré on the 16th of February from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • Marais festivity:
  • From the 12th to the 17th of February, the townhall of the 3rd district organizes many activities such as origami work shops, calligraphy, masks creation, shows and painting exhibitions.
  • Discover Belleville quarter on a visit with a guide through stories, rites and history of chines immigration. You cal also chose the visit with a lunch to feel the atmosphere of this Chinese district.
  • Street food:
  • The Food Market celebrates Chinese New Year on the 22nd of February from 6pm to 10:30pm. You willl find there street food shops of the famous restaurant of Mr Zhao.
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Goscinny and cinema

Last moments of this must see exhibition

Forty years ago, René Goscinny, one of the most famous actors of the 9th art disappeared.

Through this exhibition the « Cinémathèque Française » highlights the passion for cinema of Asterix creator.

« I went to United States with the hope of meeting at Walt Disney but Walt Disney didn’t know it » This quote from the illustrator opens the exhibition « Goscinny and the cinema; Asterix, Lucky Luke & cie »

The exhibition is built on the model of an initiative trip: the trip of a young fresh from Mickey Mouse generation with the passion for cinema. The Cinémathèque offers an entertaining and documented way linking the two big arts of cinema and cartoons.

The visitor can discover different drawings commented, films extracts and different pieces and cinema costumes.

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« Goscinny et le cinéma. Astérix, Lucky Luke & Cie »

End of the exhibition: 4th of March 2018

La Cinémathèque française – 51 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris

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Parisian bridges

In the city center, bridges are spread along 13 kilometers on the Seine, sometimes crossing islands like Ile Saint-Louis et La Cité.

Parisian bridges are all different , all built with different materials, at different periods.

The oldest one is the Pont Neuf. It was built in the second part of the XVI Century to join the Louvre Museum and the new left bank of the Seine River.

The amazing Alexander III bridge was built for the 1900 World Exhibition by the ingenior Résal and is an other example of the popular steel architecture of the XIX century .

The Bir Hakeim Bridge, which is the only bridge with 2 levels, was built in 1903 by the ingenior Louis Biette for the first South metro line.

The well-known Pont des Arts faces the Institut de France. It was the first to be built with iron and it was for pedestrians only . It was called ' Bridge for lovers ' because people used to put a lock to save their love. But the lockers were too heavy for the bridge.

During your stay, discover these famous parisian bridges!

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened its doors in Paris as well as in Marrakech.

The Parisian museum is located in Yves Saint Laurent’s historical couture house, avenue Marceau. This house has seen the birth of his creations for over 30 years and then the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent foundation.

The foundation asked for the help of the scenograph Nathalie Crinière and the interior designer Jacques Grange in order to double the superficies of exhibition and reproduce the ambiance of the house. Thanks to this collaboration, the haute couture rooms and the creation studio of Yves Saint Laurent are integrated to the visit in order to feel the universe of the designer.

With the opening of these two museums, the 5 000 pieces of clothing, the 15 000 accessories and the thousands of drawings, photographs and other document that belong to the foundation will finally be revealed to the public.

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Practical information:

Place: Musée Yves Saint Laurent, 5 avenue Marceau 75016

Subway: Alma Marceau, line 9

or 15 minutes walking from the hotel

Schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm / nocturnal pn Fridays until 9pm

Rate: full rate 10€ / reduced rate 7€

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The Paris Cocktail Week is back!

From the 20th to the 27th of January 2018, the City of Paris will host the 4th edition of the "Paris Cocktail Week". A unique opportunity to discover the numerous cocktail bars that settled in the streets of Paris for the past few years. The cocktail culture spreads and can now be found in places of divers and surprising identities.

  • The idea? Open the gates of the Parisian cocktail culture. The best cocktail bars each offer two original creations (including an alcohol-free one). If shown the downloadable pass found on their official website, some special prices will be applied.
  • This year, the Paris Cocktail week will be spread inside 75 bars around the city. It will be themed around nature and how to include cocktail creation into an ecological vision.
  • Events also gravitate around the main concept during the whole week, including masterclasses, surprising and unexpected products, etc.
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Informations:

From the 20th to the 27th of January

  • Download your free pass here: https://pariscocktailweek.fr/
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Louis Vuitton Foundation

This place used to be a company foundation for creation, the place has been created to promote and support contemporary artistic creation and make it available for a large french or international audience. The foundation, supported by LVMH group, is located in Bois de Boulogne near Acclimatation Garden.

This unique building has been imagined by the famous architect Franck Ghery.

This museum dedicated to contemporary art has 11 galeries, an auditorium, a restaurant and a librairy. More than a museum, it is also the place for debates, conference, shows, cinema...

The place presents pop up exhibitions of contemporary art. The agenda is available on their official website.

  • How to get there:
  • 8 avenue du Mahatma Ghandi – Bois de Boulogne
  • Paris 16
  • By métro : line 1 stop at « Les Sablons »
  • Then the Foundation is 10-15 minutes walking.
  • With the Foundation shuttle: (1€) departure Place Charles de Gaulle
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Rates:

Adult: 14€

Under 26 years old: 10€

Under 18 years old: 5€

Free for children under 3 years old

Opening time:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 12pm to 7pm

Friday: open until 11pm

Week-ends: from 11pm to 8pm

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The best winter terraces

Winter is coming, to enjoy Paris without freezing, this is the list of our favorite terraces:

  • THE BRASSERIE D'AUTEUIL ROOFTOP
  • Discover this unique place, completely different from what you already know in Paris. The Brasserie d’Auteuil takes place in an vintage train station, on the old train line « la petite ceinture » that used to run all around Paris. During the winter discover the hidden covered rooftop sublimate by vegetation.
  • Brasserie Auteuil – 78 Rue d’Auteuil, 75016
  • How to get there: take line 9, direction Pont de Sèvres then stop at Michel Ange Auteuil. The brasserie is 5 minutes walking.
  • Open from Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 2am.
  • THE WINTER GARDEN OF RESTAURANT LES CLIMATS
  • Wine lover? This is your place! The restaurant Les Climats offers a Wonderfull wine selection and fine plates. But when you arrive you will be amazed by the beauty of this place. This building, from the beginning of the 20th century, hide a winter garden, one of the most beautiful of the capital! An idyllic place to enjoy a perfect diner !
  • Les Climats – 41 rue de Lille, 75007
  • How to get there: Lige 13 in Miromesnil (direction Chatillon Montrouge) stop at Invalides; then take RER C until Musée d’Orsay
  • From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:15pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 9:45pm.
  • THE "CHOCOLATE BAR" OF JARDINS DU MARAIS
  • In the heart of the Marais area, discover the fabulous chalet in the garden of the hotel Les Jardins du Marais. Enjoy a warm hot chocolate, loved in a plaid in this huge private courtyard. Like a secret place in the heart of Paris. On the menu, try also the crepes, waffles or very chocolate creations. Don’t wait, it is a pop up place!
  • Hôtel Les Jardins du Marais – 75 rue Amelot, 75011
  • How to get there: Take line, direction Mairie de Montreuil, stop at Oberkampf, the terrace is 8 minutes walking.
  • Open from Monday to Saturday, from 12am to 2:30 pm and from 7pm to 10:30pm
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The best free exhibitions in Paris

Paris is always moving and buzzing with brilliant art galeries and exhibitions free to visit and enjoy. To all of those who blame the price of museums to miss out on cultural opportunities, here’s a selection of the ones you will love, without spending a penny.

  • LES JO DE RAYMOND DEPARDON
  • or the release of his new photo album, this exhibition will display 19 of photographer Raymond Depardon’s best Olympic Games pictures taken between 1964 and 1980
  • BEATE ET SERGE KLARSFELD, LES COMBATS DE LA MÉMOIRE
  • Shoah memorial rewinds back to the Klarsfeld couple’s fights between 1968 and 1978 while they changed the world’s future memory of Shoah, in a context of huge political, social and cultural changes.
  • RÉTROSPECTIVE RAHAN
  • Hubert & Breyne Gallery Paris offers the first ever flashback on Pif Gadget’s well-known character: Rahan. Unmissable icon of French 70’s comics culture
  • LES NUITS PARISIENNES, DU PALAIS-ROYAL AU PALACE
  • Through the way women and men live, work, dance and meet, night times offer an exclusive angle on political, cultural and aesthetic changes in Paris. The « Les nuits Parisiennes » exhibition takes us back through two and a half centuries of nightlife in the French capital.
  • L'EXPO CONTRE-ATTAQUE II
  • After the first edition big success (2015), Sakura guides Star Wars characters back into his central Paris gallery for one month. You will get to discover sculptures, photographies, illustrations from more than 40 world-known art creators, who each give a different proper vision of the Star Wars mythical history.
  • LA GÉNÉRATION PERDUE
  • For the 100 years anniversary of the USA entering war, the city of Paris pays tribute to the young American artists who settled in Paris in the 20s and 30s hoping to find new roots, freedom of speech, and a new artistic creative world.
  • LA BELLE VIE NUMÉRIQUE
  • Hod did artists see and interpret the numerical revolution ? How did creation tools get influenced by GAFA tools ? What’s their outlook on this new world where we get lost between reality and virtuality? Many questions to which you can find some answers at this beautiful exhibition at Fondation EDF that gathers works from more than 30 well-known or emerging artists.
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The Christmas Village on Champ de Mars

Christmas is coming, Paris is getting ready with decorations and lights everywhere. You haven’t found your Christmas presents yet? What if you could mix shopping and Christmas atmosphere on a mythic Parisian spot, right at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower!

  • A Christmas village set up on Champs de Mars from the 21st of December to the 8th of January. Come and discover plenty of stalls displaying little presents, handcraft objects, and much more. Or just enjoy a homemade hot chocolate or a tartiflette! And even more exciting, you'll be able to wonder on the 300 m² ice rink open to everyone (kids and adults). Ice-skating at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower? This is Christmas magic!
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December 24th: open from 10am till 7pm December 25th open from 12am till 8pm
December 31st open from 10am till 5pm

The entrance on the ice-rink is free, skate rental is compulsory (6€/person). Gloves are compulsory.

  • Get there with metro line 8: stop at Ecole Militaire
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Club 13, a mythical place to discover

For almost 50 years, the Club 13 is Claude Lelouch’s projection private room, coupled with a restaurant. The room is famous for its comfortable leather armchairs, but not only! The room saw parading all greatest of the 7th art.

For decades, the greats of the cinema have been going to the Club 13, Claude Lelouch tells: " one day, Charlie Chaplin came to see King in New York. At that time, he was rather old. I welcomed him in the projection room and helped him go down the stairs. Not having recognized me, he gave me a 10-dollar bill. He had to believe that I was the doorman. I then lent him this desk, just like to Orson Welles. Stanley Kubrick, also, came to the Club 13. All the projections of press of its movies took place in the projection room of the club. There was also Jacques Tati and all the big American stars: Coppola, Scorsese … "

The leather seats of the projection room, very deep and wrapping, are quite unique, here is the explanation with which we can only agree: " when a movie is good, it is necessary to see it in good conditions and when it is bad, it is necessary to be settled well to sleep. "

This very private cinema opens finally its doors to the public with its restaurant revised by Sarah Lavoine and enhanced by a karaoke. We count on you to go to enjoy the marvels of the restaurant and a good movie in this place of history. You will find numerous photos of shootings that will make you dream.

Practical information:

Place: Club 13, 15 avenue Hoche, 75008

Restaurant open everyday from noon to 2.30pm

Karakoe every Thursday, Friday

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Where to go for a teatime in Paris?

What could be more Parisian than a pastry around a cup of tea? Here is a small selection of typically Parisian tearooms that will tempt you to move! In these places with their own identity where we lose the notion of time and share a great moment of sweetness and conviviality.

Ladurée

Major Parisian tearoom, known particularly for its delicious macaroons. In this immense tearoom, you will find your place preferred with a view on the Champs-Elysées, on the upper floor with the looks of an apartment or at the bar in the hallucinating decoration. Let's go and savor macaroons, Religieuses or rose Saint-Honoré!

75 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 750008, opened every day from 7:30 am until 11 pm and until midnight on the weekends.

Angelina

Other unmissible Parisian tearoom, Angelina is a historic tearoom known for its hot chocolate and its famous pastry: the Mont Blanc, a delight. Very rich place of the capital, Angelina is a compulsory stop. For the more urgent, the cake store also makes take away! 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, opened every day from 7:30 am to 7 pm

Mariage Frères

House of mythical tea, Mariage Frères will know how to delight you with its long menu of teas served traditionally according to the rulebook. In its particular frame you can also taste there delicious pastries. On the first floor, the museum invites you in a Journey on the road of teas.

30 rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004, opened every day from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

In the white and pink tones, Philippe Conticcini takes you to the wonderland with sublime French pastries. Especially try: the Paris Brest and the Saint-Honoré.

93 rue du Bac, 75007, opened from Tuesday until Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm

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The Yves Saint Laurent museum

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened its doors in Paris as well as in Marrakech.

The Parisian museum is located in Yves Saint Laurent’s historical couture house, avenue Marceau. This house has seen the birth of his creations for over 30 years and then the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent foundation.

The foundation asked for the help of the scenograph Nathalie Crinière and the interior designer Jacques Grange in order to double the superficies of exhibition and reproduce the ambiance of the house. Thanks to this collaboration, the haute couture rooms and the creation studio of Yves Saint Laurent are integrated to the visit in order to feel the universe of the designer.

With the opening of these two museums, the 5 000 pieces of clothing, the 15 000 accessories and the thousands of drawings, photographs and other document that belong to the foundation will finally be revealed to the public.

Yves Saint Laurent always saw farther than the fashion shows and the temporary collections, he said "I would like that, in a hundred years, we study my dresses and my drawings". It is a bet made a success for him, the museum has already received the label Museum of France, which makes his collections inalienable. We cannot sell them anymore nor scatter them. His Mondrian dress is from now on as eternal as the painting of the painter.

Practical information:

Place: Musée Yves Saint Laurent, 5 avenue Marceau 75016

Subway: Alma Marceau, line 9

Schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm / nocturnal pn Fridays until 9pm

Rate: full rate 10€ / reduced rate 7€

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The Irving Penn exhibition at the Grand Palais

  • It has been 100years since Irving Penn, one of the greatest photographers of the XXth century was born! For this occasion, the Grand Palais will have a retrospective of his work in homage to him.
  • In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) of New-York, where he is usually exhibited, this exhibition will be a first in Europe since his death at the age of 92 in October 2009.
  • Originally from New Jersey, Irving Penn has quickly made himself a name in the fashion world with his photographs published in Vogue in the 40s and 50s. He was also the creator of the seies “Les petits métiers” published in the French Vogue in 1951.
  • He became very famous for his portraits of personnalities and creates an intimacy with each of them in their portrait, which has become his signature.
  • Among the portraits, you will encounter: Pablo Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, etc.
  • Practical information:
  • From Septembre 21st 2017 to January 29th 2018
  • Place: Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
  • 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
  • 75008 Paris
  • Subway: Franklin-D.-Roosevelt (lines 1, 9), Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1, 13)
  • Bus : lines 28, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
  • RER : Invalides (RER C)
  • Timetable: Everyday from 10am to 8pm
  • – Night time on Wenesdays until 10pm
  • – Closed on Tusedays
  • – Closes at 6pm on Sundays December 24th and 31st
  • – Closed on Monday December 25th
  • Full rate: 13 euros
  • Reduced rate: 9 euros
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Hotel des Champs Elysées - Exterior

The Champs Elysées in 1930

  • Since 1930, the Hotel des Champs Elysées has seen the neighborhood live and transform. The hotel belongs to the same family since this year and if it could talk, it would have a lot of things to tell!
  • The Paris city has known a major change: the change from wood pavement to stone pavement. This change on the Champs Elysées happened relatively late since it was in 1945.
  • Today the Champs Elysées have a well-defined life between the Etoile and the round about but at the time, life was located on the other side, between the round about and the Concorde. In this part, many theaters, circus, cabarets, fairgrounds and restaurants existed and hundreds of chairs were laid around here and there for strollers to observe the unusual life of the Champs Elysées.
  • Around the 1930s, luxury shops made their apparition on the other portion of the avenue and the animation naturally moved. The Champs Elysées became an unmissable of luxury and made part of the « golden triangle ».
  • In the 1970s, luxury brands slowly started to migrate, leaving the space to the restaurants and movie theaters. With 29 cinemas, the Champs Elysées have a high cinematographic power and propose most of their movies in original version. Numerous premieres take place, letting to the Champs Elysées their mundane and chic aspect.
  • Today, more popular brands have settled on the Champs Elysées. They have become a symbol of the city of light and bring always more visitors. It is a mythic place of the city and its history is fascinating.
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