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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Notre Dame de Paris Concerts 2014 ; Inspiring and uplifting

Notre Dame de Paris concerts 2014 offer an opportunity for your heart to be uplifted by spiritually inspiring music performed in one of the most magnificent buildings in the world. The current musical season, running until July, continues to reflect this centuries old heritage of soaring grandeur.

Notre Dame de Paris concerts 2014 offer an opportunity for your heart to be uplifted by spiritually inspiring music performed in one of the most magnificent buildings in the world. The current musical season, running until July, continues to reflect this centuries old heritage of soaring grandeur. For an experience that will remain with you always, the Hotel du Danube warmly recommends that you allow yourself to be swept away by the transcendental bliss that music can bring.

Notre Dame de Paris concerts , enchanting music in enchanting surroundings

Music has formed an integral element in the life of Notre Dame Cathedral since the building of the church commenced in the 12th century and the Notre Dame Choir School was formed not long after. Since then this French Gothic architectural masterpiece has regularly reverberated to music either divine in intent or swept to celestial heights by the setting in which it is performed.

In 1991 the French state, the City of Paris and the Parisian Diocesan Association came together to form the Musique Sacrée à Notre-Dame de Paris. This organisation is responsible for music teaching, organising concerts, recitals and the musical accompaniment of the liturgy, and also for research into the cathedral’s musical heritage. Today, around fifty choirs from around the world perform at the cathedral annually, there are organ recitals on Sunday afternoons and a full programme of musical performances each season, exploring a wide musical repertoire. During the current season, ending in July you can enjoy such delights as the Mozart Mass in C, Gregorian chants and the music of the Middle Ages, and the choral works of Allegri, Britten, Mendelssohn and Poulenc.

The Hotel du Danube is so convenient for Notre Dame de Paris concerts 2014

Situated on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Hotel du Danube is just a pleasant stroll away from the Île de la Cité and its magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Our elegant surroundings will provide the perfect complement to your tranquil mood after enjoying a concert in this legendary church.

 

 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand

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