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Just imagine having a hotel room with a balcony or terrace like your very own private garden…
A haven of calm and greenery at the Hôtel Baume, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés!
Here’s all the info.
Another photo shoot has taken place at the Hôtel Baume!
This time, French model Teddy Ranghella poses for menswear brand Father & Sons. They have boutiques around the country, including two on the Left Bank very close to our hotels, and another in the 16th arrondissement.
Teddy makes himself at home, relaxing in our calm, leafy courtyard, lounging in the rooms and suites, and showing off his smart suit in the salon.
Here’s a selection of photos – hardcore fans of the brand (and Teddy) can check out nearly 200 more in our Flickr gallery!
Many thanks to Father & Sons for coming to see us 😍
All photos © Father & Sons
Father & Sons
The banks of the Seine on the Left Bank were made a pedestrian area in 2013 and people took to them straight away. Now, the Paris council has pedestrianised the Right Bank too, an initiative that some – mostly drivers – aren’t keen on.
It has to be said that strolling along the Seine without having to worry about the noise, danger and pollution of cars is pretty special. We went down to this brand new area and took advantage of the calm to take some shots of the Left Bank as we had never really seen it before.
Here’s our photo report!
Originally from Lyon, like Madame Récamier, I studied to become a Head Housekeeper, a profession that I love, sometimes overlooked but crucial to the proper running of a hotel.
I was lucky enough to start my career in one the most prestigious luxury hotels in Paris, the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme. It’s there that I learned the importance of being meticulous and demanding, having an eye for detail and understanding that guests should never be told a flat ‘no’.
Next, I took part in the opening of the famous Hôtel Molitor (5*) as the evening housekeeper, before becoming assistant head of overall housekeeping of the cosy and beautiful Hôtel Marignan (5*).
Looking for a new challenge, I have been incredibly privileged to become Head of Housekeeping at la Belle Juliette, a very special establishment whose charm immediately appealed to me. Its beauty and story make it an exceptional place that other five stars hotels should look out for.
It’s a great place to work, which is important to me.
I’m proud that my contribution helps forge the reputation of la Belle Juliette. It’s a wonderful experience.
Here are four addresses near the hotel selected by Leslie.
The Hôtel & Spa la Belle Juliette
It’s April, and that means that visits have restarted for the dome of the Pantheon (they are not on offer from November to March).
For just 2 euros extra, you’ll get an incredible view of the city. Groups of 50 people maximum leave every hour, accompanied by an official from the monument.
— le CMN (@leCMN) 2 avril 2017
We went up last July and wrote an article (with lots of photos) to show you just how great the visit is. You can check out our photos here.
What a great way to start the day in Paris!
If you don’t know the amazing story behind the 1940s-50s guestbook of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes (actually, two books that cover the period from 1946 to 1952), you might like to read our initial article here!
As promised, here are a few more pages to check out. Other will be posted in the coming months.
First is a post-war poem from a certain Russell Carpenter, then there’s a little quoting of Keats (followed by a cheeky rhyme) and to finish off, some kind words about football and the ‘entente cordiale’.
To zoom in and read each page, click on the fullscreen button at the bottom right of the image below.
We’ll have more pages to show you next month!
Instagram : instagram.com/hotelgrandshommes
With a staff of 120 people speaking 14 languages, the store is spread over 1,300m² (the biggest Apple Store in Paris) and is powered by 100% green electricity.
We went down to take a few photos of what awaits you. The address and opening hours are at the bottom of this article.
The Apple Store in the Marché Saint-Germain (here) is open Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sundays from 11am-6pm
Facebook (no posts): facebook.com/AppleMarchSaintGermain
There’s a new photo exhibition on at the gallery of the Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette! And it’s free!
Léon Herschtritt has dedicated 80 years to the art of photography! Born in 1936, he learned his craft at the École nationale de la Photographie (National Photography School) before being sent on assignment to Algeria by the education ministry.
With Les Gosses d’Algérie (The kids of Algeria), his first report in 1960, he received – age 24! – the prestigious Niépce Prize organised by Gens d’images. « I am, » he says with a glint in his eye, « the youngest ever winner of the prize! »
Back in Paris, working as an independent photographer, Herschtritt published his reports and portraits in the magazines of the times, and became a member of the famous photography club, 30 x 40.
Through chance friendships, meetings or commission, the young Léon had breakfast every Sunday with Jacques Prévert, met the stars of the day, immortalised the events of May 1968 and the changing city landscape.
With a deeply humanist regard, an innate sense of composition and real eithcs of reporting, Léon Herschtritt photographed France of the 1960s, a world in transition, with the Les Halles market, the Vietnam war, miniskirts and the Café de Flore.
In 1961, he left to take photos of the first Christmas after construction of the Berlin Wall. In Africa, he documented the end of the French colonies for the photo library of the Ministry of Cooperation. In Paris, he took photos of the streets, the cafés, children and celebrities.
In the early 1970s, Léon and his wife Nicole opened a bistrot where all their photographer friends would come and meet. They next became specialist antique photo merchants, with a stall at the flea market, followed by a gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
In recent years, we can thank him for rediscovering his archives and showing them to us.
For this exhibition at the Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette, the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff has chosen to spotlight two of Herschtritt’s series of portraits: Les Amoureux de Paris, a tender look at young love that seems timeless, and celebrities, including Karen Blixen, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Seberg, stars of the era captured by the sparkling eye of the photographer.
These beautiful prints invite us to to look back affectionately at Paris of the 1960s.
The Léon Herschtritt echibition – les amoureux de Paris is at the Hôtel & Spa La Belle Juliette (here) until 25th June 2017
Entrance free from 11am-10pm
Our gorgeous 4-star, the Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette, has a new website!
It’s easier to navigate, with more superb photos and even some brand new functions like instant help via text message!
Click either of the images below to visit the new site, and don’t forget that we keep the best rates on the web for ourselves, so book on the site to save some money and receive a free welcome drink when you arrive! 😛🥂
Pourquoi un Cygne comme logo de la Belle Juliette ? C'est une référence aux frères Jacob, les plus célèbres ébénistes de la période Empire, qui avaient orné le lit de Juliette Recamier de 2 cygnes majestueux. C'est également la représentation animale de la beauté, la pureté et la noblesse de Juliette. Même ruinée après son exil en Italie, elle a continué à aider les plus démunis depuis son appartement de l'Abbaye aux Bois. #hotellabellejuliette #parisrivegauche #luxuryhotel #julietterecamier #cygne #onsecoucheramoinsbetecesoir
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