National Day in Paris July 14th 2015

National Day in Paris July 14th 2015

15/07/2015

National Day in Paris July 14th 2015

 

The National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14th 1789 was spectacularly celebrated in Paris, with amazing fireworks up to the reputation of the City of Light!

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The Hermione arriving today in NYC : we could never imagine a so impressive contrast!

The Hermione arriving today in NYC : we could never imagine a so impressive contrast!

01/07/2015

The Hermione arriving today in NYC : we could never imagine a so impressive contrast!

 

After sailing in the Bay of New-York with the crew dressed in historical costumes for the occasion, greeting successively the Verrazano Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan the Hermione stopped then at the South Street Seaport. The famous fregate will stay at dock until the Independance Day as the Hermione is the guest of honor of the great naval parade on the Hudson River. Once this surreal show performed, the vessel will leave the Big Apple for Greenport on the 5th of July.

 

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Iconic nightclub Les Bains is revived as a luxurious Hotel

Iconic nightclub Les Bains is revived as a luxurious Hotel

24/06/2015

Iconic nightclub Les Bains is revived as a luxurious Hotel

 

After hosting a bathhouse in the late 19th century and a famous nightclub opened in 1978 which recently became an artist’s squat, this Iconic nightclub, “Les Bains”, is now resurecting as a luxurious Hôtel. Vincent Bastie who renovated the Hôtels Marignan and Murano and Tristan Auer who supervised the revamp of Le Crillon redesigned the space organization while keeping Philippe Stark spirit for the club and bar. With regards to the restaurant, Philippe Labbé, former chef in the Shangri-La Palace has developed a unique menu, “something new for Paris”, just like Les Bains.

 

More info on the official website

Ephemeral Summer terrace in the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower

Ephemeral Summer terrace in the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower

22/06/2015

Ephemeral Summer terrace in the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower

 

As a part of its commitment to sustainable developpement, a ephemeral summer terrace which will last until the end of August popped up on the Iron Lady’s first floor. Made of recycled materials such as pallets, sails and plastic, this terrace has all the furniture to be a very pleasant spot : 5 lounge areas with armchairs and sofas, swinging communal tables and even deck chairs with pedals which allow you to charge your phone while being eco-friendy. The bar area has a great variety of homemade ice cream from the Best Craftman in France and champagne for a little indulgence while enjoying the view.

More Info on the Eiffel Tower website

Prix de Diane 2015

Prix de Diane 2015

15/06/2015

Prix de Diane 2015

 

In the hippodrome of Chantilly on Sunday 45.000 people were attending the Paris major event of the equestrian sports, the Prix de Diane. On the racetrack, Star of Seville surprised the public by quickly taking the lead and keeping it until the finish line. Lanfranco Dettori was welcomed by the ravishing Aishwarya Rai on the podium. But the Prix de Diane is not only about horses. In the morning, graceful young ladies capped with extravagant and grandiose hats were competing under the eyes of the Jury chaired by the glamorous Sophie Thalmann for the Concours d’Elégance. As this magical day was ending, the party continued, animated by lively music played by DJ Béatrice Ardisson while the sun was setting

 

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Hermione makes first US landfall in Yorktown

Hermione makes first US landfall in Yorktown

05/06/2015

Hermione makes first US landfall in Yorktown

 

After travelling thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean from France, L’Hermione, authentatically reconstructed by the associatoin Hermione-La Fayette has landed in Yorktown. A prestigious ceremony is taking place in this historic city and will then continue in the 11 additional ports in which the vessel will sail up for the next 2 months. Visitors are invited to join the festivities and participate to cltural events organized on this unique ship, symbol of the fraternal ties between France and the United States.

 

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Hermione joins a US destroyer

Hermione joins a US destroyer

03/06/2015

Hermione joins a US destroyer

 

After having gone through last night’s storm, L’Hermione and its crew arrived safely in the American territory and joined a US destroyer to pay tribute to sailors lost in the Battle of Chespeake in 1781, crucial naval battle in the American War of Independence between the French and the British fleets. The majestic tallship will then visit Yorktown on the 5th of June, and continue its journey up East towards more cities of Franco-American historical significance.

 

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Interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette

Interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette

03/06/2015

Interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette

 

As L’Hermione is about to reach the Eastern coast of the United States, New-York Historical Society interviews Professor of Art History Laura Auricchio on the role of  Marquis de Lafayette, emblematic figure of the American Revolution. This article explains the reasons why Lafayette chose to fight for the independence of the United States as well as the importance of L’Hermione, which remains today, a symbol of this period of American History.

Read the interview (interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette) here: Behind the scenes : Lafayette’s Return – published by the New-York Historical Museum

D’Days Festival

D’Days Festival

01/06/2015

D’Days Festival

 

This evening is the opening of the D’Days Festival exceptionally taking place in the discipline’s parent institution, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs for its 15th edition. The festival invites the visitor to immerse himself in contemporary design through several proposals from recognized or emerging players. Experience is the theme of the year which reminds us that design accompanies our existence in every place and every instant, allowing each individual to feel and experiment the “additional soul” of objects which can not only be functional.

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Hermione, an Historical French Frigate on her way back to America

25/05/2015

L’Hermione, an Historical French Frigate on her way back to America

 

L’Hermione and her French and American crew left France on the 18th of April towards US East coast like the Marquis de Lafayette did in 1780 to join his great friend, Georges Washington, and fight for America’s freedom !

 

Read more: ” A friend of the American Revolution is reborn ” article published by CBS News

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Latona fountain’s inauguration in Versailles

Latona fountain’s inauguration in Versailles

19/05/2015

Latona fountain’s inauguration in Versailles

 

ArtLuxury Experience participated yesterday to the inauguration of a masterpiece reborn in the gardens of Versailles, the Latona fountain.

Originally designed by André Le Nôtre in 1665 and embellished by Jules Hardouin-Mansart for King Louis XIV, this fountain has been restored using the best of past and present techniques mastered by highly specialized craftmen. Gardeners, masons, stone quarriers, pavers, gilders and hydraulic engeneers have done this incredible work for you to admire the monumental fountain like the Sun King at the time. A gem in his “world’s most beautiful gardens“.