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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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.
 


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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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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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