Their unforgettable trip in Paris!

Their unforgettable trip in Paris!

22/10/2021

ArtLuxury is delighted to report to you our 7 days exclusive program that we have organised for a group of 2 couples coming from Croatia last week, with the objective to make their dreams come true and enjoy their first and best time in the city of love…

Arriving on Monday at CDG Airport, we of course arranged a greeting and private transfer service to drive them directly to their brand new and luxury hotel: the Canopy by Hilton Paris, close to the Trocadéro!

Enthusiastic, they got some free time when they arrived to enjoy the sunny weather and walked around the city.

The second day, we organised a private guided tour of the Marais district, Ile St Louis & Notre-Dame, in the company of Edith, a passionate historian-lecturer that made them discover the magnificence of this highly historical place that perfectly illustrates the excellence of the French architecture and art de vivre.

Then ArtLuxury, namely Olivier and Alice, joined them for a private transfer to Versailles, driven by Marco, to spend the whole afternoon there: aboard comfortable and funny electric golfcarts we started with the visit of the park up to Petit Trianon & Grand Trianon, and then admire the magnificence of the Musical Gardens, which are fortunately still active til the end of October!,

Then we joined our Conférencier, a grand expert of Versailles to carry on with a memorable personnalised guided tour of Chateau de Versailles! Our guests enjoyed so much to discover, among others, the Grand Appartements, Hall of mirrors, Passemant Astronomical Clock or the Sun King’s bedroom.

Back to Paris, we arranged a memorable dinner on the terrace of La Fontaine de Mars, one of our favourite restaurants nearby the office of ArtLuxury, next to the Eiffel Tower and Invalides!

Wednesday was a full day dedicated to shopping …  of course in particular at the iconic and so fashionable Samaritaine, a must-visit place since its re-opening last spring! It was indeed the perfect occasion to get a lunch and discover Plénitude the brand new restaurant of 3 Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Donckele, at Cheval Blanc Paris!

Thursday was an exceptional day to visit the grandiose Opéra Garnier behind the scenes! Fabulous discovering thanks to their guide Edith, who used to work at Opéra Garnier for 11 years!

Then we organize for them an unforgettable evening at Lido! With a Prestige Dinner & Show arrangement, our guests enjoyed a breathtaking entertainment to prepare them for the upcoming anniversary next day!

Indeed Friday is the D-Day for our guest Domagoj, who specially planned all this stay in Paris to celebrate his birthday in Paris with his closest friends! They started in the morning with a private city tour in two 2CV Vintage cars, passing by major monuments and places of Paris, ending this car ride in Montmartre to enjoy the beauty of this place, the Sacré Coeur, Place du Tertre, followed by a delicious lunch at Au Cadet de Gascogne, with an authentic French “ terroir” cuisine.

In the afternoon, they met Katia, a Croatian speaking guide – lecturer, to visit the Louvre Museum, and discover the famous paintings and masterpieces such as: Mona Lisa, le Radeau de la Méduse or Le Sacre de Napoléon.

Ending the guided tour with Katia by exploring the neighbourhood, they were then invited to an exceptional “steakhouse” experience, which was a specific request from Domagoj: quite inspired by such enquiry, ArtLuxury  recommended the Clover Grill, an exclusive gastronomic steak house created by famous 2* Michelin star Chef Jean-François Piège.

As a conclusion to immortalise the last day, the must Paris’s destination was of course the Eiffel Tower! Then they started to visit the summit of the tower, feeling the breathtakingly unique views of Paris, and admire its exceptional beauties like the Champ de Mars or the Invalid’s Dome.

What was then unmissable was to celebrate this last evening in world famous Jules Verne restaurant, just recently re-opened by 3* Michelin Chef Frederic Anton! An exquisite 7 courses menu paired with an excellent selection of wines, namely a top gastronomic experience, reflecting the value that ArtLuxury is constantly giving to its services and recommendations!

Last, on Sunday, we organised the private transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport, to reach their  flight back home… the time for our guests to starting to retrace all their unforgettable trip to their family and friends!

The Plaza Athénée & Le Meurice, our new partnership

The Plaza Athénée & Le Meurice, our new partnership

05/07/2021

ArtLuxury Experience is delighted to announce its latest partnership with one of the most prestigious luxury hotel groups, The Dorchester Collection!

The Dorchester Collection currently comprises nine of the finest five-star luxury hotels in the world, including two of the most famous palaces in Paris: Le Meurice and the Plaza Athénée. Embodying the essence of authentic refinement, this Collection provides a unique and enchanting setting for its guests.

 

The Plaza Athénée

Located in the heart of Paris, on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the Plaza Athénée is the Haute Couture address not to be missed.

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Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this magnificent palace has welcomed some of the most iconic personalities such as Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Jackson, Elton John and Harrison Ford. It is notably at the Plaza Athénée that the spy Mata-Hari was arrested! This grand hotel, steeped in history, was also the first to welcome the renowned fashion designer Christian Dior, who presented his creations there, indeed an exceptional venue for his fashion shows and the magnificent parade of his models. The Plaza Athénée also became the scene of great love stories, namely between Marlene Dietrich and Jean Gabin, who has earned the hotel its red signature colour and the endless blossoming of splendid scarlet flowers at its windows and in its courtyard.

True emblem of French Art de vivre, this palace never ceases to re-invent itself, entrusting the design and transformation of its suites to audacious artists belonging to artistic movements at the cutting edge of their respective eras. This artistic freedom allows all guests to immerse themselves in their very own style, simply by changing floors!

Thus, the first 6 floors are decorated in a classic style brimming with French charm and pure refinement.

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As for the top two floors, they were very recently completely redecorated in a daring and refreshing Art Deco style.

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Not to omit of course, the illustrious and distinguished Haute Couture Suite with its exceptional decor dedicated to Haute Couture and its breath-taking view of the Eiffel Tower.

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Beyond the exceptional care given to the hospitality and comfort of its guests, the Plaza Athénée is characterised by the passion of its employees to offer on all possible occasions, the best services and experiences to its international and discerning clientele. For 20 years, the hotel has collaborated with the famous French Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse to provide the most refined gastronomy in its restaurants. Today, he is giving Chef Jean Imbert the chance to introduce an innovative approach to haute cuisine that is as creative as it is deliciously authentic.

The hotel also features a Dior Institute, founded in collaboration with the illustrious fashion designer, in order to offer to its guests, the most sophisticated beauty treatments, through its team of qualified therapists and its exceptional amenities.

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Le Meurice

Founded in 1835, Le Meurice is the oldest palace in Paris! Its founder, Meurice-frontCharles-Augustin Meurice, wanted to properly welcome English tourists, sophisticated travellers well ahead of the rest of the European countries, and therefore very demanding in terms of comfort.  He thus created his eponymous hotel, Le Meurice, a magnificent Parisian house providing its guests with “palace service”: this was the beginning of the creation of large luxury hotels in Paris.

Initially located on rue Saint-Honoré and then quickly moved to rue de Rivoli for expansion purposes, this palace offers one of the most stunning panoramas in Paris, providing guests with a direct view of all of Paris’ iconic monuments, including the Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée d’Orsay, the Place Vendôme and the Place de la Concorde.

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During renovations, the construction teams discovered a wandering greyhound that had made its home in the hotel; therefore, they naturally decided to adopt it. The dog became the mascot of the hotel staff and was later to become the official emblem of Le Meurice.

Over the years, Le Meurice expanded and hosted the most prominent figures, not only from France, such as Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Empress Eugenie during the royal visit of their dear friend, Queen Victoria of England, but also other illustrious European guests, notably King Alfonso XIII of Spain. These exceptional visitors soon earned the hotel the nickname “the hotel of kings”.

Another important historical detail is that the hotel was also chosen by the Wehrmacht as the headquarters of its military command during the Occupation, and it was precisely its General-in-Chief Dietrich Von Choltitz who decided to spare Paris from the mad destruction ordered by Hitler.

It is after the Second World War that this Parisian palace reached its culmination by becoming the place of residence of many renowned personalities, including very prestigious artists such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.

Redesigned several times between 2007 and 2016 by Philippe Stark, this sumptuous hotel perfectly combines its original Louis XVI classicism with modernity, embodying the philosophy of a “living work of art”.

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Along the years, Le Meurice has evolved into a genuine art gallery, constantly reinventing its decor by displaying pieces of art in its halls and suites that are as fascinating as they are ingenious.

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As the ultimate jewel of this palace, the sublime Suite Belle étoile is an emblem of refinement. Located on the top floor and overlooking Paris, this suite offers a 360° view of Parisian life. Like a suspended garden, this unique setting offers a spectacular view and exceptional comfort that will remain forever engraved in the memories of the privileged few who will make it their residence!

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In its pursuit to offer the very best service to its guests but also to embody our French history, culture and art de vivre, beyond its mythical bar, Le Meurice entrusts its restaurants to the illustrious multi-Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse, and its recently opened pâtisserie to pastry Chef Cédric Grolet, still very young but already so renowned. The latter offers you, among other delights, a marvellous teatime in the hotel’s lounges, which has become an unmissable Parisian experience!

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To crown its concern for well-being, Le Meurice also has a Valmont boutique, unique in Paris, equipped with an exceptional Spa.

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If you wish to make your stay in Paris exceptional, these two palaces are the ideal places to settle down and discover the charms of Paris from the moment you wake up! Their unique locations in the heart of Paris, one on Avenue Montaigne, the emblem of Haute Couture, the other neighbouring the Louvre, the embodiment of our culture, will be the dream location for you to explore Paris!

As a reward for booking these hotels with us, ArtLuxury can offer you a few special touches for your stay, such as early check-in and late check-out, daily American breakfast, complimentary access to Dior Institute, complimentary upgrades upon arrival (subject to availability) …
Moreover, we can of course arrange your bespoke private tours and other exclusive experiences.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to organise your unforgettable getaway!

High French gastronomy is now going up to space!

High French gastronomy is now going up to space!

30/04/2021
The finest French gastronomy has now literally reached the highest possible levels and has been sent into space for Thomas Pesquet’s latest mission!
Indeed, the famous Michelin-starred Chef Thierry Marx, particularly renowned for his molecular gastronomy, and the chemist Raphaël Haumont, directors of the Centre Français de l’Innovation Culinaire, developed and created together some highly gourmet and innovative meals at the Université Paris-Saclay, for the astronaut to enjoy during his stay on board of the International Space Station (ISS).
As most of you know, the much publicised Thomas Pesquet, astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), was selected by Elon Musk’s famous company, SpaceX, to take off on the 23rd April 2021 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, to reach the ISS for six months. For the occasion, he will have the chance to take part in this innovative culinary project and taste four new starred meals developed exclusively to be savoured in space: potato and Roscoff onion cakes with truffle, seven-hour slow-cooked beef with a cèpe sauce, an almond tart with caramelised pears, and an experimental recipe based on freeze-dried cherry tomatoes. In this mission of molecular cuisine, Haumont focused on the transformation of raw materials, while Chef Marx concentrated on the recipes, the taste and the emotions that the meal could create.
The Chef aimed to create meals for astronauts to enjoy a change from the usually bland and freeze-dried food and he explained that they worked with very high quality products to ensure that the flavours are as tasteful as possible. This was very important because, while in space, astronauts suffer from ageusia, a significant loss of taste. To counter this, Chef Marx opted for advanced caramelisation of dishes, capturing flavour molecules that need to be protected. As explained by Haumont, another problem they encountered was the inability to use powdered spices to add extra flavour. As a result, he said that they developed pepper water with cymes pepper in their laboratory, in a process that allows flavours to be extracted and then recovered in a liquid state. Moreover, on top of the very strict rules outlines by the European Space Agency, Thierry Marx also took into account Thomas Pesquet’s personal tastes. For instance, he included mushrooms in his recipes because he knew they are one of the astronaut’s favourite foods.
The two experts also examined ways to package the dishes in a light and plastic-free way by studying biomimicry. Their aim was to recreate as closely as possible the protective membrane of certain fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, which are made up almost entirely of water, by using algae and pectins.
However, Thierry Marx is not the only one undertaking gourmet experimentations in space. In fact, fifteen months ago Space Cargo Unlimited sent twelve bottles of the famous Bordeaux wine Château Petrus in space through the French-Italian Alenia Space and the US company Nanoracks, to study the impact the change in gravity would have on the wine. After the bottles returned to Earth on a SpaceX rocket in January 2021 and they were tasted, fortunately, they all maintained a very good aroma. Five professional experts examined the wine at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vins in Bordeaux in March, and although they noticed some differences in colour, the complexity of the wines was miraculously maintained. Besides these Château Petrus bottles, 320 wine canes were also sent to space. Although the findings are only at a preliminary stage, it seems like the canes grew faster than they would have on Earth, a result that could potentially help the wine industry in their future development.
Will this be the new frontier of high gastronomy? It might be too early to say, but these projects are a clear sign that the culinary world is definitely working to expand towards the most innovative and technological methods, and we can’t wait to see what more is yet to come!
Moreover, stay tuned, ArtLuxury might have an exciting space-related surprise!
ArtLuxury’s Founder’s Personally Led Tours

ArtLuxury’s Founder’s Personally Led Tours

26/04/2021

Have you been dreaming about your future trip to Paris? If you want to experience the City of Lights like a true Parisian, we have the perfect solution for you! Here you will find some of our top picks, all personally organised and conducted by ArtLuxury’s founder, Olivier. With his more than 30 years as a Parisian, he will lead you through this wonderful city, in the most exclusive and authentic way.

 

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There is no better place for a chic picnic than on the magnificent Champ de Mars! Olivier can organise a lunch (or dinner, as soon as it will be allowed again) in this iconic park right by the Eiffel Tower, in the famous 7th arrondissement, which is also home to ArtLuxury’s headquarters.

You won’t have to worry about anything and all you will need to do is arrive ready to have a spectacular day. From bringing a Damask tablecloth, silverware, the best French wines and the finest gastronomy, to privatizing the perfect spot and setting it all up, we will take care of everything from the beginning to the very end. Enjoy an incredible menu, upon your favourites, with ingredients personally selected by Olivier from local craftsmen and our selection of the best suppliers of 3-star Michelin restaurants.

Champ de Mars is the most magical location for an exclusive and characteristic picnic. If you choose to organise it for lunch, you’ll get to relax and unwind with a wonderful meal in the sun, while if you opt for a dinner, you’ll be able to admire the Eiffel Tower lighting up and sparkling in the dark, a truly amazing spectacle.

 

Gourmet Tour of Rue Clerrue cler

Take a tour of a true gastronomy paradise, Rue Cler, in the heart of the amazing 7th arrondissement. With 20 years of experience living just a few steps away from this street, Olivier will take you on a bespoke tour of the best gastronomic boutiques where he will give you his personal recommendations on the best wines, cheeses, foie gras and charcuteries, boulangeries, patisseries, famous ice-cream or macarons… And not only will he provide you with his expert advice, he will also take you through the history of this emblematic street.

A few minutes away from the Eiffel Tower, Rue Cler includes a selection of gastronomic boutiques, including “Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse”, “A la Mère de Famille”, the oldest chocolaterie of Paris, “Kaviari Dalikatessen”, “Jean Paul Hevin”, “Ladurée, “Mariage Frères“, “Maison Lenôtre” and many more. The selection ranges from innovative and modern creations, to some of the oldest shops in Paris, a true gastronomy lovers’ paradise!

 

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Only on Saturday and Sunday mornings, ArtLuxury’s founder Olivier can accompany you on a tour of this original and exclusive flea market in Vanves, in the south of Paris. As an authentic Parisian, passionate collector, grand connoisseur of antiques and fine arts markets, Olivier will guide you through this market, disclosing his personal experience and knowledge.

In this two-hour long tour, you’ll find out all about this historical flea market and Olivier will also help you spot and choose the best finds and hidden treasures!

 

If any of these bespoke and exclusive experiences sound like a dream come true, contact us to make a booking!

 

 

Notre Dame de Paris: History and Restoration

Notre Dame de Paris: History and Restoration

22/04/2021

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The dramatic fire at Notre Dame de Paris on the 15th April 2019 left everyone around the world feeling shocked and in disbelief. The world-famous cathedral is a true emblematic symbol of the French culture and history. Its impressive architectural composition leaves over 14 million visitors in awe every year, with its unique façade and abundant decorative sculptures which adorn the outside of the church. And it is just as impressive and iconic inside, with its huge spaces and majestic art, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to know that it is the most visited monument in France and Europe.

 

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Notre Dame is one of France’s most ancient gothic cathedrals. Its construction was an initiative of the bishop Maurice de Sully and it lasted from 1163 until the mid-XIV Century. Although it isn’t the earliest example of gothic architecture in France, a title that goes to the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, the construction of Notre Dame brought forward higher levels of sophistication, innovation and artistic expression. In fact, the architects that began this masterpiece weren’t just aiming to build a church. They wanted to create the highest religious monument to ever exist, with the central aisle being 35 metres tall and two towers reaching 60 metres. The cathedral was meant to watch over the whole city in all its magnificence.

The French Revolution of 1789 was a difficult period for Notre Dame. Viewed like a symbol of power, it was widely mistreated: its treasures were stolen, some statues were destroyed or beheaded and the spire was dismantled. At one point it even got used as a warehouse for wine and some even proposed to disassemble it and sell its stones. In 1793, the philosopher Claude-Henri de Saint-Simon, the founder of the political and religious movement known as Saint-Simonianism, was actually about to buy the cathedral with the aim of destroying it.

Fortunately Notre Dame survived this troubled period and was given back to the Catholic Church in 1801 through the famous “concordat” signed between Napoleon Bonaparte and Pope Pio VII. Thus just two years later, in 1804, Pope Pio VII religiously celebrated at Notre Dame the grand coronation of Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine. The five-hour long ceremony is depicted in Le Sacre de Napoléon by Jacques-Louis David, his official painter, which is now one of the most famous artworks in the Louvre.

Nonetheless, between the damages caused by the Revolution, the passing of time and the Parisians’ disinterest in the monument, its state began to deteriorate. It was thanks to Victor Hugo who honoured it in his masterpiece “Notre Dame de Paris” in 1831, if the public interest in the cathedral was sparked again.

The restoration project was approved in 1842, after a petition made by Victor Hugo, Alfred de Vigny and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and two important architects were chosen to direct the works, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, who had already made an impressive job on the Sainte Chapelle. Following 1844, the significant restoration works began, the majority of which happened under the sole direction of Viollet-le-Duc, due to Lassus’ death. Although those officially ended in 1865, the maintenance of the cathedral never really stopped and continued through the years up until the disastrous fire. It was during Viollet-le-Duc’s works, in 1860, that the iconic 45 metre high steeple was erected and the famous gargoyles were put in place to help the rain water’s circulation.

WhatsApp Image 2021-04-22 at 09.56.06 (4)During the Paris Commune of 1871, only a few chairs and benches were burned, without any other major damage, then Notre-Dame was fortunately spared during the two world wars. Some changes were made during the 20th century; for instance, in 1935 cardinal Jean Verdier commissioned twenty-four contemporary artists to design twelve stained glass windows, which were then installed in 1938. However, due to many complaints and criticism regarding the inconsistency between the artistic style of the twelve artists, Jacques Le Chevallier is given commissioned in 1952 to create a new design for the stained glass windows, basing it on the initial project from the 1930s. These masterpieces were then inaugurated in 1966.

In the late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, numerous small restoration projects were carried out at Notre Dame, including a new internal lighting system and new bells.

In 1991, the site “Paris, banks of the Seine”, including Notre Dame, was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some of the most prominent figures in history passed through the doors of this superb building. Here royal weddings were celebrated, such as the one between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Francis II of France in 1558, as well as baptisms of kings and princes, and state funerals, like Charles de Gaulle’s in 1970.

This mythical cathedral has also inspired several very popular movies and served as their background. For instance, many adaptations of Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre Dame de Paris” were shot and performed in this monument, most notably Wallace Worsley’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 1923. This film was then readapted several times, including in 1996 in the famous Walt Disney Pictures cartoon. One of its most memorable scenes shows Quasimodo, the hunchback, signing while holding onto the symbolic flèche – or spire – of Notre Dame, victim of the fire of 2019 as mentioned above. The cathedral also appeared in the film “Amélie” by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in 2001 and then in Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset”, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2004. In the latter, actress Julie Delpy pronounces the ominous line “Notre Dame will be gone one day”.

 

The terrible fire of 2019:

The fire on the 15th April 2019 resulted in the collapse of the flèche and the roof. Fortunately, the fire brigade’s hard work was able to save the main structure of Notre Dame and the majority of the art works, including those that were kept in the cathedral’s treasure. The extreme shock of this event left the world incredulous, but very quickly, in a little less than a week, the exceptional donations coming from all over the world to help with its reconstruction reached nearly a billion euros.

The disastrous fire seems to have originated on scaffolding between the vault and the roof, where works were underway to reinforce the roof of the cathedral. The flames quickly spread on the 850 year old wooden beams and, just after an hour, the magnificent flèche collapsed, then followed by approximately two-thirds of the roof. The official investigation, still ongoing today, is launched immediately; in order to uncover the cause of this fire, not excluding any hypothesises. As it stands, although the exact details of what happened are not yetWhatsApp Image 2021-04-22 at 09.56.06 (4)8 completely clear, nothing now appears to accredit the criminal trail, so the fire may have been caused accidentally by a cigarette or a short electrical circuit.

The dust and soot created by the fire made the famous organ of Cavaillé-Coll unusable, but, spared from other damage it will be completely dismantled and restored. The statue of the Virgin Mary with child, which dates back to the XIV century, renowned also for being the statue with which Paul Claudel converted to Catholicism, only got wet from the water used to extinguish the flames. The Paul VI altar was crushed by stones and beams that fell from the roof but the ancient traditional altar was instead spared from damages, just like the golden wooden cross. In addition, although some stained glass windows have been slightly damaged, the iconic Rose du Midi, dating from 1260 and one of the most precious masterpieces of Notre-Dame, has remained miraculously intact.

 

The restoration works:

As soon as the fire was extinguished, the first priority was to implement emergency measures to avoid any risk of other parts of the cathedral getting damaged even more or falling down. Two years later, this tedious project of security is now almost complete, the reconstruction will finally be able to begin.Two years later, the security project is now nearly done and, following this, the reconstruction will begin. In depth studies with experts have been carried out in order to create the right plan following the specific European guidelines regarding the conservation of material cultural heritage, as well as international recommendations and the opinion of the Commission Nationale du Patrimoine et de l’Architecture.

This mission has not been an easy one and the many professionals working on the site have to follow strict protocols every time they enter the building to protect themselves from the three many issues that have been encountered. The threat of parts of the cathedral collapsing is still very much a reality, so helmets and specific footwear are mandatory. In addition the melting of the roof caused lead pollution, so a protective full suit must also be worn and a shower is compulsory when moving between the construction site and the offices. And last but not least, the Covid-19 pandemic meant everyone has to also wear masks at all times in and around the site.

A great controversy among experts originated from several debates regarding whether the roof and the spire should be rebuilt in the same way as it was before, thus using an extremely large amount of wood (oak), or if it should be redesigned, using innovative technologies and materials, which could be safer and more protective in case of another fire.

As the restoration of oak wood was finally decided, a first campaign of felling of a thousand oak trees began in early 2021 with a view to rebuilding the recent part (carried out in the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc), namely: the arrow, its base and the frame of the transept. To do this, the selected oaks must be between 150 and 200 years old and, after being felled, they must be left to dry for 12 to 18 months, in order to reach a moisture level of less than 30%.

A second cutting campaign will then be launched to provide the trees necessary (of a lower dimension), for the reconstruction of the medieval part of the roof.

WhatsApp Image 2021-04-22 at 09.58.47The debates are far from over, because beyond the subject of the arrow, another issue is also to decide whether the stained-glass windows destroyed by the fire should be redone identically or whether they should be substituted by more contemporary ones, as suggested by Michel Aupetit, Paris’ archbishop.

With an impressive amount of donations, President Macron’s objective to see Notre Dame opening to the public in April 2024, just five years after the fire and right on time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, seems to be realistic. Certainly, the restoration works won’t be completely finished by then and will continue for long after that, but it will be a true relief to see the doors of Notre Dame open again. The best technicians, construction workers, artisans, sculptors, stained glass restorers, architects, and many other experts are working everyday to reach this goal and soon we will be able to see Notre Dame in all of its splendour again.

Gastronomy in Paris in April 2021

Gastronomy in Paris in April 2021

16/04/2021

France is known all over the world for its excellent gastronomy and in Paris it can be found around every corner. Even without restaurants, the city has endless options to offer, and here are some of our personal favourites.

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If cooking is one of your passions and you want to take advantage of this period to experiment with new recipes, you’ll be able   to find ingredients of the highest calibre in Paris. From pâtisseries, boulangeries and chocolateries, to fromageries, bouchers   and épiceries, all you need to do to find the finest ingredients is to step outside. Our personalised gourmet tour, led by   ArtLuxury’s founder Olivier, is the perfect occasion to explore the many gastronomic wonders of the 7th arrondissement.

 

paul-hanaoka-EAl48ZpxjWo-unsplashHowever, if you are yet to refine your cooking skills but you still want to enjoy a meal entirely made by you, why not take the chance to participate in a private cooking class? Join a Chef in her authentic Parisian apartment to learn how to prepare a typical French meal. Choose from traditional dishes like duck breast, ratatouille and basquais chicken, as well as delicious desserts such as chocolate mousse, pastries and viennoiseries. After one of these classes, you’ll always be able to surprise your dinner guests with some really outstanding dishes!

 

While if you have been dreaming of the days you could go out to eat, and you are just waiting for the day restaurants will be open again, then your wait is over! Even during this period of lockdown, we’ve got you covered with the perfect solution for you as always! You will now be able to enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch in the private dining salon of one of our partner hotels, famous for its exceptional gastronomic quality. If this sounds like the dream you want to turn into a reality today, we can do this for you. All you have to do is contact us.

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In addition, to really take your gastronomic experience to the highest level, we offer bespoke dinners and lunches with our new exceptional partner, one of the greatest wine collectors worldwide. He is specialised in rare and aged French wines from the greatest appellations and châteaux, and will design for you the ultimate meal and wine pairing. He will collaborate with a Michelin starred chef to create a tailor-made menu to complement his exclusive wine selection of seven up to twelve – upon the number of guests ( 4 to 12) – ancient and exceptional Grand Crus from his personal cellar.

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However, this offer is momentarily unavailable due to the current restrictions, but once these get eased, you will be able to fully enjoy this special experience. This event will normally be organised in the privatised salon of the Chef’s restaurant but, exceptionally, you will even have the possibility to organise it in the private and extremely exclusive wine cellar of our wine collector. Imagine having lunch or dinner surrounded by several thousand aged and mythical wines, which date back to over a century ago, such as Yquem, Petrus, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, Latour, Pichot de Longueville, Margaux, Romanée Conti, Chassagne Montrachet, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Dom Pérignon, Cristal Roederer, Bollinger…. For this truly perfect and exclusive bespoke meal of the highest possible calibre, just contact us to save the date!

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Culture in Paris in April 2021

Culture in Paris in April 2021

12/04/2021

Have you been dreaming about the days when you could explore Paris’ intricate and inspiring culture by visiting its emblematic museums and monuments? In this particular period where so many public places have to stay closed, here are nonetheless some of our possible suggestions to continue immersing yourself in French history and art.

 

City tour in a vintage car

Discover this magnificent city in an original and romantic way by choosing between our selection of exclusive vintage cars, for instance, a 2CV, a Citroën Traction, a Cadillac or a Jaguar Type E.

And for the most unique city tour we invite you to experience the beautiful sights of Paris in a 1930’s British convertible with your private driver. This vintage limousine is truly one of a kind and it is the only one in Paris. The 1930s music playing form the gramophone and the Champagne bottle waiting for you in the car will create the perfect romantic atmosphere. In this iconic vintage car, be sure to turn everyone’s head!

If you want to delve deeper into the history of Paris, why not take one of our expert historians with you? He or she will tell you all there is to know about the City of Lights, while sitting at the front next to the driver, so that you can still have your own space and privacy.

 

Virtual cultural lectures

This unique and bespoke experience gives you the opportunity to (re)discover the history of art. Led by our selected expert lecturers, this innovative approach to culture and art actually enables a much more open and cross-cutting perspective compared to a traditional guided tour.

Create your very own conference or choose from the large selection we offer, which includes:

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  • The Louvre versus the Prado
  • New York through its museums
  • Marie-Antoinette
  • French Riviera
  • Bernard Arnault versus François Pinault
  • Art and gastronomy

And many more!

 

Open-air culture

As one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris is an open-air museum. To immerse yourself in its culture, history and art, you just need to step outside and you will be immediately surrounded by its emblematic monuments and hidden gems.

Next time you go for a walk, opt for a less obvious choice than your usual park. For instance, you could take some time to have a guided tour in the Sculpture Garden at Musée Rodin. In the heart of the 7th arrondissement, you will be able to admire the artist’s works while enjoying a pleasant walk in the park.

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Or if you prefer a more modern and contemporary atmosphere, head to Le Marais, where you will be able to admire some of the most original and innovative street art in the city. In this fascinating quartier, tradition, in particular with these magnificent 17th century private houses, mixes with modernity and many walls have been covered by the works of some of the world’s best known street artists.

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Walking city tour

Explore the beauty of Paris in the simplest way possible: just taking a long walk around the city.

This way you will get to see all your favourite points of interest up close and take advantage of the signs installed next to all the main monuments and historical sites. This great initiative of the city of Paris gives you the chance to learn more about this wonderful city being that all these signs present an introduction to the history of each landmark.

However, if an introduction is simply not enough for you, and you want to learn as much as possible about some of the most impressive monuments in the world, you can be accompanied on your tour by a specialised historian. By the end of the day, you will know all the secrets about the City of Lights!

New partnership with Your Home in Paris!

New partnership with Your Home in Paris!

14/12/2020

ArtLuxury Experience is excited to inform you of a new partner: Your Home in Paris!

Four beautiful and luxurious apartments, owned by our friend Christophe, are available for rental in the unique Eiffel Tower district – our own district!

As a home in Paris and in France is always strongly interconnected with gastronomy and wine, the apartments of Your Home in Paris have fun names of recalling great French wines: you can choose between Chablis, Rully, Brouilly or Moët!

 

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Just like ArtLuxury Experience, all of the apartments are in an ideal location in the heart of Paris: the 7th district. Just a few steps away from the Tour Eiffel, the district is also renowned for its food markets, patisseries, brasseries, and shops, full of fresh and local products which contribute to the beauty and charm of the area. You will also be only about a 10 minute walk from unmissable places for your shopping, like the Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées – just across the famous bridge “Pont de l’Alma”!

 

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To settle you into your new home, Olivier can give you a private tour of the neighbourhood, tracing its history and showing you all the best places where to shop and get your own bread, cheese, wine, macarons, and anything else you might need… so that you can completely immerse yourself into the district’s life and become a true Parisian!

 

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Whether you’d like to stay for a few days or a few months, there’s no better location to enjoy life in Paris! You can also refer to us for any kind of activity you may like to do to discover Paris… whether you’d like to go on a cruise on the Seine, or have a private guided tour at your favourite museum, we’re here to organize it for you!

We’ll be neighbours… So don’t hesitate to contact us to help you live Paris to the fullest and create unforgettable memories!

Musée YSL: Betty Catroux. Feminine Singular.

Musée YSL: Betty Catroux. Feminine Singular.

20/11/2020

This autumn the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris displayed a new, unique  exhibition: Betty Catroux. Feminine Singular. Betty Catroux, a fashion icon and an exceptional character, had a special relationship with Yves Saint Laurent. His friend and muse, she strongly influenced the stylist’s fashion and ideals, representing in Saint Laurent’s words, his “female double”.

 

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The exhibition displays around fifty of Yves Saint Laurent’s creations owned and worn by Betty Catroux, which she donated to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. An overwhelming triumph of black and a simple, masculine yet elegant style, dominate the showrooms, thus exemplifying Yves Saint Laurent’s characteristic androgynous creations as well as Betty Catroux’s personal style.

 

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Among the revolutionary aspects that Saint Laurent brought to the fashion industry is the employment of a masculine look for women. This innovative ideal was – and still is – an innate feature of Betty Catroux’s style, and those looks, conveying a powerful feminine vision, reign over the showrooms.

Achieving a great balance between the black tuxedos, loose silhouettes and elegance, the creations thus deeply represented Betty Catroux’s style as well as launched a revolutionary approach to the fashion industry.

 

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The exhibition also features a recent interview and photoshoots with Betty Catroux, which tell us more about her relationship with the iconic fashion designer from her perspective and memories.

 

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An unmissable exhibition for fashion lovers, you can enjoy a unique online guided tour enriched with anecdotes and details by our expert. Contact us to book a virtual lecture!

Cézanne and the Master Painters: a Dream of Italy

Cézanne and the Master Painters: a Dream of Italy

13/11/2020

Cézanne and the Master Painters: a Dream of Italy is an exhibition displayed at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris which has been prolonged until January 3rd, 2021. The exhibition traces Paul Cézanne’s artistic development from a particular perspective, that being his relationship with Italy and Italian masters of art from the 16th to the 20th century. Interestingly, Cézanne never travelled to Italy, but he was strongly inspired by Italian art and, in turn, his work later inspired Italian artists. The exhibition thus focuses on the “Italianness” of Cézanne, placing him in a dialogue with the Italian artists whose work he engaged with, or others he himself inspired.

 

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The exhibition presents around sixty paintings, placing Cézanne’s work alongside the Italian version which inspired the artist. The Italian artists whose work we can admire range from different centuries, but in particular we can find the works of masters such as Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Giordano, as well as Carrà, Soffici, Boccioni and Morandi. The works of these artists are displayed next to Cézanne’s, creating a discourse on Italy and Italian art. Cézanne was also a great admirer of Latin authors, and his artwork displayed in the first part of the exhibition is permeated with Latin influence. Moving towards the final showrooms we find the reversed phenomenon: how Cézanne’s work influenced Italian artists.

While Cézanne never set foot in Italy himself, he came from Provence, a French region bordering Italy, meaning that at least the landscape would be the same as in the North of Italy. This is evident, for example, in Cézanne’s painting of the Sainte Victoire Mountain, which in some way represents the relationship between the artist and Italy. The representation of nature, which could easily be Italian, shows the Mediterranean dimension of the landscape, bringing Cézanne closer to Italy. The painting glows of a particular light and expresses a landscape that is classical and timeless, “enduring like the art of museums”, like the artist himself said when talking about how his impressionist art should be.

 

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This exhibition not only displays impressionist masterpieces, but is particularly interesting for the perspective it offers on a part of Cézanne’s work and how it creates a dialogue among artists that inspired Cézanne and artists that were inspired by him.

 

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If you missed the opportunity to go to this exhibition, ArtLuxury can still make it happen! Contact us for a virtual guided tour of this exhibition – or any other exhibition or theme you are interested in, that you can find in our new programme of Virtual Cultural Lectures!

 

Luxes: discovering the world of luxury

Luxes: discovering the world of luxury

06/11/2020

What is luxury? Is it material or immaterial, does it have a price?

Since mid-October, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents an exhibition that explores the notion of luxury, its multifaceted meaning and representation from ancient times to the present day. The showrooms are filled with magnificent objects of all kinds, shapes and provenance, tracing the representation of luxury thematically, chronologically and by disciplinary field.

The exhibition thus showcases objects of luxury from numerous ages, countries and artists. From vases, silverware, to whole rooms and furniture, to dresses and jewellery, we move across the showrooms in awe of sumptuous and splendid pieces. What emerges from the exhibition is that there is no unilateral definition of luxury as there is no such thing: the concept and representation of luxury are dynamic, the notion itself evolving with time depending on geography and context. 

 

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We can admire, for example, an astronomical clock with a compass made of copper. The piece, coming from 17th century Paris, served as an instrument of scientific progress in a time marked by scientific discovery, practice, testing and experimentation dominating over theory. This gave space for an increasing production of devices that would serve to expand the developing disciplinary fields of geometry, astronomy, navigation, mathematics. These devices could be sophisticated and elegant, expensive, becoming thus luxurious items but they were also luxurious because of what they represented: knowledge. At a time of thrilling scientific discovery, knowledge was the most sought-after element and thus of luxury, whether it be in immaterial or in material forms.

 

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Another remarkable element of the exhibition is the Salon du Bois, created by the Parisian ceramist, artist and interior designer Georges Hoentschel for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. This design, a magnificent ensemble of wood panelling, made of Algerian sycamore, along with a collection of ornamental pieces, represents the finest craftsmanship and mastery of the arts. Entering a room which is in itself a subject of contemplation, the viewer is immersed in luxury. What the craftsmen idealised with the creation of these pieces was a conception of luxury that glorifies nature, borrowing from it to create something that would permanently testify to its beauty.

 

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Along with ornamental and interior design pieces, the exhibition walks us through to modern and contemporary times, showcasing the luxury of the fashion industry. Admiring creations by Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga, and especially the “Magnificent Gold” gown by the Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, we are driven to our current conception of luxury. Ranging from lavish, elegant dresses to sporty sneakers, anything can become a luxurious item. The exhibition thus invites the visitors to reflect on the evolution of luxury: with consumerism rendering everything immediately accessible to a much larger number of people, luxury is in continuous transformation. However, it is also increasingly aware of its impact on societies and especially on the environment, thus we are seeing a growing awareness and respect for nature entering the values of major fashion houses.

 

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Luxury thus encompasses a wide range of meanings depending particularly on space and time – geography and context. The value of an object does not merely lie in itself, the luxury related to it is rather assessed by what that object can represent, what message it sends to the people owning it and to those seeing it. Hence why luxury is also immaterial: it can be an idea, a concept or a feeling. 

Unfortunately, given the current circumstances of lockdown in Paris and the rest of France, the museum is temporarily closed, but there is a way you can still experience this wonderful exhibition: participate in our videoconference! We are launching a series of virtual tours so that you won’t have to miss the exhibition you were hoping to attend! Including “Luxes”, we offer a wide range of topics and exhibitions that you will be able to choose from, attending your own bespoke virtual conference with our selected experts. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us to book a virtual tour of “Luxes” or any other exhibition of your choice!

 

 

 

The Grand Palais Éphémère

The Grand Palais Éphémère

30/10/2020

The Grand Palais, located in the Champs-Élysées, is a striking museum and historical monument that was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. This remarkable site, emblematic of the innovative Art Nouveau Architecture, has become a symbol of culture and national heritage. The Grand Palais, in fact, has continuously hosted events and exhibitions in the fields of art, history and fashion.

The monument, however, requires large renovation works and will temporarily close from January 2021. Its re-opening is expected in January 2024 to host the Olympic Games, and in the spring of 2025 it will officially reopen to the public.

In order to keep the Grand Palais alive during these works a new building will take its place: the Grand Palais Éphémère. Located in Champ de Mars, facing the Tour Eiffel, this Temporary Grand Palais has been designed by the world renowned architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The preparation of the site and the following works have started in the middle of July 2020, and the Grand Palais Éphémère will be complete in January 2021, remaining accessible until the 2024 Olympic Games.

 

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The ideal location of the site requires special attention. The Grand Palais Éphémère stands between the Tour Eiffel and the École Militaire, another significant historical building, in place Joffre. While thus residing in a major historical, cultural and symbolical area, the creation of the building seeks to compliment its surroundings, thus respecting the composition of its grounds.

 

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The project is also built with particular awareness of sustainability by putting in place strategies that enhance architectural features in order to save consumption of building materials and polluting energies. In fact, the building’s arched structure allows for a more limited use of wood for the roof, and the double coating of the roof confers the building greater soundproofing as well as enhanced thermal and ventilation qualities.

 

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The Grand Palais Éphémère will thus officially take the place of the Grand Palais during this period of renovation works, with the promise of an exceptional building in an unparalleled location. It will host events that would have taken place in the Nef of the Grand Palais, such as La Biennale Paris and the Chanel fashion show. This exciting project, that seeks to preserve the Grand Palais’ cultural heritage, gives us something to look forward to in the new year!

Gabrielle Chanel’s timeless fashion at Palais Galliera

Gabrielle Chanel’s timeless fashion at Palais Galliera

23/10/2020

Elegance, comfort and simplicity. Three words that encapsulate Mademoiselle Chanel’s fashion style and the legacy she has created. 

After having been closed for just over two years for renovation works, the Palais Galliera, Paris’ fashion museum, has inaugurated its reopening in grand style with an exhibition dedicated to one of France’s most illustrious fashion designers: Gabrielle Chanel. 

Entering the luminous and splendid building of the Palais Galliera, the exhibition develops on two floors. With few photographs and apt descriptions, the exhibition displays some of Coco Chanel’s most iconic collection pieces, from simple, practical, almost masculine creations to glamorous and sophisticated evening dresses. The exhibition displays the collection chronologically, highlighting pieces that have become emblematic of the Maison Chanel, such as the tweed suits, the marinière, the perfume Chanel N°5, the 2.55 handbag, and the pearl and diamond jewellery. A marvel for the eye, each creation carries a piece of history, inducing us to think back in time and imagining a society from a different age.

 

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The collection’s selection of colours is also striking, particularly Chanel’s signature colours: black, red, white, beige and gold. Gabrielle Chanel’s decisions concerning colour mark another stylistic principle and contribute to the elegance and timelessness of her universe. Creating clothes based on her own necessities, Gabrielle Chanel was inspired by menswear and produced pieces that would represent and allow feminine independence: she rejected tight and restricting corsets while favouring loose silhouettes and trousers. This style would allow greater comfort and movement and was a fashion statement that would combine practicality and elegance, establishing a legacy liberating women.

 

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Mademoiselle Chanel also distinguished herself from designers of her time in terms of perfume. In line with her vision of elegance and style, her first perfume, the iconic Chanel N°5 created by Ernest Beaux, was an elaborate blend of some eighty ingredients to obtain a mysterious, indefinable perfume. Its increasing success rocketed when Marilyn Monroe talked about it, and it is still the most renowned perfume today. 

 

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Chanel’s choice of accessories also followed precise rules, never overshadowing the dress but complimenting it. Seen as an essential part of the look, Gabrielle Chanel integrated accessories in her outfits, modernizing and transforming them along with the clothes.

 

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“Chanel always. Not entirely different, not entirely the same.” Vogue Paris, September 1962.

The fashion principles set by Coco Chanel inspired the women of her time to wear practical clothes while still being fashionable, and such timeless principles still rule our sense of fashion today. With a minimalist style, Gabrielle Chanel’s revolutionised haute couture at her time and built an eternal legacy. 

If you wish to have an exceptional visit of this exhibition contact us for a private guided visit with our fashion expert.

 

The Grand Masked Ball in Versailles

The Grand Masked Ball in Versailles

14/10/2020

Do you ever wish you could travel back in time to participate in one of Louis XV’s exuberant and extraordinary parties at the Palace of Versailles?

Every year the Château de Versailles organises two spectacular costumed events to make this dream come true!

Indeed, starting with the Fêtes Galantes, on May 31st, 2021, an exceptional dress evening held within the Château, in the different Apartments and of course the renowned Hall of Mirrors, the Château de Versailles is also organizing the Grand Masked Ball in the Orangerie and Gardens, a few weeks later on June 19th, 2021.

Thus, ArtLuxury is delighted to arrange your bespoke participation to both events, but let’s discover today the amazing “Grand Bal Masqué”!

 

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Guests are dressed in sumptuous baroque costumes and dance the night away in grand fashion. You will be surrounded by magnificent costumes, masks, wigs and hats, transforming yourself into 18th century guests of King Louis XV!

At this unmissable event, every detail is curated perfectly to reproduce the unique style and ambience of the period. You will be welcomed to the Château de Versailles’ illuminated gardens with music and fountain games, opening the doors to an unforgettable night.

 

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The event will start with a magnificent Night Fountain Show, after which guests will enter the Orangerie, an exceptional building normally closed to the public. The Orangerie parterre, accessible from the garden, flourishes with trees and plants from all over Europe, which form part of the elegant and intricate garden that surrounds a circular pool.

The Ball will include a spectacular array of performers and dancers to keep you entertained, along with the DJ, Michaël Canitrot, so that you won’t be able to leave the dancefloor! The night will go on until dawn with a display of fireworks and an amazing afterparty in the Ballroom Grove.

 

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With a promise of an unmissable and unforgettable night, starting at 23.30pm until dawn,  we invite you to join us at this exceptional event! Whether you’re participating as a couple or as a group, we would be delighted to organize your magical soirée!

Please visit our dedicated webpage and contact us for your bespoke quotation!

Discover Provence and the French Riviera

Discover Provence and the French Riviera

27/08/2020

What would be your dream if you plan a stay in Provence or French Riviera for a few days? ArtLuxury Experience offers you a breathtaking offer, unique and à la carte, with a Taylor made program of various and exclusive experiences: cultural and historical guided tours, gastronomic tastings or local cooking classes, exceptional accommodation in luxury hotels or private châteaux etc!

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Among the large selection of memorable tours , we propose, for instance, the guided visit of the village Les-Baux-de-Provence. Built on a rocky spur, the Citadel of Les Baux-de-Provence offers an incomparable panorama of the Alpilles massif, the Crau plain swept by the Mistral and the Camargue.

The twenty or so inhabitants who still live within the enclosure, jealously protect an uncommon historical heritage, patiently restored. Your private guide will invite you to discover this fantastic and authentic region, unknown to the general public. And what if you stopped at an olive oil mill to discover the work of olive growing? You could taste the incredible olive oil of Provence!

Not far from there, do you know the city of Arles? A guided tour of the city awaits you.Arles is a real journey back in time where you can admire the jewels of Provencal Romanesque architecture. Discover the mysteries and particularities of the church, the cloister Saint Trophime and the alley of the Alyscamps.

 

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Still in the area, the famous Pont du Gard, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awaits you, for a visit of the monument and the Roman canal with your private guide.

Are you a history buff? A magic word for you: Glanum. Glanum is a splendid Greco-Roman archaeological site nestled in the heart of a valley, shelters important religious and civil vestiges. Outside, the Mausoleum and the Arc de Triomphe, called the Antiques, once arched the entrance to the site. They were for a long time the only visible monuments. For short a memorable immersion in Antiquity.

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In the same spirit, the ancient Roman city of Orange has preserved its monuments, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the ancient theater, which every year hosts the festival of the Choregies of Orange… We offer you a guided tour of the ancient theater, one of the most beautiful legacies of Imperial Rome, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is the theaterthe best preserved in Europe !

Are you more of a fine wine amateur ? We invite you to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be able to enjoy an authentic local aperitif with a commented visit of the cellars, including of course the tasting of a multitude of local wines, including for example: Châteauneuf-du-Pape white, Côtes du Rhône red, Châteauneuf-du-Pape red Cuvée Tradition and Vieilles Vignes, accompanied by a buffet of products made by the village terroir craftsmen: farmhouse bread, tapenade, goat cheese, olives, delicatessen …

If you are fan of cooking and French cuisine we have the perfect activity for you: a bespoke Cooking Course!

First of all, you will go to the nearest market to choose your products, to cook irresistible local products! Then, accompanied by a renowned chef, you will go to the market to discover the vegetables of the region, which will serve as a basis for our recipes. Then visit a goat farm to get the cheeses that will accompany the meal. Then, discovery of the herb garden of the farmhouse “in season”, its local specificities and the must-sees. Meeting in the kitchen of the farmhouse where the Chef will introduce you to his recipes and his “little secrets”. How to make a pistou, how to roll a leg of lamb, how to cook vegetables in a crunchy way, how to raise fish fillets…and many more tricks of the hand to achieve culinary prowess.

Finally, to conclude your amazing journey we will select for you a fantastic dinner in a magnificent setting, for instance this exceptional 5* hotel – historical estate, which extends over seven hectares at the foot of the Alpilles, on the edge of Saint Remy de Provence in a setting of remarkable vegetation.

Besides exploring this unique Provence, would you prefer to discover and spend an exceptional bespoke stay in French Riviera? Are you rather into sunny beaches of the Mediterranean Sea? We also have a whole range of Taylor made experiences and services for you.

Do you love the smell of lavender and its charm that makes it a symbol of Provence and the French Riviera? Strolling along the coast? How about going with a private guide for a walk in the unmissable landscape of this region?

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In addition we could also offer you a unique VIP workshop, where you can make your own perfume by your own hand, in one of the most famous perfumeries that our planet is home to.

Furthermore, of course, how not to evoke the world of wine and what surrounds it. We offer you an exceptional VIP tour to the most exceptional wineries you can find. Visit of vineyards, cellars, and of course wine tasting. All this in one place, in a castle of unrivalled charm.

If these few illustrations of our offerings has succeeded to seduce you, we are at your entire disposal to organize the stay of your dreams in these wonderful regions of Provence and the French Riviera.

If what you have just read has seduced you, we are at your disposal to organize the stay of your dreams in this wonderful region that is Provence and French Riviera.

Reopening of the parisians palaces !

Reopening of the parisians palaces !

20/08/2020
Last month, ArtLuxury informed you of the reopening of the hotel offer in Paris and France. We are pleased to keep you informed about the updates and provide you with a few more details as per today!

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Our selection of vintage cars for an amazing City Tour of Paris

Our selection of vintage cars for an amazing City Tour of Paris

14/08/2020

Discover the magnificent City of Light as you’ve never seen it before! ArtLuxury Experience offers exclusive city tours aboard cars as vintage as they are exclusive , in the heart of Paris. Enjoy a unique and original getaway, and experience an unforgettable journey in the heart of the capital thanks to a panoramic view of its most beautiful monuments.

Day or night, you will come back from this breathtaking experience with stars in your eyes!

Your driver, passionate about Parisian heritage will guide you and share the history of the main monuments with anecdotes about the rich heritage of the capital. From Montmartre and its panorama, to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Palais du Louvre or the Pantheon, Paris will have no more secrets for you. Your journey will take you through districts full of history and treasure such as the Marais or Saint-Germain-des-Prés, symbols of Parisian grandeur. The capital conceals many mysteries and unexplored districts that you will be able to discover exclusively!

What if you could combine city tour in vintage cars, culture and gastronomy? Say no more. At your request, we will organize an exclusive and gastronomic Picnic with food from the best craftsmen and Épiceries Fines in Paris, most appointed by famous Michelin starred Chefs!

Alternatively would you wish a glass of vintage Champagne in the car? We will take care of it. You will be welcomed in the greatest luxury, in a vintage and chic atmosphere.

If you are among friends, what could be more fun than a rally in a vintage car?

You will discover the city while having fun and challenging your friends and family in a very original way, taking part in a treasure hunt and an orienteering race, while competing with other cars.

Whether for a one-, two- or three-hour ride, or for half a day if you wish, treat yourself to a getaway in the heart of Paris and take part in the Parisian joys in a memorable and exclusive setting!

Here is our exclusive selection of authentic vintage cars (most of them are convertible or open-roof) on which we propose you to embark.

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If you are tempted to live such exclusive experience in the model of your dreams, just contact us HERE !

Discovering Bordeaux and its region

Discovering Bordeaux and its region

30/07/2020
Have you ever dreamed of  visiting a wine region? Even more in the world Mecca of wine? Of course we are talking about France, especially Bordeaux and its region.
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Indeed, Bordeaux is undoubtedly the most prestigious wine in the world, but the city from which it takes its name is also an exceptional place to visit at least once in a life. A sublime city, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Of course, in addition to the prestigious wine estates (Médoc, Saint Emilion …) in its immediate surroundings, the region abounds in unsuspected places, such as the Bay of Arcachon among many others, then up to the north the Charente and Cognac, and further to the south with the Basque Country.
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So then ArtLuxury Experience has put together for you an exceptional offer, tailor-made, to discover the unique Art of Living in the Bordeaux region, by offering you programs and guided tours entirely à la carte: wine and oenology of course, but also gastronomy, local history and culture as well as leisure and sport.This exclusive offer is not only focused on Bordeaux but also on the magnificent surrounding regions.
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All our programs are designed for you, tailor-made, according to your tastes, your passions, and your expectations. Do you have any specific wish? Please tell us. Whether you are travelling as a couple, with your family, or for work, we organize, thanks to our exclusive selection of renowned and exceptional partners locally such as experts, historians, private owners, stays that will become timeless. Your memories will be engraved forever in your mind.
Icing on the cake, ArtLuxury, in full exclusivity, is offering you the great privilege to be accompanied during the entire tour by Alexandre, your top VIP guide, not only famous for his highest  expertise in the field of wines, but also as he is a direct descendant of an illustrious 18th century French writer renowned worldwide.
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To conclude, whatever could be your plans for your stay in the Bordeaux region, ArtLuxury will be delighted to organise for you a unique, tailor-made and memorable experience to make the most of this breathtaking region!
You will find here a selection of experiences that we could organise for your tailor-made trip: [link to the presta].
For booking or any further question do not hesitate to contact us by clicking HERE [link to the contact form].
Our private cruises in Paris

Our private cruises in Paris

16/07/2020

ArtLuxury Experience offers you the most unique discoveries available in Paris. Among them, we propose exclusive cruises on the Seine River. Be tempted by our wide choice of boats and experiences.

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Let’s start with the smaller one of our selection (maximum of 5 passengers). Built on the shores of Lake Zurich in the ’60s, this 6.5m “roadster of the seas” combines style, panache and modernity, in the purest tradition of the legendary Chris-Craft or Riva.
Dedicated to pleasure boating and water sports, this boat, made of mahogany and chrome, has a powerful hybrid engine with electric propulsion.
Its cockpit, inspired by the Chevrolet convertibles of the time, features a throttle and steering wheel instead of the traditional bars, tinted windshield, white leather draped driver and passenger seats, as well as a sun deck at the rear.

The captain will accompany you on the Seine for 1h30 of navigation, departing from the port of call of Austerlitz or the Jardin des Plantes.
From the Eiffel Tower to the upper tip of Ile Saint-Louis, we invite you to discover the most beautiful monuments of Paris from a new perspective.


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Another type of boat is for a maximum of 8 passengers. If you like intimacy or the pleasure of being in a small group, then travelling on board this small but sumptuous boat is a unique experience, a timeless moment in the heart of Paris.
Designed and built in Venice, in the pure tradition of Riva and Chriscraft, this 9.20 meter boat combines comfort and elegance.
The beauty of the lines and the quality of the materials used make it a symbol of luxury and refinement.
On board, leather, chrome and mahogany interact with the stones and steel of the capital’s century-old bridges.

Boarding is through the front cockpit of the boat, where the crew is located.
In the centre, passengers have a fully glazed cabin with two leather benches and the minibar.
This warm and sheltered space provides a comfortable lounge in wet weather.
But if the sun is shining, the rear of the boat, open and intimate, offers a breathtaking view of the monuments of Paris, as close to the water as possible.

We can offer two cruises duration :

– the 1h30 cruise allows you to cross Paris on the Seine from the Eiffel Tower to the upstream point of Saint Louis Island. The service includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne, a mini bar of soft drinks and some apetizers.

– the 2-hour cruise, with the same catering service extends the visit up to the Statue of Liberty one the one end, the Cité de la Mode et du Design on the other end.


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Our exclusive vintage yacht (21m) for a private lunch or diner cruise: our chef invites you for an exclusive dinner cruise of 3 hours for an unforgettable experience.

This authentic and vintage yacht with refined wooden decoration has retained throughout the years the style & remarkable charm of the Art Deco.

For 2 up to 6 persons, we offer a full privatization of the yacht with Staff and Chef, dinner, wines and champagne.


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Another vintage 20 meters yacht. (2 up to 12 persons)

Do you love an old school style?

We propose to you a vintage and chic yacht, with exotic wood decorated cabin, formerly owned by a world renown movie star…!

Our private chef will invite you for 4 hours dinner cruise.



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Our contemporary and highly refined yacht (maximum 12 persons).

If you prefer modern style and confort, we propose a 3 hours served diner (or lunch) cruise on board of this magnificient 24m long yacht with open roof, displaying an exquisite contemporary decoration, including porcelain and Baccarat glasses…



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Our various offer for larger groups.

For several years, beside the privatization of yachts for small groups, couple, families… ArtLuxury has also arranged for larger private groups from the USA; upon your request we propose to privatize bigger boats for varius type of cruises to discover Paris as you have never seen it before! Can you imagine how magic it would be to embark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a cruise on the Seine and enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the monuments and bridges of Paris, particularly at night when the Eiffel Tower is sparkling…!

Last but not least, this is even more of a dream when you admire the most beautiful facets of the city of lights around a glass of champagne, a cocktail or a sit-down dinner !

This is precisly our promise: Live Paris intensely !
To conclude, whatever is your plan in Paris, ArtLuxury would be delighted to organize for you a bespoke and memorable cruise experience to best enjoy our city of love !

In such case, do not hesitate to contact us HERE !

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REOPENING OF THE HOSPITALITY IN PARIS AND FRANCE!

REOPENING OF THE HOSPITALITY IN PARIS AND FRANCE!

18/06/2020

Oh yes! Paris is finally waking up!

Last Sunday, one month after the partial ending of the lockdown in France, President Macron made its 4th speech, announcing a new major step of our decontainment.
Among the topics addressed, this official allocution was a great news for the hospitality and tourism sector with the announcement of the transition to the green zone of all the French territory except Mayotte and Guyana, generating the long-awaited full reopening of the Parisian “café-restaurants” and the progressive opening of the French frontiers.

Indeed, since yesterday, France has made its first step of “reconnection” to the world, by reopening its frontiers to Europe, thus authorizing travel and journeys, before its full worldwide reopening on July, 1st. This good and unexpected news is all the more accompanied by a gradual unblocking of the airports as of June, 26th concerning Orly airport with a slowly recapture of national and internationals flights!
Indeed this is a great news for the French travel & hospitality industry!

Thus French President has promised to commit to getting our economy “fully” back on track and rediscover part of our way of life, our taste for freedom.

In this context, ArtLuxury Experience has investigated these last days the renaissance of hotels in Paris and France, as well as the analysis of current trends in terms of travel intentions from international travellers for Paris destination.

In fact, tourists do confirm now their motivation to come back to Paris!
Through a report presented by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau on June, 2nd, a survey (source:Mastercard/ Mabrian, OTCP) conducted from May 1st to 20th on potential visitors from Asia, America and Europe, shows that on-line search for Paris destination has considerably increased!

Indeed, in this period, the on-line Flight searches for Paris literally grew-up compared to April. On the top of the list, we find China, with an increase of 62%, Russia with 39%, borders countries like Germany, Italy, Spain from 22,6% to 35,6%. For potential visitors from United-States, the increase is lower, but the country is still at the top of the searches with almost 195 000 requests.
These increases are very encouraging further to the critical lockdown context, but the figures still remain lower to the previous year in the order of -19,5 % to -90,3 %.

But this interest for Paris is not only at the international level! Indeed, French people are particularly motivated to spend their summer in France! Thus, since the lockdown, “re-discover France” is become very trendy among French people, especially thanks to Stéphane Bern, with the #cetetejevisitelefrance specially created at this occasion. This interest can be confirmed with a study made by BVA/EdV related to “French people and summer 2020 holidays”. The latter reveals that 90% of French holidaymakers will spend their summer in France, against approximately 66% usually in previous years! The trend is definitely upward!

reopening paris

But unfortunately, focussing specifically on the Parisian market, hospitality industry is still blurred or uncertain, whereas the official announcement about the reopening days of the luxury hotel, mainly dedicated to international wealthy clientele, is not yet known.

Whereas the critical decision for reopening is obviously related to profitability, staff availability … upon the categories of clients, we can obviously figure out that the more starred the hotel is and higher in its classification, the later will be its reopening, clearly depending on the arrival of the international wealthy clientele.

That being said, ArtLuxury has conducted its own investigation and is pleased to provide an overview of the situation as per today.

Indeed, first, we can already observe a progressively re-opening of the Parisian four- and five-stars hotels!

As illustration, let’s start with our discussion last Thursday with one of our Parisian Hotels group partners, namely Jeremy Auzanneau, Commercial and Marketing Director of the Inwood Hotels Group. During our meeting at “La Bourdonnais”, their already open 4* Boutique hotel, Jeremy informed us in much details about all specific measures set up related to social distancing, then about the progressive reopening of the other 4* hotels of the Group starting from now, and later in September with their new 5* Champs-Elysées Plaza,  to conclude with a quite interesting exchange on new trends of the Luxury Hotels and hospitality market.

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Furthermore, with great satisfaction, we can announce the reopening of several 5-star hotels like Le Collectionneur, Hotel Costes  …. and others early July, such as Fauchon l’Hotel, Alfred Sommier, …

All are of course still facing a low level of reservation, but most of them offer very attractive rates, up to 50% discount in some of them, or offering you an upgrade! Even more a Group like Inwood Hotels is offering very exclusive contest!

This is definitely the right moment for you and a real opportunity to plan you stay next in Paris!

Regarding the 12 official Parisian Palaces, their re-opening is scheduled to occur at last, meaning in these coming weeks, latest in September. Indeed, as of July, we can mention the reopening of La Réserve, Le Crillon, the Peninsula, the Shangri-La, and most probably the Plaza Athénée! For August, the booking is already open for the Ritz and the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme! Last but not least, Bristol is announced to reopen by September 1st, probably followed by the last ones!

Indeed, in case you wish to be the “happy few” to visit Paris first, we would be delighted to organise you a bespoke arrangement!

We are so eagerly looking forward to seeing you again, and keeping you dreaming!

Don’t forget: Stay tuned! A magnificent surprise is coming soon!

RE-OPENING OF PARIS AUCTIONS HOUSES!

RE-OPENING OF PARIS AUCTIONS HOUSES!

11/06/2020

Paris s’éveille !

Oh yes! Paris is waking up!!!

After the re-opening of the Vanves flea market and the renaissance of the Parisian Gastronomy offerings, ArtLuxury was so much pleased to experience last week the new opening of the auction houses, and art market, obviously starting with Drouot, famous Parisian Institution and unique worldwide!

Drouot auctions houses
Indeed, last Wednesday afternoon, Olivier and Pierre, the Community Manager where on site to attend very interesting auctions as well as checking how the global operations have been adapted to address the new social distancing constraints.

 

Except the traditional auctioneer’s hammer blow, the atmosphere and the affluence were, indeed, rather quieter than usual. For instance, compared to the previous years, the June forecasted sales have decreased to the half as well as the number of visitors is not more than a quarter.
Nonetheless, it is important to notice that this weak affluence does not prevent the high quality of the sales in most Auction Houses in Paris and surrounding places: magnificent pieces full of stories, like the self-portrait of Antoine de Saint Exupéry in Drouot, souvenirs of the Queen Marie-Antoinette in Osenat, or Asterix and Obelix plates drew by Uderzo in Artcurial!

The Petit Prince auctions houses drouot

Thus, it is to be mentioned that during the two months of lock-down, the auction houses were not all totally closed. As a matter of fact, this period has been the opportunity for some houses like Drouot, Sotheby’s etc to further develop their online auctions activities.

This has been a rather successful initiative, featuring a considerable increase of twice more furniture and artwork sales!

Since the progressive re-opening started mid-May, the auction houses are now all operational, redeploying gradually their activities, offering to the visitors the best possible condition, while keeping the social distancing measures. Indeed, the access of the houses is strictly regulated, thereby limiting the number of visitors and buyers. Furthermore, the opening hours, exhibitions and sales are also adapted such as the conditions of withdrawal and sales shipment.

auctions houses Drouot

In order to compensate the cancellation of worldwide iconic Antic art fair “Biennale de Paris”, some houses such as Christie’s are currently planning alternative events addressed to top antic dealers. Indeed, this renown House will put in place eleven online sale auction days starting from September,10th to 21st. Besides, it is important to highlight that part of its revenue will be reversed to the Stéphane Bern Foundation dedicated to the preservation and funding of the French heritage!

 

Considering that these auctions are finally much more comfortable with less affluence, and that the Houses will organise quite fantastic sales in the following months, we definitely invite you to stay tuned …. Hopefully you’ll get get the chance to find the gem of your dream!

Last but not least, in case you’ll much better enjoy such experience with our expertise, do not hesitate to contact us so as to organise our bespoke arrangement to accompany you.

FRESH RESTART FOR THE PARISIAN GASTRONOMY!

FRESH RESTART FOR THE PARISIAN GASTRONOMY!

02/06/2020

Paris s’éveille !

Oh yes! Paris is waking-up!!!

Well-know all around the world for its specialities and typical dish, France is become one of the most emblematic and major actors in terms of gastronomy. Growing-up over the last centuries, the French cooking reached a major recognition during the Middle Age with its sumptuous banquets organized in the castles featuring well decorated and seasoned dish.  Real part of the French culture, the gastronomy embodies “L’Art de vivre à la Française”.

Unfortunately, for two months with this lockdown and new deal, the catering and restaurants world is and was totally upset and in a big blur. Even since May 11th, with the announcement of pre-deconfinement, bars and restaurants were still standing by, waiting for a decision of the government for the full opening. Finally, on May 28th, a partial relief has been officially announced giving a 2 steps permission:  terraces re-opening as of today June 2nd, and then total re-opening on June 22nd.

Therefore let’s explore what we can now enjoy in Paris in terms of French gastronomy, can it be a casual meal or an exclusive gourmet experience.

  • Click and collect/ Delivery:

Set-up by lot of restaurants, the click & collect solution is definitely become the most popular one, as well as more affordable most of the times. Even some Michelin stared or famous restaurants are offering this service too. As illustration we have selected for you the special offerings of two renown Chefs.

  • Café Constant by Christian Constant

Located in the famous rue Saint Dominique in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Café Constant is offering you since the middle of the lockdown a weekly menu, with a different set menu each day for €22 composed of a starter, a course and a dessert.  Discover here the menu of this week!

Menu Christian Constant - gastronomy

Famous multi-starred Chef Alain Ducasse, unmissable reference of the French gastronomy has specially created 4 boxes or Menus, starting from €18:

  • The classic BOX
  • The fresh BOX
  • The marine BOX
  • The vegan BOX

If you want a bespoke BOX, you can also create your:

  • BOX of the Day
  • Card BOX

Your set menu can be delivered in bicycle or picked-up in a lovely place at his restaurant Ducasse sur Seine, located on a superb boat near the Eiffel Tower!

  • Chef at home

If you are a lover of amazing and exclusive experience, ArtLuxury gives you the opportunity to invite a Chef at your home! From grocery shopping to cooking as well as from table service to washing up, everything is taken care of! This is the opportunity to enjoy a unique and unforgettable moment!

Two menus are available: The Epicure and Signature menu.

  • And what about the restaurants re-opening?

For you, ArtLuxury Experience made some field interviews with some of them in order to figure out how they plan it, progressively in the following weeks.

Indeed, for all of them, due to the various new Covid19 related constraints, such as social distancing, terraces only up to June, 22nd … re-opening is a critical matter of profitability, staff, procurement from suppliers etc.
In case of re-opening, the cards will most probably be reduced.

As a matter of fact, during our promenade today, we noticed that almost half of the terraces are not open.

Café de l'esplanade - gastronomy

Therefore, we invite you to stay tuned in our social media, we will keep you informed about the next steps and full re-opening!

If you are interested in a Chef at home experience or any further information, do not hesitate to contact us!

 

 

PARIS S’EVEILLE: RENAISSANCE OF THE VANVES FLEA MARKET!

PARIS S’EVEILLE: RENAISSANCE OF THE VANVES FLEA MARKET!

21/05/2020

As you can imagine, last Saturday, ArtLuxury Experience was so much pleased to go back to one of the most emblematic flea markets of Paris: “The Puces of Vanves”.
Indeed, it was the official D Day of the re-opening of the flea market after this two-months lockdown.
Before showing you its renaissance, let’s discover together its amazing history, whereas the flea markets of today, with its wonderful bohemian and family spirit has nothing to do with its origin!

Vanves flea market

Indeed, far away from its atmosphere today, the Parisian flea market, starting in the Middle Age was at this period a place where poor people were dealing to earn money. In fact, their hard and painful work was consisting of handling and selling second hand and recycled materials such as irons, skins, rags… that is how were born the rag and bone men.

At this medieval time, there was a unique flea market in the center of Paris, close to Notre Dame. But gradually, the flea market spread away in several places and then began to be expulsed of the city centre during this expansion.

Thus, the first step of this evolution began in the middle of the XVIII century, where this kind of activities started to be forbidden in the city by the police due to the new salubrity regulation. This restriction forced the ragmen to move and join the district of Grenelle at the outskirts of the capital in this period.

Later on, in 1884 under the prefect Eugène Poubelle the ragmen faced a new situation with the apparition of the dustbin. This innovation was not only a considerable sanitary revolution for the population, but also a real change of their daily work, benefiting of a much more rational salvage.

Finally, under the Second Empire the expulsion was tightened, forcing them to move away again. That is the birth and the flourish of the three famous flea markets still existing today: Vanves, Saint Ouen and Montreuil.

The Puces de Vanves usually gather 380 exhibitors, presenting different and various items. From the paints, to the decorative art, passing by the watches or the silverware, find what you dream is like an evidence. Moreover, Vanves is the only intramural flea market of Paris.

Vanves flea market

Now, let’s give you some news of the Puce of Vanves, today after this lockdown!

In order to respect the social distancing, the market is separated in two parts, introducing alternance for each side of the market according to the week: pair weeks limited to sidewalk exhibitors while impair week to sellers on the other side. Besides, the opening days and hours remain the same: Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm.

With such convivial atmosphere on a sunny day, this re-opening was a unique experience, a good moment to change our mind and bargain to find the rare pearl!
During this memorable morning ArtLuxury Experience was so happy to find great deals,  such as a magnificent heat lamp for Olivier and some watches mechanics for Pierre, the intern!

Olivier et lampe bouillote - Vanves flea market

What a pleasure to be back there!!

If you are interested by a guided visit in company of Olivier, don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be delighted to share again this experience with you!

SERIAL CONTEST: «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020».

SERIAL CONTEST: «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020».

11/05/2020

Paris virtual Tour #4: The Eiffel Tower

Today, for the last episode of our series Paris virtual Tour 2020, ArtLuxury Experience has the great pleasure to present you one of the most emblematic monuments, Paris icon, known and imitated all around the world: The Eiffel Tower. Indeed, the Grand Iron Lady invites you to an exclusive and immersive visit to discover its most beautiful facets and secrets.

If you want to admire its beauty and gain height, the tower invites you to discover it in 360° or virtually.  In a first time, you can follow the 360° visit video made by TV5 Monde last year at the occasion of its 130th birth, where you can see it from a drone, day and night, its inside and out. If you wish to discover it more in details and at your pace, the Eiffel Tower allows you to climb it virtually and enjoy the magnificent panorama from its 2nd to the 3rd floor and a half.

Vue Eiffel Tower

For those who prefer to admire the Grand Iron Lady from the bottom and walk on the park, you can appreciate the forecourt its secrets and details or its historic west and east gardens and their great biodiversity listed Classified Wooded Areas. 

Now we propose you to make a journey through time by going back 130 years ago to discover the Eiffel Tower in more details, and learn more about it, especially concerning its construction, its context and its first opening years. For that you can also admire four exhibitions presenting respectively these captivating stories:

If you are attracted by this period, we invite you to discover an interesting collection of originals pictures and illustration telling a part of the story and the history of this monument.

Furthermore to conclude this time journey, you have the possibility to discover the Eiffel tower, its attractions, and much else during the universal exhibition of 1889.

If you are a lover of histories anecdotes the Grand Iron Lady propose you to discover a selection which was made especially for its 130th years.

Finally, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, through VIP tour (soon to be set-up, see our article), or personalized guided tours.

Tour Eiffel et rosierLast but not least, do not miss to participate to our serial contest open as of now: 2 amazing prizes will be awarded by ArtLuxury!

The prizes offered to the 2 Winners are as follows:

1st Lot: an exclusive and gourmet picnic (for 2 people) organised by ArtLuxury Experience, on the lawns of the Champ de Mars.

2nd Lot: according to the beneficiary’s preference, and always in the company of Olivier, President and Founder of ArtLuxury Experience:

– A “Gourmet Tour” (2 hours) in the very chic area of rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower.

– Or a guided tour (2 hours) of the Vanves Flea Market

See here our complete rules for this Prize contest Paris virtual Tour 2020.

Fancy to get your prize?

Just reply to our online questionnaire here!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

 

 

SERIAL CONTEST:  «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020»

SERIAL CONTEST: «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020»

04/05/2020

Paris virtual Tour #3: The Musée d’Orsay

Third step of our Paris virtual Tour 2020. ArtLuxury Experience has the pleasure to let you discover the “Musée d’Orsay”

The history of this museum is not common, from the railway station to the museum, let us discover how and when this monument was born. Thus we invite you to discover in image this transformation, some anecdotes and events who took place in this location along the Seine River. The museum has also shared five videos on its Youtube channel, who show the “Naissance d’un musée” with all its issues, its inauguration…

Musée d'Orsay vue extérieure

The collection of the museum was built thanks to three others museum: The “Louvre”, the “musée du Jeu de Paume”, and the “musée d’Art moderne” allowing a diversity of the works.
Its commented collection , available online, will enable you to view its paints, sculptures, decorative arts, pictures, graphic arts and architecture. If you want to know more about them, you can discover its history, where you will find their origin…

This diversity is not only due to its different works. It is also due to the presence of a multitude of artistic movements. From the Academism to the Post-impressionism, on the videos  “Orsay en mouvement”, let us see all these movements presented through all related artistic works.

If you want to discover a selection of its works explained in videos the museum gives you this possibility by means of its series “Une oeuvre, un regard”: Each weeks, some contemporary figures, like musicians, philosophers, scientists, present, explain and describe in some minutes a work of their choice, which have sense for them.

Sculpture musée d'Orsay

For the end of this visit, have you ever dreamed to discover the restoration steps of a paint?
The museum has sets up a series of articles which describe you all of this. You will also be able to discover thanks to several videos the working process set up for the restoration of a painting, from its diagnostic to its reintegration.

Finally, after the present containment, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, through VIP or private guided tours, with one of our best lecturers.

Last but not least, do not miss to read our last article “Paris virtual Tour 2020” published here next monday, and then to participate to our serial contest at the end: 2 amazing prizes will be awarded by ArtLuxury!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020″

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020″

27/04/2020

Paris virtual Tour #2: “The Palais Garnier”

For this second edition of our Parisian virtual Tour 2020, ArtLuxury Experience has the pleasure to invite you to discover the Palais Garnier or Opera Garnier and its backstage.

Thanks to its partnership with Google Arts & Culture, since 2014, the Palais Garnier invites you to discover it virtually in its slightest nook and cranny. This virtual visit, allows you to visit its inside, with the Opéra and all its stages from the capstans to its rehearsal studio. All in all, eleven levels to visit. You can see also its “Bibliothèque musée”, national museum of Paris, and have a glimpse of its large collection.

Colonne Palais Garnier
If you wish to take a fresh air bash, you can also access to the rooftop and admire the magnificent Parisian’s landscape. Finally, if you are a lover of unusual experiences, you can explore the artificial lake as well, at the fifth level underground.

Do you want to discover the Palais Garnier in more details, and learn more about it? you can also admire three exhibitions presenting three captivating stories:

Scène Opéra Garnier

Don’t you have ever dreamed to attend a ballet or an opera performance anytime from home?
In this particular period, the Opéra gives and offers you the opportunity to watch some of their best shows.
To watch those in their integrality, discover here a selection of full performances. You can go further in discovering some opera’s and ballet’s folders and series.

Furthermore, the Palais Garnier allows you to become like a little mouse and discover its backstage. You will see among others, interviews of artists like musicians, dancers, and their works before the final show, history and anecdotes of these performances…

Finally, after this containment, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, including the stories behind the scene, through VIP or private guided tours, with one of our best lecturers.

Last but not least, do not miss to read our next articles “Paris virtual Tour 2020” published here in the coming weeks, and then to participate to our serial contest at the end: 2 amazing prizes will be awarded by ArtLuxury!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020”

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020”

20/04/2020

Paris virtual Tour #1: «Welcome to the Louvre»

In this particular period of containment, don’t you have ever dreamed to visit, virtually this time, the most emblematic Parisians’ monuments and museums, anytime from home?

Thus, and before we can offer you again our private guided visit with our best historians and speakers, ArtLuxury Experience has selected for you four of the very best museums and monuments of the City of Lights, that are currently offering amazing virtual galleries featuring their heritage and related collections.

Indeed, as a series, each Monday, we will publish one article revealing you a selection of creations and virtual tours proposed by each Parisian monument, in order to discover and admire them, despite this frustrating context of COVID-19. Last but not least, at the end of each article, we will ask you one question for your participation to our Serial contest: “Paris virtual Tour 2020.”

At the end of our fourth article, on Monday May 11th, day of containment’s end in France, we will invite you to participate to our Quiz 2020, through an on-line form, by answering to the four questions related to these articles, together with a subsidiary fifth question.

 

Two prizes to be won: two exclusive experiences of ArtLuxury will be awarded to the first two correct answers.

1) 1st Lot: an exclusive and gourmet picnic (for 2 people) organised by ArtLuxury Experience, on the lawns of the Champ de Mars.

2) 2nd Lot: according to the beneficiary’s preference, and always in the company of Olivier, President and Founder of ArtLuxury Experience :

– A “Gourmet Tour” (2 hours) in the very chic area of rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower.

– Or a guided tour (2 hours) of the Vanves Flea Market

For more details, please refer to the Rules of our Serial contest: “Paris virtual Tour 2020.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a PRIZE: on Monday April 11, 2020, after the publication of our 4th and last article you will be invited to participate to our Contest, by answering to five questions related to our articles! The first 2 correct answers will be awarded!

Today, we have the great pleasure to publish our article #1 …

 

Paris virtual Tour #1: “Welcome to the Louvre”

 

With its world-famous masterpieces like the “Joconde” or the “Vénus de Milo”, the Louvre is without contest one of the most influent museum in the world, but also one of the most innovative.

Louvre Joconde

If you are a fan of interactive adventures, we offer you herewith our selection of visits and virtual galleries recently created by the Louvre:

Indeed, the museum opens its doors and invites you to an exceptional visit of four of its rooms in virtual reality or in 360°, in order to take you for an immersive journey around the time and the ages:

You can also admire and “attend” until June 29th 2020 the exhibition “Figure d’artistes” dedicated to the “genius of Renaissance” and meet famous artists like Leonard de Vinci, Donatello, Michel-Ange.

 

After that, the Louvre invites you to visit the Sully wing, to plunge into the medieval Louvre and discover the past and the remains of this old fortress, from the medieval period to the revolution.

From there, you will then enter into the Sphinx crypt to continue the visit at the time of the pharaohs.

This time journey will come to the end with the last room recently renovated thanks to the patronage of the Maison Cartier: La Galerie d’Apollon. You will be able to discover its treasures, its magnificent ceiling and the presentation of its restoration’s steps.

Louvre salle

If you want discover and explore more in details its collections, the Louvre offers you a selection of 29 themes covering not only its masterpieces, unmissable, but also lesser-known pieces of art, but equally appreciable. This selection, be addressed to all profiles, amateurs or passionate, has been realized to reveal the exceptional richness of its collections.

In order to conclude our selection, the Louvre, gives you also a set of filmed recordings in its auditorium. Please enjoy the great privilege to assist from your home to

  • Concerts, including sublime musical works of the 18th century to the present day,
  • Initiations to the history of arts,
  • Conferences in history of arts,
  • Related programs to archaeology, art, history and culture, realized by renowned historians,
  • Works’ analyses,
  • Exhibition
  • Conferences of contemporary art,
  • Interviews

In addition, if you want to follow closely the news of the museum, do not miss its social medias, where are shared numerous pictures, works presentations, galleries etc.

Finally, after this containment, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, through VIP or private guided tours, with our one of our best lecturers.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

 

MUSEUM D’ART MODERNE, HANS HARTUNG: LA FABRIQUE DU GESTE

MUSEUM D’ART MODERNE, HANS HARTUNG: LA FABRIQUE DU GESTE

28/02/2020

 

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This year, after a year of work, the museum d’Art Moderne in Paris, has decided to exhibit a retrospective on the life of the German artist Hans Hartung.  Pioneer painter of the major movement, Abstraction, renowned for his modern and conceptual dimension.

 

He had an admiration and a passion for the painter Rembrandt, who inspired many of his works. In addition, He also had a close relationship and artistic solidarity with Pablo Picasso,

both facing all these political troubles during this period in their respective countries.

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Hans Hartung was a very eclectic artist, he was as well painter and photographer. We may see it with this collage, ordered by the famous American collector and sponsor  Peggy Guggenheim.

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Moreover, the exhibition hosts 300 pieces of his art, painted during his six decade of creation, those are simultaneously photographs, sketches, painting on pebbles…Indeed, throughout those 60 years of creation, the painter artist has realized numerous experiences on various supports such as painting on ceramics and has developed plentiful  technical innovations.

 

This exhibit regroups various pieces of as well as written documents that retrace his life, such as books, correspondence, catalogues, youth newspaper, archival documents, invitation card, poster, film, documentary…

 

However, the exhibit is ending on March 1st, if you are interested by it, or anytime by the permanent collections of Museum d’Art Modern, contact us, we can arrange a guided visit for you.

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SAVE THE DATE: COMING SOON EIFFEL TOWER VIP VISIT

SAVE THE DATE: COMING SOON EIFFEL TOWER VIP VISIT

27/02/2020

 

Specially for you, ArtLuxury Experience, has the pleasure to announce that the Direction of theEiffel_Tower Eiffel Tower associates us for the creation of its future VIP visit offer. Throughout our last meeting yesterday, we can now precise that it is planned to be operational by the end of summer 2020. This visit will put stars in your eyes! Everything is in this visit!

 

A very personalized visit, enabling privileged access to the most inaccessible places of the Eiffel Tower. The Grand Iron Lady and its backstage won’t have any secrets left for you.

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It will be composed of:

  • A personal welcoming, skip the line
  • Guided visit by a specially formed Eiffel Tower staff member
  • Access to the elevator’s machinery
  • Access to the intermediate floors for the best view of the structureEiffel_Tower
  • Access to the top
  • Breakfast in a lounge or a cup of Champagne at the top
  • As well as other surprises in option!

 

 

Waiting the opening of this future VIP visit, we can already arrange for you a personalized visit, with skip the line access option, a cup of champagne at the top, and could be as well continued by a lunch or dinner in the  Jules Verne restaurant, on the 2nd floor, with the Chef Frédéric Anton.

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THE MAISON CARTIER DONATES TO THE LOUVRE

THE MAISON CARTIER DONATES TO THE LOUVRE

05/02/2020

The Maison Cartier was now recently a benefactor of the Louvre. The Maison has financed the renovation of the famous Apollon gallery dedicated to the royal jewel and ornament. This gallery was closed for works for 8 months and reopened on January 15th, 2020.

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Indeed, those restoration works were mainly focused on:

 

  • Its decoration: paintings and statues that had been made in two centuries and the Gobelins tapestries.
  • In addition, the light, in particular of the gold has been magnificently optimized and staged in order to highlight the jewels.

 

Cartier wanted to show the symbolic importance of the jewels for the monarchical identity of the Ancien Régime as well as the Second Empire.

 

The Apollon Gallery, 196ft long, has hosted the first jewels collection founded in 1523 by François 1er, which was transmitted from kings to kings. However, this majestic collection was sold during the French Third Republic in 1887 during an auction sale in Paris.

 

This collection includes three incredible diamonds which belonged to the royal family:

 

  • The Régent, of an exceptional size of 140 carats has belonged to Louis XIV;
  • The Sancy, biggest diamond in Europe during the XIX century;
  • Hortensia, that was offered to the king Louis XV by Tavernier, French explorer.

 

Those displays are dedicated to the jewels incarnating the main historical reigns:

 

  • the French Ancien Régime
  • Premier Empire
  • Monarchie de Juillet
  • Second Empire

 

This gallery is also exhibiting the famous vases collection founded by Louis XIV, in fact he was a great fan of vases as well as precious stones. The exhibition hosts vases which are more original one than another with various shapes such as boats, shells…

 

For sure, this exhibition will be of particular interest for the jewelry and gemology lovers, therefore ArtLuxury Experience will be delighted to arrange a dedicated VIP visit of the Louvre including this Apollon gallery.

OUR ORIGINAL IDEAS VALENTINE’S DAY

OUR ORIGINAL IDEAS VALENTINE’S DAY

03/02/2020

Like every year on valentine’s day, you are looking for the perfect gift for your partner. Beyond the traditional chocolate box or bunch of roses there are so many possibilities for an exceptional present your lover will always remember. What about an unforgettable moment in the city of love?

Art Luxury Experience selected for you the most romantic experiences to celebrate your Valentine’s day. Indeed, each couple is different, therefore we selected 5 different moods so as to express love in everyone’s way.

If you are interested please visit our page by clicking here.

 

What about you, which Valentine are you?

 

Do you feel surprising and mysterious?

Honeymoon dinner cruise is made for you.

Surprise your partner during an unforgettable evening aboard an exceptional private yacht.

Sail along the river Seine and enjoy the most beautiful monuments of the romantic city of lights. Forget about everything and focus entirely on your beloved while a private chef delights you with sumptuous and traditional French meal. An overwhelming evening for two to dazzle your tender and to remember for ever!

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Are you interested by this experience ? Please contact us, we’ll arrange it for you.

 

Are you an elegant gentleman?

Court your flame inside a very fancy restaurant and make her feel like a queen.

At the bottom of Notre Dame, we selected for you the Vieux Paris d’Arcole. This recommended restaurant welcomes you into a traditional and luxurious atmosphere.

What is more, our specialist of the “Parisian chic” will join your table so as to guide you during your dinner sharing her knowledge about elegancy and French “art de vivre”. In other words, perform with all the high society codes and step into the shoes of a French aristocrat for a memorable night.

An exceptional evening in the heart of Paris

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Do you want to become a French aristocrat for a night ? Please contact us.

 

Being a passionate and gourmet lover?

Besides the usual chocolate box, offer your partner the opportunity of cooking some together. Rendez-vous behind the scene of a prestigious French pastry house and experience a moment of complicity and culinary creativity. This fancy pastry house realizes the perfect match between tradition and modernity so as to delight your taste buds.

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Do you want to dream around chocolate ? Please contact us.

 

 

Feeling more like cocooning?

Charm your beloved transforming the place you are staying in Paris into a private luxurious restaurant. In order to share a gastronomic dinner without doing a thing, we selected for you the best talented chefs. Only pay attention to the sweet words you’ll whisper while the chef serves you sophisticated dishes in total intimacy.

We have selected for you thanks to are partnerships 5 Chefs, with 5 different menus:

  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Valentine’s day menu
  • Aphrodisiac Valentine’s day
  • The lovers
  • Valentine’s menu

The price range are starting from 220€ TVA included for (two persons)

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Do you want to experience a private chef ? Please contact us.

 

 

Are you an artist nostalgic of the past?

Make your partner dream taking her/him to a magic trip around the city of love inside the very famous Rolls Royce of the 1970’s. Our famous and very charismatic historian will drive it for you while telling you unusual stories about places you’ll cross. It can be for a simple displacement or for a true long journey, in any event dive into another time and feel the magic of Paris hidden history.

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Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Limousine 2 1978

Do you want to experience this wonderful trip ? Please contact us.

 

Would you like to become a Nose?

Your beloved has always dreamed of a unique perfume? Come and create your own perfume with the help of an expert for a complicity and romantic experience. As well you will visit a famous perfumery house and become a nose for a moment. This will be a memorable and creative while together.

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Do you want to make your unique perfume? please contact us

 

Are you a romantic artist ?

Discover a unique place of Paris: Montmartre. This place is known for its artistic and folklore aspects. You will cross invisible frontiers and walk away the most touristic places. Our guide will make you discover famous paintings on the site their where painted. Moreover, you will learn the cancan and discover the Sacré-Coeur secrets unrevealed by the official guides, medias and historical books.

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The artistic and folklore aspect interests you? Please contact us we will have pleasure to make bespoke arrangements just for you.

 

New: Are you an oenology fan?

Have a private wine tasting in the cellar of the famous Tour d’Argent restaurant. Live a memorable and privileged moment in the cellar of this exceptional Parisian restaurant, the oldest of the capital and Michelin-starred. You will discover the enchanting universe of its private cellar and taste the greatest wines and Grand Crus with the Chef sommelier in this high historical setting. This will be a magical and unique experience for you and your beloved.

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This unique experience is for you? Please contact us for bespoke arrangements.

New: Have you already found the “rare pearl”?

Thanks to our jewelry expert and gemologist, you will be guided and advised to find, or better custom-create the perfect jewelry for your beloved. She will accompany you in the most famous and luxurious jewelry houses and independent creators in their workshops. You will live an amazing experience and memorable moment of complicity.

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You are looking for the best jewelry for you beloved? Please contact us.

All in all, above is a bench of original ideas we have curated for you in order to celebrate your unforgettable valentine’s day.

The price range of our offers is, upon the experience and availability, starting for 450euros (for two persons) up to 4000euros (for two persons).

If you are interested by one or another experience, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll make a very specific and bespoke arrangement for you.

MICHELIN GUIDE 2020: THE REVELATION OF THE STARS

MICHELIN GUIDE 2020: THE REVELATION OF THE STARS

28/01/2020

This year the Michelin guide, has decided to reveal his rewards Monday, January 27th at the Pavillon Gabriel. This event is the most important of the year for French Chefs.

 

The Michelin guide has decided to reward 628 French tables; however, this is four less than last year.

 

However, this year apart for a few exceptions highly mediatized such as Bocuse restaurant, or the restaurant l’Auberge de Vert Mont which loses its unique star, all the three stars restaurant will conserve their standing.

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Last night, three restaurants have been promoted to a third Michelin-star:

 

  • Christophe Coutanceau and his restaurant at La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime)
  • Kei Kobayashi and his restaurant in Paris
  • Finally, the restaurant L’Ousteau de Baumanière at Baux-de-Provence

The 11 new two-stared restaurants:

 

  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Étoile (Paris)
  • La Scène (Paris)
  • L’Abysse au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris)
  • Taillevent (Paris)
  • Skiff Club (Arcachon)
  • Sakara (Courchevel)
  • La Table de l’Alpaga (Megève)
  • La Voile (Ramatuelle)
  • La Table de Saint-Crescent (Narbonne)
  • Racine (Reims)
  • Py-r (Toulouse)

 

The first Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris:

  • Fleur de Pavé (2nd district)
  • Marcore (2nd district)
  • Anne (3rd district)
  • Le Sergent Recruteur (4th district)
  • Solstice (5th district)
  • Le Jules Verne, the gastronomic restaurant of the Eiffel Tower with its new Chef Frédéric Anton (7th district)
  • PavYllon (8th district)
  • Aspic (9th district)
  • L’Innocence (9th district)
  • Le Rigmarole (11th district)
  • L’Oiseau Blanc (16th district)
  • Le Faham by Kelly Rangama (17th district)
  • Jacques Faussat (17th district)

 

Furthermore, it is very interesting to note that this year the guide is adding 72 new “Bib Gourmand.”

Indeed, in this gastronomy universe, thanks to its numerous partnerships ArtLuxury Experience, can offer the privatizing in several Michelin-starred restaurants, such as the Michelin third-starred Chef Alain Ducasse or the Grand Véfour restaurant two-starred with the Chef Guy Martin… We will have the pleasure to organize for you this gourmet experience.

Fashion Week of Paris 2020

Fashion Week of Paris 2020

13/01/2020

FASHION WEEK OF PARIS, Fall/Winter, January 14th – 23rd, 2020:

The Fashion week of Paris is a week event which exists since 1973 and is organized every six months. It is the event for all the creators, and fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton. An exceptional and luxurious event in which all the most influent persons of the showbiz are invited like the Beckham family, Rihanna, Beyoncé and many other famous influencers, as well as prestigious celebrities, stars, princesses and representants of the high society.

This year the Fashion week puts at honor men and haute couture.
The first week is dedicated to the collection Fall/Winter 2020/21 for men. This week begins on January 14th,2020 at 5:30pm with a Japanese luxurious streetwear brand for men Sankuarz.

The Fall/Winter edition reserves lots of surprises with new creators invited for instance the Israeli creator Galia Lahav or the Maison Rabih Kayrouv.

During this week fashion, creators and luxurious haute couture houses such as OFF-White, Valentino, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, Balmain with his so talented creator Olivier Rousteing, Loewe, Hermès will present their last creations for this collection and specular shows. The week will end with 1017 ALYX 9SM a luxurious streetwear brand at 7:00pm.

Fashionweek_2020The second week (01/20, 01/23) is dedicated to the Haute couture Spring/Summer collection. Schiaparelli opens this event and will be followed by Dior, Azzaro Couture, two shows one after the other for Chanel, Giorgio Armani Private, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean Paul Gautier and famous creators just as Stéphane Rolland.
The creator Imane Ayssi will close this week.
This week dedicated to the haute couture is the event the most important of this Fashion week 2020.

The Fashion week is also the moment for new young creators to organize shows in the street in order to promote their last creations.

Loewe, an haute couture fashion house part of LVMH, originally specialized in luxury leather like Hermès, will be present during the first week dedicated for men, on Saturday, January 18th,2020 at midday.

Indeed, in this fashion universe, ArtLuxury Experience offers the bespoke services of a personal shopper and fashion coach. She is not only inviting you for a shopping moment in the most prestigious fashion houses avenue Montaigne and Saint Honoré but also in luxury brands consignments stores, as well as meeting young creators in the Marais district.
Haven’t you dreamed of a personal coach for your shopping in Paris?
Please contact us for further arrangements.

La Tour d’Argent: new experience for our clients

La Tour d’Argent: new experience for our clients

13/11/2019

ArtLuxury Experience and La Tour d’Argent have recently set up an exceptional partnership with an exclusive gastronomic offering!

“La Tour d’Argent” is one of the oldest restaurants in France and Europe since 1582, the place is renowned for the excellence and expertise deployed in the confection of meals, it is an unmissable place when one wants to discover the top of the French gastronomy.

This iconic Restaurant is located just right down the emblematic cathedral “Notre Dame de Paris” on the edge of the Seine river and  Latin Quarter. The dining room is upstairs and offers an unbelievable view of Paris, our unique City of Light, and of course its mythical monument.

For several centuries, “la Tour d’Argent” has become the symbol of excellence and expertise in the world of gastronomy; with more than 320 000 bottles, it still owns today one of the biggest private wine cellar in the country, including the top of the top Grands Crus as well as most exclusive vintage collections (the oldest bottle dates from 1789!!)

A magical experience we recommend would the private visit of these famous cellars with the Head-Sommelier in person: he will then share his passion and expertise for a memorable wine tasting of the greatest treasures listed in this mythical wine cellar.

ArtLuxury Experience invites you to discover this exceptional Tour d’Argent and propose to arrange for you fully taylor-made gastronomic experiences, such as this exclusive wine tasting in the cellar with the Head-Sommelier.

 

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In 2021 the Grand Palais closes its doors to the general public!

In 2021 the Grand Palais closes its doors to the general public!

21/10/2019

 

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In 2021 the Grand Palais closes its doors to the general public! But this is not definitive ! This iconic monument is in fact preparing to host the Olympic Games of 2024. Indeed the Grand Palais will take place some events of the future Olympic Games 2024.

 

This is an opportunity to offer a new skin to the monument. The budget of more than 465 million euros will allow this unique building, more than a century old, built on the occasion of the World Expo of 1900, to welcome new audiences within the museum.

 

The challenge is therefore twofold: on the one hand, this historic site is experiencing an unprecedented change to give way to a new experience. The building itself will be openly accessible for tourists who will be able to visit for free upon their wishes.

 

On the other hand, on the occasion of the Olympic Games 2024, an innovative mix will be created, allowing to meet art and sport on a mythical French cultural scene. No other city in the world can offer this unique context to the history of France.

 

But the main information is as follows: throughout the duration of the works from 2021 to 2024, the usual activities and events hosted in the Grand Palais will be maintained.

Indeed, an “Ephemeral Grand Palace” will be built on the “Champ de Mars”, at the opposite side of the Eiffel Tower, created by none other than the famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, imagined with the concern for both, sobriety and respect for insertion in the site.

 

If the idea of ​​discovering the exhibitions of the Grand Palais seduces you, right now, as for example the today famous exhibitions on Le Gréco or Toulouse Lautrec, or later in the future ephemeral Grand Palais, do not hesitate to contact us, ArtLuxury can arrange for you a private guided tour.

MAISON LVMH Art – Talent – Patrimoine

MAISON LVMH Art – Talent – Patrimoine

01/07/2019

MAISON LVMH

Art – Talent – Patrimoine

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At the heart of the Bois-de-Boulogne, the Maison LVMH will open in 2020, with the aim of becoming a new multi-disciplinary cultural Institution for Paris. This place will be dedicated to artists and live performances, as well as applied arts and artisanal craftsmanship.

Famous French luxury leader, Bernard Arnault is the instigator of this ambitious project. His objective is to emphasize the architecture and the cultural vocation of this innovative building. Indeed, the concept behind is to highlight this cutting-edge environment as a space for exalting the vitality of crafts, arts and entertainment.

World-renown architects namely Frank Gehry, author of the famed Louis Vuitton Foundation, as well as Thomas Dubuisson will revisit the former museum into THE unmissable place such as the Louis Vuitton Foundation located nearby.

Basically, it will showcase two separate rooms, a first one holding concert or event up to 4000 persons and another one dedicated to exhibitions.

Before coming to this place after its opening why not planning in the meantime the visit of major Paris museum and exhibition

Just contact us

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse

30/04/2019

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse                                  

In 1791, shortly after the French Revolution, was proclaimed a first decree of abolition of slavery, a point of historical rupture that marks the emergence of the “black model” in Western art, among which portraits of individuals emancipated blacks like Thomas Alexandre Dumas painted by Louis Gauffier or Madeleineby Marie-Guillemine Benoist. If these works gradually occupy an important place in the artistic space created by the political and social revolution of the time, they also bear witness to ambiguities peculiar to their time. Worn by three highlights – the time of the abolition of slavery (1794-1848), the time of the New Painting (Manet, Bazille, Degas, Cézanne) and the time of the first avant-gardes of the twentieth century – this exhibition offers a new look at a subject that has been neglected for too long: the important contribution of black people and personalities to the history of the arts. The goal is to give back to all these “black models”, forgotten in the story of modernity; a name, a story, a visibility.

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One of the first artists to express his involvement in this fraternal struggle is Géricault, with his famous painting, The Raft of the Medusa , which recounts the dismal colonial expedition of the frigate La Médusein the summer of 1816, off the coast of Mauritania. Indeed, if the first sketch of the painting strikes by the absence of any Black, the final composition has three: by multiplying the black figures in his table, Géricault summarizes his fight for abolitionism. We know that he used his paintings, the famous model Joseph, originally from Haiti, also represented by Theodore Chasseriau. Known by his first name, Joseph was one of the most famous artist models of the nineteenth century, spotted by Chasseriau in a troupe of acrobats and became official model of the School of Fine Arts.

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In the fight against slavery, art also becomes a means of denouncing what the victims of an inhuman system endure. Marcel Verdier, student of Ingres, to be refused his Punishment of the four stakesat the Salon of 1843. The painting lifts the veil on the colonial reality, breaking taboos; a visual shock that raises public awareness and makes them feel guilty by confronting them with their own indifference or passivity. Thus, the spectacle of a humanity under the irons, martyred and suffering a terrible spell, was widely exploited in the 1840s. It was not until the abolition of slavery in the colonies in 1848 to finally celebrate this symbolic measure by black and white paintings are gathered, where the jubilant freedmen, broken chains and fraternal unity can finally express themselves, like the painting of Nicolas Gosse, the freed slave .

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Later, in the nineteenth century, artists want to detach themselves from stereotypes associated with black characters and represent them in the manner of intimate portraits and individualized: this is how Baudelaire chose to represent Jeanne Duval, Haitian origins and who will share his life from 1842, marking his haunting presence The Flowers of Eviland the poet’s designs. Several works by Baudelaire evoke and represent it; the one he calls “the feline”, a beauty sometimes kind, sometimes disturbing … But painting and literature are not the only arts in which we find more and more black personalities: the scene of the show has many original artists from the United States or the Caribbean. Among them we can mention the Havana musician Maria Martinez, the Shakespearian actor Ira Aldridge, the virtuoso pianist Blind Tom, the aerial acrobat Miss La La, represented by Degas, as well as the clown Rafael known as Chocolat, star of the Moulin Red with his white friend Foottit.

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After the 1960s, it was the advent of jazz and musical and artistic culture born in the Harlem district of the United States. Many intellectuals like Du Bois, Alain Locke, musicians like Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday … defend a modern and urban black culture that fascinates French artists as Matisse himself will be fascinated by New York, its skyscrapers, its light and his “musicals”. The Harlem Renaissance and pop and today destroy taboos and stereotypes like the reinterpretation of the famous Olympia Manet, where it is no longer a white woman and a black servant but a black woman and a white servant who compose the work, all the referents being then reversed.

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If you want us to organize for you a personalized visit of the Musée d’Orsay with a passionate and qualified guide, do not hesitate any more and contact us  !

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

24/04/2019

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

La cathédrale Notre-Dame surplombe la ville de Paris depuis plus de 850 ans. Elle se dresse majestueusement au cœur de l’Ile de la Cité, centre historique de la ville de Paris. Pilier des arts et foyer de la chrétienté, Notre-Dame est un monument cher à tous. Notre cathédrale, fleuron du patrimoine français, se dresse comme un symbole gravé dans la pierre, de notre histoire et de notre culture. Véritable joyau de l’architecture gothique, elle a été consacrée en 1163 et avait résisté jusqu’ici à de nombreuses menaces de destruction au cours des guerres qui ont dévasté la France. Malheureusement, et de la façon la plus triste et bouleversante, elle n’a pu résister au violent incendie qui s’est déclaré dans la nuit du 15 au 16 avril. Si les dégâts ont été considérables, la structure de la cathédrale a pu être sauvée et préservée dans sa globalité. Épisode traumatisant de ces derniers jours, nous retiendrons surtout le formidable élan de solidarité et d’émotion qui a rassemblé chrétiens, parisiens, français et étrangers autour de l’Ile de la Cité, pour se recueillir, prier, témoigner à travers les nombreuses photos qui ont pu circuler, ou tout simplement être présent dans un moment, qui, nous l’avons ressenti, restera un moment marquant de l’Histoire.

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Avec bonheur, nous pouvons toujours admirer la façade occidentale de Notre-Dame, avec ses trois portes riches en décorations symboliques et éléments bibliques, qui ornent celle qui reste l’une des plus belles églises gothiques du monde. La porte centrale est connue comme le portail du Jugement dernier, la porte sud comme le portail de Sainte Anne et enfin, le portail de la Vierge au nord. Sous la balustrade, la spectaculaire galerie des rois, avec ses 28 statues représentant les rois de Juda, s’étend le long d’une large frise horizontale. Malgré la destruction de la flèche à cause de l’incendie, les deux impressionnants clochers du XIIIe siècle s’élèvent encore dans le ciel de Paris. De même, la sublime rosace de la façade sud, a miraculeusement survécu au désastre : ses 13 mètres de verre étincelant et coloré continuent de resplendir à la lumière du jour, révélant et éclairant d’une manière unique la majesté de l’architecture médiévale de l’édifice. La voûte qui la surplombe de ses 33 mètres de haut, malgré les piliers impressionnants qui la soutiennent, semble défier la gravité elle-même.

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L’incendie aurait pu détruire les reliques précieuses conservées dans la cathédrale, mais celles-ci ont pu être sauvées de justesse ! Le Trésor de Notre Dame de Paris se trouvait dans la sacristie au sud du chœur, il a pu être transféré le soir de l’accident à la Mairie de Paris puis sera mis en sécurité au Louvre. La plus précieuse des reliques, la Sainte Couronne d’épines, posée selon la croyance des catholiques, sur la tête de Jésus peu avant sa crucifixion, a pu être sauvée des flammes. Deux autres reliques, un morceau de la Croix et un clou de la Passion, ont été sauvés ainsi que la tunique de Saint Louis. Le grand orgue du XVe siècle est lui aussi sauvé, même si sa structure a souffert, recouverte par des gravats, de la poussière et de l’eau. Quelque 13 millions de visiteurs affluaient chaque année pour voir ces objets, les plus précieux et les plus vénérés de la cathédrale… Aujourd’hui il n’est plus possible de visiter Notre Dame, qui restera en travaux pendant quelques années. Cependant, ne vous privez pas pour autant de la visite de l’île de la Cité et de l’île Saint Louis, qui représentent le cœur de la capitale, son centre historique cerclé d’eau. Les deux îles parisiennes, portent les marques visibles et encore flamboyantes d’un temps où Paris se nommait encore Lutèce, et révèlent à l’air libre leur beauté insubmersible.

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Si vous souhaitez vous promener au cœur de ses îles et admirer le temps d’une balade, les monument historiques et majestueux, les jolies petites rues authentiques et les délicieux restaurants qu’elles recèlent, accompagnés d’un guide passionné et passionnant, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter et à regarder notre proposition de visite !

The Eiffel Tower: 130 years of de splendor

03/04/2019

The Eiffel Tower: 130 years of splendor

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We are in the Paris of the Belle Époque, on the occasion of the 1889 Universal Exhibition. The French Ministry of Industry and Commerce is organising a competition to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution and Gustave Eiffel, an engineer and industrialist, wants to take up the challenge, with the ambition of building a “tower more than a thousand feet high”, a bold project that haunts all architects of the time. Indeed, no building has ever reached such a height, and Gustave Eiffel must fight to defend the project he is carrying out with his collaborators, Émile Nouguier and Maurice Kœchlin.

    

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However, his project was unanimously accepted, he won over the other candidates and obtained an agreement with the government in 1887, which granted him a prime location on the banks of the Seine and in the very centre of the city of Paris. The work necessary beforehand to allow the construction of the tower is titanic and frightens the Parisians, who wonder about the impossible achievement of a scale never seen before… But they are quickly amazed by the rapid progress of the site and the appearance of one floor, then another, seeming to defy the laws of gravity. The spectators watch, dazed, as this magnificent building is elevated, at an impressive rate of twelve metres per month.  Bernard Marray, Gustave Eiffel’s great admirer, evokes in one of these works this “amazing technical feat” and its “remarkable speed of execution”. Indeed, it is only at the end of two years, two months and five days that the tower, “the highest in the world” is finally inaugurated.

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On 31 March 1889, Gustave Eiffel took up the challenge and signed a masterpiece of architecture, which soon became the symbol of the city of Paris. He himself raised the french flag at the top of the Tower in the presence of the Director of the Universal Exhibition, some of his collaborators and the great personalities of the Government and the City of Paris. All are dazzled by this prodigious building. The celebration then continues at the foot of the Tower where Gustave Eiffel pays tribute to his teams and in particular to the 300 workers who built, later called the Iron Lady. It should be noted that at its birth, the Tower was red in colour!

“I have just experienced a great satisfaction, that of having flown our national flag on the tallest building man has ever built” Gustave Eiffel

 

The Eiffel tower in Paris


The Eiffel Tower was a massive success and was the main attraction of the 1889 Exhibition. In the first week after its completion, nearly 30,000 visitors climbed the 1710 steps to reach the summit, which offers an extraordinary view of the city. Elevators only come into service later, but they also represent real technical feats. The height of the Eiffel Tower allowed it to obtain the title of “the highest structure in the world” until 1930, when it was to be deconstructed at the end of the Universal Exhibition, and when we thought it was an ephemeral masterpiece… The Iron Lady still stands before our dazzled eyes, and today celebrates her 130th birthday.

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La Pyramide du Louvre fête ses 30 ans

29/03/2019

La Pyramide du Louvre fête ses 30 ans

 

Monument iconique parisien, le Louvre trône au centre de Paris depuis déjà plus de 200 ans, et est aujourd’hui le plus grand musée d’art et d’antiquités au monde. Il possède une longue histoire autour de la conservation artistique et historique, depuis l’Ancien Régime jusqu’à nos jours. Mais qu’en est-il de cette étonnante Pyramide de verre, qui se dresse devant le musée ?


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Pensé par l’architecte sino-américain de renom, Ieoh Ming Pei, auteur d’une des ailes de la National Gallery of Art de Washington, le projet était d’aménager une nouvelle grande entrée au Louvre, afin de recevoir les visiteurs de plus en plus nombreux et de réagencer par la même occasion l’intérieur du musée. Annoncé en septembre 1981 par le Président de la République, François Mitterrand, ce projet, qui prend le nom de « Grand Louvre », a pour ambition de restituer au musée la totalité du Palais du Louvre, puisque l’aile Richelieu était autrefois occupée par les bureaux du ministère des Finances. En 1983, Ieoh Ming Pei est désigné par le Président pour élaborer ce grand projet, qui bouleversera l’image du musée du Louvre en lui donnant une toute nouvelle ampleur, tant nationale qu’internationale.

Plus qu’un projet d’architecture, la Pyramide s’est révélée être un véritable défi. Sa réalisation en verre représente un prodige technologique ; un pari fou pour son auteur… Celle-ci reprend les proportions exactes de la célèbre Pyramide de Khéops, choix de figure qui n’est pas sans rappeler l’Obélisque déjà présente non loin du musée, place de la Concorde, mais aussi la fabuleuse collection d’antiquités égyptienne qui fait la richesse du Louvre. Cependant, l’architecte est exigeant et ambitieux, il souhaite que sa Pyramide soit tellement transparente, qu’elle permette de voir la pierre du Louvre comme si rien n’était devant lui. Or, rechercher la transparence parfaite s’est avéré être un défi difficile pour les ingénieurs, qui ont finalement donné naissance à une gamme de verre spéciale pour la construction, qui sera appelé la gamme « Diamant ». De fait avec ses 673 plaques de verre, la Pyramide du Louvre brille tel un gigantesque diamant, qui apporte une lumière grandiose au site et permet au musée de jouir d’une lumière exceptionnelle. Pour ses 35,42 mètres de largeur et ses 21,34 mètres de hauteur, la Pyramide est constituée de 95 tonnes d’acier et 105 tonnes d’aluminium qui soutiennent tous les carreaux de verre.

Très redoutée par les parisiens à l’époque, la Pyramide du Louvre s’est parfaitement intégrée au Palais et est aujourd’hui devenue le symbole du musée et un incontournable du patrimoine parisien. Elle est récemment devenue le terrain de jeu du célèbre street-artist JR, qui par un collage gigantesque avait réussi en 2016 un coup de maître, en faisant disparaître totalement la Pyramide aux yeux des visiteurs. Cette année, à l’occasion des 30 ans de la Pyramide, il revient avec un projet d’une même ampleur, puisque cette fois l’objectif est de créer une illusion d’optique autour de la Pyramide pour la faire « sortir de terre » et « révéler le secret de sa fondation » par un immense collage au sol. En plus de cette création artistique extraordinaire, le Louvre prévoit une trentaine d’évènements jusqu’en février 2010 pour célébrer le monument de verre.

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Il ne vous reste plus qu’à venir admirer cette Pyramide iconique et d’en profiter pour visiter le célèbre musée du Louvre accompagnés d’un passionné d’histoire de l’art… N’hésitez plus et rendez-vous sur la page de l’offre, ou bien contactez-nous pour vivre une expérience unique au cœur de la culture parisienne.