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The Belle Juliette’s secret garden
and chic terrace are open!

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We’ve been wanting to tell you about this for a while but – shhhhh! – it was top secret… After some major remodeling that has also improved our bar and restaurant Le Clos Belle Juliette, the time has finally come to unveil our secret garden and lush terrace, destined to be the hottest things in Paris this summer!

Both these exceptional spots open officially today. Come take a look at the swish photos by Interiors Picture, then come down and enjoy a bespoke cocktail, a carefully-selected glass of wine or something from our chic snacking menu devised by top French chef Flora Mikula.

Here’s all the details.

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The new bells of Notre-Dame on show until 25th February 2013

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Freshly arrived on two trucks – over 52 tons and nearly 30 metres in length – the nine new bells for Notre-Dame de Paris, commissioned for the 850 year anniversary of the cathedral, were blessed by the archbishop of Paris Cardinal André Vingt-Trois last Saturday.

While waiting to be installed in the towers, where they will ring out for the first time on 23rd March 2013, you can see them lined up for close inspection in the nave until 25th February 2013. Here’s all the details…

photo by Groume used under cc licence

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22nd Night of the Stars from 10th-12th August 2012

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The Nuits des Etoiles is the only time of year to see the shooting stars of the Perseids, with several events planned in Paris, and a viewpoint like no other – 210 metres up on the Tour Montparnasse (that we visited recently), open specially until 1am!

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An architectural walk in the 16th arrondissement

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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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Xmas craziness at the Parc Floral de Paris
until 8th January 2012

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So who had the bonkers idea of dressing up Xmas trees as Asterix, Shrek and The Simpsons? The Paris Scool of Florists, that’s who!

photo : Madeline Florance

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An ephemeral eco-friendly garden in front of the
Hôtel de Ville from 13th June – 14th July 2009

A Parisian experience, Our favourite things, Unusual Paris

This temporary garden in an extraordinary setting has become an annual institution. There to spread the word about respecting the environment you’ve got just one month to have a look round and take some out-of-the-ordinary photos!

photos : Mairie de Paris - Elodie Loprin

photos : Mairie de Paris - Elodie Loprin

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Gay Pride 2009 in Paris 27th June

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From Montparnasse to Bastille, this is one of the biggest outdoor events of the year in the city, and certainly the most colourful. The Gay Pride march transforms Paris into a huge collective party where everyone is welcome, and for its 30th anniversary things should wilder than ever!

photo de yXeLLe ~@rtBrut~ utilisée sous licence cc

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Julie & Julia – 50s Paris and Meryl Streep!

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Passion and butter? Makes me think of Last Tango in Paris... 😉

Just a quick post today (it’s a public holiday in France) to mention Julie & Julia starring Merly Streep in 1950s Paris. Retro gastronomy. Yum!

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Fête de la Nature – a nature festival in Paris,
16th & 17th May 2009

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It may not look like there are many green spaces in central Paris, but the city is green nonetheless: combine the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes and you’ve got a space over five times bigger than Central Park! Add all the various squares, gardens and parks and there’s something to amaze and surprise in every part of the city… and this festival intends to show them to you!

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This is Paris!

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A quick photo of one of the odder events we’ve attended here recently…

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