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Paris – Christmas colors

Posted by dan on December 21, 2010

Paris, just as every city in the Western world, is preparing for Christmas. With its markets, Christmas lights and decorations, busy department stores, shopping and fun, Paris is one of the most colorful cities.

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Christmas season – Champs Elysees

Posted by dan on December 8, 2010

You can feel the Christmas vibe all around Paris, but the place to be, with its lively Christmas market, is on Champs Elysees. Lit up from Place de Concorde all the way to the Arc de Triopmphe, there are shops, buffets, carousels and fun rides, catering for all tastes and budget. Even if you are not a serious Christmas shopper, it is definitely worth to have a stroll down the famous boulevard.

Champs Elysees - Christmas lights, Paris

Champs Elysees - Christmas lights

Snapshots of Champs Elysees – all decorated and lively.

See also blog post: Parc Monceau – a secluded garden in Paris

Suggested hotels in the area:

Hotel Ampere ****
Official website: http://parishotelampere.com

Hotel Elysees Parc Monceau ***
Official website: http://hotel-elysees-parc-monceau.com

Hotel Elysee Etoile **
See blog post: Hotel Elysee Etoile – budget hotel at the Arc de Triomph
Official website: http://elysee-etoile-paris-hotel.com

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A tranquil spot in an elegant neighborhood

Posted by dan on November 21, 2010

Located close to the upper gate of Monceau Park (the Rotunda), Hotel Elysees Parc Monceau is in an ideal location for those who like to enjoy Paris at a slower rate. With Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe only a short walk away, this is an elegant and charming Parisian neighborhood – green streets and parks, simple and upmarket shops, cafes and restaurants. Hotel Elysees Parc Monceau, as the name suggests, is just around the corner from the tranquil park, a great location for all ages. Located in a smaller street, traffic noise is not a concern either. The hotel is a simple 3-star hotel – a bit of old fashioned elegance with a touch of the contemporary. The lounge area is nicely done, the rooms are good but nothing fancy. The breakfast room certainly has a beautiful character. All in all, it is worth the money, especially if you can get a good deal as it is often the case.

Hotel Elysées Parc Monceau ***
38, rue Cardinet – 75017 Paris France
Tel. +33 (0) 1 47 63 88 60
Official site: http://hotel-elysees-parc-monceau.com/

See also blog post: Parc Monceau – a secluded garden in Paris

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Parc Monceau – a secluded garden in Paris

Posted by dan on November 21, 2010

Carousel and buffet in Paris, Parc Monceau

Carrousel and buffet in Parc Monceau

Although the Luxembourg Garden is probably the most famous of all the parks in Paris, there are other smaller and bigger gardens and parks in every corner of the city. Parc Monceau is one of the better known ones – still, it is much less visited and more laid back. Located close to Champ Elysees in an elegant and quiet residential area, it is off the main tourist path and this definitely adds to its charm. Popular with locals – families with kids, couples and elder people – it is a nice place to retreat. Open from sunrise to sunset and there is free Wi-Fi.


Facts about the park:

“The park was established by Phillippe d’Orléans, Duke of Chartres, a cousin of the king. He started buying land on which to establish the garden in 1769, and employed Louis Carrogis Carmontelle to design the gardens. He was a close friend of the Prince of Wales, later George IV, and a lover of all things English. As a result, his aim was to create an informal English-style garden in the middle of Paris.”

“In 1793, during the French Revolution, the Duke was executed by guillotine and the garden was taken into public ownership.”

“Claude Monet painted a series of three paintings of the park in the spring of 1876. He painted two further paintings of the park in 1878.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_Monceau

Other gardens and parks in Paris: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parks_and_gardens_in_Paris

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Suggested hotels close to the park:

Hotel Elysees Parc Monceau
Website: http://hotel-elysees-parc-monceau.com/
See also blog post: A tranquil pocket in an elegant neighborhood

Hotel Ampere
Website: http://parishotelampere.com

 

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