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|I LOVE PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME…
| This month the Parismarais.com web site celebrates its sixth anniversary!
Since we launched this site, monthly newsletter, blog and Marais maps (download for free: http://www.parismarais.com/the-marais-maps.htm), the interest from all corners of the world for our beloved district has been a wonderful surprise. Le Marais is an area that is about as small as the borough of Westminster in London. More than 5,7 million people have already discovered le Marais thanks to Parismarais.com.
Le Marais is a small triangle of land, about 2 kms on each side, extending from Place de la République to Place de la Bastille, and to Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. It’s not very big at all, but within this small area, you’ll find 170 fabulous historical mansions, two islands in the river Seine, the Picasso Museum, the Baroque Museum, the Carnavalet Palace and Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. An incredible concentration of art, beauty and architectural wonders fill this district classified by the Unesco. The rest of Paris can certainly be envious of le Marais’s wonders.
We are promoting the best of best in each category: hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, fun places to go out… But there is so much to discover just outside le Marais as well. That’s why we’ve just recently added 100 new hotels in Paris. You can visit the le Marais or other central Paris districts including the Louvre area, the Latin Quarter, Montorgueil, Les Halles, Saint Germain des Prés and the Champs Elysées…You can also stay in your choice of one these other districts of Paris. They are all within 15 minutes from le Marais. And all these select upscale hotels are available to book online at the best price guaranteed.
In the past years, as a travel journalist and free lance senior copywriter for many big advertising agencies like Mc Cann, DDB, Ogilvy, JWT, Saatchi, I’ve traveled to almost every European country. And in every city, I’ve always felt something special in a particular area – Maybe you know what I mean? It’s like that special feeling you get when you enter the Carnavalet Museum courtyard in le Marais. Or seeing Soho Square in London at dawn. When you take your breakfast at Piazza Navona in Roma or discover Chambord Castle and the Loire Valley for the first time, cross the Ponte Vecchio in Florence or the Rialto in Venice. You say just one word in every language…Wow!
Each city has a beating heart. Perhaps my connection to the heart of Paris won’t necessarily be your choice. When it comes to people and architecture, it’s a matter of feeling and chemistry. I think I love le Marais so much because it captured my soul 30 years ago, and every day, walking the streets, I discover something new. Even if you offered me an entire empire, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else in the world. But there is a heart and there is a Marais in every city ! My team and I will report on these and the other “coup de cœur districts” we discover all over Europe and recommend them for you to discover.
Before or after you visit Paris and le Marais, you’ll definitely want to discover Europe’s best of the best. We make it easier for you…and starting now, you can book online at one of the 1000 new charming three, four and five stars hotels in the most attractive European destinations… You can spend from 50 to 5 000 euros… Maybe you’re on budget, but if you can, why not splurge and go for a little luxury. Life is short, and while some of you are saving for future pleasures, we think you should enjoy it now. Traveling to Paris and Europe is the safest destination in today’s world for sure.
Find your own on this map ! Clic to access to all destinations :
There is only one Paris, but there are treasures to discover all over Europe. Go for it…and find your favorite, the one you’ll keep in your heart forever. Until then, enjoy April in Le Marais!
|SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP :
|LADY GAGA SUNGLASES
If you’re after that unique look, Les Opticiens du Marais (The Marais Opticians) is the place to go. All the frames are distinctive and the lenses are cutting-edge technology. No dull hakneyed brands or ostentatious frames with showy logos to choose from. You won’t find mass market productions here. Creativity is the byword. VIPs from the neighborhood and even the international jet set come to find just the right French touch. Some of the frames are even funky enough for Lady Gaga. Les Opticiens du Marais stand behind their products and will exchange and adapt your lenses and frames if need be. High-quality service, innovation and creativity will certainly give you satisfaction...
Choice of brands: IC Berlin, Tom Ford, Alain Mikli, Starck, Cutler and Gross, Gold and Wood, Lunor Montures vintage.
Les opticiens du Marais : 41 rue des Archives - 75004 Paris - Tel: 01 42 76 05 06
|MARIE ANTOINETTE' MACAROONS
Carette, a new gourmet address has sprung up on Place des Vosges, amidst modern art galleries and ?the Pavillon de la Reine. A Parisian institution, the original salon is on Place du Trocad?ro near the Eiffel tower. This second luxurious space, in the historic heart of Paris, is designed by Hubert de Givenchy. The elegant interior is pure Louis XVI style. On offer are gourmet breakfasts, celebrated flavorful macarons, croissants and other artful pastries. A complete brunch can be had any day and any time. There are sorbets and ice cream, too. At tea time (between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) you might opt for subtle and delicious finger sandwiches or a plate of 5 mini-macrons. A range of choices for a discerning palate are on the menu. The fabulous decor is reminiscent of the glory days of the former Place Royale. Marie Antoinette would have loved this spot.
Carette - 25 Place des Vosges - 75003 PARIS - Tél 01 48 87 94 07
Métro: Saint-Paul ou Chemin Vert - Parking:Place des Vosges ( 7 rue Barbette)
7 /7 - From 8am to 11.30pm
|A TASTE OF THE SOUTH ON PLACE DES VOSGES
Place des Vosges was formerly known as Royal Square. And La Place Royale is a fitting name for this wonderful restaurant on the south side of the square, just near the Victor Hugo museum. And you’ll have a royal experience, indeed. While maintaining the French grand tradition of cuisine, its southern French cooking is constantly inventive. And fine quality is matched by low prices. The lunch menu is 18 euros and the generous dinner menu includes an aperitif, starter, main dish, dessert and ½ bottle of red or white wine per person, followed by a cup of coffee. All this is under forty euros. With impeccable service and a warm welcome La Place Royale is our top choice for 2011. Try the vegetable tatin, the prawn brochettes and the gourmet coffee with homemade ice cream. The terrace on the loveliest square in Paris is extra added plus. Come quick, but don’t forget to reserve! Arnaud Lessatini and Frédéric Paquet, the two creators, welcome you as friends.
2 bis Place des Vosges - 75004 Paris -Tel 01 42 78 58 16
Managers: Arnaud Lessatini & Frédéric Paquet
Monday-Friday: 11am to 1am. Week-end 9am -1am - Reservations required in the evening !
|JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FAVORITE HOTEL
Here s a special offer for you
Celebrate Easter at Le Pavillon de la Reine :
And let your children participate in an « Easter Egg painting workshop » followed by a
chocolate hunt in our pavillon’s courtyard on April,Sunday 24th, 2011
This offer includes :
- Buffet breakfast for 2 persons
- Bottle of champagne in the room upon arrival
- Chocolate Egg in you Room
- Free access to our Fitness, Jacuzzi and Hammam rooms.
Superior room at 390 Euros
Junior or Duplex Suite at 550 Euros
Valid from April 1st to 30th, 2011
|SEX & THE CITY AT PAVILLON DE LA REINE
You need to escape with the love of your life and don’t know what to do ? Come to Paris and treat yourself !
This offer includes :
- Junior Suite or Duplex Suite
- Buffet breakfast for 2 persons
- Limousine airport transfer to the hotel with return
- Bottle of Champagne rosé upon your arrival in your Junior Suite
- Manucure for 2 persons
Valid from April 1st to august 31st, 2011
Minimum stay 3 nights
Junior Suite at 650 Euros - Possibility to organize a relooking or private shopper during your stay.
To benefit from these special offers, book online on parismarais.com
|EAT OUT ALL NIGHT AT L'ETINCELLE
A hop, skip and a jump from the Hotel de Ville, l’Etincelle glows with a thousand lights and its personal do their best to sparkle for their customers. The interior is neo-baroque reminiscent of the Sun King while the sunny terrace has a modernist colorful flavor. It’s mercifully tucked away from the noisy street. This is a high-quality bistro. If you ask your waiter, he’ll connect you to the wifi for free. With great music, you’re ready to roll. There’s always a daily special with reliably fresh market ingredients cooked to order. Evenings are lively with a happy hour from 7:00 to 9:00 pm… pints of beer, cocktails and an exceptional choice of music. Fun can be had by all 365 days a year.
42 bis rue de Rivoli - 75004 Paris - Tel.: 01 42 72 09 76
Metro: Hôtel de Ville - Car park: Hôtel de Ville – Baudoyer 24h/24h - 7/7
|HISTORY OF FRANCE : A NEW FANTASTIC BOOK TO DISCOVER IN FRENCH OR IN ENGLISH BY BRUNO REMY AVALAIBLE AT CARNAVALET BOOKSHOP
|THE KINGS IN THE MARAIS
History of France : a new fantastic book to discover in french or English by Bruno Remy available at carnavalet museum bookshop.
This fascinating book describes the history of Charles d’Anjou, King of Sicily, who died in Italy in 1285, and of his descendants, the Valois kings, who resided in the Marais from 1361 to 1559. June 1559 was the date of the tragic tournament that cost the life of Henri II, the husband of Catherine de Médicis. Not a single trace remains of the castles of the King of Sicily, Saint-Pol and des Tournelles, which were located in and close to the “rue du Roi de Sicile”, the “rue Saint-Paul” and the “place des Vosges”.
The history of the Marais under these kings does not only deal with the history of their lost palaces, but with great historical events such as the conquest of the Two Sicilies (Sicily and Naples) by Charles d’Anjou, the wars of reconquest in Italy, the Hundred Years’ War when, after the battle of Agincourt (1415), the English occupied Paris, the civil war between the Armagnacs and the Burgundians …What in the end makes this book about the kings in the Marais so interesting are all these connections between this small enclave of Paris and these internal and external events.
|LONG TERM AND MEDIUM TERM FURNISHED RENTALS
|if you’re planning to work in Paris for a couple of months or years and feel at home, we have something wonderfull for you in the heart of the marais available from may 2011..
Check this page choose your flat or send us a request and we send send you a special quote
|LE MARAIS MAP, DOWNLOAD FOR FREE !
To prepare for your trip to Paris, you can download the exclusive Parismarais map of le Marais for free! Be sure to print out both sides A and B of the map by clicking on the following links:
You can also visit the following page where you will find more maps of Paris and le Marais as well as selected places to visit—photos and addresses will “pop up” as soon as you click on the colored dots. Fabulous, n'est-ce pas?
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