Come sail and discover Paris

Paris, capital of romanticism. Its monuments, its History, its majestic avenues and little tangled streets, its museums, its parks, its shops... So many unforgettable things to discover. Some say that the city's major charm comes from the fact that the Seine is going through it. The river separates Paris into two banks (Rive Droite in the North and Rive Gauche in the South), and into two islands in its center (Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis). But above all, this opens magnificent viewpoints on the architecture of the capital. Take the time to stop in the middle of one of the many bridges connecting the two banks, and you will enjoy breathtaking views on some of the most beautiful parisian monuments. In the cold morning breeze or at sunset, the light sparkles on the surface of the water and gives the landscapes a very romantic note.

Paris, capital of romanticism. Its monuments, its History, its majestic avenues and little tangled streets, its museums, its parks, its shops... So many unforgettable things to discover. Some say that the city's major charm comes from the fact that the Seine is going through it. The river separates Paris into two banks (Rive Droite in the North and Rive Gauche in the South), and into two islands in its center (Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis). But above all, this opens magnificent viewpoints on the architecture of the capital. Take the time to stop in the middle of one of the many bridges connecting the two banks, and you will enjoy breathtaking views on some of the most beautiful parisian monuments. In the cold morning breeze or at sunset, the light sparkles on the surface of the water and gives the landscapes a very romantic note.

If you are someone who likes to take the time to contemplate the beauty of the capital under different angles, you will certainly enjoy an opportunity to travel for a little while on a boat along the Seine, just for the sight of it, or perhaps long enough to have a meal or enjoy a show on board. A few companies offer excursions on the river, with different formulas, long or short, that will ravish all tastes and budgets. Here is an overview.

 

A cheap and flexible option : the Batobus

 

The Batobus is a shuttle service as many others, only this one does not take roads, but the Seine. Aboard a boat, semi-covered with glass, you will sail around Paris from one point of interest to another whilst enjoying the tremendous view on the bridges and monuments of Paris. The main advantage of this formula that will ravish travelers with a tight schedule and budget stands in the fact that it gives you total freedom. The boats make a circle circuit on the Seine and stop – as a bus would – at 8 differents stations across the city. A new boat comes every 25 minutes. After having bought your ticket (for 1 or 2 days, or even for the whole year if you are a resident), you will be able to hop on and off the shuttle as you please. A good way to move around Paris in between museum visits and shopping trips without missing on the sight of Parisian landscapes !

 

Practical information

 

The company's website : http://www.batobus.com

Timetable :

From 10 a.m to 7.30 p.m from September 8th to April 10th

From 10 a.m to 9.30 p.m from April 11th to September 8th

Prices :

1-day pass : 16€ for adults and 7€ for children below 16

2-days pass : 18€ for adults and 9€ for children below 16

 

For a sightseeing cruise

 

Some companies such as Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf or Les Bateaux Parisiens offer sightseeing cruises, with which you will sail along the Seine and discover the wonders of Paris.

 

Les Bateaux Parisiens

 

Departing from the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, you will leave for a one-hour cruise on a boat, equipped if you so desire with an audioguide that will point you to the points of interest and their history (available in 13 languages). The company's best feature ? Cruises especially made for children, that offer a fun yet educational show, animated by two actors !

 

For more information : http://www.bateauxparisiens.com/croisieres-promenades-paris.html

Prices : between 13 and 15€ per person

 

Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf

 

With this company also, you will be able to enjoy a unique view on Parisian architecture along the water during morning, afternoon and even evening cruises. The company's best feature ? You can also enjoy classical music concerts during some of the evening cruises !

 

For more information : http://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com/croisieres/

Prices (current promotion) : between 9 and 10€ for adults, and 5€ for children between 4 and 12

 

A meal on water

 

The Bateaux Parisiens, and the famous Fly-Boats company also offer cruises that will allow you to combine the pleasure of the eyes with that of the taste buds, by enjoying lunch or dinner along the water. As a bonus, and according to the formula you choose, you can also benefit from different shows on board, from a musical animation to a full cabaret show.

 

Bateaux Parisiens :

From 57€ for lunch on board, and from 69€ for dinner

Possibility of a musical animation

For more information : www.bateauxparisiens.com

 

Bateaux Mouches (Fly-Boats) :

The Fly-Boats offer prestigious formulas for an unforgettable romantic dinner.

From 55€ for lunch on board, and from 99€ for dinner

Possibility of enjoying a Crazy Horse show

For more information : http://www.bateaux-mouches.fr

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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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