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Turner lights up the Jacquemart-André museum

This is the spring event at the Jacquemart-André Museum: a retrospective devoted to Turner. From 13 March to 20 July, some of the master’s paintings and watercolours from the prestigious collection of the TATE Britain in London will be on display. An opportunity to discover a more intimate facet of the artist.

Why don’t you bring a little British flair to your Parisian stay? No need to cross the Channel, just head for the Jacquemart-André Museum. An exhibition of 60 watercolours and some 10 oil paintings awaits you, all signed by the greatest representative of the golden age of English watercolour painting.

These works have a peculiarity. They come from the artist’s private fund, which was bequeathed to the British nation upon his death in 1856. This exceptional collection includes a large number of works (paintings, studies, drawings, sketches, watercolours…) made for the artist’s own pleasure. These productions, not intended for sale, thus reveal a very personal work, full of spontaneity and expressiveness that tells us a lot about Turner’s true nature. Small bonus: some of these works have never been presented in France.

The Jacquemart-André Museum has chosen to honour watercolour. For Joseph Mallord William Turner, this technique was a real field of exploration that undoubtedly influenced his artistic evolution and his own technique.

Along the route, chronological, let yourself be bewitched by the effects of light, the play of transparency on the English landscapes or the Venetian lagoons; let yourself be surprised by the modernity of this great Romantic painter.

Discover the retrospective “Turner, paintings and watercolours” at the Jacquemart-André museum. All useful information is on the website: www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com.

Photo Credit: Jacquemart-André Museum

Exhibition “Of Love” at the Palais de la Découverte

Fancy, it’s Valentine’s Day! And if there is an exhibition of circumstance, it is the Palais de la Découverte. Entitled “Of Love”, it invites you to question this mysterious feeling that occupies such a large place in our lives. To be discovered together of course, on February 14th or another day: the exhibition remains visible until August 30th!

What is love? The Palais de la Découverte tries to answer this vast and important question through its two thematic galleries.

On the program for your stroll, participative games, multimedia supports and spectacular installations. The aim is to take you on a journey through contemporary scientific work on the subject, in biology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, anthropology. Not forgetting art, of course, and all its expressions.

First step: the gallery of attachments. Did you know that where the French uses only one word, “amour”, the Greek uses four words? Érōs, desire, carnal passion; storgê, family love; agapē, selfless love and philía, friendship, social bond. You will then be asked to analyse a set of objects, situations, poems, quotations, images… through the prism of these four words. With the latest scientific research on the subject as a guarantee.

Second step: the science gallery, where we will talk about molecules, hormones, neuronal circuits. But not only that. Here, neuroscientists, sociologists, sexologists, psychoanalysts and philosophers address seven eclectic questions ranging from “Online love” to “The art of loving others” to “How is sexuality made? »

In February, make your hearts beat in unison at the Palais de la Découverte!

Photo credit : ® N Breton

Reading Night 2020

Reading, solitary activity? The 4th Night of Reading intends to prove you wrong! Placed under the sign of sharing, this new edition invites everyone to gather on January 18, 2020 for a festive moment around books. And what better place than libraries and bookstores to welcome all these little people?

What kind of reader are you? Emaciated or casual? What kind do you like? Black novel, love story, fantasy story, comic book, periodical? Which is your favourite medium: paper or digital? What if you took advantage of your stay in Paris to talk about reading and above all have a good time in good company?

Appointment is given to you on Saturday, January 18 in libraries and bookstores. In Paris, but also everywhere in France and even abroad. They have prepared a multitude of animations and activities for you: read aloud, escape games, workshops in pyjamas or music, debates, meetings with authors, illustrators, storytellers… There is something for all tastes, for all ages. For the idea of this beautiful event is to bring together a very large and varied public, including also those who are not familiar with books and reading.

Those of you staying at the Appia Hotel, don’t miss the special Boris Vian evening, which will be held on January 18 at the Paris bookshop, Place Clichy. The author of L’Écume des jours was a regular here. On the program: texts read by surprise guests, strong voices and emotions…

Placez votre séjour parisien sous le signe du plaisir de lire ! Pour connaître le programme, consultez le site :
nuitdelalecture.culture.gouv.fr

Christmas: when Paris lights up….

As the Christmas and New Year approaches, the City of Light is playing the big game. Sparkling garlands, rain of stars, sparkling firs… Paris adorns itself with a thousand lights and becomes at nightfall the setting for an enchanting walk. From the Appia Hotel, let yourself be carried away for a dazzling stroll!

Not to be missed Grands Boulevards! Located 20 minutes walk from the Appia Hotel, they will be your first stop. If these major arteries are worth a visit for their pretty luminous scenery, they are of course also worth it for their department stores. How could you not marvel at their richly decorated facades and splendid Christmas windows?

A little further on, your steps lead you to the Garnier Opera House, sumptuously illuminated, before taking you to Place Vendôme. There, a stopover is required to admire its luminous finery and luxurious windows. A little hungry? The Christmas chalet at the Ritz Paris, located on the square, will delight the most delicate taste buds with the creations of the palace’s pastry chef, François Perret.

Then leave the square and take the elegant rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Every year the streets of the Faubourg are decorated with a shimmering decor, all in finesse and harmony. Chic and prestigious, in the image of the district.

From there, you are very close to Avenue Montaigne, another artery famous for its illuminations and entertainment. On the program this year: magical settings, gourmet surprises and creative workshops.

But here you are already at the high point of your trip: the Champs-Élysées! Launched on November 24, the illuminations of the world’s largest avenue make the long perspective sparkle red. A delight to be enjoyed without moderation.

In December, discover illuminated Paris and let yourself be won over by the magic of Christmas!

Hôtel Appia - Festival des lumières

The Festival of Lights is a real eye-opener

In view of the success of the first edition, the Festival des lumières du Jardin des Plantes de Paris could only repeat the operation. In fact, the 2nd edition will be held from November 18, with a new theme: Ocean in the process of being illuminated. Make way for the majestic ballets of the animals that inhabit our seabed.
Great and enchanting. There are many adjectives to describe the very beautiful light show orchestrated by the Jardin des Plantes. Everything happens at nightfall, when the sky goes out. No fear of getting lost, the route is carefully prepared and marked out.
Everything starts at Place Valhubert with a walk on the tropical coast followed by a dive into the warm seas. The adventure continues in the depths of the abyss where mysterious and strange creatures live. Finally, it is on the side of the icy seas of the poles that this journey ends.
And what a journey! Along the way, dozens of bright and colourful creatures accompany you, amaze you, and make you aware of the fragility of the oceans and the vulnerability of their inhabitants. A poetic and didactic journey, whose magic will be remembered above all.
Please note: due to the high attendance expected, tickets are purchased and booked online only. This may not exempt you from queuing, but it should certainly reduce it!
By 2018, the event had attracted 370,000 visitors in two months. Will you be one of them this year?
Hotel Appia invites you to the Jardin des Plantes for an extraordinary odyssey!
Credit: www.mnhn.fr

Hôtel Appia - Vendanges

It’s the Harvest Festival in Montmartre!

Every year, Montmartre organizes its traditional Harvest Festival! When it comes to harvesting, there are vines, grapes and wine, all of which are watered with a good dose of good humour and friendliness! From October 9 to 13, mingle in this joyful farandole which this year celebrates the Cuvée des Couleurs. Guaranteed 100% Parisian and festive!
At the beginning of October, it is in the 18th arrondissement of Paris that you have to be. For four days, the festival is in full swing in the eight districts of the Borough. On the programme: music with a host of free live concerts, the must-see taste trail, a participatory fashion show, a night and fluorescent run, shows, walks, visits, a citizen picnic with world flavours, a grand ball…
To participate in the Harvest Festival is to immerse yourself in the authentic Paris, to discover one of the ancient suburbs of the capital through streets, gardens and emblematic places. It also means taking full advantage of the creations and emerging talents of the 21st century: a successful blend of past and present, enhanced by a sparkling palette of colours! Find them again as you walk around, in the shop windows, on the steps of the Montmartre hill transformed for the occasion, and of course in the beautiful red and pink dresses of the 2018 vintage of Clos Montmartre. Because let us not forget that it is first of all to celebrate the small vineyard of La Butte that every year, for 86 years, inhabitants, Parisians and visitors have gathered to celebrate.
This autumn, in Paris, Hotel Appia invites you to discover the Harvest Festival, the third event in the capital after Paris-Plage and the Nuit Blanche operation! To consume without moderation!

We’re going to jazz at the Villette!

Ending the summer with music at the Jazz à la Villette festival… From 29th August to 10th September, La Villette is getting into jazz time, aiming to cross all genres and trends, from yesterday to today, from Paris to Bamako. A festival of jazz legends, discoveries, travels and above all pleasure!

Marcus Miller, Lee Fields, Omara Portuondo (for whom it will be the last tour), Oumou Sangaré, Kenny Garrett, Archie Shepp, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), Joshua Redman… You dreamt of it? Jazz à la Villette invited them all. Big names in jazz who will make you want to see that will make you foregt summer is over! But that’s not all, far from it. In total, 50 bands will be welcomed for 12 live concert dates.

In addition to the headliners, you will have the opportunity to attend the concerts of many talents, future stars of the genre, discover a wide range of music from free jazz to hip hop, experience some new events, dance at the festival’s Swing Ball, share concerts and workshops with your children through the « Jazz à la Villette for kids ».

Highlights of the festival include the closing concert “Respect to Aretha”, a tribute to Aretha Franklin; the exclusive meeting between BCUC South Africans and Sons of Kemet from England; and finally Under The Radar, a kind of festival in the festival, dedicated to improvised music and unclassifiable projects.

One last piece of good news: from the Appia La Fayette hotel, the metro takes you directly to the Parc de la Villette in 15 minutes. Don’t miss out!

 

Hôtel Appia - Illusions

Illusions: an exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte

They will surprise and entertain you: the illusions presented at the Palais de la Découverte until August 25 will also and above all be an opportunity to better understand how our brain works. Fun and informative, the exhibition is a good idea for a family outing if you are staying in Paris this summer.
We all once found ourselves faced with one of these optical illusions, intrigued and curious to understand what trick our brains are playing on us. Based on some forty interactive scenarios, the exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte invites you to experience several of these illusions. Then to decrypt them. How do our sensory receptors work? How does the brain process perceived information? How can he ever be wrong and deceive us? Why is he sometimes unable to solve an inconsistency? Why does he not know how to choose between such and such a reading in the face of ambivalence?
The exhibition is divided into four parts, each corresponding to four categories of illusions. Each time the principle is the same. Visitors are first invited to play. So let’s get started. We look, we touch, we rub, we listen. We laugh, we are surprised, we are also sometimes annoyed by so much mystery. Then and only then is the brain analysis mechanism at work for each of these illusions explained. And it is rich in this new knowledge that, at last, we leave, with the satisfaction of the one who has understood and learned. Fun and interesting.
To learn more about the exhibition that will make you doubt your brain, visit the Palais de la Découverte website: http://www.palais-decouverte.fr

Hôtel Appia - Peacock Society

The Peacock Society, the festival of electronic cultures

From July 5 to 7, all at the Parc Floral! Provided, of course, that you like electronic music. For two days, from 8 pm to 7 am, the park and the Grande Halle de Paris are transformed into a temple of house and techno. Headliners or future turntable stars, the guest artists promise to amaze you (and your ears).
It is now one of the most famous electro festivals in France. For its seventh edition, The Peacok Society intends to bring together as many festival-goers as last year. To do this, it can rely on its programming. Charlotte De Witte, Derrick May, The Black Madonna, Jon Hopkins or Len Faki and Mount Kimbie are some of the favourites expected for this 2019 album.
The icing on the cake is that this year’s event will end on a high note at À la Folie, with a crazy Closing Party. On the menu: Marcel Dettmann, DJ Marcelle, Azamat B., Waldman, Corbeille Dallas, À la Folie Sound System.
The location chosen to host this festival is also no stranger to its success. In all, four dancefloors, indoor or outdoor, are located in the Parc Floral. A bucolic setting for a large format celebration!
At the end of these two days 100% electro, dreamers, lovers, clubbers that you are will appreciate to find the comfort of their room at the Appia hotel… A little snack? Before returning to your bed, at 7 a.m., make a stopover in the breakfast room.
Information and programming on the festival website: https://thepeacocksociety.fr

Hôtel Appia - salon de la patisserie

Focus on the Pastry Fair #2

Yummy! From June 14 to 17, the Salon de la pâtisserie opens its doors at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles. This little newcomer to the world of Salons (it is only in its 2nd edition) already seems promised to have a bright future when you consider the love that the French have for pastry. Are you one of the amateurs? So fall for temptation!
Calories consumed versus calories burned: at the Salon de la pâtisserie, don’t worry about your figure. With 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, you will be able to reach and even exceed your daily step target! This vast space is divided into seven tasty and interactive worlds that you will have the opportunity to discover at your own pace.
From demonstrations in workshops, from conferences to tastings led by great chefs, you will travel through the flavours of our terroirs, the know-how of our craftsmen, a whole world of delicacies to which you can also contribute! Indeed, no less than 38 pastry courses open to the public will be organized. Children are not forgotten with a world specially reserved for them.
The most enthusiastic will register for one of the two amateur pastry competitions before going to refine their practice with the professionals. The latter also have their competitions sponsored by a jury of experts. At their side this year, an honorary president with a prestigious name: the pastry chef Pierre Hermé.
You will have understood it, there will be beautiful people at the Pastry Fair, high-flying creations, beautiful, good, enough to awaken all your senses and your taste buds in emotion.
From June 14 to 17, book your gourmet stay at Hotel Appia.

Turner lights up the Jacquemart-André museum

This is the spring event at the Jacquemart-André Museum: a retrospective devoted to Turner. From 13 March to 20 July, some of the master’s paintings and watercolours from the prestigious collection of the TATE Britain in London will be on display. An opportunity to discover a more intimate facet of the artist. Why don’t you […]

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