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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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This might not sound like a big deal to anyone outside of France, but many of our guests are genuinely surprised to learn that much of Paris is shut on a Sunday. Ooh là là!
Well, we’re glad to announce that things are changing! The Left Bank is now almost as lively on a Sunday as any other day, and your Paris shopping trip has just become a lot easier, because all the department stores (bar one) are now open Sundays, especially our favourite (because it’s super close to our hotels) – Le Bon Marché !
As for the others, the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann (here) opens from 11am-7pm, as does the BHV Marais (here).
Just one store is still resisting – le Printemps Haussmann (here), but even they should cave soon and open from 11am to 7pm like their next-door neighbour.
For more info on each store, click their logo or the links below.
Le Bon Marché – Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Les Galeries Lafayette – Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Le BHV Marais – Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Le Printemps Haussmann – Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Pour la première fois et pour Le Bon Marché, @chiharushiota a tissé en blanc. Plus que quelques jours pour découvrir son installation au Bon Marché. @chiharushiota weaves in white for @lebonmarcherivegauche. Don’t miss her installation « Where are we going ? » until April 2nd. #LeBonMarche #VuAuBonMarche
Presenting Soufiane Akaaboune who works at the reception and booking department of the Hotel Baume, who tells us a little about his background…
I will always remember my first experience in the hotel trade. It was during my economics studies at the University of Lorraine. I was able to work in a boutique hotel to help finance my studies, and the experience was both positive and revelatory.
Being curious about other cultures, and a fan of travel, I was immediately taken by the world of the hotel trade and very soon decided it would be my profession.
My career in the HPRG group started as a replacement receptionist at the Hôtel des Grands Hommes: one of the 3-star hotels in the group. There, I was able to get more in-depth knowledge about the world of hotels, helped by a dynamic and passionate team of employees.
As the group offers the chance of advancing, I took a post as receptionist-concierge offered by the Hotel Baume, the new 4-star hotel in the HPRG collection. This opportunity then allowed me to apply for the post of booking agent at the Hotel Baume and develop my commercial skills.
The Hotel Baume is situated in the heart of Saint-Germain, and has interior design inspired by the 1930s. The emphasis is on service and tailoring stays to the guests’ needs. This corresponds perfectly with the idea I have of the hotel trade, and the values of hospitality that I endeavour to show guests.
The atmosphere of the group and the work environment allow employees to express their talents and improve themselves in order to offer the best possible service to our guests. Attention to detail and perfectionism help us maintain our quality.
In a constantly evolving industry, the HPRG label has chosen to focus on its guests and make sure they have an unforgettable experience and stay with us.
Here are five addresse chosen by Soufiane, his favourites in the area. Click on each one to read the details!
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It’s the perfect time to contribute to cancer research by giving a little money (which can also be done online), buy a daffodil and see much of place du Panthéon covered in yellow flowers!
Here’s all the info.
Visiting the Saints-Anges chapel at Church of Saint-Sulpice, the remarkable paintings by Delacroix that cover it were being restored for the first time in forty years. Instead of huge, beautiful paintings we saw this:
It was a little frustrating to say the least! We had really been looking forward to seeing Jacob wrestling with the angel, Heliodorus Driven from the Temple and Saint Michael slaying the demon, the three paintings on the walls and ceiling of the chapel.
Luckily, thanks to the city council and crowdfunding that brought in nearly 47,000€, the paintings are once again visible in pristine state. In all, the restoration by a team of ten people cost 438,000 euros.
Inaugurated a few months ago, we went down to see the paintings at Saint-Sulpice, not far from our hotels to give a sneak peak of what you’ll be able to see during your visit. Any fan of Delacroix shouldn’t miss it!
The video report below will also give a quick look at the church (in French).
Saint-Sulpice Church (here) is open every day from 9.30am-7pm (opens 4pm Sundays)
Hôtel Baume has always been popular with photographers and models (our rooms are a great inspiration, it has to be said).
The hotel also has its fair share of celebrity guests, and last month we were delighted to have celebrity couple Faye Brooks from Coronation Street and Gareth Gates come to stay. However, this was no ordinary, low-key romantic voyage – the pair had their stay photographed by OK! Magazine for a nine-page story!
Photographer Tony Ward immortalised them in their suite, on their private terrace and downstairs in the salon, before going around the city for shots in front of the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower!
On Twitter, Gareth replied to some people who suspected the pair had simply been inserted in front of our most famous monument with Photoshop…
— Gareth Gates (@Gareth_Gates) 21 février 2017
He’s also not scared to show off his new gym bod on social media…
New shot from today’s shoot pic.twitter.com/xTsOlzsOdx
— Gareth Gates (@Gareth_Gates) 2 mars 2017
OK! was kind enough to credit the hotel at the end of the article, so thanks guys! Glas you had a great time with us 😃
To read the interview with Gareth and Faye, simply click the fullscreen button at the bottom right of the image below.
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With its new menu of chic snacks, its cosy atmosphere and its open fire, the restaurant of la Belle Juliette – the Clos Belle Juliette – is perfect for an evening with friends or a special moment as a couple.
The restaurant is open to all, and we went down to show you just how agreeable it is! Here are our photos…
And we finally found the time to get down there! Here’s our photo report…
It’s the most popular public trade fair of the year, and a great day out for the whole family – the Salon de l’Agriculture!
It’s your chance to meet every animal possible (including this year’s star cow, and we are not joking) and down lots of free food, wine, wine, food and more food.
And you’re in luck – it’s just a few minutes from our hotels! Here’s all the info.
at the Porte de Versailles
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