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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.

THE HISTORY OF LAFAYETTE GALLERIES

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The Lafayette galleries is a place known for its great brands and its architecture. When did it appear? And what is its story ?

Here is a panorama of the creation of the Lafayette Galeries to its evolution over these last centuries.

The creation of the Lafayette Galleries

It is in 1893 that two Alsatians, Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn decide to open a store of novelty within a haberdashery in an area of 70 m2. The name Lafayette Galleries comes from its location and its configuration.

In 1896 the company bought the entire building at 1, rue de la Fayette and buy in 1903 the other building boulevard Haussmann and Chaussée d’Antin.

The first works are completed in 1907 Boulevard Haussmann. But it is with Ferdinand Chanut that the store acquires a new dimension.

The Lafayette galleries, a luxury store

The store was inaugurated in 1912 and its creators imagine a luxury goods store with a light radiating from the dome. The monument is inscribed in the Paris Art Nouveau and Ferdinand Chanut appeals to artists from the Ecole de Nancy for architecture. The windows are of a neo-Byzantine style and the gigantic staircase is inspired by that of the Opera de Paris.

Then appear non-market spaces such as a tea room and a smokehouse and major events are organized.

Shop windows play an important role in highlighting the merchandise with a theatricalization.

The Lafayette galleries in recent years

In 1974, the main staircase is dismantled and ten years later the ground floor is furnished with prestigious shops.

The Lafayette galleries are at the origin of the Fashion Festival created in 1980.

Creations of great creators such as Karl Jean-Paul Gauthier and Karl Lagarfeld appear.

In 2004, the Mark and Spencer store became Lafayette House. The store then displays three buildings on Boulevard Haussmann.

For more information on the Lafayette galeries, visit the company’s website

THE HISTORIC MONUMENTS TO VISIT

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Paris is full of museums, squares but also historical monuments to visit during a weekend or more in the capital.

Here are some ideas of places to visit with all the practical information for your visit.

Historical monuments to visit on the right bank of Paris

– The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located in the 18th neighborhood and is a place of worship accessible to all for free between 6 am and 10.30 pm. It has a Romano-Byzantine style, and offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital.
Inside the ceiling is covered with the largest mosaic in France!

– You can also visit the Opera Garnier in the 9th neighborhood which offers opera and choreographic performances. The Access costs between 11 and 12 euros.

– The Arc de Triomphe is located on Place de l’Etoile and is the largest bow in the world ! A museum is accessible inside. The visit costs between 9 and 12 euros.

Historical monuments to visit on the left bank of Paris

– The Eiffel Tower is without a doubt the symbolic historical monument of Paris with its 325 m height. On the first floor you will discover the shops, in the second a gourmet restaurant called Jules Vernes and on the third floor you can enjoy the panoramic view. Its entrance is paying.

– The Pantheon is home to a necropolis of public figures such as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas. Moreover between April and October of each year you will be able to appreciate the sight of Paris since the colonnade of the dome. His visit costs between 7 and 9 euros the entrance.

– The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris with its Gothic architecture is the most visited monument in France! It is located in the historic center of Paris at the end of the Ile de la Cité. The visit is free for all except for the access to the towers.

For more information on historical monuments to visit, visit the website of the Office of Tourism of Paris.

THE VINES OF PARIS

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Before its urbanization, Paris and its region were major producers of wine. Some vines were planted here and there in the 20th century. During your walk in the capital, you will be able to discover some of them.

Here is a sketch of the vines that you can find on both sides in Paris.

The vines planted in the North of Paris

The vineyards of Montmartre are without a doubt the most famous. Planted in 1932, they represent 2000 feet.

In the 19th neighborhood you will also find vineyards on the hill Bergeyre. It is a hidden corner at 100 meters altitude not far from the Buttes Chaumont. The planted vines result from a mixture resulting from a blend of Chardonnais, Muscat, Sauvignon and Chasselas.

The Belleville vines were planted on the sides of Belleville Park in 1992. You will discover 250 square meters of Pinot de Meunier and Chardonnay vineyards and a superb view of the city not to be missed!

The vines planted in the South of Paris

The Pinot noir, miller and pearl vines were planted in 1983 in George Brassens Park in the 15th neighborhood of Paris.

At the Park of Bercy, which was the largest wine and spirits market in the 19th century, you will find 350 feet of Sauvignon and Chardonnay on 650 square meters of surface, planted in 1996. You can also admire the orangery of the park and as his greenhouse, his kitchen garden and pergolas.

For more information on the vineyards of Paris, visit the website www.unjourdeplusaparis.com

WALKING ON THE CITE ISLAND

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In spring or summer it is pleasant to walk on the Cité island in the heart of Paris along the quays or in the streets of the neighborhood.

Come discover the key places of this island. Here is also a brief summary of the history of this island.

History of the appearance of the island of the Cité

The island of the Cité is the heart of Paris. This is where the first nucleus of Lutetia was developed. The first inhabitants are fishermen of the Gallic tribe Parisii. In Gallo-Roman times the island is surrounded by ramparts and a forum is built on the island.

It is in the 13th century that Maurice de Sully built the famous cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris.
During the French Revolution, the former Royal Palace was transformed into a Palace of Justice (the same as currently found on the island).

Until the end of the 18th century the island had about 15000 inhabitants and included 4 chapels and about twenty churches. In the 19th century, the island was redeveloped by the Haussmann style of the time and the narrow streets near the cathedral are enlarged.

Places to visit during a walk on the Island of the Cité

It takes about half an hour to tour the island of the Cité by taking the docks but about 1 day to visit all the monuments of the island.

Among these historic monuments, we can mention the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie, the Palais de Justice, the Sainte Chapelle …

You can finish your visit by passing in front of the two key institutions of the island: the Prefecture of Police and the Quai des Orfèvres.

A walk on the docks in spring or summer is also a good time.

For more information about the Island de la Cité, visit franceballade.com

THE LITERARY CAFES OF PARIS

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The literary cafes are places not to be missed in Paris where there is a charming and nostalgic atmosphere. Whether for a coffee or an aperitif, there are several cafes where it is good to stop.

What are the different literary cafes in the city ?

Here are some addresses of literary cafes to remember.

The main literary cafes of the sixth district

The Closerie des Lilas is a café located in Port Royal and frequented during the 19th century by intellectuals such as Ernest Hemingway, Emile Zola or Pablo Picasso. The inscription on his sign is in pink lily and the lush exterior. Inside you will find mosaic boards and woodwork.

La Palette is located in the Saint-Germain des Prés district and is decorated with paintings and ceramics. This coffee bar was attended by Julia Roberts as well as Hemingway and Picasso.

In the same area, you will find the café des deux magots, frequented at the time by surrealist artists such as Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus and James Joyce. Inside, two statues representing mandarins look at the room. The benches are in red moleskin and waiters are dressed in black and white.

The Café de Flore is the famous place of famous writers and philosophers such as Robert Desnos or Raymond Queneau. The interior is rather of Art Deco style.

The Procope café is the oldest restaurant since it was founded in 1686. It was visited by many intellectuals such as Voltaire, Balzac or Verlaine.

The literary cafes of the 14th district not to be missed

We can cite the Coupole which is a Parisian brasserie located in Montparnasse with a plaster sculpture in it. It was frequented by Edith Piaf and Picasso.

In the same district, you will find the Brasserie le Dôme frequented since 1900 by many intellectuals, poets, sculptors and models.

To discover other addresses, visit www.parisencore.com

THE MOST SECRET STREETS IN PARIS

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The capital is home to many streets and hidden streets at a street corner or in a quiet and shady area. Here are some hidden and secret streets in Paris to discover during a neighborhood walk.

Secret and hidden streets in the north of Paris

Villa Dietz-Monin is located in the 16th neigborhood and houses private villas and driveways with charming, human-sized houses.

At La Cité Pilleux in the 18th neigborhood at the La Fourche metro station, you will discover a small street with workshops on the ground floor and surmounted by a dwelling.

Also discover the Villa Léandres in Montmartre in the center of the 18th neighborhood, a shaded lane in a quiet and green, ideal place for all tourists.

The city Durmar in the district of Oberkampf is a small lost and flowered street lined with old workshops.

Secret and hidden streets in the south of Paris

The rue des Thermopyles in the 14th neighborhood is one of the most charming hidden streets, quiet and green at the same time.

The Crémieux street in the 12th district near Gare de Lyon station is an atypical and colorful street ideal for original photos.

Poplar Square in the 13th neighborhood is home to a triangle-shaped, green, country-like alley.

The passage Chantier in the 12th district near Bastille is one of the oldest streets which houses own some furniture stores among others …

The square of Montsouris is close to the Parc Montsouris in the 14th neigborhood and you will discover charming houses lined with ivy and wisteria. Artists such as Soutine and Foujita have lived there …

To discover other hidden places, visit http://www.unjourdeplusaparis.com/paris-insolite/plus-belles-rues-secretes-de-paris