Going out

07Jul

The one and only Tiffany Diamond a Paris

Written by james, the 07 July in category Going out, 0 comment

Tiffany & Co”, one of the most important jewellery houses in the world, exhibits the legendary “Tiffany Diamond” in Paris for a limited period.

On the 3rd floor of the newest Parisian Tiffany & Co’s shop (the first one in France) the public will have the opportunity to admire the biggest and most famous yellow diamond of the world.
Normally presented in the mythical boutique of the 5th Avenue in New York, the inestimable treasure will be exceptionally highlighted on the Champs Elysees to inaugurate the largest Tiffany & Co’s shop in Europe.

Paris knows the incredible and invaluable stone already, when 130 years ago it was cut by the gemmologist of the brand. After a very detailed work, the rough stone of 287 carats has turned into a sublime and unique diamond of 128 carats with 82 facets (a diamond has traditionally 58 facets). Never seen before!

This exceptional jewel – Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn have had the luck to wear it so far – can be admired on the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees (nr 62). The period is “limited” and no end-date has been communicated, so make sure not to miss it!

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01Jul

Exhibitions

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs pays tribute to the Belgian designer Dries van Noten. The exhibition is like a journey in the heart of his universe and an immersion in his sources of inspiration, in order for us to enter his creation process. Until November 2nd.

Take advantage of the sunny days and take a walk in the gardens of the Château de Versailles! This summer, the paths are surrounded by the contemporary artpieces of the Korean artist Lee Ufan. While there, do not miss the magnificient show Les Grandes Eaux Musicales and explore the fountains and groves with their water features on the rhythm of music. Lee Ufan until November 2nd, Grandes Eaux Musicales until October 26th.

Music

As each year, the Paris Jazz Festival will take place at the Parc Floral. A very rich program has been put together to celebrate its 20th edition: famous artists, week-ends on the themes of French Touch, Explorations, Jazz Afrique or Classicism… All the jazz-addicts will be contented! Until July 27th.

Restaurants

The Guinguettes
This summer, “guinguettes” are back in vogue! Immortalized by the Impressionnists, here is our selection (more for the ambiance than the gastronomy)! The most authentic one is Chez Gégène in Joinville-le-Pont, a real institution with its “bal-musette” and its mussels with French fries. For a more bucolic ambiance, the best choice is the Guinguette de Neuilly on the Ile de la Jatte with a bistro cuisine.

The Terraces
Start your terrace exploration by visiting ours, with its hot-air-balloon-like arbors! Experience our ephemeral Rosé Wine Bar. See life in pink this summer! Until September 30th.

We also recommend the Petit Palais at the Grand Palais, Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo, Wanderlust at the Cité du Design (loud but with a nice atmosphere), the Closerie des Lilas (an institution and the favorite address of the intellectuals).

Enjoy summer at the Saint James Paris!


27Jun

Masques, mascarade, mascaron

Written by james, the 27 June in category Going out, 0 comment

This summer, the Musée du Louvre presents « Masques, mascarade, mascaron » and highlights these mysterious objects supposed to seduce, scare, imitate or deceive. This exhibition reveals the paradoxical function of these emblems of illusion.

Through 100 pieces from the antique and modern departments of the museum, this incredible art catalogue explores the different significations and roles of the mysterious ornaments, throughout artistic and literary movements. Drawing, carving, painting and printing are presented.

The exhibition also approaches the sacred and religious sense of the masks, its perennial and expressive force, but also its representation and complexity.

Until September 22nd in the Musée du Louvre.

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30May

“La Jeune Rue”, the “new” Place To Be

Written by james, the 30 May in category Going out, 1 comment

Cedric Naudon, nicknamed Mister X, reveals his identity for the first time with his new concept: « La jeune rue » (“the young street”).

This visionary has become the owner of 36 shops in the heart of the 3rd district to redecorate them with the help of the trendiest architects and designers.

Each of them has the mission to embellish a shop to his/her style and to make it aestetically unique.

Every type of food shops will be represented: a cheese shop, a butcher’s shop, an oyster bar, a fishmonger, but also a wine bar and bistro, as well as several others.

Each of these shops will offer exceptional and natural products, the most part of which will come from French farms. It is the promise of a real return to fundamentals and to the values of our fantastic French gastronomic heritage.

“La Jeune Rue” will have also a Concept store, a hardware store, a covered market, an art gallery and even a cinema! At this time, 3 shops have opened:

- “Medle”, a cheese shop, 11 rue du Vertbois

- “Gopang”, a Korean street-food restaurant, 13 rue du Vertbois

- “L’Ecorcheur”, a steack-house, 50 rue Volta

Further openings will follow gradually to make this area one of the hot spots of the capital!

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13Feb

Walk around the “Petite Ceinture”

Written by james, the 13 February in category Going out, 1 comment

Paris is full of secret places! The Clefs d’Or Concierges of the Saint James Paris recommend a green and mysterious walk in the upscale 16th district.

The “Petite Ceinture” is an old railway that surrounded Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. It was used to carry passengers and goods. Abandoned in 1985, it now offers a quiet and peaceful place, given back to nature.

One part of this disused railway has become a 1.5-km-long bucolic walk. Located between Porte d’Auteuil and Porte de la Muette, this ecological corridor offers a lot of original landscapes and welcomes many animal species. A new must-see of the Parisian heritage, even if still unknown!

A real green line, unusual and full of history, at a few steps only from the Saint James Paris!

Addresses for departures:
In front of 77 boulevard de Montmorency
In front of rue du Ranelagh,
36 boulevard de Beauséjour
(Paris 16th)


17Jan

A tribute to Jean Cocteau

Written by james, the 17 January in category Going out, 0 comment

Until February 23rd, the Musée des Lettres et des Manuscrits pays a tribute to a multi-talented artist: Jean Cocteau. The exhibition “Jean Cocteau le magnifique: les miroirs d’un poète” presents his ingeniosity fifty years after his death.

150 pieces are presented: manuscripts, letters, works and drawings to relate the carrier of this passionate and sensible multi-talented artist. Among the masterpieces of this retrospective, the famous manuscripts of “Beauty and the Beast” considered as a “Trésor National” and which decors inspired Bambi Sloan in her vision of different spaces at the Saint James Paris. Also on display are his correspondences with his closest friend Edith Piaf and with his great love, the actor Jean Marais.

Fifty years after his death, Jean Cocteau continues to inspire the artists of today.

 

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22Nov

Fashion: Alaïa for Galliera

Written by james, the 22 November in category What’s up?, Going out, 0 comment

After four years of renovations, the new Musée Galliera re-opens and presents the career of Azzedine Alaïa, the famous “sculptor of fabrics”.

A few steps from the Saint James Paris, the exhibition presents the story of this French-Tunisian creator with 70 of his sculptural creations highlighted in the renovated galleries of the Palace, and made to enhance the curves of women. The designer selected dresses of timeless chic made out of leather, chiffon, lace or jersey, to present his career as a whole in the upscale 16th district. A must see during your stay at Paris’ only chateau-hotel.

Azzedine Alaïa in the Palais Galliera, until January 26th, 2013.

Musée Galliera de la mode
10, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. Until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Azzedine Alaïa au Musée Galliera


07Nov

Beauty and the Beast at Théâtre Mogador

Written by james, the 07 November in category What’s up?, Going out, 0 comment

After a tremendous success, first in Broadway and then all over the world, the fabulous musical Beauty and the Beast is on the stage of the Théâtre Mogador for a few months!

Inspired by a French novel imagined by Mrs Le Prince de Beaumont, this tale relates the story of a dreamy romantic girl who falls in love with the one she was afraid of. Adapted to the cinema by Jean Cocteau in 1946, it has been taken over by the Disney Studios in 1991 and has become one of their classics seen by everyone.

The fairy of the cartoon is perfectly rendered on stage. The magic of the tale and the famous songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who have been awarded by 2 Oscars, will delight young and old alike.

A superb 2-hour-and-a-half show fitting perfectly with the spirit of the end-of-year celebrations!

Recommended by our Clefs d’Or Concierge Maxime.

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19Sep

Paris highlights

Written by james, the 19 September in category Going out, 0 comment

Soon the end of the year! A rich period with a lot of events and exhibitions in Paris! Our suggestions:

The Musée du Louvre presents its new department dedicated to Islamic Arts. This new space, imagined by the architects Bellini and Ricciotti, consists in an amazing glass roof and is situated Cour Visconti. A great project 20 years after the great pyramid.

If you missed Bvlgari in 2010, discover the Van Cleef & Arpels retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs from September 20th, 2012 to February 13th, 2013. A brilliant exhibition!

The Grand Palais honors Edward Hopper from October 10th, 2012 to January 28th, 2013. This exhibition shows his evolution during his whole life, from his first painting to his masterpieces that made him known all over the world.

After this visit, have a break at the restaurant and café “The Mini Palais”, with the 3-Michelin star awarded Chef, Eric Fréchon at its head (with whom Virginie Basselot, our new Chef, worked before joining the Saint James Paris). A delicious moment after a cultural experience!

From November 21st, 2012 to March 25th, 2013, the Centre Pompidou honors Salvador Dali, this eccentric and emblematic artist who let his print in the capitale nicknaming some Parisian places. A unique occasion to discover more than 150 painting and masterpieces!

Do not leave the Centre Pompidou before climbing to the top floor at the Georges restaurant, which offers a fantastic view of Paris!

For any further information or reservation, do not hesitate to contact our concierges!


03Jul

Discover the 16th district

Written by james, the 03 July in category Going out, 0 comment

While staying at the Saint James Paris, discover the exclusive 16th district, Paris’ most upscale neighbourhood.

Make a left when leaving the Saint James’ gardens and take “rue des Belles Feuilles”. Pierre Berégovy, who served as Prime Minister under François Mitterand, lived at number 68.
Walk to the Marmottan-Claude Monet museum (rue Louis Boilly), where you will be able to see the famous painting entitled “Impression soleil levant”, which gave its name to the Impressionism.
Until July, 29th, you will also see a retrospective dedicated to Berthe Morisot.
Not far from the museum, at number 10 square du Docteur Blanche, the Corbusier foundation offers you to discover major pieces by this famous designer.
At the Place du Trocadéro, le Musée national de la Marine (the navy museum), le Musée de l’Homme (Human museum) or le musée du Vin (the wine museum) are all worth a visit.
Place des Etats-Unis, discover le musée Baccarat (Baccarat museum) and its amazing collection of crystalware.
Then, join the place d’Iéna with the George Washington statue, unveiled in 1900 and offered by the women of the United States “in memory of the fraternal help given by France during the independency fight”. In front of the statue, Asian art lovers will be delighted by le musée d’arts asiatiques Guimet or les galleries du Panthéon Bouddhique.

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