National day festivities on the 14th of July 2015 in Paris

published on July 10, 2015
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The 14th of July is the national day in France. This day is a public holiday and many traditional events take place on this occasion. Here is a selection you should not miss…

In the morning, the military parade and review of troops by the French president will begin at 10 a.m. on the Champs Elysees. The air forces open the parade, what is always very impressive. Then come the army corps including the Republican guards cavalry. This year, the members of the resistance take the place of honor of the parade.

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After a break in the afternoon, continue your day of festivities with a free classical concert on the Champ de Mars (by the foot of the Eiffel Tower) from 9.30 p.m organised by the National Orchestra of France and the Choeur de Radio France with the theme “Paris hosts the world”, theme shared with the fireworks that follows.

The traditional fireworks display will take place from 11 p.m. at the Trocarédo for half an hour. The day will end by the famous firemen’s balls in many districts of Paris until 4 a.m.

 

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Festivities of the 14th of July in Paris


Military Parade
 Champs Elysées

From 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Concert
from 9.30 p.m.
Metro station: Ecole militaire or Dupleix

Fireworks display

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11 p.m.
Recommended metro stations to attend the fireworks:
- line 8 : La Motte-Piquet
- line 6 : Dupleix, Cambronne
- line 10 : Emile Zola, La Motte-Piquet, Ségur
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line 13 : St-François-Xavier, Varenne
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RER : Javel, Invalides et Austerlitz

Firemen’s balls from 9 p.m to 4 a.m

More information on the Paris website

A day in Paris with your children

published on June 20, 2015
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Planning a trip to Paris with your children? Here’s a tip to make your trip a success: choose perfect family’s places. Here are four unmissable places in Paris that will please all the family.

Jardin des Plantes (Paris 5)from 3 years old

Enjoy its legendary greenhouses and the beauty of its flower beds. Delight your children in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution and its museum of natural history or the Ménagerie (the second oldest zoo in the world, created in 1793). After the visit, pop into the Grand Mosque of Paris nearby for a cup of mint tea.

Luxembourg Garden (Paris 6)from 2 years old

At the heart of the trendy Saint-Germain district of Paris, this beautiful garden, fondly known as “Luco” by the Parisians, has a number of attractions to keep the children occupied: small wooden boats for rent to sail in the pond by the palace, pony rides, traditional puppet shows and a huge play area… It is also of noteworthy historical importance; the Florentine-inspired Luxembourg Palace (current site of the Senate) was commissioned by Mary de Medici in 1612.

Museum of Arts and Crafts (Paris 3)from 7 years old

Located within the abbey of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, a stone’s throw from the area known as the Marais, this museum boasts an impressive collection of exhibits that are sure to please all budding scientists. Children can relive famous experiments and learn about the advancement of technology through a number of workshops and guided tours.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation and Jardin d’Acclimatation. Porte Maillotfrom 2/3 years old

Are you longing to visit the magnificent building designed by Franck Gehry with its rich collections of contemporary art? Remember that the museum organises a series of workshops and discovery trails (from 3 to 10 years old). Even more importantly, however, it adjoins THE place that little Parisians love the most: the Jardin d’Acclimatation. The latter offers a number of activities, including: play areas, fun fairs, animals, boats…

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The Museum of Natural History

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The Louis Vuitton fondation

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The Museum of Arts and Crafts

The Luxembourg Garden

The Luxembourg Garden

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The Velàzquez event at Grand Palais

published on June 10, 2015
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Unless you are planning a stay in Madrid in the next few months, you must pay a visit to the Grand Palais for the exhibition of Diego Velàzquez, a major event of the Parisian cultural scene 2015.

Why is it so important? To begin with, it is the first solo exhibition in France of the most famous painter of the Spanish golden age, a true genius of art history (1599- 1660). Further, the breadth of the exhibition is exceptional. The exhibition’s curator, Guillaume Kientz, has achieved the feat of bringing together half of all the painter’s works (around a hundred for 43 years of career), including, notably, works from the Prado in Madrid.

So you will discover several masterpieces at the Grand Palais. Our favorites: the impressive Portrait of Pope Innocent X, with his piercing eyes or The Toilet of Venus, a rare nude echoing the Roman sculpture and judiciously exposed next to the Sleeping Hermaphrodite. Only one masterpiece is missing: Las Meninas, or The Family of Felipe IV, a monument that is never moved. However a copy is on display to avoid too much frustration.

Despite the crowds, it is certainly a great joy to admire the full panoply of the works of the artist that Edouard Manet described as “the painter’s painter”.  Starting from his apprenticeship in Seville, to his early career at the Madrid Court and a glimpse of his voyages to Italy, you are shown every facet of this ambitious painter and precursor to modern painting. His portraits of course but also “scenes de genre” or religious painting.

We take account of his significant influences, in particular, his discovery of caravaggism which transcends his painting. We marvel at his creativity and his fundamental contribution to modern art.  With The Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid, Velàzquez began a new art of portrait. The set disappears: no wall, no floor. Only the shadows produce perspective.

A great moment in history and pictorial pleasure not to be missed for any reason. As Francis Bacon said, “Velazquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration, which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator”.

Plan your visit

This exhibition is of course very busy. Buy an online ticket (at least the day before) if you do not want to queue for long.

Plan a visit with a guide if you can. If you do not have enough time, you should experience “connected glasses” a new digital experience (be careful: you must not wear glasses)

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais     
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower – Paris 8
Until the 13th of  July 2015

Wednesday – Saturday, 10.00 a.m. -10.00 p.m.
Sunday – Monday, 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Closed Thuesday

 

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Diego Velazquez, Portrait of the pope Innocent X, 1650, 140 x 200, Oil on canvas, Rome, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, © Amministrazione Doria Pamphiljry

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Diego Velazquez, The Toilet of Venus, 1647-1651, 123 x 177 cm, Oil on canvas, The National Gallery, © The National Gallery

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From the 30s to the 70s: fashion tour in the 16th arrondissement of Paris

published on June 4, 2015
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Close by the Museum of Modern Art and Palais de Tokyo and not far away from Place du Trocadero lie two must-see artistic venues of the fashion world: the Palais Galleria and the Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. The following itinerary will help guide you through these two beautiful exhibitions.

Start with a flashback to the 30s. Palais Galliera is a magnificent, neo-Renaissance hotel offering the first Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) retrospective. The hotel showcases about a hundred timeless, romantic exemplars of robes de style, evening and robes bijoux style dresses, all within the beautiful setting created by Alber Elbaz, current Creative Director of the House (the oldest fashion house still in business today).

Spare a few moments to admire the views from the gardens of the Palais before making your way to the Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent Foundation located just a brief walk away. The Yves Saint Laurent 1971, Scandal Collection plunges you into the history of the sultry collection that caused such an uproar amongst the press and public alike during the German occupation. This intimate place will reveal the secret of the creative process of the designer, through a variety of forms (original sketches, workshop notes, collections, etc…).

Palais Galliera
Jeanne Lanvin, 8 March – 23 August 2015  
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16
Tuesday – Sunday, 10.00 a.m. –6.00 p.m.
Late opening : 9.00 p.m. on Thursday

Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent 1971, Scandal Collection, 19 March – 19 August 2015
3 rue Léonce Reynaud, Paris 16
Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 a.m. –6.00 p.m.

Plan your vist

- Enjoy the partnership between the Foundation and the Palais Galliera (reduced prices). Duration of the visit for the 2 exhibitions: 2 hours.
- Need a coffee break with astonishing views? Enjoy the terraces of Palais de Tokyo and Museum of Modern Art.
- Shopping temptation?  Extend your fashion experience on the « Avenue Montaigne », the great names in the world of luxury, a brief walk away.

 

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The Galliera Museum

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At the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition

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At the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition

La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy

published on March 10, 2015
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La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
Musée Marmottan Monet
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015

The Musée Marmottan Monet presents until July 5th, 2015 the first exhibition ever dedicated to the theme of ‘La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy.’

The exhibition brings together works by major artists of the fifteenth century to the present, explores the rituals of cleanliness, their spaces and their gestures. This is the first time such a subject, unique and indispensable, is presented in the form of an exhibition. In these works that reflect everyday practices that might seem mundane, the public will discover the pleasures and surprises with a depth that few expected. Prestigious museums and international collections joined enthusiastically in this project giving major loans, including some paintings that have never been shown since their creation. One hundred paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and motion pictures («time-lapse») allow to offer an exceptional exhibition.

The exhibition opens with an outstanding collection of engravings by Dürer, de Primatice, paintings from the l’Ecole de Fontainebleau, including a Clouet, the outstanding Femme à la puce by Georges de La Tour, a unique and amazing collection of François Boucher, showing the invention of gestures and the special places one washed in the Old Regime Europe.

In the second part of the exhibition, visitors will discover that with the nineteenth century there was a profound renewal of tools and modes of cleanliness. The appearance of the bathroom, that of a more diverse and abundant use of water inspired Manet, Berthe Morisot, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec and other artists, not least, unpublished scenes of women washing in tubs or in makeshift tanks. The gestures are disrupted, the space becomes definitively closed and made to conceal privacy, from which emerges a deep impression of intimacy and modernity.

The last part of the exhibition presents to the vistor the both familiar and disconcerting modern bathrooms and there «functional» uses, with artworks from Pierre Bonnard which show bathroom spaces where one is allowed, away from the eyes of others and the noise of the city, to dream.

La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2, rue Louis-Boilly
75016 Paris – France

Tél : +33 (0)1 44 96 50 33
Site web : www.marmottan.fr

Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

Eugène Lomont, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1898
Huile sur toile, 54 x 65 cm, Beauvais, Musée départemental de l’Oise
© RMN Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier

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François Eisen, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1742
Huile sur toile, 36,5 x 27,3 cm, Abbeville, Musée d’Abbeville
© RMN-Grand Palais /Thierry Ollivier

La Femme ‡ la puce

Georges de La Tour, La Femme à la puce, 1638
Huile sur toile, 121 x 89 cm, Nancy, Musée Lorrain
© RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Bernard

A perfect winter day in Paris

published on December 10, 2014
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9 a.m. : Let’s start the day with a typical Parisian breakfast. The good news is that in Paris, which houses 900 bakeries, it is easy to find a good croissant (choose it following two criteria’s: it must contain butter and must be crusty) and a good coffee.  Ordering a second coffee is part of the experience to observe the passersby’s through the window for a little more longer, the Parisian waiter and other clients who form an unlikely yet a peaceful  crowd.

11a.m. : You are in time for the opening of the exhibition of photographs by Hedi Slimane at the Fondation Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent. In the gallery, the contrasting black and white photos of the creator smell like smoke, sweat and rock. These intense portraits of Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, Amy Winehouse and Keith Richards have nothing to envy those of the young American rock figures Hedi Slimane capture to perfection. This contrast is more than welcome in this posh area of the capital.

12:30 p.m. : Paris does not wait! Do not waste time, grab a sandwich and head to department stores to admire the windows specifically designed for the end of the year. Make your choice: between les Galeries Lafayette, le Bon Marché and le Printemps, you will be amazed by the artistic research of these everlasting creations for children who also have the art to delight adults.

2 p.m.: Assume! Go to the foot of the ferris wheel located on Place de la Concorde and give you the grand tour just once. Paris is at your feet, unforgettable.

3 p.m. : It’s tea time. After all you skipped lunch … See you on the other side of the River Seine, rue du Bac in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to treat yourself with delicacies from the Pâtisserie des Rêves pastry shop run by Head pastry chef Philippe Conticini. Hard to choose between the revisited Saint-Honoré, the Paris-Brest or the apple and quince pie recipe designed for the forthcoming winter season!

4 p.m. : Now that you are in the area, complete your Christmas shopping. On your roadmap, you should not miss the delicious Dyptique candles, accessories by Sonia Rykiel, The Conran Shop, the beautiful Hermès boutique or Le Bon Marché and La Grande Epicerie de Paris.

7 p.m. : It is time to order a glass of champagne at the Hôtel des Saints Pères bar. Relax in one of the comfy sofas and enjoy the calm and comfort after your tiring day in Paris.

8 p.m. : Let’s go! You are already late for the representation of La Source ballet at the Opera Garnier. The costumes created by Christian Lacroix in collaboration with Swarovski will fill you with wonder.

The Esprit de France hotel collection expands with Le Pigonnet

published on November 25, 2014
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The Esprit de France hotels are pleased to announce the expansion of their collection with the acquisition of the Le Pigonnet in Aix-en-Provence.

This beautiful 5-star hotel of 44 rooms, landmark of the city, fits well with the Esprit de France DNA characterized by an extraordinarily historic location, a building restored respecting the sense of place, exceptional quality of service and spacious rooms.

This Provencal country house of the eighteenth century offers a restaurant, a bar, a fitness, 3 conference rooms with garden view, a spa and a heated swimming pool surrounded by a Mediterranean park of 1.5 hectares close to the town center. Here you will find exclusive rooms including the magnificent 85 sqm Presidential Suite offering a private terrace of 170 m2 with views of the park and the mountain Sainte-Victoire.

This place is less than 3 hours from Paris by TGV, 25 minutes from the Marseille-Provence airport. The beautiful city hosted many painters, attracted by the southern light and inherited a rich cultural life animated all year including the Musée Granet, the Preljocaj Ballet, the Oyster Festival and the Opera Festival. The old town, where it is so nice to get lost, punctuated with charming squares, is animated with many markets, fine food and fashion shops.

This acquisition is carried out in partnership with three investors: the actor Christopher Lambert, Michel Halimi and Mr. Hugues de la Chevasnerie. Emmanuel Russel, CEO of Esprit de France said he was ” thrilled and excited to bring our level of expertise to Le Pigonnet, a promising potential rooted in the life of Aix-en-Provence”. The actor Christopher Lambert, was meanwhile delighted: ” this hotel is a unique place regarding its location and its history, we all live the dream and magic that surround it. »

We look forward to show you this new Esprit de France place in the heart of Provence.

But let’s just begin with a visit in images…

Hotel Le Pigonnet
5 Avenue du Pigonnet
13090 Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 59 02 90
www.hotelpigonnet.com

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The park

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A junior suite at Le Pigonnet

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The lounge bar in the park

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The restaurant “La Table du Pigonnet”

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The Presidential suite

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Topiary art in the park

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The Sainte-Victoire

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The Terrace

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The blooming rose garden

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.

published on October 28, 2014
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Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
Musée du Luxembourg
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015

Around Cézanne, Renoir or Monet, the Museum of the Luxembourg presents the first exhibition dedicated to Paul Durand-Ruel (on 1831 – 1922), the main art dealer passionate about the XIXth century, the discoverer of the Impressionists and the inventor of the modern art market.

Most major public and private Impressionists collections were in fact made ​​to the Durand-Ruel gallery at the turn of the twentieth century. No Impressionist sale took place without a painting that was once  exhibited in his gallery. From his discovery of Impressionism in the early 1870s to the success of the turn of the century, Paul Durand- Ruel had indeed bought, sold, exposed thousands of works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro , Sisley, Morisot and Cassatt . This story has not been smooth, and if he is now hailed as a visionary dealer, Durand -Ruel indeed made ​​the bet of Impressionism. It is this chapter in the history of the gallery and the story of a man the exhibition aims at showing and explaining with the help of new research.

The exhibition gathers eighty masterpieces of the impressionism and redraws an artistic avant-garde getting access in the international gratitude.


Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 40 13 62 00
www.museeduluxembourg.fr

 

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Les Borgia et leur temps

published on October 3, 2014
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Les Borgia et leur temps
Musée Maillol
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015

The Borgia family owes its celebrity thank to statesmen, their popes and to their outstanding personalities. Their sulphurous reputation fascinated writers so different as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, comic strip writers or still television.

Through portraits of the family, visitors to the exhibition will discover the families’ true faces, as well as those of the major protagonists of the period: princes, philosophers, scientists and theologians. An epoch in turmoil following the discovery of America and the Italian wars, against a background of unrest fermented by the friar, Girolamo Savonarole, already foreshadowing the Protestant Reformation to come and the birth of a new generation of humanists. At the dawn of the 16th century, Erasmus and Luther illustrated the renewal of philosophy.

Les Borgia et leur temps
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015
Musée Maillol
59-61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 22 59 58
www.museemaillol.com

 

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Juan de Juanes – Portait of the pope Alexandre VI
1586 – Oil on leather (guadamacile)
83 X 56 cm
Valence, Cabildo Metropolitano de Valencia
© Francisco Alcántara

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Altobello Melone – Portrait de gentilhomme (César Borgia?) – 1513
Oil on wood 58,1X48,2 cm
Bergame, Accademia Carrara di Bergamo
© Archivio fotografi co Accademia Carrara

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei First half of the 16th century Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm Rome, Galleria Borghese © SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola
Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei
First half of the 16th century
Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm
Rome, Galleria Borghese
© SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

The Hotel des Saints Peres takes part to the Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine

published on September 2, 2014
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Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (Day in Historic Monuments)
Hôtel des Saints Pères
On the 20th and 21st of September, 2014


The Journées Européennes du Patrimoine‘ (A day in Historic Monument) was created in 1984 and now take place in more than 50 countries in Europe. It aims at opening and showing buildings and pieces of art that are usually closed to public to highlight our common heritage and people working daily to save it.

For the first time on the 20th and 21st of September, the Esprit de France Hotel Collection is proud and happy to take part to the “Journées Européennes du Patrimoine” (a day in Historic monument) with the Hotel des Saints Pères located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. At this occasion and during these two special days only, the Fresco room will open its doors to unveil its 17th century ceiling fresco to the general public. This outstanding fresco representing Vertu crowning Chance and Intelligence was discovered in 1983 under a false ceiling during renovation works undertaken by Esprit de France in the 80′s. It remains today in a perfect state of preservation.

The Hotel des Saints Pères decided to entrust the visit to a student of the prestigious art school Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She will show and explain the hotel main artistic and architectural points of interest to finish with the famous fresco. Visits will take place on Saturday at 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and Sunday at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm and will last 30 minutes. To take part to one of these free visits, register to contact@espritdefrance.com

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Day in Historic Monuments

On the 20th and 21st of September, 2014
Hôtel des Saints Pères
65 rue des Saints Pères
75006 Paris

 

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