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LE BAR DE L'HOTEL DUO : LE NOUVEL ENDROIT HYPE CHIC DU MARAIS 


Où etre à l'aise dans des canapés confortables avec de l'espace, de l'air un cadre design et divin, avec une clientèle sélectionnée internationale au cœur du marais ? Rendez vous 11 rue du Temple juste derrière le Bazar de l'hotel de Ville du Mardi au samedi de 18h à minuit. After work or before diner ? à vous de choisir, ici vous profitez de cocktails délicieux, d'une carte de grands vins et champagnes, à partir de 10 euros... Venez en duo ou en trio au duo, mais venez vite , l'endroit est exclusif et sympathique à la fois...

et si l idée vous plait de vous offrir une suite, réservez en ligne l'hotel Duo au meilleur prix sur ce site :http://www.parismarais.com/4-star-hotels-paris-marais.htm

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PROMOTIONS D'ÉTÉ DANS TOUS LES HOTELS DU MARAIS ! C'EST LE MOMENT DE VENIR DECOUVRIR LE CŒUR DE PARIS AU MEILLEUR PRIX 


Personne ne le sait, mais la saison creuse pour la capitale c'est la periode du 15 juillet au 30 aout. c'est non seulement la période des soldes pour faire vos emplettes à moitié prix, mais c'est aussi le moment de vous offrir les plus beaux hotels du centre de Paris à des prix vraiment tres bas... entre 30 et 40% de réduction en général.. les 4 etoiles au prix de 3 et les 3 étoiles au prix de 2... profitez-en.

L'hotel Molay propose dès le 15 juillet des prix très doux aux environs de 100 euros, de même pour l'Hotel des Archives... La villa mazarin 4 etoiles propose 4 nuits pour le prix de trois. Pour bénéficier de ces offres spéciales, réservez exclusivement via parismarais.com, le 1er guide touristique dédié au cœur de Paris.



réservez dès maintenant pour cet été : http://www.parismarais.com/3-star-hotel ... -paris.htm

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UN PODIUM ARC EN CIEL POUR LA BONNE HUMEUR DANS LE MARAIS ET DANS TOUT PARIS ! 



Podium Paris en concert les 15 et 16 mai


Podium Paris est LE chœur gays de musique de variété de la capitale. « Podium », comme le célèbre magazine de Cloclo des années 70, car son répertoire est intégralement composé de titres de variétés, françaises et étrangères. Podium Paris est ainsi le seul chœur d’hommes (Ténors 1, Ténors 2, Basses, Barytons) de variétés aussi important en France.

Et ce n’est pas sa seule originalité… C’est la seule chorale de France à proposer la traduction systématique de ses concerts en langue des signes, grâce à ses traducteurs bénévoles, permettant ainsi de faire tomber la discrimination dont soufrent les sourds.

Fondé en septembre 2005, ce chœur gay compte déjà 70 choristes qui, sous la direction de leurs deux chefs de chœur et de deux pianistes, en ont déjà fait un des chœurs incontournables de la capitale : animateur du char de l’Inter-LGBT à la marche des fiertés, organisateur du Concert du même nom au jardin du Luxembourg chaque lendemain de marche, Podium Paris produit aussi chaque printemps son concert annuel.

Cette année, c’est de nouveau à la salle Jean Dame dans le quartier Montorgueil que Podium Paris se produira les 15 et 16 mai prochains. L’an dernier, sur chaque place payante, 1 € a été reversé à SOS Homophobie, et cette année, l’opération est reconduite au profit de l’Association des Parents Gays et Lesbiens (APGL).

De Jacques Brel à Amel Bent et Christophe Willem, en passant par Charles Aznavour, Michel Berger, Desireless, Lara Fabian, Linda Lemay, Madonna, Rita Mitsouko, Marie Myriam, Michel Polnareff, Véronique Sanson, Sylvie Vartan, Queen, Simon & Garfunkel, Podium Paris ravira son public qui pourra redécouvrir les tubes les plus célèbres, harmonisés pour quatre voix d’hommes. Ainsi, l’émotion que l’on croit liée à l’individualité de l’interprètes, se fera collective, portée par la multiplicité des voix !


Podium Paris
17 rue du Bourg-Tibourg
75004 PARIS
06 31 78 73 44
contact@podiumparis.fr
www.podiumparis.fr

Jeudi 15 et vendredi 16 mai 2008 – 20 heures
Salle Jean Dame, 17 rue Léopold Bellan, Paris 2e (M° Sentier)
TP : 8 € - TP : 13 €


Pour toute réservation, rendez-vous sur le site www.podiumparis.fr, ou écrivez à reservation@podiumparis.fr, ou rendez-vous dans les magasins fnacs et carrefours.




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MANGEZ DES DISQUES, C'EST BON POUR LE MORAL ! 


Un nouveau bar exquis chic et sympa vient de naitre dans le marais. Animé Par Dj Hervé personnage haut en couleur et dynamisme qui est deja le celèbre animateur de la nuit des follivores, la nuit des crazyvores ( happy birgday pour les 10 ans ! ) et DJ du célèbre Bal du Jeudi aux bains douches...

snacking gourmand dès 18h et le soir, petits prix, jolie petite terrase et surtout bonne humeur ... à deux pas de beaubourg, c'est qand meme plus sympa que les snacks à touristes de la piazza et le snobisme georgien... clientèle gay friendly et de noctambules cultivés. Champagne délicieux et accueil souriant,que demander de plus... so chic n'est ce pas ?

Au Mange Disque. 15 rue de la Reynie. 75004 Paris. M° : Châtelet - Les Halles. Téléphone : 01 48 04 78 17. Ouvert de 18H00 à 02H00.

http://aumangedisque.free.fr/

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A 4 STAR CONCIERGE IN LE MARAIS... 
Richard Nahem, editor of Eye Prefer Paris Tours meets Jonathan Buckles concierge at Le Pavillon de la Reine.

The Pavillon de la Reine is a beautiful, small gem of a four-star hotel on one of the loveliest squares in Paris, the Place de Vosges. It’s always a stop on my Marais tours and whenever I show it to clients, not only are they amazed by the stunning surroundings, but also the gracious and friendly concierge Jonathan Buckles charms them.



Jonathan Buckles is the concierge on Mondays through Wednesdays and I met him for a chat after work last week in the elegant and cozy lobby with dark wood beams and a fireplace. Jonathan is quite tall, over six feet, and is a striking presence in his uniform of a royal blue waistcoat, navy blue vest with gold buttons and crisp white shirt with a shimmering, orange tie. His ruddy cheeks and pale skin are a give away that he is English and he was born in Ashford, England to a French mother and English father. He lived in Ipswich until the family moved to Marly le Roi, a suburb of Paris, when he was 10 years old. When he was 15, he moved to Paris and has always lived in the 8th arr. He took a year off to live in Costa Rica and is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.

He started his hotel career at 18 as a bellboy at The Ritz Hotel, followed by a stint as a bellman and later behind the reception desk at the George V, then made his way to the Pavillon de la Reine, having now worked there for the last 18 months.

His favorite part of the job is speaking to the guests and hearing them share their stories from around the globe, which he considers like traveling the world without ever moving from behind his desk. Many of the guests have become friends and have invited him to visit when they returned home. The majority is from the U.S., England and Italy and some have fallen in love with the Marais so much, that they have enlisted Jonathan to assist them in buying apartments in the neighborhood. The secret to his popularity is being a good host and treating people like they were guests in his own home.

I asked Jonathan what was the most unusual request he ever had from a guest, and he told me it was making elaborate and extremely detailed arrangements for a wedding proposal. It involved shipping furniture from the U.S. to place in Butte Chaumont Park for the first half of the proposal, then having the bride to be whisked away in a specific car, blindfolded so she didn’t know where she was going, and timing it so that she would arrive just in time to see the sparkle lights go off on the hour.

The hotel has had its share of celebrity clients who like the home-like ambiance and low- key feel to it. A top French fashion designer lived in one of the suites for two years.

Jonathan prides himself on knowing all best restaurants, shops and sites to see in the Marais and all over Paris.



Below are some of his Marais recommendations.

Restaurants

Carre des Vosges - 15 rue St. Gilles
Gaspard de la Nuit - 6 rue de Tournelles
L’Ambroisie -9 Place des Vosges
L Enoteca - 25 rue St. Charles
Chez Janou - 2 rue Roger Verlomme

Streets
Rue des Rosiers
Rue Vieille de Temple
Franc Bourgeois
Hotel Sully
Cognac-Jay Museum
Place Sainte Catherine
Village Saint Paul
Rue Louis en l’Ile

Shops

Ted Baker -20 Rue Francs Bourgeois
The Red Wheelbarrow - 22 rue St. Paul
Florence Finkelsztajn - 24 rue des Ecouffes
Jamin Puech - 68 Rue Vieille du Temple
Exceptions Gourmand - 4 Place du Marché Sainte Catherine

Pavillon de la Reine
28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris
book online at best price directly with the hotel with parismarais.com

http://www.parismarais.com/hotels/hotel-le-pavillon-de-la-reine-place-des-vosges-paris/index.htm


Richard Nahem's tours : http://www.eyepreferparistours.com/

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I PREFER PARIS, I PREFER LE MARAIS, DO YOU? DISCOVER EYE PREFER PARIS 
Don't want to see Paris through the window of a crowded bus with a bunch of noisy tourists? Don't want to go on the Eiffel Tower or Da Vinci Code tour? Don't want to see the same Paris sites you saw last time you were here?

See the Paris that Tourists Never See
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private tours of “his” Paris, he decided to go public.

Discover
• A 19th century mansion with the world's largest collection of Monet's
• An artisan's atelier where jewelry is hand-made right in front of you
• The best food market in Paris, hidden in a courtyard
• A lush garden oasis on an abandoned railroad track high above the city
• The lavishly decorated domes of a mosque where you can sip Moroccan
mint tea on the patio and take a real Turkish bath
• Boutique hotels with drop dead gorgeous lobbies and hip bars
• A charming café with the most delicious desserts in Paris
• The only discount designer outlet in the Marais

Price: 175 Euros for a 3-hour tour
Come taste, feel, smell, and touch an unforgettable Paris today with an EYE PREFER PARIS tour. book online, write to r.nahem@gmail.com.

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LE CHOCOLAT, C' EST BON POUR LE MORAL. UNE NOUVELLE ADRESSE GOURMANDE AU CENTRE DU MARAIS 
Tels Rastignac, les chocolats "MEERT" se lancent à l'assaut de la capitale. Ils ont choisi leur boutique dans le Marais. Il s'agit de ce local à l'angle des rues du Parc Royal et Elzévir, connu sous l'enseigne 'hétéroclite", qui est resté fermé pendant plusieurs années, laissant ainsi sa porte ouverte aux supputations les plus folles.

Le magasin est encore en travaux. Une artiste décoratrice fignole le décor, inspiré du style XVIIIe siècle lillois. La Maison MEERT, en effet, est implantée dans la métropole flamande depuis 1761.

Placé tout près du musée Picasso, avec à deux pas les "Caves Elzévir" où trouver le breuvage qui peut rendre meilleure encore la dégustation des chocolats fins, ce nouveau commerce va contribuer à rendre plus attrayant cet espace Thorigny encore un peu trop minéral. Nous espérons une ouverture rapide et lui souhaitons un succès à la hauteur des efforts qu'il consent pour rendre son cadre chaleureux, profitant de l'élan de ces autres ch'tis qui ont séduit la France en crevant l'écran.

MAISON MEERT, 16 rue Elzévir - IIIe - 01 42 71 10 18

article initialement publié dans Vivrelemarais, un blog formidable créé par Gérard Simonet et des habitants du marais pour les tenir informés de l'actualité politique sociale et économique locale

à découvrir absolument:
http://vivrelemarais.typepad.fr/blog


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FLAMME OLYMPIQUE CHINOISE AU CŒUR DU MARAIS ... POUR OU CONTRE ? 
Par Emmanuel Delarue, éditeur du blog l'indépendant du 4e
http://lindependantdu4e.typepad.fr


La flamme olympique est passée à Paris lundi 7 avril. Elle a fait un passage dans le 4e arrondissement place de l'Hôtel de ville. En tant que Parisien, je trouve cela très discutable.

La République Populaire de Chine est la plus grande prison du monde. Elle a réussir à lier le capitalisme avec un système politique proche du totalitarisme. Pour mémoire, plusieurs milliers de personnes sont condamnées à mort chaque année. Des millions de Chinois sont dans des camps de travail (le "Laogaï") qui rappellent beaucoup les Goulags de l'URSS. Le Tibet et le Xinjiang (la région du Nord Ouest de la chine majoritairement turcophone) sont soumis à un régime de terreur permanente pour faire taire les mouvements indépendantistes ou autonomistes. Rappelons qu'encore la semaine dernière, un militant des droits de l'Homme, Hu Jia a été condamné à 3 ans 1/2 de prison pour "incitation à la subversion".

Je suis consterné par l'attitude des dirigeants de tous bords. Rappelons que pendant la campagne présidentielle Ségolène Royal s'était laissée à vanter la rapidité de la Justice chinoise (elle parlait paraît-il de la justice commerciale). Il s'agissait vraiment d'une désolante "bravitude". Quant à Nicolas Sarkozy, j'avais cru comprendre dans plusieurs de ses discours qu'il serait pour le monde entier le président des droits de l'Homme. J'ai même assisté à un meeting où André Glucksmann était présent et où des engagements avaient été pris pour dénoncer les massacres commis en Tchétchénie par Vladimir Poutine. On peut comprendre que la raison d'Etat et les intérêts commerciaux fassent réfléchir à deux fois nos dirigeants avant de prendre des positions fortes contre la Chine et la Russie. Mais, finalement, il s'agit en fait de laisser une partie de l'humanité subir la peur pour pouvoir, nous, continuer à vivre tranquillement. Alain Juppé sur son blog a raison d'ironiser avec l'idée de demander aux dirigeants chinois de "tuer avec retenue" (tout en ayant l'honnêteté de s'interroger sur ce qu'il aurait fait s'il avait été au pouvoir).

Certaines leçons de l'histoire doivent faire réfléchir : les accords de Munich de 1938 nous rappellent qu'à trop pactiser avec des dictateurs et à céder sur le plan de l'honneur on finit par tout perdre. Justement, deux ans avant ces accords, un débat avait eu lieu sur la participation aux J.O. de Berlin de 1936. Lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture, la délégation française se laissa aller à saluer Hitler avec le bras droit levé -un geste de bonne volonté envers leur hôte !! -. Jusqu'où faut-il aller au nom de l'olympisme ?

En ce qui concerne les J.O. de Pékin, l'erreur initiale est due au Comité International Olympique quand il a fait le choix de cette ville. Je comprends que les sportifs souhaitent participer aux épreuves car les J.O. sont souvent le rêve de toute une vie et il ne serait pas normal qu'ils paient pour les autres. C'est donc dans tous les gestes symboliques qu'il faut montrer une réaction.

Je ne suis pas sûr que le fait d'ajouter un badge ou un bandeau "Pour un monde meilleur" change grand chose. Ironiquement, cela rappelle même le titre du livre de Huxley "Le meilleur des mondes" (Brave New World) qui justement dénonçait en 1932 les risques du tototalitarisme. Ce qui aurait un sens, c'est que chaque athlète parraine un prisonnier politique chinois et porte la mention (en français et en chinois) : "Libérez untel ou unetelle".

Le maire de Paris a annoncé qu'il mettrait une banderole sur l'Hôtel de ville pour rappeler que tous les pays doivent respecter les droits de l'Homme. C'est très insuffisant. La ville de Paris aurait vraiment eu un geste fort si elle avait refusé de participer à une mascarade qui va permettre aux autorités chinoises de montrer que la Chine a partout dans le monde, même dans la capitale de la "patrie des droits de l'Homme", une bonne image.

Je soutiens donc l'action de Reporters Sans Frontières qui dénonce la participation de la ville de Paris à cette célébration.

Emmanuel Delarue , publié pour la première fois dans l'indépendant du 4e le 8 avril 2008.

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LE MARAIS THROUGH A STRAIGHT EYE 
Le Marais Through A Straight Eye
Written by Nancy Bear, PA (Paris addict)


I suppose everyone copes with some form of addiction -- mine is voyeurism. Not the depraved sort, but the want to poke my nose into people’s lives, cultures, countries, make them mine and write about them. So, it was no fluke that propelled me to Paris recently--it was strictly need of a fix. Why Paris? That’s easy -- I get all soft and mushy for this alluring city of light and ten days of moseying along it’s winding cobblestone streets and stalwart Boulevards, ogling it’s treasures, gives me a buzz.

It was my intention to base myself in Le Marais for the entire visit, but for sake of economy, I booked a bargain Air France package in advance, which included four nights in a two star hotel in Bercy Village, a very decent and boring suburb with many cloned condos, and far from the center of the city. Two nights away from the dazzling lights of Paris was all I could bear, so I spent the next two at the three star Standard Design Hotel in the Bastille. That was a good move--nicely designed, indeed. Totally black and white, including the china in the lovely breakfast café on the top floor. Breakfast was perfect. The bread baskets were continually refilled with warm, fresh croissants. It was an easy walk to the Marais, however, I wanted a hotel in the 3e or 4e district--not easy to come by due to a Transit strike. Commuters were stranded and filled hotel rooms throughout the city. Many booked in anticipation, so for me, it was a night here, two nights there. I didn’t mind. I had never actually stayed in this area, so it was an opportunity to check it out. Two stars or three, the hotels are always clean and friendly, though the rooms are small. Sometimes breakfast is included, which is nice. Not to say I don’t enjoy the sybaritic pleasures of a luxury hotel, which leaves more to say about the hotel situation, but am saving the best for last.

One chilly November day, as I sat at an outdoor Café (a Salon de The on the Place du Marche) A revelation came my way: You don’t need to be Gay to love the Marais

That is my straight eye observation of the Marais. This neighborhood, in addition to being the center of gay/lesbian life, is also Senegal in the Marais and if you go to Rue des Rosiers (The Street of Rose Bushes), which was the heart of the Medieval Jewish quarter, (the Pletzl) you will find vestiges of the halcyon days of the Jewish ghetto. And now, there are Kosher butchers and bakers as well as a Synagogue designed by Hector Guimard, who was a leading light in the French Art Nouveau Movement. You know him; he designed the fan lighted Metro entrances.

The French have a keen appreciation of beauty created in the past as well as the present, and an innate understanding of the artistry of fashion attested to, by the ubiquitous Museums throughout the city. As Paris continues to redefine elegance, it remains the “Capitale de la Creation”, and so the Marais has it’s own panache. Once the core of high culture, it had it’s sordid period-- falling into severe disrepair following the Revolution. Revitalized in several incarnations, it retained the best from each and is now the coolest, chicest quarter in town, attracting all the young trendy designers. Same with galleries. The Picasso Museum is probably the best known of the many museums in the Marais. It’s an extraordinary collection, more than 3000 pieces, donated by the heirs to pay inheritance taxes. In addition to the broad spectrum of Picasso’s work, you will also see Picasso’s private collection of works by many of his friends, including Braque, Cezanne, Rousseau.

It is impossible not to collide with spectacular landmarks while roaming about -- spectacular by day, wickedly dazzling at night. Pont Neuf, for example -- the oldest bridge in Paris, which dates from 1607. It was a major thoroughfare with turrets for jugglers and acrobats. Legend has it that “You can’t cross Pont Neuf without meeting a monk, a whore and a white stallion”. Well, that’s what I hear. Another landmark fact that is hard to believe is that the Cathedral of Notre-Dame plunked itself in the Seine in the 10th century. And that’s the truth.

As an American, I feel compelled to address the subject of “attitude”, before it is assumed that I am blinded by love -- you know, the Parisians who claim not to understand your high school French. Well, my experience is that as my infatuation with Paris grew and I developed a bond with the city, my high-school French was not only tolerated, but appreciated. I did , however, discern “attitude” from Air France people. I guess they weren’t aware that I had become one of them. Their loss.

To return to Le Marais and the oldest and most gorgeous square in Paris, maybe the world -- the Place des Vosges. More than four hundred years ago, King Henri IV built a so-called King’s pavilion in the center of the southern side of this perfectly square plaza. On the northern side is a duplicate; the Queen’s pavilion. He ordered all thirty-five other buildings bordering the square to replicate the same design and so, to this day, the park is surrounded by slate roofed red brick buildings with white stone facades. It was known as ‘Place Royale’ and it was Napoleon who changed the name to Place des Vosges. It went back and forth again and finally in 1870, once and for all, became known as Place des Vosges. Victor Hugo of Hunchback and Miserable fame, lived at #6, which is now his own museum. My favorite café at Place des Vosges carries his name -- Hugo. What is more serene than sitting at a heated café, sipping an aperitif while listening to Vivaldi being performed by young musicians under one of the arches which support the surrounding buildings. The acoustics were surprisingly excellent, but why not? This is Paris, after all.

Walking across the fastidiously kept park -- it appears the leaves are collected as they fall, I see the fountains still carry the name of King Louis XIII who was in power when the square was completed. I’m not sure that they had mini sand pits and climbing things for children’s amusement then, but they did have a magnificent carousel to celebrate the wedding of Louis and Anne of Austria when the square was inaugurated in 1612. Seems like only yesterday. Continuing along the arcades under the arches, are shops and restaurants, cafes and galleries, even the home of Cardinal Richelieu. On the north side is the well-known Gallery Vivendi and next to that at #28, the entrance through the gateway under the Queen’s Pavilion is the hotel, Pavillon de la Reine. This is where I spent my final night in Paris. And I have saved the best, on the subject of hotels, for last.

Pavillon de la Reine represents a universal quiet elegance, a sense of authenticity. It is a place I would like to call home. There is a total of 56 rooms and suites and it appears as a very modest size mansion-not a hotel at all. The furnishings, the carpets, the flowers, to say nothing of Louis XIII style antiques, gives a sense of well being. There is not a bar, but rather a parlor where guests help themselves, making their own drinks and miraculously someone appears with nibbles. I took advantage of an available computer in a private little room on the ground floor. I was leaving in the morning, so it was time to start making the transition. The rooms and suites are all different from one another, all equally stylish. My bed was the largest and most comfortable of the trip and I had the best night’s sleep of the whole ten days.

When I awoke, it was as Alice in Wonderland--was it all a fantasy? The breakfast room was under the vaults of the cellar decorated with Dutch tapestries. There was every wonderful fresh fruit, cheeses, meats, warm baked things -- ideal last meal in Paris and at the Place des Vosges to boot. To book at le Pavillon de la Reine: http://www.parismarais.com/5-star-hotel ... -paris.htm

Nancy Bear is a long time editor and journalist who travels the world and writes about it and it’s inhabitants. She has authored hundreds of magazine articles and was the recipient of the prestigious PATA Gold Award for Journalism. She lives in New York City.



This article was first published on www.frenchsoiree.com <http://www.frenchsoiree.com>



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DU CŒUR DE PARIS AUX PLUS BEAUX ENDROITS D' EUROPE : C 'EST LE MOMENT DE PARTIR EN WEEK-END 
LES PLUS BEAUX HOTELS D'EUROPE, BIENTOT DISPONIBLES A LA RESERVATION A PRIX PRÉFÉRENTIELS SUR PARISMARAIS.COM

Avez vous envie de vous offrir un Palace pour un grand week end? c'est tout à fait possible en choisissant de bonnes dates. A Paris, dans le Marais la basse saison va du 15 juillet au 30 aout 2008, vous pouvez négocier des réductions jusqu'à 40% dans la plupart des 4 étoiles. Dans la grandes destinations européennes, les periodes creuses sont souvent différentes... pour le midi de la France c'est en novembre que vous aurez les meilleurs prix ... ou en février. Pour le prix d'un 3 etoiles à Paris en haute sasion, vous pourrez vous offrir en basse saison l'un des mythiques hotels de la cote d'azur : l'Hermitage à Monaco, Le West End à Nice, La Réserve à Beaulieu et pourquoi pas le Danieli ou le Gritti Palace à Venise, tous ces hotels sont en ligne au meilleur prix sur parismarais.com

http://www.parismarais.com/hotels-europ ... onte-Carlo



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AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN LE MARAIS! 
Located in the Marais, around the corner from the Pompidou Center and at the very center of this City of Light, the Paris GlobalCampus offers a curriculum of unique and engaging courses taught by outstanding Professors who are committed to helping you understand the context and significance of today’s global issues and the political impulses and cultural creativity they generate here in this city of art, politics and romance: Paris.

Programs & Academics proposed are :

International Business :
* Strategies in Global Leadership
* Green Collar Business
* E-Commerce: Europe & the Global Market

Foundations in Studio Arts
* Haute Couture in France: History of Style and Fashion
* Introduction to Photography
* Introduction to Drawing

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
* Anthropology of Food
* War and Terrorism in the New World Order
* Urban Social Photography

French Language & Liberal Arts
* French Language
* Intermediate French Conversation
* 20th Century Art: A History of Modernism

Find out more about CEA :http://www.gowithcea.com/programs/france/paris.html


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TOM OF FINLAND OR TOM OF LE MARAIS ? 


Tom was born is le Marais? Well in a way it’s true! The Scandinavian artist known as Tom of Finland died about 20 years ago, but his drawings, re-edited by Taschen editions (www.tashen.com), are known worldwide.
Visit http://www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org/ The great perfume maker Etienne de Swardt is located in le Marais at number 69 (no joke!) rue des Archives, 75003 Paris.


This month, Etat Libre d’Orange is launching TOM OF FINLAND as a men’s fragrance. This is an international launch, starting with Harvey Nichols in London. As sexy as ever, Tom’s drawings are a great way to sell anything, even perfume. For over 40 years, Tom’s drawings have had a cult following on the gay scene. There is a Tom’s bar in Hamburg where some original drawings – now worth millions – are exposed under protective glass before you access a dark sex labyrinth. There is also a Tom’s Bar and a Tom’s Guesthouse in Berlin. In most of Northern Europe, Tom is the gay equivalent of Marilyn. If you feel butch enough to wear Tom, dare to buy it and especially enjoy the xxx packaging – inside you’ll find x-rated drawings that we can’t show you here…

Visit http://www.etatlibredorange.com/



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A NEW WAY TO BUY YOUR HOLIDAY HOME IN LE MARAIS 
Interview by Peter Lebaron


Do you love the idea of owning a pied-à-terre in the Marais, but don’t want to deal with upkeep and repairs, nor the worry over generating enough rental income to cover your mortgage? Are you apprehensive about spending weeks or even months looking for the perfect place, and then dealing with renovation and furnishing from thousands of miles away? Do you love the services of luxury hotels, but dislike living out of a suitcase? You’re not alone.



For most people, buying property in another country usually entails some headache, and the whole process can be exhausting, whatever the budget. The fantasy would be to own a beautiful, professionally decorated and furnished apartment in your favorite neighborhood, and have someone else deal with upkeep and maintenance thus making your ownership trouble-free. The great thing is that this scenario is no longer a fantasy, there are companies offering exactly this. Called fractional ownership, this new kind of property ownership allows you to have it all without the stress normally involved in buying your own property abroad.

Already popular in the United States and gaining steam abroad, fractional ownership is the vacation home solution for busy professionals or travel-bug retirees looking to maximize vacation time while building a solid investment portfolio. And now fractional ownership has arrived in Paris.

Peter Lebaron of Parismarais.com recently sat down with Miranda Bothe, Managing Director of Paris Property Finders, to discuss fractional ownership and a new fractional project that her company is marketing in the Marais.

PL: So what exactly is fractional ownership?
MB: Fractional ownership is essentially partial ownership of a property. With fractional ownership, a property is owned and shared by several individuals. The owners each get a share of the use of the property, and share in the costs of management, maintenance and upkeep. The price is but a fraction of the cost of buying a property on your own, which leaves buyers with more cash available for other investments, whether in property or otherwise.
PL: How does it work?

MB: To understand fractional ownership, think about a large, and expensive, property that may be difficult to purchase and maintain on your own. Instead of becoming the sole owner of the property, you purchase a share along with a group of other people. Now, you own a fraction of the property, with a proportional right to use it, and a proportional share in the maintenance and carrying costs. What was once not attainable is now fully affordable since you share the purchase with others. What’s more, for most folks, the use time correlates with the amount of time you would normally use the vacation property anyway, and frees you from the responsibility of renting or managing the property for the other 40+ weeks a year.

PL: Isn’t a fractional property just a timeshare?

MB: Fractional ownership and timeshare are both common ownership structures for vacation properties, and both allow their owners to use a certain amount of time in the property each year. However, with timeshare, buyers own the time, not the underlying equity in the property. With fractional ownership, you actually own the property with your fellow co-owners. Now you’re building equity on every vacation, and each fraction is owned outright, meaning you are completely free to sell the share or pass it on to children and grandchildren.

PL: How does this differ from destination clubs?

MB: Again, the key element is ownership: with a travel or destination club, also called “non-equity clubs,” members own the right to use the club’s properties, but do not own them. Membership fees are partially reimbursed if you leave the club, but members are not benefiting from the growth in equity of the properties. Moreover, the risk that the membership is worth nothing cannot be avoided; as has happened before, if a destination club goes out of business, the membership is worth nothing at all. With fractional ownership, the property belongs 100% to its owners.

PL: How does the management of the project work?

MB: In our fractional properties, calendar management, maintenance and administrative details are in the hands of a professional manager acting on behalf of the owners. Everything is managed behind the scenes, which leaves more time for shopping, dining with family and friends or otherwise enjoying the world’s most beautiful city. The management is paid for by low monthly dues, which also cover housekeeping, flowers, and even champagne. Luxury concierge and spa services are available at an additional cost.

PL: Tell me more about the Marais fractional property that you are marketing?

MB: We’re really excited about our newest offering in the heart of the Marais: an 800 square foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment in the historic Saint Paul district, steps from the rue des Rosiers and a 3-minute walk to the Place des Vosges. Located on the 1st floor (2nd floor US) of a 200-year old building, its crown mouldings, original fireplaces and chevron wood floors are the epitome of French sophistication. The apartment’s best feature is a beautiful 100 square foot, professionally landscaped private terrace which gives onto a secluded courtyard – it’s very exclusive and secret garden feeling. As you know, outdoor space is extremely rare in the Marais.

We have a fantastic design team that is going to deliver an extremely luxurious product. Our architect, Anne Jacquet, designed the Chanel boutique on rue Cambron as well as Karl Lagerfeld’s personal studio; and our interior designer, Monte Laster, has decorated exclusive apartments and homes all over Paris and Provence.

We’re offering 12 shares in rue Malher for €120,000 each. Each share comes with the right to use the property for 4 weeks a year, in perpetuity, or until you sell your share. All the details and the usage calendar are at www.fractionalparis.com.

PL: Who chooses what weeks each owner uses? How are time disputes resolved?

MB: What’s great is that each owner chooses for themselves. With our Marais property, owners can select either four fixed weeks, the same calendar weeks every year; four floating weeks, which rotate through the seasons on a fixed schedule in perpetuity; or, a combination of the two. There are no usage time disputes, since the floating calendar is set at the get-go, meaning that each owner can see their weeks years into the future. This clarity allows you to plan for your Paris visits well in advance, or to trade time with your fellow owners, with other vacation properties through our membership in a trade to travel network, or to give your use time to family and friends.

PL: Fractional sounds great but really, why should someone go for it?

MB: First of all, it’s extremely interesting because it’s a real equity investment, yet one where you only pay your share of the upfront and ongoing costs. You benefit from the capital appreciation and have satisfaction and pride of true ownership, but the capital outlay is much less than if you were to own the same thing yourself, and you don’t need to worry about renting it out or making use of all the time when you are not using the property. And, what’s key for most folks is that someone else takes care of the headache and hassles of management from abroad while you simply jet in twice a year to enjoy your time in Paris in your very own pied-à-terre.

PL: It can’t all be great - what should people watch out for?

MB: As with any real estate investment, make sure the asset is truly something special - whether that means an exceptional view, spectacular architecture, or rare outdoor space - be certain that the unique features set it apart from the standard market fare. Of course never forget the real estate maxim for any property: location, location, location.

The investment value with fractional properties is a function of both the quality of the product, its furnishings, its amenities, as well as its continued management over the years. So it’s important to examine exactly what is on offer. Also, make sure that any ownership agreement clearly lays out rules and regulations and makes provisions for eventualities.

What you give up with fractional versus sole ownership is clear: you do not have full control over the property, and must share the rights and responsibilities with your fellow owners. This shared approach is not for everyone, and each buyer needs to decide for themselves how the benefits and drawbacks of fractional ownership weigh out for them personally.

PL: Why did your company get into this?
I am often approached by international buyers looking for a pied-à-terre in Paris that they will use a few weeks a year and then rent out on a short-term basis to tourists the rest of the time. The reality is that the market of studio and one-bedroom apartments in the Marais and Saint Germain des Près is saturated, and only a fabulous, standout property of this size will have a chance of generating a significant income. For budgets less than 500,000€, we can find you a property in these popular areas, but it would most likely not generate enough income to cover your ongoing costs.
If you are looking for a sole ownership solution with solid rental income in the current market, your minimum size needs to be a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment. For that, the minimum investment all-told is going to be at least 800,000€ in the Marais, and 1 million plus in Saint Germain.
What was exciting about fractional ownership for me was to finally be able to give buyers a viable, intelligent option: a solution that met the desire to own a sizeable, elegant property in the heart of Paris, yet at a fraction of the cost of full ownership. The fractional solution has been extremely popular thus far, the first two projects we marketed in Saint Germain des Près sold out before renovation was even completed, and interest in our Marais property is extremely strong. We are about to sign the purchase agreement on the third Saint Germain property and are excited to continue bringing special properties to Paris lovers.
About Paris Property Finders and Fractional Paris
Fractional Paris is a division of Paris Property Finders, the first licensed real estate buyer's agent in Paris and the market leader in France.
With over 15 years of combined experience in real estate and construction, we've spent years assembling the best teams to find, renovate and decorate the ideal property in Paris. Whether for private or fractional ownership, our highly competent design, construction and management teams ensure that everything is done right and that your purchase is hassle-free.


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VENTE AUX ENCHERES D'ART SCANDINAVE DANS LE MARAIS RUE CHARLOT 
EXCEPTIONNELLE VENTE AUX ENCHERES CHEZ ANDERS HUS

A titre exceptionnel, nous vendons une partie du fond de peintures de la galerie Anders Hus ! C’est une occasion unique pour faire des acquisitions à un prix modique...

Rendez-vous sur le site de la vente www.andershus.fr (Peintures / Ventes aux enchères) pour regarder les œuvres et connaître leurs mises à prix tout à fait raisonnables !

Exposition des oeuvres, dans la galerie entre le 19 et le 26 avril :
• Le samedi 19 de 11h à 19h30
• Les mercredi 23, jeudi 24 et vendredi 25 de 14h à 19h
• Le samedi 26 à partir de 11h.

Si vous ne pouvez pas assister à la vente et si vous êtes interessés par certaines œuvres,

laissez un ordre d’achat avec votre prix maximum sur contact@andershus.fr. Cet ordre d’achat nous autorise à vous représenter au moment de la vente et à exécuter l’achat à votre place dans les meilleures conditions.
Adjugé !

Anne et Anders - 27 rue Charlot 75003 Paris SAMEDI 26 avril à 18h.






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SEE ROME (AND THE POPE) AT HOLY PRICES WITH PARISMARAIS.COM 
Last week end I ve spend a fabulous week end in Rome visiting the city and exploring new partner hotels we will soon work with .. one of them GRAND HOTEL MINERVE ***** just next to the Pantheon was fabulous.. my suite was over looking 2000 years of history... soon you ll be abble to stay there too and also in over 150 fabulous hotels in Italy and all Europe at bargain prices... stay tuned!

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GENTLEMEN IN BAROQUE : FROM VIENNA WITH LOVE. 
GENTLEMEN IN BAROQUE, THE LUXURY AUSTRIAN MAGAZINE REPORTS ON LE MARAIS BEST ADDRESSES.

Paris ist und bleibt eine der faszinierendsten Metropolen unserer Zeit. Auf Einladung von „Maison de la France“ nutzten wir die Möglichkeit "Gay Paris“ bzw. das Queer Viertel Marais ein wenig näher unter die Lupe zu nehmen.


Flüge nach Paris gibt’s täglich. Vom Flughafen
„CDG“ pendelt ein Schnellzug ins Zentrum von
Paris. Am „Gare du Nord“ Nordbahnhof angekommen
musste ich nun auf die Pariser U-Bahn (Metro)
umsteigen. Anfangs etwas unüberschaubar, ist es
nach einiger Überwindung, mit der Metro kinderleicht
in Paris voran zu kommen.
Meine Unterkunft ist das 4 Sterne Hotel Es liegt zwar etwas versteckt. Ist aber sehr gut gelegen um „Gay Paris“ zu erkunden.
Das Hotel besteht aus einigen zusammengewürfelten
Gebäuden. In der Mitte ist ein hübscher
Hof über den man zu seinem Zimmer gelangt. Die
Zimmer sind ansprechend. Die Mitarbeiter sind alle
sehr freundlich. Großes Minus gibt’s für das Frühstücksbüffet.
Nicht frisch ausgetauschte Eierspeise
im zu heißen Rechaud wird mit der Zeit grün und
unappetitlich.
Mein nächster Halt war das Hotel Molay, hier lernte
ich einige Vertreter des Pariser Gay Lebens mit einigen
Pressekollegen aus Europa kennen. Interessant
zu erfahren, dass es in Paris eine schwule Messe gibt.
„sigl“ steht für „Salon International Gay, Lesbien
& friendy.“

Wir, die Pressemeute, starteten nun unsere Marais
Tour. Vorbei an unzählige Shops, Cafes und witzigen
Bars wie die „Raidd Bar“, die jeden Abend hübsche
Jungs unter der Dusche stehen. Ja richtig gelesen,
eine eigene erhöhte durchsichtige Dusche, die nicht
anlaufen soll, sorgt für Erregung. Ein Highlight ist
das Hotel „Du Petit Moulin“ das von Stardesigner
Christain Lacroix designt wurde. Sehenswert
ist auch ein Blick ins „Hotel Particulier“, das von
Francois Mansart entworfen wurde, der auch für die
Hälfte von Versailles verantwortlich war. Im selben
Gebäude laufen knackige Feuerwehrmänner in sexy
Shorts herum. Die hübschen Männer organisieren
auch jedes Jahr den „Bal des Pompiers“ einen Ball
der bei der Community sehr beliebt ist. Ein Muss
wenn man über den „Bastille Tag“ in Marais ist.
Weiter ging es mit einer sehr interessanten Tour von
der Stadtführerin und eingebürgerten Amerikanerin
Pamela Grant. Pamela die eine wahre Expertin der
Pariser Geschichte ist., erzählte uns interessanten
Gossip aus der guten alten Zeit. Ein Besuch im
wunderschönen Carnavalet Museum, mit seinem
typischen Französischen Garten.

Hier kann man einiges über die Geschichte von Paris
erfahren und der Eintritt ist gratis. Nicht weit
entfernt ist der „Place des Vosges“. Einer der teuersten
Wohn- und Einkaufsgegenden in Paris.
Nach der US Verfilmung ist Marie Antoinette wieder
sehr aktuell und die Pariser sichtlich stolz auf
die Dame, obwohl Sie zu Ihrer Lebzeit als „Österreichische
Hure“ betitelt wurde. Kultur und Geschichte
in Hülle und Fülle.

Die wohl ausgeflippteste Person in Paris ist Pierre
Jean Chalençon. Er hortet ein eigenes Museum
über Napoleon und wohnt darin. Seine Sammlung
über den kleinen Mann ist international bekannt.
Der schwule Wien-Fan fasziniert. Fast fanatisch berichtet
er über seine weltweit einzigartige Napolean
Sammlung. Mittlerweile hat er mit seinem Hobby
ein Vermögen gemacht und gehört in der Pariser
Community zum inoffiziellen „Schwulen Adel“
und seine Parties sollen legendär sein.
Unser erstes Abendessen genossen wir im Restaurant
„Les Chineurs“. Ein sehr kleines aber feines Restaurant
auf der Rue de Bretagne, direkt gegenüber
dem ehemaligen Gefängnis von Marie Antoinette.
„Les Chineurs“ bietet tolle Weine und sensationelle
Speisen zu angemessenen Preisen. In geselliger
Runde vergaßen wir die Zeit und spazierten dann
zur Tanzbar „Tango“. Genial! Die Bar ist immer
knallvoll mit Schwulen und Lesben und ist in Paris
berühmt für das Tanzen und alle,

tanzen, von Foxtrott bis zu Jive. Der absolute Spaß
ist der Gruppentanz, wo die ganze Tanzfläche den
gleichen Schritt erlernt. Flirtfaktor maximal! Nach
stundenlangem Tanz, kindischem Wettflirten mit
den anderen Kollegen um den heißesten Franzosen
im Club, ging es zurück ins Hotel. Die Pariser gehen
gern zu Fuß. Meine Füße mussten das in den
kommende Tagen erfahren.
Am nächsten Tag war erstmal Brunchen angesagt
in der „Curieux Spaghetti Bar“, nicht weit vom berühmten
„Centre G. Pompidou“ entfernt. Knallige
Tapeten kombiniert mit Lustern und Lichteffekten
laden zum „chic“ Brunch ein. Ein reichhaltiges Buffet
und freundliche Kellner geben einen „Kickstart“
in den Tag.
Weiter geht’s! Dass Paris die Mode Hauptstadt
der Welt ist merkt man überall. Die Fashionweeks
sollte jeder Mal erleben. Gerade die Shows der unbekannten
jungen, aufstrebenden Designer von
Morgen sind leicht zugänglich und sehr inspirierend.
Für alle Fashionistas ein Muss war die Ausstellung
„l´exposition Gallierock“ von Jean Charles
de Castelbajac, die leider schon vorbei ist. Doch
keine Sorge in Paris gibt es unzählige Ausstellungen.
Das Vorurteil, dass man mit Englisch in Paris nichts
anfangen kann, kann ich nicht bestätigen. Obwohl
der Pariser entzückt ist wenn man mit gebrochene
Französisch kommunizieren will.
Das Nachtleben lässt keine Wünsche offen. Von
hippen Bars, großen Clubs, Clubbings sowie riesigen
Saunas und Cruisingbars im Stadtviertel Marais
findet jeder was nach seinem Geschmack. Ins
Gespräch kommt man schnell, noch schneller mit
den unzähligen Touristen. Die Gassen von Marais
sind abends pulsierend voll mit Menschenmassen.
Vorzugsweise auf der Straße vor dem Lokal wird
geflirtet und gefeiert. In den Clubs fällt auf, dass es
eine sehr starke Bären Fraktion in Paris geben muss.
Um 5 Uhr früh entschließe ich mich mit meinen
irischen Kollegen den Heimweg aufzunehmen, wieder
mal zu Fuß. Am Weg ins Hotel kommen wir ins
Gespräch mit einigen torkelnden Parisern, die auch
nach Hause wollen. Sie erzählen uns meist stolz wo
wir noch hin sollen und was wir uns ansehen. Sie
können auch stolz sein auf ihre schöne Stadt. Paris
überzeugt nicht durch seine Sehenswürdigkeiten,
sondern durch die Pariser selbst. Offen, freundlich
und stolz auf Ihre wunderschöne Stadt.

Raidd Bar | www.raiddbar.com
Die heißesten Kellner in ganz Paris! Garantiert!
Täglich ab 17 Uhr.
Rue du Temple . 75004

Restaurant F&B
| www.foodandbeverage.fr
Von den Escargots bis zum Crème brulée.
Rue de Charlot, 75003
Curieux Spaghetti Bar | www.curieuxspag.com
Der beste Brunch in Paris.

Club „Les Bains Douches“
www.lesbainsdouches.net
Und ewig lockt das Bains Douches. Das
Restaurant ist auch nicht schlecht.

Club TANGO | www.boite-a-frissons.fr
Die Queer Tanzbar. Spaßfaktor 10 von 10.
Rue Maire 11 . 75003
Alle Weblinks und Preise ohne Gewähr.


ETAT LIBRE D´ORANGE
Hier wurde gerade der erste „gay“ Duft vorgestellt.
„Delicious Closet Queen“. Diesen Duft
hat nicht jeder.
www.etatlibredorange.com

BHV Hommes
Alles für den Mann, mit über 150 Marken auf
über 4 Stockwerken, da findet Mann sicher
was.
www.bhvhomme.fr

Il fait beau
Kosmetik für den Mann. Da brauchen wir nicht
mehr dazu sagen.
www.ilfaitbeau.fr

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A DANISH VISION OF LE MARAIS WITH FRANKLY MAGAZINE 
WALTER GRISÉ, TRAVEL EDITOR OF FRANKLY MAGAZINE REPORTS...

Find festen i Le Marais

Smid skjorten og giv den gas med de søde drenge i Le Marais, Paris’ mest tjekkede bydel.

Spis middagen på dansegulvet
Natklubben Les Bains Douches serverer en fin tre-retters menu, mens de varmer op til nogle af Paris’ bedste DJs og et kogende dansegulv.

Clubben er gay fredag og lørdag, men de øvrige aftener har den forskellige temaer. Så tjek programmet på hjemmesiden, ellers risikerer du at ende til ’Le Bal du Jeudi’ (torsdagsbal) med kitschede franske pop-sange.

Brusebad på bardisken
Raidd Bar har Paris’ mest sexede bartendere, der først flirter med dig henover baren, og derefter smider kludene under den bruser, der er strategisk placeret ved siden af bardisken.

Barens kælderetage er meget dårligt oplyst, så her må du føle dig frem til festen.

Sandwich med Francois Sagat
Mulitkunstneren Francois Sagats favoritklub er månedsklubben Sandwich, hvor han tit selv står for showet. Find dine mest tjekkede klude frem, eller vær meget blond og letpåklædt, for at komme forbi dørmanden. Næste Sandwich party er Bal Floral, lørdag den 5. april.

Bon appétit i Le Marais


FRANKLY tipper til restauranter for enhver smag og pengepung i Le Marais, Paris’ homokvarter.

Bid i homolivets pulsåre
Rue Sante Croix de Bretonnerie er pulsåren i Le Marais, og dermed i Paris’ homoliv. Du får et godt overblik over gadens liv fra terrassen på Café Open, hvor du samtidig kan snuppe en billig frokokost.

Længere nede ad gaden finder du Curieux Spaghetti, der serverer OK pasta, men mest lokker gæster til på grund af et køleskab fyldt med vodka shots, og det udadvendte personale, der sætter stilen ved at udstyre dig med hagesmæk, så du ikke spilder pastasovs på din nyindkøbte skjorte.

Fransk hverdagskøkken
På Le Colimaçon (44 rue Vieille du Temple) hygger værtinden Sandrine og hendes ’bjørneunge’ David om dig med det klassiske franske køkken til en rimelig pris. En god chance for at smage snegle og andre specialiteter, der efterhånden er helt glemt i det moderne fusionskøkken.


Imponer din date
Restauranten Georges på 6. sal i Pompidoucentret imponerer med stilsikre designermøbler, et innovativt fusionskøkken og en fantastisk udsigt over Paris’ tage.

Kigger solen frem er Georges’ terrasse det perfekte sted at flette fingre med sin kæreste.

Le Train Bleu (Cour Louis-Armand) har hvælvede lofter og tjenere i stiv flip. Klassisk køkken på højt niveau, og det stensikre bud, hvis du skal imponere svigerforældrene eller en forretningsforbindelse.

Michelin Guiden for de budgetbevidste

Tre stjerner i den berømte Michelin Guide betyder, at restauranten er en rejse værd, men også at du skal tage tillægslån i lejligheden for at betale regningen.

I 2007 tog Michelin-folkene konsekvensen og udgav Les Bonnes Petites Tables (’de gode små borde’), guiden til de gode restauranter, hvor du får en tre-retters menu for under 35 €.

2008-udgaven kommer på gaden den 1. april, og viser dig genvejen til gode restaurantoplevelser.

Seriøs shopping i Le Marais


Le Marais er Paris’ mest tjekkede bydel, og du snubler hele tiden over små smarte tøjforretninger, gallerier og trendy design-shops.

FRANKLY viser dig vej til et par af de gode adresser.

One stop shopping

I designeren Pierre Talamons nyåbnede butik i rue du Temple får du skræddersyet fransk mode, der er til at betale.

Foretrækker du det store overblik, finder du BHV Homme lige rundt om hjørnet. Det nyåbnede stormagasin er kun for mænd, og BHV har fyldt fjerdesalen med det bedste fra de franske herredesignere. Ægte fashionistas besøger dog stadig flagskibsbutikkerne for pariser-klassiske Agnés b (3 rue du Jour) og den evige bad boy Jean Paul Gaultier (6, rue Vivienne).

De seriøse shopperes favoritgader

Start med rue des Francs Bourgeouis og rue Vieille du Temple, når du skal shoppe igennem. Derfra kan du udforske alle de charmerende sidegader; som for eksempel rue de Poitou, hvor du finder trendy Jacenko og fetish-eksperten Rex.

Altid om søndagen

Glæd dig over, at Le Marais har status som turistområde, så de fleste butikker har åbent om søndagen.

Olivier Rieu & Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont Olivier Rieu & Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont Olivier Rieu & Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont


Sov sødt i Le Marais


Le Marais er Paris’ historiske kvarter, og bydelen med de charmerende gamle huse er populær blandt homoerne. Frankly tipper til et par homovenlige hoteller med personlighed og central location.

Duo er midt i minefeltet

Nyrenoverede Duo er et stilrent butikhotel midt i minefeltet. Hotellet har et lille fitnessrum, en moderne lounge bar, og så ligger det en spytklat fra homokvarterets pulsåre rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie.

Hemmelige Marais House

Det luksuøse guest house Marais House ligger i et af Paris’ ældste huse, og du finder intet skilt på facaden. Ejeren har støvet Frankrig rundt for at finde antikviteter og kuriositeter for at genskabe stilen på et middelalderslot, og han ønsker ikke hvem som helst til gæst. Derfor oplyser han først adressen på Marais House, når du booker dit værelse.

Lej alle fem værelser, og brug Marais House som din private pariser-bolig.

Din egen pariser-lejlighed

Ønsker du privatliv, og vil du føle dig som en lokal, kontakter du parismarais.com, der har et bredt udvalg i lejligheder i Le Marais.

Lejlighederne spænder fra den et-værelses ’Medieval’ i antik fransk stil (max to personer) til den to-etages ’Art Deco’, der er moderne indrettet (max fem personer).

http://www.parismarais.com/rent-a-flat.htm

Fotos: parismarais.com

Insidertips til bydelen Le Marais i Paris fra pornostjernen Francois Sagat

FRANKLY mødte pornostjernen Francois Sagat i Paris, hvor han tippede om sin favorit-bydel Le Marais.

Francois Sagat stoppede på toppen i pornobranchen, og har travlt med at nye kreative opgaver som at tegne og designe t-shirts, lave videoshows og skrive sin biografi.

Café
Min favorit-café er La Chaise au Plafond (10 rue de Trésor). Den er hyggelig, og jeg kan sidde og arbejde i fred.

Træne
Drengene hos Gym Louvre (7 bis rue du Louvre) lader mig træne gratis. Men jeg kender alle de fyre, der træner der, så selv om jeg har høretelefoner på, (han peger på sin iPod), tager det mig dobbelt så lang tid at træne, som det ellers ville.

Shoppe
Jeg går mest i træningstøj, fordi det er behageligt og praktisk, hvis jeg har travlt og vil gå gennem Le Marais uden at blive genkendt (han trækker hætten på sin trøje henover hovedet, så den dækker hans karakteristiske tatovering), så min favoritbutik er faktisk Nike på Champs Elysées.

Hvis det skal være mere ’fashion’, så har jeg stadig kontakter, fra dengang jeg arbejdede som stylist i modebranchen. For eksempel laver min ven Oliver Bobin fra Societe Secrete nogle fede ting.

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Efter jeg begyndte at lave pornofilm, er jeg holdt op med at gå så meget i byen. Men jeg arbejdede tidligere på Raidd Bar (23 rue du Temple), hvor bartenderne stripper på bardisken. Og der er altid gang i den.

Der er et par mixede club nights som er cool. Både Club Sandwich, hvor jeg selv laver shows, og Neo. Det er forskelligt, hvor og hvornår de er, så du må tjekke dem på nettet.

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Jeg blev jo ’opdaget’, (han laver et par ironiske citationstegn i luften), på Gaydar.fr, så den site er jeg selvfølgelig glad for. Men der er mange af de lokale drenge, der bruger Citegay.com.

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Mine venner fra udlandet spørger mig tit, hvor de kan leje en lejlighed i Le Marais. Og den lejlighed du har her, (han peger rundt i lejligheden, hvor interviewet finder sted), er jo rigtigt fin. Hvordan har du fået fat i den?

Tak for lån af lejlighed til ParisMarais.com
Læs også interviewet med Francois Sagat.





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THE MARAIS NAPOLEONIC PRIVATE COLLECTION IN NEW ORLEANS. 
Ever wonder what was underneath Napoleon Bonaparte's fancy waistcoat?

Here's a chance to find out, as the exhibit 'Treasures of Napoleon' opens in New Orleans
Thursday, March 20, 2008
By Bruce Eggler

Napoleon Bonaparte never set foot in Louisiana, the land he sold to the United States in 1803 for $15 million, but one of his signature battlefield hats will be in New Orleans starting next month.

So will the earliest known letter in his handwriting, the ceremonial sword from his imperial coronation ceremony in 1804, his camp bed from one of his battles, his personal map of the French empire at its zenith and a monogrammed shirt and long johns he wore shortly before his death in exile in 1821 -- the death that ended a purported plot to kidnap him and bring him to New Orleans.

An exhibit of "Treasures of Napoleon" will open April 6 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave.
Napoleon Bonaparte never set foot in Louisiana, the land he sold to the United States in 1803 for $15 million, but one of his signature battlefield hats will be in New Orleans starting next month.

So will the earliest known letter in his handwriting, the ceremonial sword from his imperial coronation ceremony in 1804, his camp bed from one of his battles, his personal map of the French empire at its zenith and a monogrammed shirt and long johns he wore shortly before his death in exile in 1821 -- the death that ended a purported plot to kidnap him and bring him to New Orleans.

An exhibit of "Treasures of Napoleon" will open April 6 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave.
The show, which began a U.S. tour in 2005 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington and has been seen by 125,000 people, will be on view here through Aug. 3. It is presented by the Russell Etling Co.

The exhibit comprises items assembled by collector and Napoleon authority Pierre-Jean Chalencon, including some that have never before been seen by the general public.

Besides personal belongings of Napoleon, the show features depictions of him by some of the greatest artists of his time.

Designed to let visitors see beyond the legend and gain an understanding of Napoleon as a man, it offers user-friendly interpretive text and more than 250 objects, paintings, prints and documents, as well as furniture from imperial palaces.

There are paintings, sketches and sculptures by artists such as Jacques-Louis David, Antoine-Jean Gros, Antonio Canova, Jean-Antoine Houdon and many others, plus silver, porcelain, textiles, furniture and jewelry created during Napoleon's reign, including a 12-foot-high bed belonging to Napoleon's brother Jerome Bonaparte, king of Westphalia.

"The pieces in the exhibition have been selected not only for their great beauty and rarity, but also because they allow us to see into the heart of this extraordinary man," said Chalencon, who lives in Paris, where he lectures, organizes exhibitions and continues to collect Napoleon-related artifacts. He will be in New Orleans for the show's opening.

"Napoleon is one of the most charismatic figures of all time," Louisiana State Museum Director David Kahn said. "He leaps out of the pages of the history books as visitors get to see so many of his personal belongings." Two centuries after his ill-starred reign as French emperor, Napoleon remains a figure of great interest to New Orleanians. Reminders of him can be found throughout the area, from a Carnival parade, a popular French Quarter bar and a death mask in the state museum's permanent collection to major avenues in Orleans and Jefferson parishes and a series of Uptown streets commemorating some of his military victories.

In 2003, to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's sale of the vast Louisiana Territory to the United States, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented "Jefferson's America and Napoleon's France," probably the most ambitious locally organized show in the museum's history.

That exhibit compared the two nations involved in the Louisiana Purchase, with, for example, President Thomas Jefferson's austere, straight-backed leather chair standing beside Napoleon's ornate, gilded throne.

The show coming to the Old Mint focuses only on Napoleon, but it has a local connection: the valise that brought the signed Louisiana Purchase documents to the French ruler from America.

"Treasures of Napoleon" is one of a series of traveling exhibitions that the state museum is presenting at the Old U.S. Mint, which reopened in late 2007 after extensive post-Katrina renovations.

The first show, "Gold," an American Museum of Natural History exhibition featuring hundreds of gold nuggets, ingots, coins, pieces of jewelry and other objects, drew 15,000 visitors during a 10-week run.

"Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African-American Portraits," an exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened at the Mint last weekend and will run through June 1. It consists of 100 photographs from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that span more than 150 years of U.S. history.

The Louisiana Museum Foundation will hold a preview party for the Napoleon show the evening of April 5. Tickets are $250, or $200 for foundation members.

The show will open to the public the next day. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be $6 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and active military personnel, with museum members and children younger than 12 admitted free.

The museum plans a series of public programs, lectures and other educational opportunities in connection with the show.

More information is available at www.napoleonexhibit.com or at the museum's Web site, http://lsm.crt.state.la.us.



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PARIS SERA TOUJOURS PARIS ET TOUJOURS AVEC BERTRAND DELANOÉ... 
Les listes Delanoë ont remporté une nette victoire à Paris au second tour des municipales, la droite conserve de justesse le Vème arrondissement détenu par Jean Tiberi. La droite a conservé les Ier et XVème arrondissements, où l'UMP semblait menacée par les listes socialistes.
La candidate UMP à la mairie de Paris Françoise de Panafieu conserve le XVIIème (52,7%). La ministre de la Justice Rachida Dati l'emporte comme prévu dans le VIIème (57,7%).Dans le XIIème, la maire sortante socialiste Michèle Blumenthal, l'a largement emporté (64,8%) face à l'UMP Jean-Marie Cavada (34,2%).

Le XVème arrondissement, le plus peuplé de Paris, qui menaçait de tomber à gauche en raison des divisions de la droite, reste à l'UMP avec 52,7% des voix, contre 47,3% pour la première adjointe de Bertrand Delanoë, Anne Hidalgo.

Dans le Marais, Paris IVème arrondissement, la maire sortante PS Dominique Bertinotti l'a emporté largement avec 60,9% des suffrages contre la liste UMP de Vincent Roger (39,1%/. Le maire du 3e Pierre Aidenbaum avait lui été réélu au premier tour avec plus de 55% des voix. Dans le XIVème, le maire sortant PS Pierre Castagnou l'emporte avec 57,4%.

Le candidat investi par l'UMP Pierre Lellouche (31,8%) a été battu dans le VIIIème par le maire ultra conservateur sortant François Lebel (48,6%) .
Dans le XXème, où deux candidats de gauche étaient opposés, la liste de la socialiste Frédérique Calandra l'a facilement emporté sur celle du maire sortant Michel Charzat.Le seul maire Ecologiste, Jacques Boutault, est réélu dans le IIème avec plus de 68% des voix grâce au retrait de la liste PS

Dans le Xème, la liste du socialiste Rémi Féraud l'emporte avec 75% des voix, devant celle de Lynda Asmani (UMP) et dans le XVIIIème, où le maire PS de Paris est en troisième position, la liste du maire sortant Daniel Vaillant l'emporte par plus de 72% des suffrages.

Avec ces résultats, Bertrand Delanoë conforte sa majorité au Conseil de Paris, disposant désormais de 99 représentants sur 163.
Le PS aura 72 représentants au nouveau Conseil de Paris (le précédent groupe comptait 52 membres), les Verts 9 membres (contre 17), le PCF 8 (contre 11) et le MRC 5 (contre 7). Le PRG, qui siégeait avec le PS, aura 3 élus. L'ancien maire du XXe arrondissement Michel Charzat (divers gauche) aura lui 2 sièges. La droite - divers droite compris - aura 63 représentants. Il y aura une unique élue MoDem.

Sur la totalité de Paris, les listes Delanoé ont obtenu la majorité absolue des voix, avec 57,7% des suffrages. Paris, comme la plupart des grandes villes en France comme Londres comme Berlin comme Rome aura donc de nouveau un maire socialiste. Cette socio-politique se retrouve aussi aux etats unis ou les grandes villes votent aussi plus à gauche que les campagnes.

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