It is said he brought the « power of the imagination to Europe ». Mainly thanks to his illustrations… Gustave Doré has illuminated a big part of the 19th century with black, verve and humour! Discover the « Doré » way of life thanks to the beautiful exhibition the Musée d'Orsay dedicated to him until June 5.
It is true that the Musée d'Orsay is a cult place for all those who love 19th century art in Paris. The former train station revisited as a museum was the ideal place to present this big exhibition about Gustave Doré (1832-1883), mainly celebrated for his incredible etchings of the works of Dante, Rabelais, Hugo or Balzac.
Original or imaginary. This time, in stead of just stopping at the illustrations that may have made the French artist famous, the exhibition meticulously reveals all the other sides of his work and his talents. From drawing to painting, from watercolour to sculpture. Often original or imaginary, the inspiration of Doré is expressed in all ranges of emotion!
When staying at the Opéra Cadet, not only are you minutes from Avenue de l'Opéra and the Champs-Elysées, but also just a 20-minute walk from one of the most famous and original places in Paris: Montmartre. Oh la la!
But, you must be brave enough to reach it! Montmartre is a neighbourhood unlike any other with its maze of narrow streets, staircases and secret passageways! From its magnificent hill, you can see all of Paris with the famous Sacré-Coeur Basilica standing right behind you.
In the village, every café, gallery and bar has a wonderful artistic atmosphere. Our advice: discover a charming place called the "Hotel Particulier" by reserving your table ahead of time! In this beautiful Directoire-style place, previously owned by Hermès, the piano-bar, cosy lounge, candles and wild stair-shaped garden will leave you with unforgettable memories www.hotel-particulier-montmartre.com
Paris is all about love. Although Valentine's Day happens every year, it still dazzles couples who come to celebrate this special day in one of the most romantic cities in the world! Come celebrate Valentine's Day at the Opéra Cadet!
Although it will be too early to see the exhibit on the "Baiser dans l’art, de la Renaissance à nos jours" (The Art of Kissing from the Renaissance to Today) arm-in-arm at Musée Maillol, you can seduce your sweetheart with words of love at Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits during the last day of the "Je n’ai rien à te dire sinon que je t’aime" (I have nothing to say except that I love you) exhibit.
Paris Love Story. And if you are not keen on staying in a museum all day and prefer holding hands while taking a walk down Avenue de l'Opera, stirring up your passion on the Pont des Arts, jumping on a river boat and travelling down the River Seine... the Opéra-Cadet will be your haven of peace...and love.
The New Year looks very promising! Not only will you stay in the cosy setting of the Opera Cadet Hotel, but also enjoy the scandalous surprise that the city has in store close by… Discover the Kama-Sutra, featured in the context of civilization until 11 January at the Pinacothèque of Paris.
A great success! There will be some sauciness of course, as the exhibit presents the Kama-Sutra, famous erotic Indian literature that has long provoked the Western mind. Do not let yourself be deceived. Open your eyes and let this exhibit debunk a few misconceptions.
This book is more than erotic, but mystical! To support this thesis: over 500 works, including sculptures, painting, miniatures, are presented in addition to the famous "pillow book"! This evidence beautifully shows that the work was written through the desires of an elite to guide the people to virtue, well-being and love. http://www.pinacotheque.com/fr/accueil/expositions/aujourdhui.html
The end of the year is really magical in Paris. If you have already stayed at the Opéra-Cadet at that time of the year, you know it very well. Illuminations, Christmas markets, animations… ; all becomes tender, welcoming and sparkling of surprises. An excellent occasion to discover the main must-see exhibitions of Paris.
You’ll obviously be charmed by the illuminations, particularly on the Champs-Elysées. And between two glasses of mulled wine and culinary discoveries, you’ll be strolling along the incredible stalls of the Christmas markets where the entire family can enjoy the Ferris Wheel of La Concorde or the ice rink of the Hôtel de Ville.
Champagne and culture! But maybe you’ll soon be charmed by the culture that Paris has to offer. Why not visit the famous Nanas of Niki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais? Or maybe the Mickael Jacksons and vacuum cleaners signed by Jeff Koons at the Centre Pompidou? Christmas makes the best of champagne bubbles!
A few minutes from your Parisian hotel and the district of the Opéra, you can discover an exceptionally elegant site in Paris. Dedicated to music and dance, the Théâtre du Châtelet will offer beautiful nights out to our American guests thanks to the repertoire inspired by the Variety Theater, musicals and jazz! Worth to be seen!
You’ll be thinking Broadway, Hollywood… but you’re actually in the 4th district of Paris, in a very 19th century and magnificent building. Inside the Théâtre du Châtelet everything swings, bops and taps. And that’s normal as it jazzes in English, with a remarkable programme of musicals, Variety Theater and jazz shows.
Musicals, variety theater... The venerable Napoleon III building inaugurated in 1862 has been directed in a very stimulating and transatlantic way by Jean-Luc Choplin since 2006. This is demonstrated by the recent representation and world premiere of An American in Paris. http://chatelet-theatre.com/
The entirely new Fondation Louis Vuitton, a vessel with twelve sails of glass, creates the event in Paris. Dedicated to modern art, this original building signed by Franck Gehry welcomes a public interested by artistic creations like music or gastronomy. This must-see site can be discovered during your next stay at the Opéra Cadet!
To do so, you must come to the Jardin d’Acclimatation of the Bois de Boulogne. In this green and pleasant space of Paris, a true lung of the capital, you’ll see the growing masts of this imposing silver nave consecrating modern art as an open sea adventure searching for its America.
An ark of culture. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of Bernard Arnault, owner of the LVMH group, who wanted this site with the intention to exhibit the works of his personal collection. But the Fondation also houses a gastronomical restaurant led by the Michelin starred chef Nomicos and a concert room... http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/
Brasses and jazz tempos, Parisian musical romance and love affair of the roaring twenties, An American in Paris is a famous symphonic poem of Gershwin. Experience his world premiere during a stay at the Opéra Cadet: for the first time, musical work is combined with a live performance at the Théâtre du Chatelet at the end of November!
Love forever… in Paris, capital of sentiment and romanticism. The love passion of Jerry, the American GI, for Lise, the Parisian from Montmartre; will bring you glamourous emotion in November. Long, so long after the only movie adaptation that we know of An American in Paris - Oh Gene Kelly...
Like on Broadway… But this time, a live performance will take hold of the myth and will steal the show. Joy, but also blues and love swing will await you in the 1920s and in the magnificent 19th century building of the Théâtre du Châtelet. Oh yeah http://chatelet-theatre.com/fr/event/an-american-in-paris
« The Palais Royal is a beautiful district where all the girls can be married » says an old French song. Today, it is still one of the most beautiful districts of Paris, and it is (very) accessible in a few minutes walking from the Opéra Cadet. So why resist the temptation to explore it? Here’s a visit.
You’ll only need to let yourself walk down the (very) beautiful Avenue d'Opéra. At the end, turn left, towards the Palais Royal. Originally called the Palais Cardinal, the building used to belong to the sworn enemy of the Three Musketeers... the Cardinal Richelieu...
From the Palais Royal to its gardens... Before it became the residence of the future Louis XIV. Today, the site houses the Council of State and the Constitutional Council. Then, you’ll walk around the Comédie Française before marveling before the columns of Buren, at the heart of the gardens where the rustle of the basins adds charm to the place.