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A journey through art and fashion – Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams

 

For all the fashion lovers, 1947 is an important year. Why, you may ask – It is when Christian Dior presented his first collection that revolutionized Parisian streets and world’s fashion! One year after opening his own Haute Couture house, the creator gave women around the globe exactly what they needed after trauma and duress of war and occupation. The new silhouette he proposed, with tiny waist, paddled hips, petticoats, longer skirts that created a voluminous form was so much different than boxy, mediocre clothes available previously, designed to save fabric due to war shortages. So were the materials used: luxurious, lined with percale… The ‘New Look’ marked the beginning of a new era and reestablished Paris as the capital of fashion!

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Rolland Garros 2017

Roland Garros 2017

The countdown is on! In two weeks’ time Paris will be hosting one of the four biggest tennis events in the world. Yes, we are talking about Roland Garros! It started first as the French Tennis Championship in 1891, and by adding Women’s Singles and opening up for foreign contestants in 1925, it quickly gained its prestige. The inauguration of Roland-Garros stadium in 1928 finally put it in the center of the international tennis scene.

The iconic trophies, awarded to winners since 1953, are an object of desire for all players around the world. Designed by Mellerio dits Meller, a famous French jewelry house opened in 1613, the trophies are real masterpieces made out of pure silver. The most famous trophy, “Coupe des Mousquetaires”, has been awarded to Men Singles since 1981. The name nicely links French cultural and literature heritage with sport and it actually refers to the four ‘musketeers’ of French tennis: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste. In reality, winners only receive a smaller replica of an original prize to take home, but it still looks impressive!

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Easter in Paris

EASTER 2017

Easter is a very important holiday in Christian traditions, and loved by many in France! Is it about family atmosphere, days off from work and school, or the symbolical beginning of spring…? There are many reasons to enjoy this time of year, and one of them is the lovely French tradition for Pâques!

 

Traditionally on Easter Sunday, families gather together to enjoy a very rich lunch which may contain roasted lamb, colorful vegetables, painted eggs… A joyful table! Children are very excited, waiting for chocolate treats (which sometimes take a form of cocoa masterpieces, so keep your eyes wide open around Parisian patisseries – you may see some sculptures you would not believe are made from chocolate!), supposedly brought by bells. Later they will also have a chance to play ‘La Chasse aux Oeufs’ – meaning looking for hidden chocolate eggs around the garden or the house. This tradition is so beloved, the French organize public egg hunts, even next to the Eiffel Tower!

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Valentine’s Day

 

Saint Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th, and despite usually chilly weather, it is a very heartwarming holiday! It is all about love and spending a nice time. And what place could be better to do so than the City of Love?

Even if the tradition is not originally French, it became popular in the 80’s. The most common gift is a bouquet of roses, so you will see all the florists of Paris full of beautiful flowers. Many Parisian go to restaurants (so it is highly advised to book a table in advance, especially in more popular places) or choose to take a walk in the most romantic places.

Remember as well that this day is dedicated to all types of admiration, so you can also spend it with your friends and family! In Finland or Guatemala February 14th is called ‘Friend’s Day’, and it celebrates both romantic and platonic love.

If you know with whom you wish to spend your time on this special day, but you still lack a plan, we hope our selection can help you!

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Maison & Object Paris

MAISON & OBJET PARIS 2017

Each year the Maison&Objet fair, organized in Paris, becomes more spectacular! It is an important date for anyone interesting in interior design and art. This event stopped being an industry meeting fair a long time ago, and became a social event, taking place along with the Fashion Week.

This year it claims to be ‘Closer than ever before’, a slogan of 2017 edition. It will allow you to stay on top of what the industry of interior design, retail, textiles and luxurious architecture has to offer.  Whether you are interested in practical solution, newest trends or classical option, you will find it here!

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Cinemas of Paris

  

CINEMAS OF PARIS

Paris in the spring is beautiful, but sometimes also capricious – some days may be less sunny, with a sprinkle of rain now and then. What to do on those times? Paris has plenty to offer, and one of the options is to go to the cinema. But you don’t speak French, you say? Don’t worry, we will tell you where to go to see movies in English! But first a handy guide for the french cinema jargon…

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Sales Season

It’s Sales Season

After quiet Christmas time and splendid New Year’s celebration, Paris (and the rest of France) has little time to rest before another event starts. It’s the Soldes again! – meaning Sales, and a big one. It says a lot about France that sales period is strictly regulated by law each year. For winter 2016/2017, the fun will start on January 11th, and it will last until February 21st 2017! And trust us, everybody becomes a little bit shopaholic those days…

This is a time that many look forward to, with the prospect of amazing deals, often from shops usually out of their budgets to get an all new set of clothes. There are also those that dread it, because of the crowds and best items quickly disappearing from the shelves. Regardless of your shopping attitude, there is usually something for everyone, so do not lose this occasion, if you happen to be in the City of Lights!

To fully enjoy this special time in the world’s Capital of Fashion, there are many different strategies. Some make research and lists in advance. Some only buy classic pieces. Some only buy online. What you need to know is that the first days are the most hectic, so if you have this one thing from the Autumn/Winter collection that you absolutely need to have, you may want to be quick. Each week the prices go even more down, but the number of products on sale are also diminishing. Adapt your strategy to your needs and get this bag you always dreamt about!

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Paris Fashion Week

FASHION WEEK JANUARY 2017

Everybody knows Paris as the capital of fashion, but if you suddenly start seeing even more people wearing designer pieces on the streets – you may be sure that Fashion Week is behind the corner! Awaited for with impatience each year, it changes central Paris into a big catwalk. This year this unique event starts early on January 18th with Male Fashion shows for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 season. They will last until January 22nd. Next the biggest fashion artists will present their most breathtaking creations of Haute Couture for Spring/Summer 2017 from January 22nd to January 26th 2017! Finally, at the end of February we will find out what we may actually be seeing in the shops next autumn – Prêt-à-Porter collections will be shown to the public from February 28th to March 8th.

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Ice Rink Eiffel Tower

An ice rink on the 1rst floor of the Eiffel Tower starting from December 15!

The ice skating rink is back on the 1rst floor of the Eiffel Tower! Located 57m above the ground, it will be open from December 15th, 2016 to February 19th, 2017.

This year, the ice rink will be on the theme of Ice Hockey, at the occasion of the Ice Hockey World Championship which will be held in France in May 2017.

The rink is accessible and free to all the Eiffel Tower’s tickets holders. Skates & sled-chairs are available free of charge to visitors. Disabled people can enjoy the rink too through an easy access to the equipment and sled-chairs for adults. It will be open everyday from 10:30am to 10:30pm, starting December 15th.

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