Who is following me in social networks and here in the blog, knows that I am traveling. More specifically, I’m in Paris. This is where I stay in a wonderful hotel that is undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever stayed in Raphael.
Hotel Raphael is very well located between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, with the main sights of the city, and the metro station leading to the Grand Palais and the Musée du Louvre. This made it possible to transit for the visitors in the sites to be made a foot.
I always like to stay near the tourist spots, even the big centers being a little noisy until at bedtime, precisely because of this facility. Not having to rent a car or take a taxi to visit the places I want to go is a “hand in the wheel” and, in the case of Paris, super pointed out the Raphael.
The 5-star Hotel offers breathtaking accommodation. Luxurious and very comfortable. In addition, the architecture and decor of the Raphael, including that of the rooms, is beautiful. The interior area is decorated in Louis XV and XVI style, with rustic wooden furniture and tapestries that enrich the place with its details, reminiscent of past times with elegance.
When it comes to the services offered by the hotel, the Raphael is not to be missed. The property features a restaurant and bar serving gourmet French cuisine, a gym, and sauna. In addition, there is free access to the indoor pool and the Majestic Hotel Spa.
Not to mention the terrace with panoramic views of the city, where the Raphael restaurant is located. The dishes served there are wonderful and very faithful to the French techniques and ingredients. Eating there watching the beautiful Paris, especially at night, is one of the best parts of the trip. The town is beautiful and having such a view during a meal at Raphael is incredible.
And finally, this is the part that I loved the most. Here at Raphael, the guests are very close to the most coveted brands in the world like Cartier and Louis Vuitton, and consequently the “let’s go shopping” is much more practical.
I hope you enjoyed the tips and do not miss this hotel.
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Most people directly link Versailles to the treaty that ended the First War or even the French Revolution that took place on the site. But do you really know Versailles and its history? Today I came here to tell a little about this great city that I visited during my last trip to France.
Versailles is a totally artificial city developed under King Louis XIV in 1664 so that it could be the seat of political power in France, and so it happened during the years 1682 and 1789, just after the city was the cradle of the French revolution that changed the whole history of the country.
It is because of all this political trajectory and ancient architecture that today the city is very visited by tourists from all over the world. The properties built there like the Palace where the court lived, the Trianon and the Domaine de Marie Antoinette, became visit points for history lovers and beautiful places.
It is good to know that if you want to get to know Versailles, it is not possible to take a leisurely stroll to appreciate all that is right in the city in less than a full day, so book 24H to have this experience.
The Palace, which has 700 rooms, 67 stairs, 2,153 windows, 352 chimneys, 1,250 fireplaces and occupies an area of 700 hectares, is located three blocks from the Train Station of Versailles, which is one of the ways to reach the city. Today the place functions as a museum and is open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
There you have access to the Royal Chapel, the immense apartments of the kings, the famous Gallery of Mirrors, among other explorable areas of the castle.
The Grand Trianon, as well as the castle, also has its restricted hours of operation from 9 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It is more of a castle built by Luis, but this one has its architecture covered in pink marble and, unlike the other points that were made in the baroque style, this one has the influence of the Italian architecture.
A curiosity about the Trianon is that it was the stage of the second marriage of Napoleon Bonaparte.
And the third indispensable place in your visit to Versailles is the Domaine de Marie Antoinette, a mini castle, we can say, that was built for the queen to isolate herself for a while, avoiding the excitement. The Domaine is composed of the Petit Trianon, the gardens of the queen and the Hameau, which is a kind of mini private farm.
Besides these places, which are the most desired in the visits, you should also stroll through the gardens of Versailles designed by André Le Nôtre, the greatest landscaper of the French Baroque. The gardens have no restriction of day or time, you can roam freely by them.
As Versailles is vehemently large, it becomes tiring to do this walking tour, by the way, it must be almost impossible (rs). So I advise you to rent an electric car on arrival, they cost about thirty-two euros per hour and you can move around freely, but you need a driver’s license. If you prefer to avoid this stress, there are several tour companies that offer complete tours.
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Located a few steps from the Louvre and in one of the oldest buildings in Paris, is a minimalist hotel that brings luxury and history behind its doors: The Hoxton Hotel Paris.
I had the privilege of knowing this place and came here today to share my impressions about the hotel. Starting with the location that, as quoted above, is great. The Hoxton is very close to the Louvre Museum, the Jardin des Tuileries and the beautiful streets of Le Marais. The entire tour of this area of Paris can be done on foot and in my opinion, this is one of the biggest advantages of staying at Hoxton, so you do not have to worry about taxi or subway to get to the sites.
In addition, the streets surrounding the hotel are very lively and trendy during the night. By day you can go to the local boutiques, restaurants and Parisian markets and at night, the streets become the scene of the French trend in the bistros.
Hoxton has three areas where you can eat and drink good drinks: the hotel’s lobby where you can cross over with a sit-down coffee or drink, Rivié restaurant serving traditional French dishes and Jacque’s Bar, a more intimate area of the hotel. The cool thing is that the hotel itself guarantees the tanning since at night becomes a cool point to drink to the sound of songs played by invited Djs.
All 172 accommodations, four different sizes, of the Hoxton are composed of luxurious decorations and pampering essential for a good stay, such as breakfasts left every day in the room. The architecture and decoration, both general and the rooms, of the hotel, are classic, but with the renovations, they have gained a contemporary touch. The building was built in the 18th century and, therefore, the original architecture was retained and this is used to attract guests who are looking for more charm.
Because it is a small hotel, it does not offer so many services but I assure you that it is worth to stay there for as long as you want to explore this side of the city.
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In this Friday (17) I had the opportunity to meet the Foundation Louis Vuitton in one of the noble districts of Paris and today I came here to tell you all about the place for you!
Located in a water garden designed only to receive the structure, the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, or Louis Vuitton Foundation, is one of the modern architectures that most enchanted me the whole time I travel.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry in 2014 and today houses important exhibitions in Paris, and can also be used for conventions and events, for having a hall for various activities.
Frank Gehry wanted to take inspiration from the sails of a boat to build the building, so it is surrounded by water and has wooden structures (candles) that hold the plates and glass blocks of the FLV.
The glasses were placed so that whoever looks reminds of interlocking icebergs and, if you notice, during the day according to the position of the light they reflect the water, the sky, and the garden. A splendid sight!
The FLV has an entrance hall where you find a restaurant and bookstore very cozy, and there is also located the event room quoted above.
Going up the floors I wandered from gallery to gallery, where artworks are exhibited. It is also possible to climb the external stairs, which lead you to the Foundation’s terrace, or a garden roof. From there the view is incredible, you can not put aside this climb.
Although it is little known yet, because it is a modern and new architecture, it is well worth the visit to the Louis Vuitton Foundation. It is a place with few tourists and a precious one in one of the noble, and remote, quarters of Paris.
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Atelier des Lumières is the center of digital art in Paris which presented an immersive exhibition of the works of the artist Gustav Klimt.
With the development of surface mapping technology, the light shows and images projected onto the facades of buildings and monuments have become increasingly frequent and sophisticated. Throughout France we have examples of these events: the Rêve des Couleurs in the cathedral of Reims, La Nuit aux Invalides and the New Year in the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and, the most stunning of all (although not in the facades but in the interior of old limestone quarries), the Carrières de Lumières in Baux de Provence.
In the immersive exhibition Carrières de Lumières, pictures of paintings by famous painters were projected on the walls, floors, and ceilings of the old quarries (limestone carrières) of the region. All accompanied by a soundtrack specially selected to harmonize with the images.
In 2018 the spectacles had as theme Picasso and the Spanish masters.
Atelier des Lumières
Opened on April 13, 2018, the Atelier des Lumières is the only digital art center in Paris. Located in a 2,000 m² building where an old foundry was founded, created in 1835, the site will house immense exhibitions.
There are 2 rooms totaling 3,300 m² of the projection area, including walls and floor. Accompanying the projections, there is always soundtrack created especially for each event.
The 1st room, Halles, is devoted to the work of the great names in the history of art. 2nd presents the work of new artists.
The first great artist honored by the Atelier des Lumières was Gustav Klimt.
In fact, the exhibition was about the scene of Viennese art in the late nineteenth century, of which Klimt was the main figure. In addition to his works, being his most famous ‘The Kiss’ were also projected works by Egon Schiele and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
All accompanied by a soundtrack with pieces by Wagner, Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninov. A treat for all the senses!
The Atelier de Lumières is one of the most obligatory stops during your visit to Paris and is at 38 rue Saint Maur, 75011. Saint Maur station, line 3.
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For souffle lovers, like me, a visit to the charming Art Deco restaurant, located between the Vendôme and Concorde squares, can’t be missed on your schedule during your stay in Paris.
The place is a must see and the most-perfect soufflés, even very close to my definition of paradise on earth.
Although the restaurant is small, it is quite cozy and has clean decor, with that Parisian romantic air we see in the movies.
Both for the good location – 36, rue Mont-Thabor, 75001 – for lunch during a tour of Paris, as well as for the delicious souffles served there have great reviews of locals and travelers. I recommend you make an advance reservation, but it is also possible to find an empty table by chance and have lunch without a reservation.
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On my last trip to Paris, I had the opportunity to meet the beautiful opera house called the Palais Garnier located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. The building is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.
Built-in neo-baroque style, it is the 13th theater to host the Paris Opera since its foundation by Louis XIV in 1669. Its capacity is 1979 seated spectators. The palace was commonly called only the Paris Opera, but after the inauguration of the Bastille Opera in 1989, it came to be called the Opera Garnier.
The look that I chose for my walk was a little monkey of Zara’s well red and comfortable, along with Zara’s slipper and a basic jacket from forever21.
I hope you have enjoyed it and do not miss visiting the place during your visit in Paris.
Traveling is good, but traveling with tips from local people is much better. See the tips below from my local friend from Paris, Nicolas Las.
As the first thing to decide before traveling is the hotel that you should stay in, let’s start with Nicolas’s nominees:
Four Seasons George V
The Four Seasons George V is a little more than a special version of the most acclaimed hotel chain in the world.
Ideally located just a few steps from the Champs Elysees, this hotel offers a private terrace overlooking the city for its guests, as well as three award-winning restaurants, a winter garden, a bar, and state-of-the-art SPA.
Le Bristol is a luxurious and award-winning hotel on the charming Champs-Elysées boulevard, featuring one of the best SPA and wellness center, two award-winning restaurants and city-view accommodation, plus a rooftop pool overlooking the tower Eiffel.
The charm of the Peninsula is undoubtedly the 22-meter indoor pool on the hotel’s rooftop with 360 ° panoramic views of Paris. On the Peninsula, guests have access to the Spa and Gym, as well as 3 on-site restaurants.
The hotel is located in a luxurious palace, where guests have access to an exclusive 5-star Dior Institute-Spa. The on-site restaurants are not to be missed, all are supervised by Michelin-starred chef Adlain Ducasse.
Now we can choose the places to eat, right? For this Nicolas pointed us to the restaurants: Le Relais de l’entrecôte, a steakhouse; Relais Louis XIII, traditional French cuisine; Le Bambou Paris, Asian cuisine; Restaurant monsieur bleu, traditional French cuisine. In addition to the bars: Secret 8, my beloved Buddha Bar, the Ballroom at the beef club and the Angelina.
To enjoy the trip the best way he also pointed us to the most popular nightclubs in Paris and the museums that can not be left out.
During the night you can enjoy the ballads: Medelin, L’arC, Le Matignon and Manko. During the day, visit the museums, Le Louvre, Musée du Quai Branly, Le musée d’Orsay, Institut du Monde Arabe, and Musée Picasso.
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