25Jul

Josef Sudek at the Jeu de Paume

Written by chris, the 25 July in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

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Until September 25th, Josef Sudek’s work is presented at the Jeu de Paume, close to the Relais Christine.

In 1915, this Czech photographer was sent to the Italian front, where his right arm was injured by a grenade, and amputated. Forced to renounce many jobs, he decided to become a photographer: during many years, he painted his beloved Prague and its surroundings, but also in and from his workshop. In Josef Sudek’s photographs, shadows and lights become one to offer a surprising result. But he is also a real poet, whose pictures are romantic, dark and melancholic at the same time. A large collection of pictures taken from the window of his workshop, still lifes and incredible landscapes, is presented too.

An exclusive exhibition to discover during your stay at the Relais Christine !

Josef Sudek – Le monde à ma fenêtre
Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde
75008 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm (night session on Tuesday until 9 pm)
Until September 25th

 


01Jul

Going out this summer

Written by chris, the 01 July in category The Concierges' Gazette, What's up, 0 comment

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Exhibitions

The exhibition Homme Blanc, Homme Noir at the Musée du Quai Branly highlights the representations of the Westerners in the African arts of the 20th century. “Europe has neither exclusivity nor a monopoly of the view of the Other”: a phenomenon dating from the 15th century, when the Africans already observed the conquering Europeans, with their pale complexion, in all their forms. Until October 9th.

The Jardin des Plantes opens its doors for a bucolic walk at the occasion of the exhibition Aventures botaniques en Orient, which presents rare vegetables from North Africa and Orient. During more than 3 centuries, the botanists of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle went searching for this very particular flora in order to make real herbariums, still consulted today. Until September 25th.

Walk

As each summer, enjoy a nice walk in the gardens of the Château de Versailles, and especially around their groves usually closed to the public, at the pace of baroque music. This year, the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has been chosen to decorate the fountains and the salons of the castle with his subtle and spectacular pieces, like the impressive waterfall set in the Grand Canal. Until October 30th.

 

Restaurants

Alongside the Alexandre III Bridge, the new barge-restaurant Le Flow and its Chef Geoffrey Rembert welcome you every day, inside or on a nice terrace of 80 sqm. On the menu: iced ratatouille quenelle with burrata; haddock carpaccio with pink grapefruit; green asparagus and chorizo imagined as a coco-milk risotto. For dessert, do not miss the chocolate flow (meringue with mousse, sorbet and cream). Menu at 32 Euro for lunch, count 70 to 90 Euro à la carte. 4 port des Invalides, 7th.

The George V welcome its 4th restaurant, L’Orangerie. Set under the glass roof in the marble courtyard, the refined cuisine is signed by the Chef David Bizet: smoked egg, Imperial caviar and watercress; sole and shellfish; green apple and verbena. Great wine list, as expected in a palace! Count 120 to 150 Euro. Open every day. 31 avenue George V, 8th.


01Jun

To do in Paris in June

Written by chris, the 01 June in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

Exhibitions
Until July 24th, the exhibition “Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène – La conquête de la mémoire” presents an exceptional collection of furniture and other personal objects owned by the Emperor when he was in exile. The Musée de l’Armée highlights the contrast between the reminders of his imperial victories and the decrepitude of Longwood House, his last residence where his legend was written.

The street artist JR is back in Paris with an original photographic collage: he has covered the Pyramid of the Louvre with an anamorphic trompe-l’oeil that lets the visitors find the best place from the Cour Napoleon to see the pyramid disappear. JR and the Musée du Louvre also invite us to follow their news on the social networks to be informed of other surprises they have planned. Until June, 27th

Musical
The English composer Damon Albarn is back on the stage of the Théâtre du Châtelet with his new rock musical Wonder.land. Inspired by Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, the story tells how the young Aly escapes into the virtual world of Wonder.land where she will create an avatar and meet familiar characters: once she becomes Alice, the teenager blossoms in this 2.0 world. From June 7th to June 16th.

Restaurants
New decoration and new Chef at La Tour d’Argent with Philippe Labbé who offers a wonderful modernized menu. You will savor: an iced soup of garden peas, mint, buttermilk granite; a skate wing, lemon from Menton, capers, almonds, glasswort, hazelnut powder and of course the famous duck cut in the dining room, and served as a supreme roasted in honey and spices, cherry vinegar, muesli; for dessert, the poached pear “Vie Parisienne” is prepared with vanilla and caramel ice cream in a milkshake-style. A gastronomic experience of the highest level combined with the unique expertise of the sommelier David Ridway. Count 100 to 350 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 15, quai de la Tournelle, 5th.

Giovanni Passerini, former Chef at Rino, comes back with his own restaurant that bears his name: Passerini, where he offers a revisited French-Italian cuisine: calf’s tongue in a vitello tonato style, celery, smocked mackerel; bean ravioli and pecorino in a gricia style; tagliolini with red prawns from Sicilia, dried sweet peppers from Campania, sumac. A menu that transports you directly to Italy! Nice wine selection, from 30 Euro. Count 60 to 80 Euro for dinner. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays for lunch. 65, rue Traversière, 12th.


25May

Jazzy Saint-Germin-des-Prés!

Written by chris, the 25 May in category Going out, 0 comment

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The 16th edition of the Jazz Festival is in a full swing!

This year again, all the jazz-lovers can enjoy the sounds of the soul music in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. On the program: tops of the bill and new talents in unique, exceptional and historical settings !

For this new edition opened by the pianist Laurent de Wilde at the restaurant Les Editeurs, you will have the opportunity to discover the talent of the students in “Jazz et musiques improvisées” at the Paris 8 University or the pianist-singer-composer Pierre Sibille who will present his new album « Catch me, I’m falling “. To end this edition on a high note, on May 31rst, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church will welcome an original trio composed by the accordionist Vincent Peirani, the saxophonist Emile Parisien and the living legend Michel Portal at the saxophone, the clarinet and the bandoneon.

The Relais Christine, in the heart of its jazzy atmosphere, will be delighted to welcome all the jazz-lovers looking for a quiet and peaceful break.


10May

Special offers – Summer Treats

Written by chris, the 10 May in category What's up, 0 comment

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Visit the Relais Christine this summer and enjoy the Parisian romantic way of life!

This special offer includes:
– full breakfast daily
– one cruise on the Seine river (per person per stay)

Upon availability from July 11th to August 31st 2016, for stays of 2 nights or more.

From 340€ per night for a Standard room, or 525€ per night for a Junior Suite Duplex.

Rates may vary depending on the date

 


03May

To discover in May

Written by chris, the 03 May in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

Exhibitions
The Musée du Quai Branly dedicated to the fundamental arts is already celebrating its 10th anniversary. Until July 24th, visitors will discover among others    « Matahoata », an exhibition and a tribute to the Marquesas Islands, this French-Polynesian archipelago that inspired so many artists, from Paul Gauguin to Jacques Brel. Discover their cultural universe, more lively than ever with tattoo, danse, sculpture…

Run to the Institut du Monde arabe to discover « Jardins d’Orient, de l’Alhambra au Taj Mahal », the fabulous story of oriental gardens, told along a path of 300 artworks, from the Antiquity to the present times. You will discover what inspired the gardens and, exceptionally on the front square, a pop-up oriental garden imagined especially by landscape architect Michel Péna. Palm, orange and jasmine trees among others, in the heart of Paris until September 25th!

Opera
From May 9th to 31st, the Opera Bastille will take you to Vienna in the 18th century, with the famous “Der Rosenkavalier” from Richard Strauss, showing the thwarted love of Octavian and Sophie, in love together despite their respective engagement. A masterpiece dealing with the nostalgia of love and the transience of time, under the baton of conductor Philippe Jordan. 

Restaurants
Discover the new Canopée des Halles and take a gourmet break at Champeaux, imagined by Alain Ducasse and Olivier Maurey. A name full of history for a new address which intends to be “the” brasserie of the 21st century. In a modern décor, you will enjoy their specialties of “soufflés”, salted or sweet, but also a bream with basil, a lemon chicken, a duck parmentier or a plate of deli at off-peak hours. Note the menu presented as a railway scoreboard. The wine list has been conceived by the Head Sommelier of the Ducasse galaxy. Nice terrace. Count 30 to 70 euros. Opened every day from 8 am to midnight. (until 1 am from Thursday to Saturday). Forum des Halles, la Canopée, 1st.

Simon Horwitz, who made his classes with Wahid, Gagnaire and Meneau, welcomes you to his neo-bistrot: Elmer. Here are some of his creations, inspired by his many travels: grilled octopus, drained soft fresh cheese, leek and black radish; duckling from Challans, carrots and pink radish; cod with its “rouille”; bonito fish, pear potatoes, seaweeds and fennel; and as a dessert, a sweet almond shortbread with a lemon cream and pears or a surprising chocolate ganache cream with curry and a whisky ice cream. This is original and delicious! Count 50 to 80 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 30 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 3rd.

 


17Apr

Paris at the times of the Impressionnists

Written by chris, the 17 April in category What's up, Going out, 0 comment

A stay at the Relais Christine on paris’ left bank is often couples with a visit to the Musée d’Orsay’s impressionist masterpieces. With the arrival of spring, take advantage of your stay in Paris to discover the famous village of the impressionist painters: Auvers-sur-Oise, a major source of inspiration for Cézanne, Daubigny, Pissarro, Corot and of course Van Gogh.

Auvers-sur-Oise par Van Gogh

To reach Auvers-sur-Oise, a direct train leaves at Garde du Nord, but guests of the Relais Christine can also transform this trip into a truly romantic and funny experience by renting the hotel’s FIAT 500S convertible car, automatic and with GPS!

Once in Auvers, you will visit among others the home of Charles-François Daubigny and its museum, but also the famous Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise, dedicated to Impressionism. The castle opened this week-end an exhibition to present Paris in the times of the Impressionists. An interactive path for 75 minutes in the Paris of Haussmann in a setting of painters, with over 500 impressionist pieces projected, from Monet, Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir…

Until September 26th.


01Apr

Going out in April

Written by chris, the 01 April in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

Exhibitions
The Musée d’Orsay dedicates the exhibition L’innocence archaïque to the most atypical modern painter, the Douanier Rousseau. This free spirit influenced many artists in the 20th century, and was himself inspired by his contemporaries and friends like Picasso and Delaunay. Their pieces are also presented here, for a dialogue between masterpieces not to be missed. Until July 17th.

For the 50th birthday of their famous Banana Album, the band The Velvet Underground is at the center of the exhibition New York Extravaganza at La Cité de la Musique Philharmonie de Paris. Films, TV archives, photos, loans from a lot of collectors recount the story of this rock band whose career was very short but very successful. Until August 21st.

 

Opera
Inspired from Le Roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo, Giuseppe Verdi created his famous Rigoletto. This opera tells the story of a father, the jester of the king, who does not accept his daughter Gilda’s love for the Duc de Mantoue who does not love her back. A melodrama to enjoy again and again at the Opera Bastille! From April 9th.

 

Restaurants
The famous Chef Thiou is back in an intimate setting where she offers a revisited Thaï cuisine. At the T restaurant, you will enjoy: mini-nems with Dublin Bay prawns and basil, shrimps ravioli with coco cream, the famous Crying Tiger with marinated spicy beef, and Thaï crepes as a dessert. Good and original. Count 55 to 75 Euro. Closed on Saturdays for lunch and on Sundays. 94 boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, 7th.

Olivier Flottes has just opened Huguette Bistro de la Mer, a new sea restaurant where you can enjoy all kinds of oysters from 8 am to 2 am. Ceviches, cuttlefish with curry and venere rice, mussels with French fries, cod “à la plancha” and steam organic salmon are also on the menu. Nice décor and service. You can also choose your seafood on the stand to takeaway. Count 30 to 60 Euro. 81 rue de Seine, 6th.


24Mar

Gourmets, take note!

Written by chris, the 24 March in category Going out, 0 comment

One walks a lot while in Paris! There are so many things to see that we even run! So much energy used that this is probably the reason why new restaurants, welcoming and comfortable, are always opening! In Saint Germain des Prés on the old Left Bank, there are plenty of good addresses, among which three new places that we highly recommend, very close the Relais Christine.

– The Chef François Gagnaire (1 Michelin star in Le Puy en Velay) has arrived in Paris to present Anicia (the Roman name of Le Puy). A local cuisine with snails with pearl onions and a barley-herb juice; scallops with salsify and pear; duck with mountain honey… The desserts are traditional too, but revisited: cream puff pastries with verbena from Velay and yuzu; Imbert chestnut soup with whisky, Jerusalem artichoke ice cream. Nice wine list and beautiful Jars crockery. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. (97 rue du Cherche Midi, 6th).

– Everybody knows his restaurant Le Comptoir du Relais, his Avant-Comptoir where you wait for your table, enjoying delicatessen and a glass of good wine… Yves Camdeborde now welcomes you to the Avant-Comptoir de la Mer. The king prawn carpaccio replaces the beef tartare, the tuna tartare takes the place of the baked egg… Here too, you will find delicious tapas and pinchos, but with a sea savor! Cheeky atmosphere, noisy and crowded, but so nice and delicious! Opened every day (3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 6th).

– Different atmosphere at Boutary, famous caviar house which has just opened its own restaurant like Kaspia, Petrossian and Prunier already did. You will enjoy tapas, classic or more inventive, in a very intimate and elegant décor. Closed on Sundays and Mondays (25 rue Mazarine, 6th).

Three atmospheres, three experiences… Take advantage of your stay at the Relais Chrisine, in the heart of the Left Bank, to choose yours!


01Mar

Going out in March

Written by chris, the 01 March in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

Exhibitions
Until September 4th, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs highlights the first large-framed caricatures printed for the press with De la caricature à l’affiche 1850-1918. In their time, the caricaturists from the last century were creating what would become the first advertising posters, with a humoristic tone and exceptional sketching abilities.

From March 9th to July 10th, some of the treasures of the Musée des Beaux Arts in Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery are exhibited at the Musée du Luxembourg with Chefs d’oeuvre de Budapest. An occasion to contemplate the paintings, drawings and sculptures of major artists like Goya, Dürer or Manet, and to discover some emblematic pieces of the Hungarian art.

 

Ballet
Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden love story is back on the stage of the Opéra Bastille. Rudolf Noureev’s choreography presents the hatred between the two families with strength and elegance. Cruelty but also refinement and sensuality, all the aspects are here, magnified by the sumptuous settings and costumes, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. From March 19th to April 16th.

 

Restaurants
Christophe Saintagne has just left the Meurice to open Papillon near the Parc Monceau. A modern bistrot with an opened kitchen where you will savour classical products perfectly prepared: mackerel, leeks and botargo; glazed egg, truffle and pancetta; black pig from Bigorre “walking at Utah Beach” (with cockles and seaweed), an homage to the Normandy where he is from; brill and tapenade toast. For dessert, you will have to choose among a half-cooked chocolate cake with its cream and fresh mint or burned pear with brioche like a French toast (and many others!). Interesting wine list to match. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Menu at 36€, count 75 to 95€ “à la carte”. 8 rue Meissonier, 17th.

The Michelin Guide 2016 has just published its new stars. And the Parisian winners are…

First star:
Lucas Carton with Chef Julien Dumas
Neige d’Eté with a Japanese Chef Hideki Nishi
Nakatani, eponymous name of its Chef
Hexagone by Mathieu Pacaud (his father is the 3 Michelin-star-awarded Chef of L’Ambroisie)
Pages with another Japanese Chef, Teshi
Saturne and Sven Chartier, Alain Passard’s disciple

Second star :
L’Abeille, at the Shangri-la (Chef Christophe Moret)
Le Gabriel, at La Réserve (Chef Jérôme Banctel)
Le Grand Restaurant by Jean-François Piège
Histoires by Mathieu Pacaud

Third star and new consecration for two Chefs, already awarded with 3 stars in other restaurants:
Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée
– Christian Le Squer at the Cinq (George V)