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PARIS AND THE STREET ART

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Street art is part of Parisian culture. It is found on the walls and facades of the city while walking. Bars even adopt the style of street art in their decoration and galleries make it their business!

What to see in Paris and what neighborhoods with street art paintings are not to be missed?

The street art course in Ménilmontant

The district of Ménilmontant and Belleville in the 20th neighborhood of Paris is full of street art in the streets of Ménilmontant, the street des Petits Carreaux, the street of the Ermitage and also in the street Henri Noguères. They appear on the façades where the name of a street usually appears. From graffiti to more elaborate design there is something for everyone.

Good to know: The average height is 4 meters. Above this size, it is the building owners who must remove them, below the same size, the city is responsible for removing them.

The Street art and the street Denoyez

It is the street with the most street art designs in the city. All its walls are covered from top to bottom by graffitis! Very impressive ! Unfortunately an ongoing real estate project threatens the survival of this street and its neighborhood bars of the 20th arrondissement.

The Street art at the Butte-aux-Cailles in the 13th neighborhood

Works by artists such as Miss Tic and Jef Aerosol as well as unknown artists cover the façades of this district at the corner of the street of the Cinq Diamants, the street of Moulin des Prés for example in this insurgent historic district.

The Street art in the district of the canal de l’Ourcq

Graffiti is also visible in the 19 th district of Paris at the corner ofthe street Jean Jaures and the street de l’Ourcq. This is more banal graffiti such as representations of Darth Vader or birds …

Currently, it is the turn of the international artist Bansky to make his arrival in Paris !

For more information on neighborhoods to visit, contact the personal of our hostel.

THE HISTORY OF THE PLACE OF CONCORD

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The Place of Concord in the center of which stands the obelisk of Luxor is located not far from the Champs Elysees and Tuileries Garden among others. It has a very particular history and is part of the French heritage.

Here is a return on its appearance and how it has evolved over the centuries.

The origin of the Place : 1763-1772

The Place of Concord was built by the architect Anges-Jacques Gabriel and was completed in 1772. Initially the statue of King Louis XV was located in the center and was called Place Louis XV. The place will evolve according to the events of History.

The Place of Concorde under the Revolution

At this time, the Place of Concord goes from a festive atmosphere to a gloomy atmosphere with the disappearance of the statue of the king replaced by a scaffold surmounted by a guillotine used for executions of the city characters Robespierre and Danton for example.

The Place of Concord under the restoration in 1846

It was during the reign of Louis Philippe that the place was transformed and embellished. The new architect at the origin is Jaque Hittorf. It is in 1795 that it is called Place of Concord to emphasize the reconciliation of the French after the Revolution. It was also in 1836 that the Obelisk was installed. The one comes from Luxor and dates from the 13th century.

Did you know that 6 years had passed between the donation of this item and its installation in the square ?

The Place of Concorde today

Nowadays the Place is classified as a historical monument since 1937. It is located not far from the most famous places in Paris: the National Assembly, the Tuileries Garden, the Champs Elysées, the Orangerie Museum

The Ferris Wheel, located a few steps away, was installed in 2000.

Today the obelisk is covered with a gold leaf headdress dating back to 1998 and funded by the Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.

During your stay at our hostel, take a detour to this beautiful historic square during your visit.

THE PARISIAN THRIP SHOPS

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The thrift shop is a place for fashion lovers looking to find vintage clothes or chic clothes in different price ranges. From shoes, to jackets to coats, all categories of clothing are sold.

Here is a list of the main Parisian thrift stores not to be missed during a shopping day.

The Parisian thriftery The Chest

This thrift shop is open from 10:30 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday. The shops are present in the 17th, 8th, 9th neighborhoo among others. The articles of Kenzo and Ralph Lauren brands are sold between 2 and 10 euros and arranged by style or color all in an industrial decoration.

The Parisian thrift shops KiloShop

These thrift stores located on both sides in Paris (in the Marais, in the Luxembourg district) also offer series of vintage clothes arranged by colors mainly. The concept is to pay clothes per kilo (30 euros per kilo of dresses or 20 euros per kilo of T-shirts for example) by weighing his clothes like vegetables at the market!

The Marais district store is open from 11am to 9pm and is located rue de la Verrerie.

The thrift stores of the brand Guerrisol

These are vintage thrift stores cheap at very low prices. The goal: to search while being patient to find the rare pearl. You will find the shops in the 18th and 13th neighborhood in particular.

They are open from 10am to 7 :30 pm / 8 :00 pm mainly.

Rag and Vertiges thrift stores in the 4th neighborhood

These two stores offer items between 4 and 400 euros: from old lingerie to ankle boots and handbags … all vintage too. The specialty of the shops ; a selection of Dr. Martins and style dresses of the 80’s. Opening hours vary between 10am and 12pm opening and closing at 8pm.

During your stay in our hostel, have a look at one of these traditional Parisian thrift stores.

THE SMALL PARISIAN COFFEE-THEATERS

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With the success of one-man-shows, the Parisian theaters are on the rise. These are part of the French artistic heritage and allow little-known comedians to make themselves known to the public.

But do you know when did they appear and what are the main coffee-theaters in Paris ?

Here is a presentation of these highlights.

The beginning of cafe-theaters: cafes first and foremost

The creation of cafes theaters was done in the 1960s in the main French cities. Restaurant managers then allow comedians to introduce themselves and play in their establishment in front of an audience originally coming to eat. The comics then pass with their hat at the end of performance to solicit income.

In Paris, the theatrical cafes were quickly successful on the Left Bank and at Pigalle and in the Marais and quickly shadows the famous Parisian cabarets. Establishments with less than 50 seats bet on new talents.

Some addresses of Parisian cafe-theaters not to be missed!

The cafe-theater “The end” in Pigalle and its 38 seats serves as a training center of French humorists. Comedians like Shirley Souagnon walked the stage. The establishment is also in partnership with the school of one-man-show in Paris. Comedies as well as children’s plays are also played.

La Petite Loge a few steps from the station Saint-Georges is an old theater for children and so small that the stage measures three square meters with 25 seats making it the smallest room in the capital!

Every year the hall and armchairs are restored. Artists like Gaspard Proust and Arnaud Ducret have walked this scene.

The room Popul’Air composed of about forty seats in the district of Belleville to keep its period style. The actors are paid in the hat as in the original tradition. There is an atmosphere of troquet and the reputation of this room by word of mouth.

The Paname Art café is more recent since it opened in 2008. It has fifty seats and artists like Fary and Norman were on stage. It is possible to eat before each show.

For more information on Parisian events do not hesitate to ask to Aloha’s team.

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THE TRADITION OF THE 14TH JULY BALL

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This year and every year for July 14, the barracks open their doors to the public for the traditional firefighters’ ball. But do you know when the festivities started and where to go more specifically in the capital ?

Here’s a glimpse of the history of the firefighters’ ball as well as 4 places to choose for a successful firefighting ball.

The creation of the firefighters’ ball in Montmartre

The creation of the firefighters’ ball goes back to the beginning of the 20th century more specifically on July 14, 1937 when the firefighters return from the military parade to the barracks Carpeaux in the 18th district. A crowd would have formed behind the procession and a firefighter would have asked his supervisor to open the doors of the barracks to make public visit.

After the success of the ball in the 18th district, it extends throughout the capital and in France.
Before the fire ball became a musical evening, it was made of at the beginning demonstrations of gymnastics and fire starts.

The 4 must-see places in the capital for a successful ball

• The Sevigné barracks is one of the oldest barracks in the 4th neighborhood with its historic architecture. It is recommended to arrive early so you do not queue on the sidewalk!

• The Ball de Ménilmontant in the 20th neighborhood is also open on July 13 with an entrance which costs 3 euros. You can admire the Champagne Bar.

• The popular ball at the ephemeral point near the Saint Martin canal proposes on July 13 a barbecue and giant bar in a pop-rock atmosphere and electro.

• The Carpeaux barracks in the 18th neighborhood is the oldest with a friendly and family atmosphere. This barracks welcomes you with its 200 firefighters on July 13th. The entrance is free and it is possible to give the amount you want.

For any additional information, do not hesitate to exchange with Aloha’team

 

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THE PARISIAN FASHION WEEK HAUTE COUTURE

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In July, as it is the case every year, the Paris Fashion Week showcases the creations of the great couturiers for the Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection as well as in London, New York and Milan.

When did Fashion Week appear and what are the places and shows not to be missed in July ?

The creation of Fashion Week in Paris

The week of fashion appeared in France initially in 1973 more precisely to Versailles. The fashion week is held twice a year and it is various showrooms, parades, presentations that appropriate the Parisian places.

At this time, parallel to fashion week, a fashion match between the United States and France with 5 prestigious French designers (including Dior, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent) aims to raise funds for the restoration of the Castle of Versailles.

In 1994, the Fashion Week moved to the Carrousel du Louvre.

The fashion shows of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris for 2018

The Fashion Week this year will be held in Paris between July 1st and 5th and there will be nearly 100 shows in the capital.

Here is an overview of the fashion shows program :

1. Sunday, July 1st : Givenchy, Azzaro, Aganovitch, Adeline André, Christophe Josse …
2. Monday, July 2nd : Christian Dior, Ralphet Russo, Antonio Grimaldi, Georges Hobeika
3. Tuesday, July 3 : Channel, Alexis Mabille, Alexandre Vauthier
4. Wednesday, July 4th : Franck Sorbier, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Fendi Couture
5. Thursday, July 5 : Haute Joaillerie Fashion Show

The places of creation and presentations for the most part are revealed at the last moment and are for the most part kept secret.

Aloha welcomes you during your Parisian trip.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARISIAN GARDENS

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Paris is full of parks and green gardens where it is pleasant to rest or have a picnic in the summer.

Here is a list of some Parisian gardens where it is good to walk.

The Parisian gardens on the right bank of Paris

The Champ de Mars gardens was opened in 1780 and extends between the Ecole Militaire and the Effel Tower. It is especially the place of great national manifestations.

Not far from here you can also walk in the gardens of Trocadero which give a magnificent view of the Effel Tower and which have in their center the famous fountain of Warsaw and its 20 water cannons ! They were opened in 1937. Some sculptures adorn some parts of the garden.

The Jardin d’Acclimatation brings together green spaces, an amusement park and activities for the whole family. It was created in 1860 in the Bois de Boulogne. Catering services are also available within the park for a break.

The tuileries gardens is located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde. It is a place for walk for Parisians and foreign visitors. There are statues of Giacometti, Rodin and Maillol. In South of the gardens, you will find the Orangery Museum.

The Parisian gardens on the left bank of Paris

The Jardin des Plantes near the Austerlitz train station is a good place for a stroll and where you will also find the natural history museum, the large botanical greenhouses as well as the menagerie and zoo plant garden.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is located near the Saint-Michel district in the 6th neigborhood. It has an area of 25 Hectares and is divided into two parts: a French garden and an English one. You will also find an apple orchard, an apiary and greenhouses. The garden also has 106 statues and the famous Medici fountain. Free exhibitions and concerts are held in the bandstand.

The gardens of the Bois de Vincennes in the 12th neigborhood is one of the largest gardens in Paris. You will discover the Floral Park, a lake where you can ride a boat and many activities for the whole family.

To know other places and gardens of Paris, do not hesitate to ask to your Aloha’s team.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARISIAN GARDENS

champ-de-mars

Paris is full of parks and green gardens where it is pleasant to rest or have a picnic in the summer.

Here is a list of some Parisian gardens where it is good to walk.

The Parisian gardens on the right bank of Paris

The Champ de Mars gardens was opened in 1780 and extends between the Ecole Militaire and the Effel Tower. It is especially the place of great national manifestations.

Not far from here you can also walk in the gardens of Trocadero which give a magnificent view of the Effel Tower and which have in their center the famous fountain of Warsaw and its 20 water cannons ! They were opened in 1937. Some sculptures adorn some parts of the garden.

The Jardin d’Acclimatation brings together green spaces, an amusement park and activities for the whole family. It was created in 1860 in the Bois de Boulogne. Catering services are also available within the park for a break.

The tuileries gardens is located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde. It is a place for walk for Parisians and foreign visitors. There are statues of Giacometti, Rodin and Maillol. In South of the gardens, you will find the Orangery Museum.

The Parisian gardens on the left bank of Paris

The Jardin des Plantes near the Austerlitz train station is a good place for a stroll and where you will also find the natural history museum, the large botanical greenhouses as well as the menagerie and zoo plant garden.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is located near the Saint-Michel district in the 6th neigborhood. It has an area of 25 Hectares and is divided into two parts: a French garden and an English one. You will also find an apple orchard, an apiary and greenhouses. The garden also has 106 statues and the famous Medici fountain. Free exhibitions and concerts are held in the bandstand.

The gardens of the Bois de Vincennes in the 12th neigborhood is one of the largest gardens in Paris. You will discover the Floral Park, a lake where you can ride a boat and many activities for the whole family.

To know other places and gardens of Paris, do not hesitate to ask to your Aloha’s team.

THE HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

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The event of the Festival of Music takes place at the end of June each year and brings together various artists and passers-by in the streets of Paris.

But do you know since when this event exists and how is it going ?

The creation of the Festival of Music and its political context.

It was in 1981 with the Minister Jack Lang that was born the idea of an event that brings together all types of music “without a hierarchy of gender and origins”.

In 1982, a study on the cultural practices of the French is conducted through the Ministry of Culture and reveals that 5 million French or one in two people practice a musical instrument. A large free popular event is then imagined bringing together all the French artists and musicians to make themselves known.

The first edition of the Festival of the Music will take place on June 21, 1982.

The unfolding and the preparation of the Festival of Music

The event then takes place in haste. Hundreds of posters are printed and the various actors of the social and cultural life are mobilized.

Many beginers musicians and professional musicians perform in the streets, squares… everywhere in France late into the night in a good spirit and offering rock music, jazz, French and international variety …

The concept of this event was exported in 1985 abroad during the European Year of Music.

The International Music Festival

In less than ten years the Festival of Music is present on 5 continents in 85 countries and 120 countries in 2017!
A postage stamp is even dedicated to this event in 1998.

This event takes place even in hospitals, associations and prisons …

It gives a revival to traditional and contemporary music and highlights cultural practices and the exchange between artists and the public.

For more information on this event, consult our staff available to welcome you

THE BEST PARISIAN PLACES

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Paris is full of places to visit including several known and unknown places.

Here is a list of Parisian squares to see and not to miss when you visit Paris !

The Parisian squares on the right bank of Paris not to be missed

The famous Place Charles de Gaulle formerly named Place de l’Etoile commemorates the disappearance of the former President of the Republic.

But do you know why she was named Place de l’Etoile ?

Well it’s because of the 12 avenues that arrive on the square and form a star. In the center of the square is the Arc de Triomphe.

The Place de la Concorde in the 8th neighborhood is known for its obelisk of Luxor (heavy 230 tons !) On which are inscribed Egyptian writings. This is the oldest monument in Paris since it was built in 1836 !

The place of the Republic is very appreciated by the Parisians. Recently renovated, nine streets serve it too. The statue at its center represents Marianne adorning an olive branch, the symbol of the Republic.

5 metro lines serve this place located in one of the trendiest areas of Paris.

The Parisian squares not to be missed on the left bank of Paris

The July column of the Place de la Bastille in the 12th neighborhood commemorates the three glorious. In its center you will find a golden bronze statue with the names of the revolutionaries who died for freedom.

On the Place de la Nation, you will find statues – allegories of the Republic-: the popular force, the genius of freedom, justice and equity, work, abundance, wealth and education. The sculpture symbolizes Marianne’s end on a chariot pulled by two lions.

For more information on places not to be missed check our staff.