The Musique en l'Île festival, in the heart of Paris

The city Paris is currently hosting the Musique en l'Île festival, organized by La Toison d'Art, a musical council that specializes in organizing and spreading concerts of vocal, and more particularly sacred music. During this festival that lasts from July 3rd to August 31st of 2014 (included), various concerts of classical and religious music will take place every few days inside of parisian churches such as the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church and the Saint-Louis-en-l'Île church, that are located in the center of the french capital. For a few shows, England and Russia-based choirs are taking the trip all the way here for your ears to enjoy... A good opportunity to combine both the pleasure of the eyes and this of the ears in one magical evening.

The city Paris is currently hosting the Musique en l'Île festival, organized by La Toison d'Art (website here), a musical council that specializes in organizing and spreading concerts of vocal, and more particularly sacred music. During this festival that lasts from July 3rd to August 31st of 2014 (included), various concerts of classical and religious music will take place every few days inside of parisian churches such as the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church and the Saint-Louis-en-l'Île church, that are located in the center of the french capital. For a few shows, England and Russia-based choirs are taking the trip all the way here for your ears to enjoy... A good opportunity to combine both the pleasure of the eyes and this of the ears in one magical evening.

 

Program

 

Shows

 

Sunday August 17th at 4.00 PM : Oxford Voices in église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île

Sunday August 24th at 4.00 PM : Moskova Choir in église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île

Tuesday August 26th at 8.45 PM : Moskova Choir in église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Sunday August 31st at 4.00 PM : Moskova Choir in église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île

 

The choirs

 

Oxford Voices

 

Founded in 2002 by Mark Shepherd, this young mixed choir is specialized in the interpretation of English vocal music from the 16th to the 20th century.

Learn more about it here : http://www.latoisondart.com/oxford.html

 

Moskova Choir

 

Founded in 1998 by Pavel Soutchkov, the Moskova Choir is a traditional Russian mixed choir that sings chants of the grand feasts of the Russian Church, as well as usual and festive liturgy.

Learn more about it here : http://www.latoisondart.com/moskova.html

 

How to go from Hotel du Danube ?

 

Église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île :

When leaving Hôtel du Danube, take a left, then the second street on the right. Pass the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church (on the left), then take a left on Boulverd Saint-Germain. Keep walking on the boulevard for 10 to 15 minutes, until you make a left on Rue du Cardinal Lemoine. The street will lead you to Pont de Tournelle, which will allow you to get on Île Saint-Louis. Once you are on the island, keep going straight on Rue des Deux Ponts, then take the first street on the right (Rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Île). The church will be right there on your right.

 

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés :

When leaving Hôtel du Danube, take a left, then the second street on the right. The church is just a few meters away on the left, on the Saint-Germain-des-Prés square.

 

How to book your tickets ?

 

You can books tickets for the concerts on the following websites :

http://www.infoconcert.com/festival/musique-en-lile-6181/concerts.html

http://www.fnacspectacles.com/recherche/recherche.do?search=musique+en+l\%27ile&theme=1078799372673614130

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Enjoy the sales in the French capital of fashion

The summer sales have started on June 25th, and will be ongoing until Tuesday the 29th of July 2014. They are a great opportunity of finding good deals during a nice walk in Paris. Whatever your prefered style, your budget or your current desires, the city is full of all kinds of shops in which you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for. Did you fancy a treat, for yourself or as a gift for your relatives and friends, but do you not know where to begin looking ? Here is an overview on a few Parisian shops and neighborhoods that could well be worth a little detour during these summer sales...

The summer sales have started on June 25th, and will be ongoing until Tuesday the 29th of July 2014. They are a great opportunity of finding good deals during a nice walk in Paris. Whatever your prefered style, your budget or your current desires, the city is full of all kinds of shops in which you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for. Did you fancy a treat, for yourself or as a gift for your relatives and friends, but do you not know where to begin looking ? Here is an overview on a few Parisian shops and neighborhoods that could well be worth a little detour during these summer sales...

 

Luxury and great fashion houses on the Grands Boulevards

 

The Printemps (Boulevard Haussmann / metro line 9 Havre-Caumartin or RER A Auber)

 

The Printemps is particularly popular amongst tourists ; for fashion enthousiasts, it is an essential stopover. This temple of Parisian « chic » hosts the creations of great luxury houses and Haute-Couture, and is divided in three buildings dedicated to men fashion, women fashion, and all things beauty. It is the place to go if you are searching for luxury idoms : there, you will find all the famous names of fashion clothes and accessories, jewelry and Haute-Couture... But do not worry if you were hoping to find slightly more affordable idoms : the Printemps is also full of less expensive brands, though just as trendy, such as Sandro, Maje, Comptoir des Cotonniers, etc.

 

The Galeries Lafayette (Boulevard Haussmann / metro line 9 and 7 Chaussée d'Antin-Lafayette)

 

Located just a few steps away, the Printemps' little sisters Galeries Lafayette have no reason to be jealous of their elder brother. In a gorgeous building with a brilliantly designed rotunda that would justify the trip in itself, the Galeries Lafayette present a very comprehensive collection of clothes and accesories, from the more luxurious to those that would ravish slightly tighter budgets. A special mention goes to their tremendous shoes collection, that occupies the store's whole basement, and will without a doubt make the « addicts » very happy.

 

Wandering from shop to shop

 

In the Marais (metro line 1 Hôtel de Ville or Saint Paul)

 

If you like to walk around and follow your whims in the small streets of the old Paris, the Marais is definitely a neighborhood that you should not miss. The Marais is full of all kinds of small shops in which you will find clothes (new or second hand) as well as interior design, cosmetics, make up, jewelry, etc... The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois is a particularly good one to go to if you are a shopping enthousiast, whilst those who feel a little bit hungry during the walk will enjoy the famous falafels of Rue des Rosiers. Good news : in the Marais, most shops are open on Sundays !

 

Around Saint-Germain-des-Prés (metro line 4 Saint-Germain-des-Prés)

 

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, around Hôtel du Danube, is one that Parisian « chic » lovers will most certainly enjoy. There, you will find a lot of shops of the great names of French fashion, from Haute-Couture to everyday clothing. In this neighborhood, the best option is still to get lost in the small streets and walk around to your desires. And if you are an Art lover, you will also want to stop by a few of the numerous Art galleries that make the soul of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

 

Nowhere else : the Champs-Elysées

 

Essential stopover of a stay in Paris, the Champs-Elysées are a world of their own. While walking up this gigantic avenue towards the stately Arc de Triomphe, you might want to take the opportunity to do some window shopping, and to fill your bags in the numerous stores that enliven the avenue.

On Champs-Elysées, there is something for every budget, the stores are huge and offer the most comprehensive collections in Paris, and most of them even stay open everyday until midnight, sometimes even later ! The most difficult part might well be to pick a side of the street...

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Paris Shopping Book 2014 is a personal guide to the sales

Paris Shopping Book 2014 gives you the inside track on the finest shops in the world's most stylish city - and it's perfect for the summer sales which begin on June 25th, with the major stores easily accessible from Hotel du Danube.

Paris Shopping Book 2014 gives you the inside track on the finest shops in the world's most stylish city - and it's perfect for the summer sales which begin on June 25th, with the major stores easily accessible from Hotel du Danube, your elegant Parisian home.

The Mayor of Paris sums it up best in his introduction to the Paris Shopping Book 2014, which is produced by ParisInfo, the official tourism bureau. "Paris sets the trends," the Mayor says, "that will be seen on the world's streets tomorrow."

This guide, available at tourism offices in Paris or online, gives you a choice of six shopping tours of Paris, taking in both the finest department stores and the most fashionable boutiques.
There's a route for each tour, and a short description of each shop that you can visit on the way. Whatever you're taste in shopping, from trendy to boho, you will find something that suits you.

We believe the Paris Shopping Book 2014 is the perfect companion to one of the main events of the Parisian shopping year: the summer sales. Starting on June 25, this is the time when every fashionista in the city aims at his or her favourite shop with an eye to finding a bargain.

You'll have a great time touring the city, and you'll no doubt go home with some bargains of your own.

Paris Shopping Book 2014 is available at the official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau or can be downloaded.

The summer sales are throughout Paris from June 25 to July 29
 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Stéphanie Rivoal

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Orsay Museum in Paris, A paradise for Art Lovers

Orsay Museum in Paris is renowned for its staggeringly rich collection of art created between 1848 and 1914. Moreover, the museum building itself is a masterpiece of industrial art. Along with the permanent collections, temporary exhibitions are also held.

Orsay Museum in Paris is renowned for its staggeringly rich collection of art created between 1848 and 1914. Moreover, the museum building itself is a masterpiece of industrial art. Along with the permanent collections, temporary exhibitions are also held. This is one of the essential places to visit in Paris and is just a 10 minute walk from the Hotel du Danube.

Orsay Museum in Paris, a brief history

The Orsay Museum originally had a very different purpose, it was built as a railway station. The Gare d’Orsay was designed by the Beaux Arts architect and teacher Victor Laloux, who was noted for the cast iron frameworks he used as the skeletal structures of his buildings and which allowed for larger halls and plenty of windows. This principle was demonstrated in the design of the Gare d’Orsay, which was built between 1898 and 1900, being finished in time for the Universal Exposition of that year.

By 1939 the station’s platforms were too short to accommodate the longer trains which had by then come into use, and by 1970 it was scheduled for demolition. Fortunately, the Minister for Cultural Affairs interceded and the building became a listed monument in 1978. It was French president Giscard d’Estaing who provided the inspiration of developing it as an art museum that would bridge the chronological gap between the older collections of the Louvre and the modern art of the Pompidou Centre.

Since opening in 1986 the Orsay Museum has become one of the capital’s most popular attractions. Today it houses the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks. Within its proud walls can be found works by van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and many more masters. Sculpture, furniture, architecture and photography from the period are also on show.

The Hotel du Danube highly recommends a visit to the Orsay Museum

Our pleasant and elegant hotel is one which we are sure you will appreciate almost as much as you appreciate the Orsay Museum. Come and relax at the Hotel du Danube after a busy day admiring the sights of Paris. You will be made most welcome.

 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer David Lefranc

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