This week, Wine Tour In France brings you to the city-of-light : Paris!
With an incredible amount of recent news, openings, and reopenings,
the french capital-city deserves a dedicated article to keep you aware
of what is best to experience there.
From Picasso Museum reopening, to iconic Louis Vuittons' Fondation
inauguration through renowned chef's restaurant opening, we fetched the
finest and freshest news from Paris.
Peninsula: Rebirth of a modern palace
The Peninsula Hotels makes its grand entrance into Europe with The Peninsula Paris, setting new standards in design, luxury and comfort. The latest chapter of Peninsula excellence brings an unprecedented new level of distinction to the City of Light.
Perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée has reopened
Hotel Plaza Athénée is a true symbol of traditional Parisian style, located in the heart of Paris on the famous avenue Montaigne, just steps from the Champs Élysées and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées. With its views of the chestnut trees lining the full length of the Avenue Montaigne, panoramas of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the sweep of Paris rooftops, Hotel Plaza Athénée is one of the perfect luxury Paris hotels in which to be based.
At the centre of Paris fashion, business and tourism, Hotel Plaza Athénée is surrounded by Paris's most exclusive designer shops on avenue Montaigne that include Christian Dior, Chanel, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Céline, Valentino, Calvin Klein and Hermès. The hotel is also within easy reach of Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Alain Ducasse, chef at the Plaza Athénée
After several months of refurbishing, the Plaza Athénée hotel has reopened its doors and with it, the restaurant « Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée ».
Here, Alain Ducasse tells a personal and radical story, continuing the work he began twenty-five years ago. He represents the naturalness cuisine, inspired by the fish-vegetables-cereals trilogy, with the help of his chef of Romain Meder. Healthier and more natural, more respectful of the Planet, it delivers a free and nearly instinctive interpretation of Haute Cuisine, revealing the produces’ original flavour, from the noble to the humble, all exceptional.
Niki de Saint Phalle
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues.
With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be fully explored. She was one of the first women to receive international acclaim and recognition during her lifetime, as well as successfully create a public person.
Similar to Warhol, Saint Phalle was able to use the media to skillfully guide the reception of her work.
See more on there website here
Le Train Bleu restaurant reopens its doors
Le Train Bleu is a restaurant located in the hall of the Gare de Lyon railway station.
Le Train Bleu was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. In 1963, the station buffet was renamed Le Train Bleu in honor of the legendary Paris-Ventimiglia train which transported Paris’ fashionable to the French Riviera.
The restoration is said to combine Belle Epoque elegance with the original Mediterranean themes of the restaurant, preserving all elements of the restaurant’s history. The completion of the project was celebrated on 12 September at a special re-opening ceremony.
Reopening on the 25th of October 2014, the biggest collection of works by Pablo Picasso in the world will be open to the public. The collection is displayed inside the Hôtel Salé which was renovated for the occasion, located in the heart of the Marais district.
This unique collection is composed of 5,000 pieces by the artist, more than 200,000 personal archives, and his own collection of some 150 works (Matisse, Cézanne, Le Douanier Rousseau, etc.)
Fondation Louis Vuitton
In 2006, at the behest of Bernard Arnault, the LVMH group created the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Designed by the American architect Franck Gehry, it falls within the policy of art and culture patronage developed by the Group over the last twenty years.
A private cultural initiative, the Foundation Louis Vuitton’s aim is to promote and support contemporary artistic creation for a wide French and international audience.
The Foundation will open to the public on Monday the 27th of October 2014.
Restaurant Victoria 1836
Victoria 1836 has opened its doors Place de l’Etoile in Paris. In 1836 the last brick from the Arc de Triomphe was layed : wink to the site of Napoleon. The unique location of the new house, combined with a certain elegance (the Parisian one of course), provides a unique atmosphere.
And the talented Sarah Lavoine is probably for something. She signs a refined design with beautiful fabrics. The menu is signed by Alexander Auger, who launches himself after 10 years at Le Meurice.
To sum up:
May you have already been to Paris or not, the City-of-lights is still ready to surprise you at each of your visit!
Do not hesitate to contact us
for more information!