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.

 

 


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Charming Hotels in Paris close to the Jardin du Luxembourg

Charming hotels in Paris are many, but perhaps the most charming of all is the Hotel du Danube. As soon as you arrive we warmly welcome you and do our very best to make you feel at home. Here amidst the vibrancy, the excitement, the fascination and the sheer buzz of Paris you will find plenty to keep you enthralled right on your doorstep.

Charming hotels in Paris are many, but perhaps the most charming of all is the Hotel du Danube. As soon as you arrive we warmly welcome you and do our very best to make you feel at home. Here amidst the vibrancy, the excitement, the fascination and the sheer buzz of Paris you will find plenty to keep you enthralled right on your doorstep. Now that spring is here it’s well worth bearing in mind that just a fifteen minute walk from our hotel you can find the sheer splendour of the Luxembourg Gardens.

Charming hotels in Paris close to a wonderful park

The Jardin du Luxembourg was created in 1612 at the behest of Marie de Medici, the widow of the assassinated King Henry IV and the regent of France at the time. She purchased the land from the Duke of Luxembourg. Being of Italian descent, her younger days had been spent in Florence at the Pitti Palace. The Boboli garden there was her inspiration for the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Almost 200 years later the garden was extended when the Carthusian monks, whose monastery occupied the adjacent land, were forced to leave following the events of the French Revolution. The area was then redesigned in a more traditionally French style. Today it is the second largest of the Parisian public parks. The centre is occupied by the Grand Bassin, a large octagonal pond, surrounded by beautifully tended lawns, paths and gorgeous flower beds. Many statues adorn the park, including a Statue of Liberty, and a sculpture of Marie de Medicis herself, appropriately enough. There is a number of charming fountains, including the Baroque Medici Fountain, designed in the early 17th century. The park also holds many attractions for children such as a traditional carrousel, a puppet theatre and a large playground.

The Hotel du Danube is one of the most charming hotels in Paris

Our charming hotel in the picturesque quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés welcomes you. You will find staying at the Hotel du Danube as tranquil and fulfilling an experience as a visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg.

 


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The Beauty And The Beast Show Paris 2014

The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014 runs until July 27th at the legendary Mogador Theatre and is highly recommended by the Hotel du Danube. A collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment France, this show has delighted audiences in the capital since last October and offers an evening of pure theatrical magic for all ages.

The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014 runs until July 27th at the legendary Mogador Theatre and is highly recommended by the Hotel du Danube. A collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment France, this show has delighted audiences in the capital since last October and offers an evening of pure theatrical magic for all ages.

The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014 should not be missed

Appearances can be deceptive, and nowhere is this truism more poignantly illustrated than in the timeless tale of La Belle et la Bête, a traditional French fairy tale which was first committed to print in the 18th century. A superb version of the classic tale was made into a movie by the great Jean Cocteau in 1946. On the other side of the Atlantic, Disney Studios had been toying with the idea of making an animated version of the story since the 30s, but didn’t get around to making it until half a century later. The Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and the score, featuring music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, won an Academy Award.

Building on the success of the film and its wonderful score, seven new songs were added when the film was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1994, the first Disney movie to be so honoured. The musical was also a huge success, going on to become the eighth longest running Broadway production of all time, notching up nearly five and a half thousand performances before it closed in 2007. Versions of what has become a classic musical have been seen by an estimated 35 million people worldwide, and now, at last, The Beauty and the Beast has returned to the story’s country of origin with a stunningly staged and spectacular new 2 ½ hour production which has to be seen to be believed.

The Hotel du Danube suggests you experience The Beauty and the Beast show Paris 2014

Touching, funny, breathtaking and visually sumptuous, this show receives a hearty recommendation from the Hotel du Danube. The Mogador Theatre is less than two miles across the Seine from our location.

 


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