Valentine’s Day in Paris 2014 with lots of Locks Of Love

Valentine’s Day in Paris offers a truly romantic occasion. The City of Light has a distinct affinity with matters of the heart as you and your loved one will discover when, after settling into the intimate comfort of the Hotel du Danube, you take a gentle stroll hand in hand through streets of timeless charm towards the gently flowing Seine, where the river is spanned by a certain special bridge. You will find that the Pont des Arts is festooned with cadenas d’amour…

Valentine’s Day in Paris offers a truly romantic occasion. The City of Light has a distinct affinity with matters of the heart as you and your loved one will discover when, after settling into the intimate comfort of the Hotel du Danube, you take a gentle stroll hand in hand through streets of timeless charm towards the gently flowing Seine, where the river is spanned by a certain special bridge. You will find that the Pont des Arts is festooned with cadenas d’amour…

Valentine’s Day in Paris where hearts are locked together as one

The Pont des Arts takes its name from the days when the nearby Louvre was known as the Palais des Arts. The predecessor of the current bridge was the first metal bridge in Paris, built between 1802 and 1804. The present bridge was inaugurated in 1984, a faithful reproduction of the original. In keeping with its name, this pedestrian bridge has been the location for art exhibitions, and its wonderful views of the river and surrounding area has made it an outdoor studio for artists and photographers. It is also, however, a place for lovers, who can sit together on a bench and gaze upriver at the historic centre of Paris, the Ile de la Cite. Or into each other’s eyes…

In recent years a new tradition has flourished on the Pont des Arts. Couples have been engraving padlocks with their names and perhaps a short, meaningful message. These are then attached to the sides of the bridge and the key is thrown into the Seine in a touching gesture of commitment to be sealed with a kiss. These cadenas d’amour are perhaps the most unique and appropriate gift which can be given in Paris on this most romantic of days.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris at the Hotel du Danube

Our family owned hotel is an ideal place to spend your Valentine’s Day break in Paris. In the heart of charming St. Germain des Pres, the Hotel du Danube welcomes you to a special time just for two.

 


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Chocolate Shopping in Paris 6th for a tasty treat!

Artists in chocolate and refined excellence await you in the sixth arrondissement of Paris and are beguilingly easy to reach from the Hotel du Danube. Let us tell you of master chocolatier Patrick Roger and the delicacies to be found in La Maison du Chocolat.

Chocolate shopping in Paris 6th ? Then be warned you may not wish to ever do your chocolate shopping anywhere else, because of the chocolate magic which is evoked in this part of the city. Truly the darks arts of the chocolatier will draw you in with irresistible delights as the spell is woven about you. Artists in chocolate and refined excellence await you in the sixth arrondissement of Paris and are beguilingly easy to reach from the Hotel du Danube. Let us tell you of master chocolatier Patrick Roger and the delicacies to be found in La Maison du Chocolat.

Chocolate shopping in Paris 6th where gourmet treats abound

Considered to be one of the top ten French chocolatiers, Patrick Roger studied for over a decade under various chocolate makers and pastry chefs before opening his own company in 1997 at the age of 29. He sources the very best ingredients from locations around the globe. Cocoa beans from Ecuador and Vanuatu, orange from Corsica, Szechuan chestnuts, Turin marron glace stems, Scottish whisky and coffee from the shores of the Red Sea. Then he creates wonders, especially at Christmas when he produces chocolate emperor penguins, miniature chocolate snow globes and even Christmas trees shaped from chocolate dusted with a tasty sweet snow.

La Maison du Chocolat was founded by Robert Linxe in 1977 and is a shop for the truly serious chocolate aficionado. This gourmet chocolate maker now has boutiques all over the world, but this is where it all began. Stunning chocolate sculptures are displayed. Flavours, textures and creativity blend together to offer tasty treats to make your mouth water. Truffles, pralines, coffrets filled with ganache; all this and very much more awaits your delectation, so why not treat yourself?

Chocolate shopping in Paris 6th close to the Hotel du Danube

From the comfort of our family owned three star hotel du danube you can sally forth on your chocolate hunting expedition. We will be pleased to guide you and when you return why not sample your purchases in the comfort we provide?

 


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Christmas in Paris 2013 : a special enchantment!

Christmas in Paris 2013 ; the time is fast approaching. You can feel it in the air; a certain tingle that is not just caused by the onset of the Winter chill. Christmas is almost upon us and there are plans to be made as we await the magic.

Christmas in Paris 2013 ; the time is fast approaching. You can feel it in the air; a certain tingle that is not just caused by the onset of the Winter chill. Christmas is almost upon us and there are plans to be made as we await the magic. For a truly special festive treat your plans should include Paris, the city where the celebration of Christmas approaches an art form. Stay with us here at the Hotel du Danube. You will be made warmly welcome in what is an ideal location for experiencing the joys of a Joyeux Noel in the City of Light.

Christmas in Paris 2013 for all the family

Whether you wish to visit Paris to complete your Christmas shopping, enjoy an idyllic and romantic break with the special one in your life or partake of the plentiful family fun which the capital can offer, you will certainly find what you are looking for. World famous streets such as the Champs Elysees are decorated with lights until they resemble a shimmering, twinkling Utopia. Fabulous department stores such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are festooned with decorations and their window displays come alive with animation and colour.

Christmas markets spring up in key locations throughout the city, offering all manner of seasonal treats to tempt the shopper. Free merry go rounds are sprinkled about Paris like fairy dust, and you can ride the Big Wheel sixty metres into the sky above the city and look down on its breathtaking illuminated displays. In front of the city hall a 1,635 square metre open air ice skating rink is provided for your pleasure. In the lovely churches throughout the city Nativity scenes are created to touch your heart with their peace and beauty. On the plaza by Notre Dame Cathedral stands a large, beautiful tree decorated with painstaking care. All this and more can be yours to enjoy.

Christmas in Paris 2013 at the Hotel du Danube

At the Hotel du Danube we will be happy to help you make the most of your Christmas stay. We have plenty of recommendations for you and will be delighted to provide directions.

 


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Christmas in Paris 2013 a winter wonderland!

Christmas in Paris 2013 will continue the grand tradition of seasonal magic for which the city is famous : Paris lives up to the description which evokes its special charm and appeal; the City of Lights.

Christmas in Paris 2013 will continue the grand tradition of seasonal magic for which the city is famous. At this time of year Paris more than ever lives up to the description which evokes its special charm and appeal; the City of Lights. From November onwards the enchantment grows until the city is dotted with Christmas trees and decorated in twinkling lights whose glittering appeal is an open invitation to join in with the festive fun. At the Hotel du Danube you will find yourself at the heart of this joy and wonder.

Christmas in Paris 2013 will be irresistible

Perhaps more than any other capital, Paris embraces the festive season and celebrates the joy of this special time. One of the world’s most renowned and lovely avenues, the Champs Elysees, is garlanded throughout its 2.4 kilometre length with Christmas lights. The 200 plane trees from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde sparkle and twinkle in an enchanted parade guaranteed to melt the heart of the frostiest Scrooge!

The magnificent department stores of the Boulevard Haussmann are particularly noted for their spectacular Christmas decorations, but other shops also make an extra special effort to provide a visual feast of festive cheer. Throughout the city there is a huge selection of entertainment to choose from, with concerts, shows, musicals and more. Christmas masses, concerts and exquisite nativity scenes are to be seen in the many lovely Parisian churches. Each day throughout December Notre Dame Cathedral stages sound and light shows depicting the story of the nativity at half hourly intervals.

Christmas markets offer a delightful shopping experience in various locations throughout the city. Truly, Paris holds an enchantment like no other at this time of celebration. Come and be charmed.

Hotel du Danube at the heart of Christmas in Paris 2013

Our family run hotel will welcome you with all the hospitality of the season. At the Hotel du Danube you will be in the very midst of the celebratory atmosphere and good cheer.

 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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