Grand Tasting in Paris 2013 at the Carrousel du Louvre

The Grand Tasting in Paris 2013 : for the eighth successive year this prestigious show is taking place in the capital city of the greatest wine producing nation.

Grand Tasting in Paris 2013 ; is there a phrase more calculated to gladden the hearts of wine lovers? For the eighth successive year this prestigious show is taking place in the capital city of the greatest wine producing nation on Earth. From all regions of France gather together wine makers, connoisseurs, cellar masters and all those whose pulse quickens at the thought of the blessed grape. At the underground exhibition centre at the Carrousel du Louvre on the 6th and 7th December, you are invited to participate in the Grand Tasting. The event takes place just across the Seine from the elegant surroundings of the Hotel du Danube.

Grand Tasting in Paris 2013; a heady bouquet

French wine production can trace its history back to the 6th century B.C. and the Greek settlers in Southern Gaul. During the turbulent Middle Ages the monasteries kept the knowledge of winemaking alive to hand on to future generations. Following a difficult period for the industry, from the 1970s onwards a new breed of vignerons breathed fresh life into the French wine scene and today the nation produces some seven to eight billion bottles each year.

So when France speaks the language of wine it is fitting that the world listens. At the Grand Tasting trade show this language will be spoken most eloquently. This key event was launched in 2006 by wine experts Thierry Desseauve and Michel Bettane, whose guide books and reference works on the subject will be familiar to all those who love the grape. A series of gourmet workshops and master classes will help to further enhance the visitor’s appreciation of wine and the science of viticulture. A fascinating Prestige Master Class features the world’s finest wines.

Explore your taste buds at the Grand Tasting Paris 2013

Whether you are a veteran wine buff or simply enjoy a tipple and wish to learn more about wine production, the Grand Tasting should be on your Paris visit itinerary. Come along to saturate your palate and explore your taste buds to their fullest capacity; a whole new world of appreciation will open up for you.
 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer David Lefranc

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Swan Lake Ballet in Paris : a new vision

Swan Lake ballet in Paris, as performed by the world famous St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, runs from November 1st to 3rd at the legendary Olympia music hall venue.

Swan Lake ballet in Paris , as performed by the world famous St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, runs from November 1st to 3rd at the legendary Olympia music hall venue. In this new production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Jonathan Bidot and Lenaig Le Touze have been inspired by different versions of the Slavic folk tale on which the piece was based. Consequently they have presented a fresh and compelling new vision of one of the classical repertoire’s most renowned ballets. At the quiet and charming, family owned Hotel du Danube , you will be a pleasant walk across the Seine from the Olympia.

Swan Lake ballet in Paris should not be missed

The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was inspired in his creation of his masterpiece Swan Lake by Russian folk tales which tell of a princess who is transformed by an evil sorcerer’s curse into the Queen of the Swans. She and a handsome prince fall in love and come to a tragic, though romantic, end. The story is certainly an evocative one and Tchaikovsky was so excited by it that he finished his composition rapidly during 1875 to 1876.

The ballet premiered on March 4th 1877 but was, interestingly enough, generally poorly received. This was largely due to unfortunate production values. There was a barrage of criticism concerning the dancers, the sets, the choreography and the orchestra, and the brilliant score was unfortunately overlooked to a great extent in the tumult. Many critics and audiences complained that the music was too complex for the ballet form.

Fortunately Swan Lake survived these initial problems and continued to be performed for a number of years, with improvements being made along the way. Plans were later put in place for a revival but Tchaikovsky died in 1893 and so his input was lost forever. However, the revived version proved more successful, both artistically and commercially, and the work has grown in stature ever since. From November 1st to 3rd you can judge this masterpiece, staging by the Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre, for yourself at one of the most well regarded venues in Paris.

 


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The Hotel Danube Paris, at the heart of Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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Best Restaurants in Paris within easy walking distance

Best restaurants in Paris are many and varied. This reputation is well upheld in the Saint-Germain des Pres district, where excellent restaurants and cafes are within easy walking distance of the Hotel du Danube.

Best restaurants in Paris are many and varied, and of course it is well known that some of the finest cuisine in the world can be found in the French capital. This reputation is well upheld in the Saint-Germain des Pres district. This lively and charming neighbourhood, originally a small village during the Middle Ages, became a haunt of intellectuals, artists, writers and philosophers and remains an artistic and creative hub today. One of its chief areas of creativity can be found in the excellent restaurants and cafes prevalent here within easy walking distance of the Hotel du Danube .

Best restaurants in Paris close to the Hotel du Danube

To give you some idea of the wonderful selection of French cuisine in Saint-Germain des Pres, here are some great restaurants to try, all within fifteen minutes walk of our fine hotel.
The Bouillon Racine dates back to 1906. Bouillons were popular restaurants in Paris which first appeared in 1855, offering good quality food at affordable prices, and named after a nutritious broth. Only a handful of the authentic bouillons remain, and the Bouillon Racine is listed as a historical monument. Here the Art Nouveau décor reflects the glamorous Paris of the early 1900s.

Housed in a former mansion dating back to the 18th century, Laperouse has maintained its original design. This delightful restaurant has much of the same feel as when the likes of Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant dined here. Today the cuisine is balanced between the modern and the traditional, with a distinct Mediterranean touch.

One of the capital's culinary institutions is Roger La Grenouille, which enjoys a distinct and intimate 1930s ambience. This well regarded restaurant offers some of the finest frog's legs à la Provencal in Paris.

The chef at La Petite Cour is the talented young Yannick Tessier. This charming establishment is set in a quaint side street and offers a romantic atmosphere with alcoves and cosy corners. It has a cobblestoned courtyard where roses twine about the stone walls and a fountain plays merrily.

Hotel du Danube recommends the best restaurants in Paris

The charm and refinement of the Hotel du Danube reflects the elegance and sophistication to be found in the bistros and brasseries of this part of Paris. We recommend them heartily.
 


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Paris Botanical Gardens : a wonderful day out

Paris Botanical Gardens is one of the city's most exquisite and tranquil tourist attractions. This attraction is simply not to be missed, and is situated less than two miles from the Hotel Danube.

Paris Botanical Gardens is one of the city's most exquisite and tranquil tourist attractions. A place of calm and beauty where the visitor can easily spend an entire day strolling along shaded paths to admire elegantly designed beds of flowers and herbs, explore a maze, admire the painstakingly manicured lawns and visit the zoo and the Natural History Museum. This attraction is simply not to be missed, and is situated less than two miles from the Hotel Danube.

Originally built as a royal medicinal garden in the early 17th century, it was opened to the public in 1640. Following the 1789 French Revolution, the gardens became a public site. Today the most lovely swathe of greenery in Paris occupies over 26 hectares of the downtown and exhibits around 10,000 specimens.

Paris Botanical Gardens : so much to see and do

These foremost botanical gardens in France were an inspiration for the French Impressionist painters, and when you see the breathtaking riot of colour you will understand why. Here you will find gardens dedicated to the rose, iris and alpine plants, and greenhouses full of specimens originating in tropical climates from Mexico to Australia. There is also an Art Deco styled winter garden.

Take a stroll in the labyrinthine depths of the maze and enjoy the view from its central gazebo. Visit the menagerie which can trace its origins back to the collection of Marie Antoinette. Founded in 1795, this may be the world's oldest zoo. Don't miss the venerable Lebanon Cedar, planted in 1734. The Gardens also house the Natural History Museum and its fascinating displays and extensive collections spread amongst galleries devoted to mineralogy, entomology, palaeontology and evolution.

The Hotel Danube recommends the Paris botanical gardens

Our family owned 3 star hotel located in the delightful Saint Germain des Prés area offers the warmest of welcomes to our guests. The stylish and elegant Hotel Danube is perfectly situated for exploring the landmarks of the city, and the Metro is only three minutes walk away.

 


Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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