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Part of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church has just been restored (and it looks amazing!)

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The chœur des Moines (Monk’s chancel) in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, not far from our hotels, has just been completely restored at a cost of over a million euros, and unsurprisingly it looks incredible!

Here’s all the info to plan your visit.

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Open air film festival at la Villette
20th July – 20th August 2017

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Another great idea for summer in Paris!

The open air film festival is back at la Villette for its 27th edition, and this year’s theme is cooking, with over twenty films on offer, all free, and even bonus short films on Saturdays!

Here’s all the info.

Le parc se prépare pour le Cinéma en Plein Air #cinevillette -> à partir du 20/07

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Three more things to see and do
this Bastille Day!

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We haven’t had time to tell you about every event happening on 14th July 2017 – otherwise known as Bastille Day – in Paris! Time to give you the details about a couple of unmissable events and one piece of advice that will make the whole day a lot simpler!

1. The military parade

The traditional military parade on the Champs-Élysées starts at 10am, but you’d better arrive quite a bit earlier if you want a decent seat.

All the info is here.

2. The ‘Concert de Paris’

The firework display starts at 11pm, but before that there’s the Concert de Paris (Paris Concert) at the Eiffel Tower with the National Orchestra of France and the Radio France Choir.

On the setlist – Berlioz, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and a dozen others – 21 songs over two hours, and it’s free!

For more info, click here.

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3. Watch out for closed metro stations!

With the military parade, Paris Concert and fireworks, not all stations will be open at all times. Click here to be sure to get where you’re going!

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For all our articles about 2017 Bastille Day events, click here !

Have a great Bastille Day everyone!

For Bastille Day, the Pantheon celebrates the Republic (includes free entrance !)

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The Pantheon, literally opposite two of our hotels, will be celebrating our annual national holiday (Bastille Day – 14th July) with free entrance for everyone from 1-7pm and lots of special events during the day!

Here’s all the info.

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Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon. photo : Christophe Bielsa

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The 2017 14th July fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower

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Our national holiday – 14th July – is coming up, and celebrations will be happening all across town, with a military parade, firemen’s balls, a free concert and of course the main event: the 14th fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.

And as Paris is hoping to host the 2024 Olympic Games, this year’s theme is Olympic values.

We have the starting time and program for you (spoiler: it includes Star Wars and Frank Sinatra !)

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Paris Plages – the 2017 Paris Beach Festival!
8th July – 3rd September 2017

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So this is the first year that the banks of the Seine on the Right Bank have been completely closed, and as this is the venue for Paris Plages it is spreading out more than ever before, lasting longer than usual with even more events organised (and some brand new amenities!).

Here’s all the info.

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Fnac Live Festival at Hôtel de Ville
6th-8th July 2017

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France equivalent of Virgin Megastore or HMV (although they’ve all closed haven’t they?) has a great free music festival about to happen in the centre of town – The Fnac Live Festival runs for three days with nearly thirty concerts of mostly French known acts and actually some pretty big names (although they may not mean much to you) including Julien Doré, Camille, Benjamin Biolay, Cassius, Julien Clerc

And it’s really not far from our hotels! Here’s all the info.

Festival Fnac Live à l'Hôtel de Ville du 6 au 8 juillet 2017

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Two Olympic Days in Paris
23rd & 24th June 2017

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For two days, the centre of Paris is being transformed into a mini-Olympic village, with loads of sports to try out for yourself, and unusual events like trampolining inside the Petit Palais museum and a running track floating right in the middle of the Seine!

Here’s all the info.

Paris en Mode Journées olympiques le 23 & 24 juin 2017

photos : JasonW

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David Hockney’s The Yosemite Suite at the Galerie Lelong, 30th May – 13th July 2017

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The 21st June sees a new retrospective of David Hockney’s work opening at the Pompidou Centre. In the meantime the Galerie Lelong is showing Hockney’s series of landscapes created on an iPad (as always) during a visit to the Yosemite National Park.

Here’s all the info.

Exposition The Yosemite Suite de David Hockney à la Galerie Lelong jusqu'au 13 juillet 2017

Courtesy of the artist / Galerie Lelong, Paris

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Léon Herschtritt exhibition
The lovers of Paris at la Belle Juliette
until 25th June 2017

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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




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Le jardin du Clos La Belle Juliette. Photo : Christophe Bielsa

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Le jardin du Clos La Belle Juliette. Photo : Christophe Bielsa

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