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Chalet de luxe à Megève

France, Haute-Savoie


Chalet de luxe à Megève

"This incredible chalet has allowed us to spend an exceptional holiday in the heart of the mountain"

France, Haute-Savoie
Chalet Ménor

France, Savoie


Chalet Ménor

"Unforgettable vacations in the mountains with all the tribe in this warm and traditional chalet"

France, Savoie
Saint Thomas d'Aquin

Paris, 7e


Saint Thomas d'Aquin

"Sublime apartment in an exceptional neighborhood of the left bank"

Paris, 7e
Saint Nicolas des Champs

Paris, 3e


Saint Nicolas des Champs

"An amazing view - A fantastic apartment on a perfect location"

Paris, 3e
Castelo de São Jorge

Lisbon, Castelo


Castelo de São Jorge

"Amazing views for this prestigious apartment with terrace in Lisbon. Highly recommended !"

Lisbon, Castelo
Notre Dame des Blancs Manteaux

Paris, 3e


Notre Dame des Blancs Manteaux

"Spacious and cozy, this apartment is perfect for a stay in Paris"

Paris, 3e
Sainte Croix de Paris

Paris, 3e


Sainte Croix de Paris

"A calm and spacious flat yet in the middle of the Marais of Paris"

Paris, 3e
Jardin des Plantes

Paris, 5e


Jardin des Plantes

"The space was amazing. Very unique and great for a group"

Paris, 5e
Palais de Chaillot

Paris, 16e


Palais de Chaillot

"A spacious luxury apartment located a few steps away from the Champs Elysées in Paris"

Paris, 16e
Colonnes de Buren

Paris, 2e


Colonnes de Buren

"The location couldn't have been better! Only a 5 min walk to the Louvre"

Paris, 2e

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Lifestyle

Wellness in Méribel

8 days ago - Léa D.

Méribel, otherwise called Méribel-les-Allues, is a ski resort located in the Alps, in the heart of the ski area of the 3 valleys which includes the 8 best ski resorts in Europe. Our chalet Ménor awaits you for an exceptional stay: jacuzzi, sauna and an indoor heated pool overlooking the valley: your morning swim will allow you a sweeping view of the snow-covered peaks. Ski holidays can be tiring: that's why we have selected for you a range of well-being and gentle activities in Méribel, as well as invigorating walks in the heart of nature. The olympic park of Méribel What does the Olympic park of Méribel consist of? An establishment of 21 000m2 which brings together a multitude of useful and pleasant spaces of the station. As for recreation, the park has a restaurant, a bowling alley, a discotheque, two daycares for children, wall climbing, a swimming pool with slides and a real sports pool, a spa fitness area, a conference room of 800 m2 for business trips ... But that's not all! It also has one of the 12 largest skating rinks in France, internationally renowned. Who said we could not combine raclette and abdominals? The fitness area: supervised by a fitness professional, this place offers a variety of equipment in cardio-vascular and bodybuilding. Accessible as of 16 years, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a personalized follow-up. Regarding the pool, you will also have the opportunity to take swimming lessons, following different levels more or less advanced. For lovers of Parties, themed parties are organized during the holidays ... from 20h to 22h (electro, zumba, zen ...), all to be in shape for the slopes the following morning! They usually take place around the pool or the ice rink, in a relaxed and family atmosphere. Aimed at young and old alike, this huge space brings together all the activities and infrastructures dreamed of for your holidays. Address: Méribel Olympic Park, 73550 Les Allues Yoga and relaxation If you have never tried it, it's time to start this path of well-being. Yoga brings a large number of physical benefits including the relaxation of the muscles, but also a revitalization of the body and a calming of the mind to stimulate vitality and creativity. For relaxation lovers, enjoy yoga sessions every Tuesday from 18h to 19h30, throughout the year at the house of generations. Open to nature, the sessions take place in a spacious and friendly room allowing a friendly and warm practice. If you prefer the intimacy and the softness of your chalet, do not hesitate to contact us at experience@apartments-services.com, we will take care of reserving your private yoga lessons at home. Contact information La maison des générations, 73550 Les Allues Phone : 06.03.00.45.49 Relaxing areas Who says vacation ... Says relaxation! What's more rejuvenating after a day in the snow, than to enjoy a massage or a treatment in the cocooning atmosphere of a spa? Want privacy? Do not hesitate to contact our concierge service at experience@apartments-services.com for a massage service at home. We have also selected for you two other relaxation areas, accessible all day. The spa of Anne Sémonin This refined space offers a soft and cozy atmosphere and a multitude of treatments adapted to your desires and needs. This privileged place has a sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi, a sensory shower and two bathrooms. The services are full of surprises: especially adapted to skiers, it offers "signature treatments" such as hot stone massages and black sand scrubs from Tahiti. A real personalization of the treatment of your choice is possible, as well as a development of personalized treatments. Information Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Contact information The Laitelet - Méribel - Mottaret – Center 73550 Méribel Tel: 0479004848 The Nuxe spa of kaïla At the heart of Méribel, Nuxe offers a real sensory journey thanks to its 6 treatment cabins including 2 double cabins for voluptuous and relaxing moments, with your other half or with family. Through the huge windows, enjoy the snowy landscape while relaxing in this cocoon of warmth and relaxation. A la carte, the essentials of the house, anti-aging care Resultime and above all care for children! These aquatic areas, fitness and spa are waiting for you, for a multi-sensorial experience out of the ordinary. Information Open from 10h to 13h & from 14h to 20h Contact information Hotel Kaïla Route de la montée Méribel - La Chaudanne 73550 Méribel Tel: 04.79.41.69.34 Lake Tueda, a stroll full of resources This lake is located 1730 meters above sea level, and promises a walk rich in discovery by its place, the quality of its water, the diversity of fauna and flora. Of first category, this lake of 3 hectares with clear waters is a soothing and refreshing place where it is possible to practice fishing. We recommend hiking around the lake in summer, especially for lovers of botany or for the curious who want to discover the flora of the Alps. Nevertheless, the activities around and related to Lake Tueda are numerous also in winter. Snowshoeing, ski touring in the Vanoise Park, cross-country skiing around the lake ... The most athletic of you will be challenged! You can also enjoy activities on horseback such as carriage rides, allowing you to discover the nature reserve in an original way. Our concierge service also offers many activities such as dog sled rides and snowmobiles around Méribel, contact us at experience@apartments-services.com. At the lake you will find the restaurant of Lake Tueda, ideally located to enjoy the landscape and the sun on the terrace. A beautiful menu made of fresh and local products, always served with a smile.

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Wellness in Méribel

Wellness in Méribel

Night Life

The best speakeasy bars in Paris

15 days ago - Léa D.

The origin of these mysterious places Hidden behind a launderette, a pizzeria or a small back door, you have surely heard about these bars with a special trend, inspired by prohibition. Indeed, in 1920 in the US, the manufacture and sale of alcohol was banned, which led to the opening of multiple clandestine bars. When buying alcohol, the bartenders asked the customers to "speak easy", speak softly in French, hence the expression in French today. In 2007, this concept is repeated in New York by the Please do not Tell bar. The principle is simple: to get in, you have to call from the phone booth of a small restaurant. The success is immediate and the fashion is launched, reaching Paris in 2011 with the Candelaria in the Marais district. This Parisian speak easy is only accessible by a small door at the bottom of a Mexican restaurant, which also serves excellent nachos ... But not only! Today, this place is known as one of the best European addresses for cocktails on a trend pop music background. The map is original and renewed regularly, the place is hype and the price-quality ratio is excellent; it is certainly the most inescapable address of the Marais, rewarded with a Timeout Award in 2016. Only here, a hidden bar is by definition ... hidden! Here are our best places to experiment during your next stay in Paris! Our favorite addresses The syndicate A discreet facade, some posters on the wall: this contrasts sharply with the cozy and classy interior of this speakeasy so well hidden in rue du Faubourg Saint - Denis, in the 10th arrondissement. The union is a cocktail bar composed of unexpected ingredients, rare French liqueurs and especially a specific mission: to defend the cause of blue-white-red spirits. Regarding the menu, different cocktails are offered based on French whiskey, pear, gentian or calvados. They are all 100% original, worked with delicacy and precision for a mixture of new flavors. With friends or as a couple, this place is perfect to enjoy a drink in the first room with a central bar, or in a softer atmosphere behind the curtain that gives way to the second room. The Moonshiner The term Moonshiner means in English a smuggler of alcohol, which you will have understood was in charge of supplying the underground bars at the time of the prohibition. This speakeasy is aptly named, and it is really well hidden. At the address 5 rue Sedaine, in the 11th arrondissement, you will find the pizzeria Da Vito which you will have to cross the cold room to finally find yourself in the subdued atmosphere of a bar of the 30s, golden patterns painted with stencil on walls and some blues notes accompanying the bartenders. The whiskey is the flagship drink of this surprising place, in a variation of several cocktails revisited. The secret of this place (secret) is the safe in the smoking room: find the combination of the code and win the bottles there. Of course, if you feel like it, do not hesitate to stop first in the pizzeria Da Vito's room which will satisfy your taste buds with delicious pizzas, burratas or other homemade salads for a guaranteed taste pleasure! The Speakeasy This gourmet piano bar is by far a place not to be missed during a stay in Paris. Opened in 2011, it is located in a discreet street of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Its owner is an art dealer and has made this place a magical place, a real step back in the 20s. In this cozy atmosphere, come and enjoy the signature cocktail Speakeasy based on cognac, licorice liqueur, lime and ginger ale or the alcohol-free Caribbean, a mixture of mango juice, orange, passion and banana. On the menu side, you are spoiled for choice: truffle pizza, tender cuts of beef or salmon fillet, the dishes are refined and delicious. In the background, artists from around the world come to perform on piano and saxophone, reminiscent of the atmosphere of the cabarets of Harlem and Broadway. Here, no DJ sets, just live and authenticity in an artistic and bohemian atmosphere of the most exciting. The most recent The Lavomatic The new speakeasy of the capital is the Lavomatic, concealed on the 1st floor of a laundromat of the 10th district (rue René Boulanger). Once in the laundromat, look for the camouflaged button and access the Lavomatic! Here, the pop, colorful and original decoration soothes and gives a friendly atmosphere. Sit comfortably on cushions and take a look at the menu which offers a multitude of fruity and colorful surprises. Basil Instinct is based on fresh basil, cucumber, lime juice, cordial elderflower; the DetoxOmatic will be suitable for the more adventurous with beet, blackcurrant, artichoke liqueur, gin, lemon and grapefruit. A multitude of other 100% original cocktails await you. You can accompany them with small dishes made with quality ingredients, adapted to the seasons: filet mignon caramelized with pomegranate, ginger ceviche ginger cucumber, cantaloupe organic farm ham ... Do not wait to discover and enjoy this unusual place! Baranaan For Indian food lovers, this naan bar is the perfect place. No name is written on the front and at first, it feels more like approaching an Indian-style tea room. To get to the real heart of the place, go see a waiter and ask him "Where is the train? ". You will then embark on a real journey, accompanied by a delicious smell of incense. Opened in 2015, this charming place offers Indian cocktails but also some culinary specialties such as naan and kebabs. The room is designed like a vintage train car, in length, decorated with leather seats and "windows", or rather screens placed on which scroll landscapes. Our choice of the day is the Tajma, a mix of 4 rums and pineapple juice served in a fresh coconut.

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The best speakeasy bars in Paris

The best speakeasy bars in Paris

Gourmet

How and where to taste good portuguese wines in Lisbon

2 months ago - Valérie D.

There isn’t only Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Côtes du Rhône in life! Oenophiles know it, Portugal is an excellent country of wine. The poorly known Portuguese vineyard has about thirty regions of origin. Various wine productions, of which one can discover the tannins on the tables of famous bars or Lisbon restaurants, or why not during an organized tour dedicated to the best beverages of the region. Thus gently exhilarated by the local aromas, you will perhaps not leave Lisbon without one or two good bottles found among the cellars and specialty shops of the Portuguese capital. Cheers! A rich Portuguese vineyard Portuguese crus, we know especially Porto, Vinho Verde, or Madeira. The Lusitanian vineyard however has a wide variety of reds, whites or sparkling wines that can accompany all kinds of dishes and various occasions. Lisbon itself has no less than nine denominations of origin: Bucelas, Colares and Carcavelos to the south, Alenquer, Arruda, Lourinhã, Óbidos and Torres Vedras in the center, and Encostas d'Aire to the north. The white Bucelas is for example excellent to accompany your local sardines. Visiting Sintra, you can taste the red Colares which is vinified not far, and without going too far, the wines of Estremadura are among the best whites of the country. Further south of the white city, Moscatel d'Arràbida is produced. Sweet, golden, it is ideal for an aperitif or dessert, when it is 20 or 30 years old. Grilled meats will be better matched with a good red Dâo. For tables with stronger flavors, we will favor the wines of Alentejo, Barraida or Douro, a small region of the North also well known for the famous Porto. Speaking of Porto, just know that if it is appreciated by the French at the time of the aperitif, or as a starter with a good melon, the English prefer it with their cheese, while the Portuguese drink it for their part at the end of the meal. The other star of Portuguese nectars, of course, is the Vinho Verde. If It holds its name of "green wine" of its fresh spring and early harvest (unlike the "Vinho Maduro", or "ripe wine"), make no mistake: this sparkling wine can be red as white. Finally, let's not forget the wines of the Algarve, which bloom in the sun of the wine region of Portimão. Originally from the Algarve too, Amarguinha is a very sweet bitter almond liqueur. The diversity of the Portuguese vintages does not prevent to discover the joys of the famous liquors of the country. Typically from Lisbon, the Ginjinha or Ginja is indeed an "unmissable" of the capital, it's up to you to see if you prefer this cherry alcohol with or without the cherry at the bottom of the cup. Finally, in hot weather, you can always soak your lips in the freshness of a national beer of your choice: Sagres, Super Bock, Crystal or Imperial. Appellations of Portuguese wines Note that Portuguese wines are subject to a classification that is divided into four categories: DOC (Denominação de origem controlada), IPR (Indicação de Provenção de Provençncia Regulada), VR (Vinhos Regionais, synonyms of "Vins de Pays"), and finally the Vinhos de Mesa or "Table Wines". The DOC and IPR categories comply with European legislation Q.W.P.S.R. (Quality wines produced in specified regions). The DOC appellation is the equivalent of the French AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). These wines of very high taste and aromatic qualities, are attached to soils and meet the highest standards (grape varieties, soil characteristics, alcohol content, etc.). The DOC category counts every year new elected, among which we find the Porto, the Barraida, the Pico or Madeira among other famous bottles. The IPR classified wines (which can be translated as "Regulated Provenance Indication") wait for their DOC designation, and observed in this respect for five years in order to obtain it. So to speak, these IPRs are the casting candidates for "The New Star" of Portuguese wine. The "Vinhos Regionais", of good quality, fulfill the condition of a determined regional origin, but do not meet all the rules imposed by the DOC name. The Algarve, Alentejano, Estremadura, are part of it. Portuguese table wines can have some good surprises, but most have nothing of the quality of their neighbors under controlled appellations Good addresses to enjoy wine in Lisbon Now that we know everything about the wine heritage of Portugal, all that is left is to find good places to enjoy these good wines in Lisbon. The capital has no shortage of places dedicated to the pleasures of oenology, and lovers of good wines will find a wide choice of bistros, restaurants with good wine waiters, or beautiful cellars to visit. We have selected four places to be discover for wine lovers in Lisbon. The Old Pharmacy, for example, is a must wine bar located in the Bairro Alto district. The attentive service welcomes a large audience in its former pharmacy decor, to provide its best "therapeutic" advice ... Right in the city center, the Sommelier Lisbon restaurant is, as its name indicates, a gourmet table of choice, ideal to accompany your meal with the best bottles. Its wine list includes more than 80 selections! But the “must” to devote a moment entirely dedicated to tasting wines from all over the country, is the vaulted room of ViniPortugal, enthroned on the Praça da Commercio. For the price of a package of your choice, you can taste different wines by the glass, and discover all the variety of terroirs and vintages of Portugal. Here, we do not just toast, or even "drink a drink" in a friendly place, we explore. Wine events and thematic tastings are also offered among many activities. Then go, do not sulk our pleasure, at the turn of a paved alley, to lean on the counter of a typical ginjhana. Lisbon abounds of it, and it is easy to spot them especially in the neighborhood of Rossio, with cherry stones thrown on the sidewalk. The historic spot remains A Ginjinha Espinheira, where for the modest sum of 1.10 €, the boss will send you the delicious cherry liqueur so beloved of Lisbon (and nothing else, we are there only for that!). The Old Pharmacy: 83, R. do Diario de Notícias 73 – Lisbon Opening hours: daily from 17h30 to 00h00 Sommelier Lisbon: Rua do Telhal, 57 – Lisbon Opening hours: every day from 18:30 to 00:45 ViniPortugal Sala Ogival: Terreiro do Paco, Ala Poente – Lisbon Opening hours: from 11h to 18h30 In Ginjinha Espinheira: Largo de São Domingos, 8 – Lisbon Opening hours: daily from 9h to 22h Discover the Portuguese wine culture… and bring back home some aromas You have become an expert in Portuguese wines, you have tasted the ones you liked and now know which are your favorite. Impossible to go home without bringing back at least a good bottle, and why not, the memory of a real tour on the wine route in the region! All you need to do is get off the tram nº28 near the cathedral. Behind the new shop Cellar GN, we find the famous Garrafeira Nacional. The wine shop offers the full range of Portuguese wines, from the finest DOC table wine, from the greenest vinho to the oldest vintages. To go further in the oenological exploration of the region, why not try an organized day on the wine roads. Many tours offer for example, a private driver who picks you up to guide you a whole day between tastings in the most beautiful cellars of the region, visits in the most prestigious vineyards, and stops in charming villages. A complete sensory experience that allows you to fully enjoy the character of local wines ... with moderation, but also enjoyment! GN Cellar -  Rua da Conceição, 20/26 - Lisbonne Opening hours: everyday from 10h à 21h

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How and where to taste good portuguese wines in Lisbon

How and where to taste good portuguese wines in Lisbon

Shopping

Chic shopping in Megève

2 months ago - Valérie D.

Shopping in Megève is a sport as easy to practice as skiing. The very chic French winter sports resort owes its world renown, it is true, to its most fortunate clientele, since the Rothschild family decided to make it one of its favorite holiday resorts. A clientele waiting to find, in the heart of the Alps as at home, the quality of high-end products that it has a habit of consuming. In order to meet this requirement, the economy of the Middle Ages is no shortage of arguments since it has no less than 200 shops, including many refined and luxury addresses. We offer you some of the most beautiful ... Aallard : the legendary label « Made in Megève »  If there is an address you will only find in Megève, but which has an international reputation, it is Aallard. It is undoubtedly the famous fashion brand from Megève which has given rise to noble chic shopping in Megève. Here we can talk about tradition, since the shop opened in 1926, the very year of the birth of Edmond of Rothschild, which will contribute greatly to the development of the station launched by his mother Noémie of Rothschild. The unique brand takes its roots very early in modernity, since Allard is the inventor in 1930 of the tapered trousers, ideal for a comfortable skiing practice. A legend was born, that of a style so characteristic in Megève, combining sportiness and elegance, and an unstoppable savoir-faire of the materials and the cut. Savoir-faire that the famous brand has subsequently declined ready-to-wear, and continues to be passed down from generation to generation within the family Allard. An excellence that cannot be missed by strolling the streets of Megève, since the shops Aallard enthroned place of the Church, such an obvious anchorage in the daily life of the station. Aallard : 148 Place de l'Église, 74120 Megève Horaires d’ouverture : Tous les jours de 10H à 13h et de 14h30 à 20h Megève, at the crossroads of luxury ready-to-wear and high-end sports brands Aallard having "made small", the sports customers of Megève however have every opportunity to diversify their wardrobe with many other brands no less prestigious, although less local. In the tradition of refined sportswear fashion that we love to find downtown, the table would not have been complete without a shop in the colors of the century-old French brand Rossignol. The historical equipment supplier of the French ski champions, from Emile Allais to Martin Fourcade via Jean Vuarnet, has diversified its activity, and since 2015 has been offering fashion collections in the "sport chic" spirit so dear to Megève. Of course Megève is the perfect French-style alloy of the city and the mountains, and its shopping tradition is in this image. Naturally, there are beautiful national and international "Fashion" addresses that have nothing to envy to the best shopping spots in Paris. For those who have not followed, Serge Blanco is not only a legendary rugby player, but also lends his illustrious name to a brand that, think again, does not sell only large polo shirts. His masculine and rather urban style is presented in his shop in a mix of Scandinavian where it is pleasant to shop. Another great name in fashion that is the pride of France around the world, Lacoste has of course also an address in Megève. For women's fashion, you will not, ladies, be less served than on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, since Hermes has settled down here in the heart of the Alps, yes. The famous luxury brand offers in Megève all that makes its success well beyond the French borders: fashion, leather goods, accessories, and of course, its inimitable Square. For a wardrobe always luxury but accessible, the store Ba&Sh is not present in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, but also in our fashion capital of Haute-Savoie. The noble materials and the "casual chic" style of the young creators Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief are inevitably sensation in the streets of Megève. Rossignol Megève: 152 avenue Charles Feige 74120 Megève Open all year Serge Blanco Megeve: 8 Rue des 3 Pigeons, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Everyday from 10am to 7:30 pm Hermès Megeve: 128 Place de l'Eglise, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10h to 12h30 and from 15h to 19h Ba&Sh Megeve: 83 Rue Mgr Conseil, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Every day from 10h to 19h Authenticity and beautiful products But the chic shopping in Megeve is not only fashion! Interior designer and decorator, Arnaud Millet defines himself as a "creative antique dealer", and his AM Design store is the perfect place to find a unique piece of furniture or lighting of high quality. The materials are noble, and the service is tailor-made, done by the workshop of the house. This time for sure, we will not bring home the same chair that we find in everyone’s house! Another skilled craftsman who brings a touch of the smell of the Alps in his suitcases, Master perfumer Alberto Morillas opened a shop of his brand Mizensir in Megève, for our greatest pleasure. This Andalusian, a native of Geneva, founded his perfume house in 1999 on Lake Geneva. Specialized in scented candles signed by great "noses", this author of unique fragrances now also offers a collection of eau de parfum, in the same ideal of a family craft at the service of luxury. AM Design: 96 Route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm Mizensir Megeve: 91 Rue Ambroise Martin, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: From 10h to 13h and from 15h to 19h Savoyard flavors for the palate  And since there is no question of leaving the country of Savoy without bringing with you a few flavors so particular of its local gastronomy, we have even found two beautiful gourmet addresses for you! L’Epicurie cannot bear its name better, since this high-end gourmet boutique is full of pleasures for gourmets. Caviar from Maison Prunier, foie gras, Balik salmon, chocolates from Chapon, well-stocked cellar, but also Savoy sausages or Tomme des Bauges, the stalls of this charming grocery store cater to all the most delicate taste buds as the most curious of authentic dishes. The Flocon de Sel is probably the most popular star table in Megève. There is a shop and cellar with a fine selection of wines and spirits, among which wines of Savoir and other Chartreuse carve a good share. You will also find some delicious homemade jams, and to honor the country, a range of Opinel and Victorinox knives. The books of Chef Emmanuel Renaut, who is at the head of the 3-star restaurant Flocons de Sel, are obviously in a good position among these products. L’Epicurie: 20 Rue Saint-Jean, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, from 9h to 13h and from 15h30 to 19h30 The Cave Flocon de Sel: 75 rue Saint Francois de Sales 74120 Megève Opening hours: All year round from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:30

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Chic shopping in Megève

Chic shopping in Megève

Secrets

Exotic Paris: Go around the world without leaving the capital

2 months ago - Valérie D.

Paris is a world capital in many ways. The city has seen the meeting of peoples, the mingling of various traditions, and it keeps the imprints of these influences from the five continents. Going around the world without leaving Paris is an adventure accessible at the price of a metro ticket or a few steps away. Architectures and gardens of foreign inspiration, flavors and perfumes from elsewhere, the city of light offers a multitude of spots to connect to the four corners of the globe without losing sight of the Eiffel Tower. These places are so numerous that we will not list them all, but a handful of them hold our attention especially ... fasten your seat belts, take off immediately! Cults from here and elsewhere "Paris is worth a Mass," said the sovereign Henry IV. To celebrate it, Paris has Notre Dame, but not only. Since 1861, the French capital is the seat of the Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe, with the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The Byzantine-Moscow style church bears witness to the Russian presence in France since the end of the 18th century. Its characteristic apses are surmounted by arrows adorned with golden bulbs, themselves capped with the eight-pointed Russian cross. Here no gargoyles, yet you are in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. More famous perhaps, the minaret 33 meters high of the Great Mosque of Paris was erected in 1922 according to models of buildings in North Africa. Parisians know they will find in the shadow of his Hispano-Moorish architecture the best mint tea in the capital. After having accompanied your beverage with some oriental pastries in the famous tea room, why not enjoy the hammam, the visitor can glimpse the prayer rooms, then visit the patio, before strolling in an Andalusian-inspired garden. White marbles, multicolored columns and zelli ges, oriental palms and carpets: past the cedar doors of Lebanon, the change of scenery in the heart of the 5th arrondissement is guaranteed. For even more distant spiritual journeys, one can also discover the Great Pagoda of Vincennes and its Buddhist temple Kagyu Dzong. This Zen refuge is home to the largest gold-covered Buddha in Europe, donated by Thailand. On the other side of Paris, it is the Hinduism which is in the spotlight, near the La Chapelle metro station: welcome to the neighborhood nicknamed "Little Jaffna" where reign Indian and Sri Lankan cultures. It is between the saris shops and the Tamil grocery stores, that is located Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam temple dedicated to Ganesh. The elephant-headed deity, son of Shiva, is celebrated here in September, during a grand and colorful parade. Oasis of exotic greenery Among the few lush greenery in the great metropolis of Paris, there are a handful of gardens out of the ordinary. The largest of these is the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale, in the Bois de Vincennes. This green space inaugurated for the colonial exhibition of 1907 reopened its doors to the public in 2006. It allows to observe what remains of the pavilions of African or Asian inspirations, in the heart of a vegetation dotted with some tropical plants. Preferable is the park of the Albert Kahn Museum. The former property of the traveling philanthropist groups English, French and Japanese gardens around the museum. An island between two decks of red wood, cherry blossoms, bamboo and pebbles, even the carp are not lacking: it's like being in the land of the rising sun. The Heidelbach Hotel garden at the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, also reflects the art of the Japanese-style garden in an idealized natural way. The best time to visit is spring, when traditional tea ceremonies take place in a dedicated pavilion built by master carpenter Yamamoto Takaaki. Unusual architectures Of these unusual places that dress Paris with a touch of exoticism, we will not forget to mention the Cité Universitaire Internationale. We already hear all the languages ​​of the world leaving the station RER Cité Universitaire, since this campus welcomes 12000 students from 140 countries. They are fortunate enough to be housed in some forty buildings designed by big names in world architecture (Lucio Costa, Le Corbusier, or Claude Parent). Here all the national styles are mixed with the Houses of Iran, Korea, Japan, Argentina, or the College of Spain. Isolated in the 8th district, and all the more spectacular, Maison Loo surprises the onlooker with its red walls. The Chinese-inspired pagoda, former private mansion of an art dealer nostalgic of his country, M.Loo, is now a private museum, which offers exhibitions and salons abled to be privatize. The opportunity to discover an interior decoration as exotic as the surprising facade. Flavors from far away Of course, restaurants are not lacking in the world capital of gastronomy. But when you want to change flavors for your taste buds, where to dine in Paris? Of course, to enjoy fine Asian dishes and discover that there is not only spring rolls and sushi in life, Parisians are familiar with the Rue Sainte Anne in the Opera district for the best Japanese restaurants, or the Avenue de Choisy in the XIIIth district "China Town" for the most authentic Chinese cuisine. Falafel lovers will go to look for food in the Marais. Want to taste a real Malian mafé? The district of La Goutte d'Or, metro Château Rouge, is full of grocery stores specialized in African products. On the lookout for perfumes from India? It's Passage Brady where you’ll find them. This "Little India" hides behind its colorful frontages the most spicy spices. Off the beaten track and those neighborhoods where you will be spoiled for choice, Paris also has many tables that blend almost incognito into the Haussmann landscape: Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, Argentinian or Peruvian cuisine all found their place not far from the Seine. Among these good addresses of exotic restaurants in Paris, we have tested for you a reference in Indonesian gastronomy: the well named Indonesia, located near the Luxembourg Garden. Behind an almost secret entrance, one discovers a bamboo decoration adorned with puppets and masks evocative of the cultures of the volcanic archipelago. The national dishes that are served here such as nasi goreng (fried rice) or sate ayam (chicken skewers with peanut sauce) will transport your senses to Yogyakarta or Ubud, to the sound of a traditional gamelan ... we believe it!

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Exotic Paris: Go around the world without leaving the capital

Exotic Paris: Go around the world without leaving the capital