The spirit of Paris

Jules Renard said:  “Add two letters to Paris and it becomes paradise”. And Paris remains the City of Light… Two thousand years of history have not silenced the ancient city of Lutetia, so endlessly talked, and dreamt, about. As the world’s number one tourist destination, Paris remains a Mecca for lovers. No matter the clichés and the colours – from a kiss in front of the Hôtel de Ville to strolls on the banks of the Seine – our capital is a weaver of dreams. Continue reading The spirit of Paris

Neighborhood Gros Caillou

Originally, what was Gros Caillou (big stone)? A marker, no doubt. Perhaps even one of the prehistoric stones that can still be found in France’s forests. Since then, the city has covered the countryside, but the district of Gros Caillou has kept a village atmosphere, centred by a church of modest dimensions at the end of rue Cler, which is a permanent market. Continue reading Neighborhood Gros Caillou

Five reasons to live in Paris’s 16th arrondissement

From Elsa Court, FT

Stretching from the Arc de Triomphe to the Bois de Boulogne, the 16th arrondissement of the French capital is popular with expats and well-established Parisian families alike. Due to its top internationalschools and elegant residential architecture, historically the neighbourhood has attracted affluent and fashionable residents.  Continue reading Five reasons to live in Paris’s 16th arrondissement

Palais Royal

Palais Royal is Paris’ secret garden – a garden they like so much they don’t really want to share it! A garden you only discover when you are actually in it. An enchanted world. If you live here you become part of a fellowship – over the last three centuries this hidden park has lost none of its magic…

The Palais Royal was the first French “shopping centre” created by the Duc d’Orléans on the land occupied by the former Palais Cardinal. For decades, its galleries were full of boutiques, life, and a delightfully clandestine atmosphere. The first great chefs opened their restaurants there also making it the birthplace of French gastronomy. Continue reading Palais Royal

Auteuil

If Paris is a village, it’s here – and not just one, but several villages! It was not so long ago that Auteuil, a charming village to the west of Paris, was a holiday destination, a place to go for a break in the countryside. Boileau retired there to write in the shade of his linden tree. Since then, the city has grown around it, but its spirit is unchanged. Although cut through by illustrious major thoroughfares such as Avenue Mozart and Avenue de Versailles, Auteuil is epitomized by hidden gardens and discreet villas. Continue reading Auteuil

Triangle d´Or

Welcome to all that is quintessentially Parisian! The Paris that dares you to dream, to sing, to dance. The Paris that lets you step into the picture postcard and cry out “so it´s true!”

The most beautiful window displays of the luxury brands along Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V; the most famous street in Paris, the Champs-Elysées; the most mythical dishes at Ledoyen or Lasserre; the most happening suppers at Maison Blanche or l´Avenue; the most luxurious stays at Plaza Athénée or Prince de Galles; Continue reading Triangle d´Or

Roman Paris

Paris or Rome? Rome or Paris? It’s a never-ending contest between these two towns. Which is the more beautiful, the most pure, the most perfect, the best preserved, the least destroyed? Paris’ supporters champion its variety, its ability to adapt, its vigour, its grandeur. Continue reading Roman Paris