Paris lights up for an enchanting and sparkling Christmas!

As usual during Christmas, Paris will once more, have a lot to offer this year! Many different events will be playing their game in the heart of the city!

 

For the first time, the Place de la Concorde will be displaying quite a Christmas tree! The highest natural tree in Europe! 35 meters high, the same size as the Obelisque, sitting right next to it! An interesting couple. The tree was given to Paris as a gift by TV channel Nickelodeaon and it will be be hosting many little events during the time of its “stay”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just accross the Place de la Concorde, the famous Champs Elysees illuminations were launched by actress Diane Kruger. Along the the Champs Elysees, you will be able to enjoy the Christmas market.

 

 

Christmas is also shopping ! And speaking of which, a little tour to the department stores will take you to some extra magic! The Galeries Lafayette are celebrating 100years of its Coupole (dome). For the occasion, Swarovski has imagined an amazing creation: a huge Christmas tree (again!), 21 meters high, all decorated with Swarovski crystals!  The tree is sitting on a chandelier made of more than 5000 Swarovski stars… Quite unique!

 

As for the Printemps, DIOR has created 9 window displays to be discovered until the 9th of January !  It shows animated dolls/ puppets all dressed up by DIOR couture. Their adventures can be followed through the displays! For kids and adults!

  

   

The Galopin, a colorful, delicious food experience in Paris!

The Tischenko brothers ! Maxime and Romain. Both food experts! One is from Inaki Aizpitarte du Châteaubriant, and the other from the Kitchen Gallery where he worked with William Ledeuil. And to top all of that, Romain is also the 2010 winner of the TV Top Chef programme!

Yes, you can definitely go there blind. It will be perfect!

These two have their own personal touch. Their kitchen is original, inventive, colorful and will surprise you! The service is efficient and really nice! The cute little menus are hand written on school paper. And it changes all the time, according to the time of year an the seasons.

The menus are really reasonable (19€ one course + dessert / 24€ 2 courses + dessert).  For those who would like to try all of it, you can chose for dinner to go for the gastronomic menu: 44€ per person. (and you won’t regret it!)

The restaurant is located on a very Parisian, cute little square in the heart of the 10th arrondissement. It opened in the fall 2011 and we hope it’s meant to stay there a while! Excellent place to eat!

I should stop writing, just run there !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Galopin

34 rue Sainte Marthe – Métro Belleville ou Goncourt

75012 10

01 42 06 05 03

Closed on Mondays and Sundays

GREEN HOTEL DE LA PORTE DOREE PARIS, CONFIRMS ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATION!

 

4 out of 5!! We are proud of our good environmental grade! And we will be working on doing even better in the future!

Because, we want our hotel to always improve in its environmental engagements, we have asked a specialist in environmental consulting, to audit the hôtel de la Porte Dorée. We wanted ot make sure that we were still respecting our engagements. The audit evaluates the environmental impact of a person spending one night at the hotel with breakfast.

4 out of 5 is good and we will, of course, continuously work on possible improvements to reduce our energy consumption, and our waste production, and recycle as much as possible!

Of course, we thank all of our clients who helped us achieve our goal of becoming and staying a green hotel!

PARIS IS SAVING OUR BEES!

 

They are absolutely essential to us, to our lives, to nature. Their presence is a sign of (relative) health of our planet. So maintaining them, protecting them, is saving our planet. Our life is linked to theirs. They maintain our biodiversity. They garanty 35% of the quantity of our food supply and 65% of food diversity depends on pollination.

Unfortunately, their annual mortality is 30%. Lets work on that !

Paris is becoming more and more involved into keeping apiaries in the city. Yes, Paris now has more than300 apiaries! The city has become a sanctuary for bees! Temperatures are higher, the plantations are more diverse and are usually pesticide free. Plantations are all over the place: in publics parcs, on balconies, gardens etc.

In Paris, one can find apiaries eveywhere ! In public gardens such as the Luxembourg or Georges Brassens, in the surrounding woods of Boulogne and Vincennes (about 50 apiaries!), but also on roofs like to roof of the Opéra Garnier, company buildings, or city halls.

The apiaries are taken care of by associations which have signed an agreement with the Ville de Paris.

And… at the end of Septembre, you will be able to go to the HONEY FESTIVAL in the Luxembourg parc and the Geroges Brassens parc. The Luxembourg’s apiary was created in 1856 by visionary Henri Hamet. You can buy honey and visit exhibitions, all about bees, preservation and honey making !

 

Go for it! All the money goes back to the bees!

Festival “L’été continue dans le 12ème” : summer ends with a festival for kids in the 12th !

From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September, parcs, public gardens and streets will be hosting   numerous shows: music, dance, theatres, puppets!

 

The festival will kick off on Friday the 31st of august at 6:30pm in front of the city house with a concert of the Papas Rigolos: wild rythms, crazy lyrics!

 

During three days, your children will enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays: gigs, dance shows, clowns, puppet shows, and even a moving piano, will be going around the neighbourhood!

 

 

 

The whole program is to be found on http://www.mairie12.paris.fr/mairie12/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page_id=5