Beauty and the Beast at the Domaine de Chantilly

la-belle-et-la-beteEach Christmas, the dome of the Great Stables of Chantilly hosts a new equestrian show.

This year, it is dedicated to the “Beauty and the Beast” tale, whose story has been revisited by Virginie Bienaimé. It tells us the story of the life of Belle: after her father’s death, she finds refuge with her sisters in a cottage in the countryside, close to The Forest of Mysteries. Legend relates that after a storm, the young girl lost herself there and met a strange person…This romantic and poetic epic has always appealed old and young alike. During one hour, the Domain’s horsewomen will alternate with each other on the track to make acrobatics and others technical prowess, whereas horses will perform in freedom. The ticket gives access to the representation, but also to the musée du Cheval and to the Great Stables. Built by architect Jean Aubert for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, 7th prince of Condé, they demonstrate the architectural richness of the XVIIIth century.





“La Belle et la Bête” (“Beauty and the Beast”), from November 28th 2015 to January 3rd 2016.

Shows at 2:30pm and/or 4:30pm according to the dates.
Full rate: 21 euros / Concession (3-17 years): 16.50 euros.

Domaine de Chantilly

60500 Chantilly
Tél. : +33 (0)3 44 27 31 80
Access: RER D – Chantilly-Gouvieux (then 20 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by taxi).


Crédit photo : Beauty and the Beast – Domaine de Chantilly – © DR

Jean-Louis Prieur on display at the musée Nissim de Camondo

les-arts-decoratifsMusée Nissim de Camondo devotes an exhibition to one of the most illustrious bronze chasers of the neoclassical period: Jean-Louis Prieur.

This sculptor and engraver was born into a Parisian artisan family specialised in decorative arts. On the occasion of this retrospective, twenty-one drawings are exhibited, and notably models for bronze and engraving respectively from around 1770 and 1783. Visitors will also have the opportunity to admire three engravings of vases, loaned by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s Department of Prints and Photography and the Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs. The musée du Louvre entrusted one of the centrepieces of the event: “the Allegory of Study” clock made of bronze by the artist in 1770.





“Dessiner et ciseler le bronze, Jean-Louis Prieur (1732-1795)” exhibition (“Drawing and chasing bronze, Jean-Louis Prieur), from October 15th 2015 to January 17th 2016.

Open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm.
Full rate: 9 euros / Concession: 6.50 euros.


Musée Nissim de Camondo
Les Arts décoratifs
63, rue de Monceau
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 89 06 5001
Metro: Villiers (lines 2 and 3) or Monceau (line 2).


Crédit photo : Drawing and chasing bronze – Musée Nissim de Camondo - Wall lamp model, around 1770. - ©Photo Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Jacques Doucet and Yves Saint Laurent: the collectors

jacques-doucet-yslPierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation takes interest in an unknown side of the two masters of Fashion: Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) and YSL (1936-2008), with “Vivre pour l’Art” exhibition (“Living for Art”).

Considered two of the best dressmakers of the 20th century, they were also great collectors. Until February 14th 2016, the number 3 of Léonce Reynaud Street in the 16th district of Paris shows works which adorned their dwellings’ walls. This new retrospective thus take us to Saint-James Street in Neuilly (92), where Jacques Doucet lived, as well as Babylone Street in the 7th district of the capital, where Yves Saint Laurent lived. We discover the distinctive taste of both creators for great painters, modelled on Braque, Brancusi, Mondrian, Matisse or Modigliani. By the way, the exhibition has been conceived as an unusual space which recalls the fashion designers’ apartments.





“Jacques Doucet – Yves Saint Laurent: Vivre pour l’Art” exhibition (“Jacques Doucet – Yves Saint Laurent: Living for Art”), from October 15th 2015 to February 14th 2016.

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 9pm.
Full rate: 7 euros / Concession (underage): 5 euros / Free for under 10.


Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
3, rue Léonce Reynaud
75116 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 31 64 31
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9).

Crédit photo : Jacques Doucet – YSL Foundation – Jacques Doucet - Yves Saint Laurent: Living for Art- ©SDP

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Le Moulin de la Galette reopens its doors


After 7 months of renovation work, Le Moulin de la Galette reopens its doors. For the occasion, it dressed to the nines: felt carpet, vintage lights, plain colours on the walls with a beautiful midnight blue and an uncluttered style.

In this bistro-chic atmosphere, we rediscover the story of the Butte Montmartre’s mythical places, where Dalida or Jean Marais often went. From 1834, the place was a stripped down open-air café, sheltered in the last two windmills of the borough, where the greatest painters met, from Renoir to Toulouse-Lautrec. Thereafter, it was turned into a theatre in the 60’s and into an Italian restaurant. Today, kitchens are run by Chef Anthony Detemmermann, which proposes a traditional French gastronomy: petits gris snails, calf's liver with green peppercorn butter, lemon meringue pie etc. We can also savour meats cooked in a Josper oven with natural charcoal, which give this unique braised taste (Black Angus beef, AAAAA Andouillette etc.). By the way, guests have a great view on the windmill’s structure, thanks to the glass roof set up above the zinc bar.


Open Tuesday-Saturday, from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Lunch: 22 and 28 euros.
Dinner: 34 euros.
Valet parking.


Le Moulin de la Galette
83, rue Lepic
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 46 06 84 77
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12). 
www.lemoulindelagalette.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : Le Moulin de la Galette - Restaurant – © Edouard Nguyen

Le Pigalle: the authentic neighbourhood bistro


Le Pigalle is none other than the restaurant of the new eponymous hotel which has opened its doors in Frochot Street, in the 9th district of Paris.

This bistro plays the nostalgia card in choosing an antique decoration, with canteen’s glasses and traditional tiling. Here, we meet to savour a slice of Parisian land, in a friendly and popular atmosphere which represents Pigalle’s: its artists, its shopkeepers, its tourists that we find in this place. On the menu-side, we can taste a classical jambon-beurre or refined meals: Smoked Saint-Jacques and cédrat, panna cotta with verbena etc. It is possible to savour these dishes indoor or directly in room, if we stay in the hotel. Le Pigalle is also renowned for its wines menu mainly natural and for its surprising cocktails, as “La Fine à l’eau” made from water and liquorice, violet cream and cognac. This address is to discover with friends or for a romantic dinner.


Open daily from 7pm to 2am.
Menu: between 16 and 35 euros.


Le Pigalle
9, rue Frochot
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 78 37 14
Metro: Pigalle (lines 2 and 12).


Crédit photo : Le Pigalle x Martin Bruno: The crazy eye of food © Facebook Le Pigalle

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