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Discovering Art Nouveau architecture
(and more!) in Paris

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Paris is known for having beautifully preserved architecture, with superb stone monuments and wide boulevards.

Paris is also one of the cities in which the Art Nouveau movement was born in the early 20th century, and some parts of town have some magnificent examples of its architecture that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

We decided to take part in a guided walk organised by Des Mots & Des Arts, the perfect excuse to share with you some beautiful photos of some incredible buildings…

Here’s our photo report.

Des Mots & Des Arts, Paris

photos: JasonW

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Viollet-le-Duc / Schuiten and Peeters exhibitions
at the Cité de l’Architecture until 9th March 2015

Art and Culture, Paris architecture

Two great-looking exhibitions have just started at the Paris architecture museum, la Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine.

Viollet-le-Duc, the visions of an architect is the first retrospective in thirty years to take a look at the 19th century genius’ work, including his restaurations of Sainte-Chapelle and Notre-Dame.

And Revoir Paris show the futuristic drawings of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters mixed with actual urbanism projects for Paris concocted over the last two centuries.

Here’s all the info.
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A walk to see art deco architecture (and more!)
in Boulogne-Billancourt

A Parisian experience, Paris architecture

With art deco interior design decided for our new hotel, it’s only normal that we be interested in all things 1930s at the moment.

After a visit to the art deco exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture (which is on until 3rd March 2014), we decided to go for a walk round Boulogne-Billancourt, just on the outskirts of Paris, a town that’s rightly proud of its art deco architecture, with a lot of perfectly preserved houses and building.

It’s a fascinating area to walk through,  a perfect (and cheap) Sunday afternoon outing, and we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day for our visit! Check out our photo report…

Une balade art déco à Boulogne-Billancourt

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We visit the new National Archives building

A Parisian experience, Paris architecture

Situated at Pierrefitte in the suburbs of Paris (the métro leaves you 2 minutes away), the new Archives Nationales building is the first subject in our week of photoreports.

We went (here) during their open days a few weeks ago, and the grey weather was in perfect harmony with the glacial beauty of the architecture…

photos: JasonW

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Exhibition Labrouste – light in structure at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine until 7th January 2013

Paris architecture

Less well known than Baltard or Haussmann, Henri Labrouste nevertheless left behind him some amazing buildings, most importantly the Sainte-Geneviève library and National Library

© Georges Fessy

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Exhibition Victor Baltard (1805-1874).
Iron and Paintbrush
at the Musée d’Orsay
from 16th October 2012 – 13th January 2013

Art and Culture, Paris architecture

Best known for the much regretted iron and glass buildings of Les Halles that were ripped down in the 1970s, Victor Baltard also looked after the decoration of the capital’s churches and worked on Hôtel de Ville. Learn all about this artistic architect in the new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay.

© Charles Marville / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

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European Heritage Days in Paris
15th & 16th September 2012

Art and Culture, Our favourite things, Paris architecture

Gosh! How can we explain how much we love this event? It’s a once-yearly chance to see places that are usually closed to the public, and Paris has some amazing spaces to discover. This year’s theme is even ‘hidden heritage’ – even more exciting!

Here are our picks…

© Jacques Lebar /jacqueslebar.com/ parimages.com

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An architectural walk in the 16th arrondissement

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things, Paris architecture, Paris on foot, Unusual Paris

OK, we admit it – you don’t often see us in the 16th arrondissement, perhaps because it’s very residential and rather sleepy. For our money, Saint Germain (the area our hotels are in) is just as chic and ten times as hip.

But you know us, we just love exploring Paris, and ‘the 16th’ turns out to have more than its fair share of high-class charm. For example, if you like classic Parisian architecture, perfectly preserved streets straight out of a period movie, art nouveau flourishes, leafy private roads and a sweet little cemetery with a view of the EIffel Tower, this is where you should go.

So follow us, and expect a few surprises…

photos: JasonW

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PHPA and Art Paris at the Grand Palais – while preparations continue, we visit some of the building’s secret areas

A Parisian experience, Art Paris Art Fair GB, Our favourite things, Paris architecture

Our stand is coming along well, so during a break we decided to go off exploring. The secret staircase was just the beginning…photos: JasonWphotos: JasonW

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Robert Doisneau and the passages of Paris, an exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris from 12th December 2009 – 15th January 2010

Art and Culture, Paris architecture, Photography

Photographer Robert Doisneau loved Paris’ covered passages, saying « Have you ever been seen the covered passages in December? There’s a light there that is different from that of the city, a sound that is completely different. You can hear the sound of footsteps on the mosaics. The people seem a little different too, different form those who live in the harsh light… »…

(c) Atelier Robert Doisneau

(c) Atelier Robert Doisneau

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