Posts Tagged ‘Louvre’

An Exhibit a Month *Art in Paris 2012*

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

As summer comes to an end, we are reminded that fall in Paris is filled with excitement.  Cooler weather, the Parisians are rested, Fashion Week and art…a lot of art!  Here are our top choices of art exhibits for the rest of 2012.  One a month, from September to December.  Plan your trip now!

September

Travel to Paris and learn about China!

The Seductions of the Palace, Eating and Cooking in China
This exhibit will showcase Chinese cooking and dining traditions in Chinese history through 100 works from the National Museum of China, presented for the first time outside of China. www.quaibranly.fr 

October

If you are a fashionista, you are crazy to come to Paris and not see the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibit.  Take note: It ends on October 4th (just as Fashion Week closes).  You are bound to see Paris’ finest ladies and gentleman in it’s closing days.

Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs
Presenting the history of fashion icons Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, this exhibit will showcase both of their creations in terms of chronology, analyzing fashion trends during industrialization and leading up globalization, while showcasing how fashion techniques and the industry have changed over the years. www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

November

Often times you spend hours looking at framed paintings in Paris.  We love this exhibit that features everything else.

Trompe-l’oeil: Imitations, Pastiches and Other Illusions
Four hundred rarely displayed objects are on display, depicting different forms of optical illusions, from furniture to mirrors to clothing, etc. www.new-paris-ile-de-france.co.uk

December

In September we took you to China, now go to Rome…

Raphael in Rome, The Mature Years, exhibition at the Louvre  ”Once upon a time in Rome”
The Louvre presents an exhibition dedicated to the great Italian Renaissance master Raphael and his work in Rome.

Become a Paris Insider!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


We are thrilled to announce that we have a five part “Insider’s Guide to Paris” that we would like to share with you.
It will give you loads of advice on where to stay in Paris, how to get around the city,
our tips on where to find the best food and of course, our insider secrets onthe most romantic things to do in Paris.

Are you ready to become a Paris Insider?

French Art Through the Ages

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Monet’s Lilies

By Daniella Carrese

            From Eugene Delacroix to Claude Monet, the world has seen a countless number of French artists. Throughout the ages, art has gone from Classicism to Modern.

The Renaissance (15th to 16th century) pushed forward a new age of expression. Artwork from this period sought after a subject that told a story, most popular was the story about how the world was created. Realism, shading, and symmetry were seen in the paintings for the first time. Oil paints were first introduced during this period.  During the 17th century French Baroque and Classicism were seen during the time of Louis XIV and the Scientific Revolution.  The paintings from this period were associated with the religious tensions between the Catholics and the Protestants.  Many portrayed biblical scenes with rich colors and sharp details. Rococo was introduced in the 18th century.  Compared to Baroque, Rococo was lighter and more decorative art. The French Revolution was going on toward the end of this period, and a portrayal of liberated subjects and hardships were popular.  The Romanticism period expressed a connection to nature. The “realists” wanted to get away from the industrial innovations and get back to all that is not man-made in the world. The focuses were emotion, imagination, and passion. This was a revolt against Classicism of the Enlightenment. Between WWI and WWII there were a various assortment of styles from Impressionism to Surrealism. The artists expressed the uncertainty and disillusions of the time through disoriented figures and mysterious backgrounds.

All of these types of art are displayed throughout the city of Paris in various museums. The Louvre houses many types of artwork from the periods. Some other museums include the Musée d’Orsay, the Pompidou Center and the Musée du Montmartre. These museums are within walking distance from your Paris vacation rental or just a short metro ride away.

Daniella is a frequent guest blogger for CobbleStay.  She recently wrote about street art in Paris and Coco Chanel.

Using Apps on Your Trip to Paris

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I am an old fashioned girl.  I like nothing more than a well used travel guide and a map from AAA to help me navigate while traveling.  Yet, over the last few years, I have become quite the gadget lover, too!  I’ve been planning and plotting for my next trip to Paris and have discovered a whole load of apps that are going to help me travel smarter and more efficiently.  The apps are going to take me places that are so new they haven’t even been printed in the travel guides.  I’ll (hopefully) never end up in an average brasserie on a Sunday night because that was the only one that I thought was open.  And, I will probably look even more like a local because I won’t be standing on the corner trying to refold a map!

Here is a list of a few apps that I already have installed on my phone:

Meet Me at Pere Lachaise

Learn about the cemetery, how to get there, must see statues and a map to customize your tour.

Museums of Paris

Everything you need to know about the Paris museums.  Hours, maps, exhibits, information on the artists…EVERYTHING!

RATP Premium

This app explains the whole metro system.  Trains, buses and subways. Super helpful and free.

YELP

I have never been steered wrong by the reviews of restaurants on Yelp.  I can’t wait to use it in Paris.

Paris Pastry

300 of the best pastry and chocolate shops Paris has to offer?  The list was curated by David Lebovitz and is a must have.

Paris Toilets

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

There a hundreds of other apps available.  Have you used one that you think enhanced your stay in Paris?  Please share!  I know that I can’t wait to leave my apartment and see where they take me.

Les Coins, a guest post by Brandon Smith

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Photo Credit:  Brandon A. Smith

Les Coins

I’ve been to Paris a number of times.  There are so many destinations that I could choose from, that I’d love to climb aboard a plane and be whisked to, yet each time I find myself ready for some time to bask, a vacation of sorts, my heart is tugged in the direction of that ever changing City of Lights.  “Certainly”, others begin, “you’d be better off expanding your horizons”.  I’d be better off, in the words of my friends, trying new places, experiencing yet another culture, playing resident in a new city. Yet even with that sage advice, I open my passport and collect another stamp from an ever-familiar country.

You see, for me, Paris has never been a stagnate city. A city that after spending time under its moon and in the arms of its streets, you feel you’ve seen it all.  A locale that continues along the same never changing path of modernization and politicalization. Is that a word? In some cities it must be.  For me, Paris is an onion begging to be peeled.  Every corner, a city anew.   To walk an arrondissement is to dive head first into the deep end of an ever growing puzzle.

I don’t carry a map with me when I’m in Paris.  Maps are too stifling. Too directive. Too distracting.  Certainly it is against second nature to leave the plat of the city behind in one’s hotel but to do so ensures a simple stroll will unfold to become an adventure.  I’ve seen the Louvre.  I’ve been to the Eiffel Tower. Montmartre is a promise of a beautiful view. But to experience these monuments to Parisian culture is to peel away only the first of its layers.

To leave the map behind. To promenade the rues de la ville.  To turn corners at will with no final objective.  That is to experience the city that is Paris. I’ve found odd shops where a single word of English is not uttered.  Stumbled upon a bistro with a delicious, authentic steak frites.  Discovered the oldest magasin de chocolat.  Decadent discoveries are bound to be made by simply turning the corner.  Experiencing les coins. Paris makes no promises but never fails to excite. Though a warning, once found, there is the possibility of never finding these places again.

But that, however, is what makes Paris so intriguing. The excitement that is the corner.

Brandon Smith is the founder/principal/therapist of d.coop, a boutique spatial design and development firm in  San Diego, California.  You can read more from him on his blog, d.coop and Tweet with him @dcoopsd.

Historical Places in Paris

Friday, August 5th, 2011

By: Daniella Carrese

Does seeing the popular photo spots in Paris ever make you wonder, “why is this here?”. Here is a little insight about why these structures exist. The most famous destinations are throughout the city and are all there for different reasons and from different events in history. While taking your vacation to Paris you may be able to see a historical site from your own window of your Paris apartment rental. Some sights include
the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, The Palace du Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower.

Arc de Triomphe
Meaning Arch of Triumph, Napoleon began building this monument for his soldiers because of their victories in 1806. It was later finished by Louis Philippe in 1836. Located in the Palace Charles de Gaulle, this arch is where twelve streets meet including the famous Champs Elysees. The French government made a memorial grave for an unknown soldier from World War I. An external flame burns in the soldier’s honor.
In 1919 the pilot, Charles Godefroy, flew his airplane through the arch.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame, meaning Our Lady, which refers to the Virgin Mary, sits on a small island in the Seine River. The cathedral first began construction in 1163 and was finished 150 years later due to the intensive labor and lack of funds. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of the gothic style architecture. During the French Revolution a mob attacked the cathedral, smashing statues, stain glass windows, and walls. Repairs on the cathedral began in 1845. The French writer Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc was in charge of the restoration and is responsible for the way Notre Dame looks today.

The Palace du Louvre
Most famous for housing Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo, this museum was once a fortress and a palace. Built as a fortress for King Philip II in 1200, by 1300 it became a royal residence. King Francis I, who was a prisoner of the war in Italy, decided to build a palace more exquisite than all the palaces in Italy. In 1546 the plans began, and until the late 1600s every important French monarch has added on to the Louvre. During Wold Wars I and II the art was taken out and put into hiding.

The Eiffel Tower
Designed by Alexandre Gustave, this French structure was built in 1889 for the World’sFair. Construction cost over one million dollars. The tower was considered the greatest engineering marvel and the tallest structure in the world for its time. During World War I it was used as an important military observation station. Starting in 1953, the tip on the top of the tower was used to transmit television programs. The Eiffel Tower was only meant to stay up for one year, but as of today it has been around for nearly 125 years.

Seeing these sights are all the more incredible from your Paris vacation rental. These structures are spread out around Paris. So when you get your “perfect” vacation photo you will know what has happened in the area of the site.

Eiffel Tower

Experiencing Paris Architecture as a Tourist

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

La Grande Arc

Although the most popular tourist attractions include The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and The Arc de Triomphe.  Parisian architecture is some of the most beautiful in the world. This architecture is seen through Paris vacation rentals. Some of the architecture includes renaissance, modern, and baroque. The Renaissance style is seen in Museums.   Baroque is seen in the older buildings including the palace of Versailles. Modern is seen in the newer buildings.

The Renaissance

The Renaissance started early 16th century and ended in the mid 17th century. During that time some of the most famous buildings were built in Paris including the Louvre. The Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world. It features some of the most famous pieces of art in the world including the Mona Lisa. But during the Middle Ages the Louvre was a palace for Philippe Auguste. Although it was built during the Middle Ages, the building went under construction in order to be turned into a museum. Today it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

The Baroque Era

The Baroque Era started coinciding the 17th century. There are many Baroque style buildings in Paris but one of the famous is Chateau de Versailles or the palace at Versailles.  The palace at Versailles was the home of Louis XIII and his son Louis XIV. Louis XIV expanded it, adding the court and government to his palace. One of the most famous resident of the palace was Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis XVI. The palace was used up until 1789. In the 19th century it became a museum of the history of France. Today it is still a beautiful momentum of history that you can explore.

The Modern Era

The Modern Era started in the 20th century. Some of the Modern style architecture includes the Musee d’Orsay, Pyramide du Louvre, and La Grande Arc. Originally a train station, the Musee d’Orsay is a very beautiful modern building that has some great historical art. Added on in 1989, the Pyramide du Louvre is a glass pyramid located in the center of the courtyard of the Louvre. Although it is a government building, La Grande Arc is a very modern building that is the shape of a hallow cube.

As a tourist

You might want to hire a guide when prioritizing which sites to see.  Remember that if you are staying in a Paris apartment rental from a company like CobbleStay.com, you will have the freedom to spend as much time as you want to see the beautiful architecture. Indeed, Paris is one of the best places to see great architecture in the world.

A Casual Visit to the Louvre

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Louvre is one of the most immense exhibits in the world and you could easily spend weeks viewing its 35,000 masterpieces.  If you’re planning an extended stay in Paris, reserving a nearby Paris apartment rental would be your best bet to get the full Louvre experience. However, for most tourists a day at each desired landmark is ideal, and most of the Louvre’s greatest treasures can indeed be witnessed in a day with the right planning.

First, you’ll need to choose a time/day where it’s is less crowded (this also depends on the season you travel in). The best time to go is on a weekday morning (Louvre is closed on Tuesday); the museum opens at 9am and closes at 6pm (10pm on Wed & Fri).  Don’t be fooled by the enticing offer for free admission on the 1st Sunday of each month, because it will be way to busy for you to enjoy/see anything. The museum is also closed on Dec 25th, Jan 1st & May 1st.
Next, you’ll need to purchase your tickets.  As always, your Paris vacation apartment booking agent or hotel concierge can help you with this process. You can also purchase them online at www.louvre.fr, or at one of the 2 main entrances into the Louvre. Tickets go from €6.5-18 depending on access to temporary exhibits, VIP treatment to skip lines, and time of day. If you’re planning an extended stay, you can also look into getting an annual pass.
Getting to the Louvre is easiest via the Metro where you’ll get off at the Palais-Royal-Musee du Louvre station. Many bus lines also have drop-offs at the big pyramid, and the batobus also has a Louvre stop. If you’re close by, just follow the Seine until you see the giant pyramid. So, no matter where you are staying, getting to the Louvre is easy from any Paris rental apartment or hotel, so you have no excuse to miss this amazing artistic adventure!
Lastly, we recommend getting a map ahead of time to plan your tour and locate the main displays you want to see (Mona Lisa, Venus D’Milo etc).  If your Paris apartment rental or hotel has Internet access, you can utilize the virtual tour application at www.louvre.fr.  If you are a little intimidated by the vastness of the Louvre museum, there are also guided tours available that usually cover the highlights for the casual tourist.  If you’re making a full day of it however, bring a picnic lunch and sit in one the many lush gardens in the nearby vicinity. Lastly, don’t forget your camera. This is not the Vatican, so take as many pictures as you want!

Tickets for Everything “Paris” @ en.parisinfo.com

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

For tickets to literally every tourist related activity in Paris, the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau is an excellent resource.  If you’ve ever heard the concept of ” tourist traps,” the most common of these pitfalls occurs when tourists buy tickets at the point of sale instead of in advance.  Not only are tickets sometimes more expensive “at the door”, but during peak tourist season, the lines to buy tickets can be incredibly long and discouraging.

This scenario exits in almost every major tourist city worldwide and Paris is no exception.  If you don’t find the time to book activities before arriving in Paris, hop on the free Wi-Fi internet provided by all CobbleStay.com Paris vacation apartments and go to www.en.parisinfo.com/expressbooking for a full list of discounted tickets on various forms of transportation and admission to a wide range of tourist attractions.

Although all of our hand picked Paris apartment rentals are conveniently located, there are many fun and scenic ways to travel around Paris that are well worth the money.  The famous Cars Rouges stop at the eight most well known attractions in the City and have both indoor and outdoor seating.  Or, if water travel is more your thing, take Paris’ famous Bateaux Mouches and experience the magic of the River Seine on a very affordable hour and ten minute cruise.  Boats leave about every 30 minutes during the summer months, so just ask your CobbleStay Paris vacation rental booking agent for the nearest Bateaux Mouche stop.

Although there are advance passes available for many different attractions, the most popular is the Paris Museum Pass.  The pass allows immediate and unlimited entry to over 60 Paris museums and monuments and is an absolute MUST HAVE for any visitor to the City of Love.

As always, for any questions not covered on the Paris Info website, don’t hesitate to contact us at CobbleStay and enjoy your stay in your very own short term Paris apartment.