A Valentine's day to remember in the capital of Love !

On the evening of February 14th, Paris beats with the hearts – still to take or already pleased. If you and your (future) other half want to make it a night (or a day) to remember, the hardest part surely is to pick the option that will suit your taste best. Romantic diners with specially made menus, shows, romantic cruises on the Seine or unusual activities, Paris is full of surprises and ideas to have a good evening as a couple. So while you are staying in the capital of Love, take the opportunity to let yourselves be delighted by one of them !

On the evening of February 14th, Paris beats with the hearts – still to take or already pleased. If you and your (future) other half want to make it a night (or a day) to remember, the hardest part surely is to pick the option that will suit your taste best. Romantic diners with specially made menus, shows, romantic cruises on the Seine or unusual activities, Paris is full of surprises and ideas to have a good evening as a couple. So while you are staying in the capital of Love, take the opportunity to let yourselves be delighted by one of them !

 

A classical and romantic Valentine's day

 

To enjoy a very Parisian romantic atmosphere, you can go for a candlelight dinner in one of the flyboats of the capital. Specially for Valentine's evening, many companies offer dinner menus for couples, aboard boats and barges. Is there anything more romantic than sharing a delicious dinner on the water, whilst admiring the beautifully lit view of the sides of the Seine, on this winter night ? Here are a few ideas to choose from, according to your likings and budget.

 

  • Dinner and jazz concert on l'Improviste barge (50€/person) : dinner and cocktail along with a jazz concert, and followed by a dancing salsa night

  • Dinner cruise Amiral – Valentine's day special (99€/person) : dinner and 1h45 cruise (departure 7 p.m) on a luxury boat, along with a musical animation

  • Valentine's day dinner cruise « Diamant Bleu » (139€/person) : dinner and complete cruise (2h30) around the Seine, gastronomic menu and romantic musical animation (voice and violin)

 

A picturesque Valentine's day

 

If you are visiting Paris, take it from a Parisian, there is no neighborhood more romantic and picturesque than Montmartre to celebrate Valentine's day ! The tiny and steep paved streets, the lights, the bohemian soul that lingers on the hillock a century after its golden age, not to mention the tremendous view on Paris from the Sacré Coeur parvis... it is the heaven of lovers !

 

To enjoy this peculiar atmosphere, the best thing is still to walk hand in hand along the little streets and squares of Montmartre. Those of you that clichés do not bother will even be able to have their portrait drawn by one of the artists who invest the Place du Tertre, or offer each other flowers and souvenirs from peddlers. For those who would rather spend a more intimate and privileged evening, the famous restaurant Le Moulin de la Galette – which reputation is already made – offers every year a special menu for a romantic evening (created by chef Pascal Taprest), for 75€ per person. For the bucolic atmosphere, the delicious food and the hint of a historical smell, this is an idea that could very well make this evening unforgettable... But do not forget to book your table in advance, the place is very popular on Valentine's day !

 

A cultural Valentine's day

 

Brace yourselves, until Sunday, February 15th, 2015, the Pinacothèque of Paris is celebrating the physical act of love ! As part of their « Art and eroticism in the Far East » season, the exhibition « The Art of love in the time of geishas » presents some 200 prints, engravings, photographs and objects of everyday life that will revive your craziest fantasies. These forbidden masterpieces of Japanese art display the hedonist and highly erotic lifestyle of the dominant bourgeois classes in great Japanese cities. A stop that will nicely occupy a lovers' afternoon before a candelight dinner.

 

Information :

Pinacothèque – 28 place de la Madeleine – Paris 8° (metro station : Madeleine – line 14)

Timetable on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 : 10.30 a.m to 6.30 p.m

Fares : 13€ (or 11€ with a reduced price)

 

A … grandiose Valentine's day !

 

While you are staying in Paris, if you want to take the opportunity to make it a memorable Valentine's day in a unique place (and that your budget for the night is higher), why not go to Moulin Rouge ? The famous centenary cabaret also offers a special formula for the occasion, from 225€ per person. That includes a gastronomic menu (created by the chefs of the world-famous Maison Dalloyau), champagne, a surprise gift... and of course, the unforgettable and grandiose show of the Moulin Rouge dancers !

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Feasts and festivals in Paris promise a summer of delight

Feasts and festivals in Paris mean that summer is truly here, and, this month, all of us at Hotel du Danube are delighted to recommend some of them to you - along with the summer sales that begin on June 25th, which are a true festival of shopping.

Feasts and festivals in Paris mean that summer is truly here, and, this month, all of us at Hotel du Danube are delighted to recommend some of them to you - along with the summer sales that begin on June 25th, which are a true festival of shopping.

The sales run until July 29th - and we suggest that you use the new Paris Shopping Book 2014 as your personal guide to seek out the best bargains. Just about every store in Paris has a sale on, and joining Parisians seeking out bargains is a great way to see the city.

For culture lovers, there's truly a feast for the senses this summer: with everything from free music, to the finest jazz and ballet.

Saint-Germain des Prés Jazz Festival

The annual jazz festival in our area, the Festival Jazz Saint-Germain-des-Prés, brings some of the finest performers to Paris from May 15th to May 25th and it's one of the events that we at Hotel du Danube most look forward to. From established stars to emerging talents, this festival has something for all tastes, performed at 18 venues, most just a short walk from our front door.

Fête de la Musique

Then, a month later, Fete de la Musique, the Festival of Music, puts free music on the streets for a day on June 21st - and you will find everything from choirs to karaoke performing on street corners, in shopping centres and on public squares from dawn until dusk. We suggest that you simply set out from our front door and follow your ears to the sounds that attract you most, eating and drinking along the way. You'll have an unforgettable day.

Les Etés de la Danse Festival

Ballet fans have a treat coming up in July. The annual Les étés de la Danse - the Summer Dance Festival - at the Chatelet Theatre hosts the world-famous San Francisco Ballet, led by the choreographer and former dancer Helgi Tómasson from July 10 - 26. Eighteen unique pieces are on the programme, including nine French premieres. This is an opportunity to see some of the finest dancers in the world at a beautiful 19th century theatre in the heart of Paris.

 

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Picture J.G. Castilla, H. Yamamoto et D. Deivison - Classical Symphony copyright holder : Erik Tomasson

 

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Visiting Paris In 2014 , ideas for the new year

Visiting Paris in 2014 : Hotel du Danube offers a warm and welcoming environment in which you can relax after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping.

Visiting Paris in 2014 , you will be astonished at the depth and variety of interest and attractions the city offers. The Hotel du Danube wishes you a Happy New Year and our best wishes for 2014. It is with pleasure that we will continue to inform you about the many cultural, artistic, sporting and commercial events which will be taking place this year in Paris, and we have every confidence that this will help you plan your stay. Let’s start right now.

Visiting Paris in 2014, a few recommendations from us

The Hotel du Danube is located in the Saint Germain des Pres, a chic district with an enviable literary and artistic heritage. Here it is ideal for strolling the picturesque streets and shopping. You might wish to take lunch at the Café de Flore, a renowned historic Art Deco eating place where once Picasso, Camus and Sartre held forth.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest of the Parisian public parks. This delightful oasis of tranquillity can trace its origins to the early 17th century and is dotted with over a hundred monuments, statues and fountains, including the famed, grotto-like Medici Fountain. Here you can find a puppet theatre, a children’s playground and a vintage carousel to add to the charm.

The Orsay Museum is housed in a former Beaux Arts railway station and offers a fabulous selection of French art, furniture, sculpture and photography from the mid 19th to early 20th centuries. Here you can view the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and many more greats.

No visit to Paris would be complete without climbing the 1063 feet high Eiffel Tower. Originally a temporary structure built for the 1889 World’s Fair, this has become the symbol of Paris and the view will take your breath away.

Hotel du Danube will assist you in visiting Paris in 2014

Our family owned Hotel du Danube offers a warm and welcoming environment in which you can relax after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. We know our city well and will be happy to assist you in any way you require.

And once again, Hotel du Danube wishes you a Happy New Year and our best wishes for 2014.

 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand

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Hotel Nearby ENSBA Paris : France's Largest Art School

Hotel nearby ENSBA Paris is conveniently located for easy access to this world renowned institution. In fact, the Hotel du Danube is just a few minutes walk from this, the largest art school in France.

Hotel nearby ENSBA Paris is conveniently located for easy access to this world renowned institution. In fact, the Hotel du Danube is just a few minutes walk from this, the largest art school in France. The ENSBA (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts), or National School of Fine Arts, attracts students from all over the world, and holds one of the finest collections of art and books to be found anywhere. Here at the heart of Saint Germain des Pres the ENSBA plays a major role in the Parisian artistic and cultural scene.

Hotel nearby ENSBA Paris; a place of illustrious reputation

The Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture was founded in 1648 by the painter and art theorist Charles Le Brun for Louis XIV, who would become known as The Sun King. This royal connection caused some difficulties for the academy during the French Revolution, and it was effectively suppressed. However, merging with the Academy of Architecture in 1816, it became the National School of Fine Arts. The complex of buildings, standing opposite to the Louvre, which the school now occupies was designed in the 1830s by the architect Felix Duban. A convent had previously been established on this land and Duban adapted the cloister of this building and created an open and spacious environment for emerging artists and architects.

Today the École des Beaux-Arts, this prestigious institution boasts a collection of some 450,000 items, including works by Van Dyck, Fragonard, Poussin, Michelangelo, Durer and Rembrandt. Many of the pieces in the collection were created by students at the school during its long and illustrious history. Regular exhibitions are staged, displaying the history of fine arts from the Old Masters through to contemporary works. Students are trained to the very highest level in the wide spectrum of fine arts.

Hotel nearby ENSBA Paris is the Hotel du Danube

The taste and elegance which informs the art school is reflected in our understated and refined hotel. The family owned 3 star Hotel du Danube stands at the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, the cultural centre of Paris.

 


Picture copyright holder : Wikimedia - Photographer Dalbera

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