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Time travel: The Passages of Paris
Tips, plans, all the information you need to know about the passages and for preparing your visit
The passage was a Parisian concept born in 1776 which was precursor at that time. Its principles are inspired by Middle Eastern bazaars. In the 1850's, there were up to thirty passages and this model was exported to provincial cities such as Bordeaux or Nantes, then in Italy, on a larger scale, as in Milan or Naples. Today there are 24 passages in Paris, 18 of which are classified as historical monuments. 10 of these 24 passages are grouped in 2nd arrondissement.
To discover these passages, two itineraries on Google Maps are available, and we advise you to use them on your mobile phone.
Route N ° 1 covers 5 passages over 1.5 km  long with an estimated walking time of 1h30 to 2h00
Route N ° 2 covers 9 passages over 3.8 km long with an estimated walking time of 2 to 3 hoursWe will explain the most interesting passages in detail and we present a table showing the main information at the end of the article while referring back to its page on wikipedia.fr. You can view the Wikipedia page in the language of your choice.

Galerie Verdeau

Opened in 1947, this gallery extends over 75 m. It is close to the hôtel Drouot (hôtel des ventes), which explains the establishment of book stores, postcards and old documents, bookstores, as well as a photo store present since 1901.

Passage Joufroy


This charming 140-meter-long passage is, since its creation, one of the most visited passages. It is the continuation of the Passage des Panoramas. Its metal frame, canopy and marble pavement were renovated in 1987.
There are booksellers, engraving stores, toys, paper mills and the famous Grévin Museum with wax characters, which will be of particular interest to children.

Passage des Panoramas


It is one of the most beautiful passages of the capital city and also the oldest. It has kept a very authentic style that will immerse you in the atmosphere of 19th century Paris. The passage is close to Brongniart Palace, the location of the Paris Stock Exchange until 1998. This explains the establishment of several philatelic and numismatic stores, craftsmen of art. You will also find many popular shops and notice several facades "of the time" like that of the printing Stern printing company (now café Stern , decorated by Philippe Stark) or that of the Chocolatier Marquis.

Galerie Vivienne

Considered as one of the most beautiful routes in Paris, Galerie Vivienne is also one of the longest. If you are a wine lover, you cannot miss the Maison Legrand, which is a real institution. This exceptional wine merchant offers 350 estates, 3000 wines and 10000 references. You can, of course, taste and receive on-site restoration.

Passage du Grand-Cerf

One of the peculiarities of this beautiful passage is its structure, being almost 12 meters in height. It has been designed in wrought iron and is topped with a glass roof that lets in very pleasant sunlight, making it ideal for a stroll. You can discover typical and creative shops: designers, decorators, designers, haberdashery, gallery and an interesting brewery: Pas Sage

Read complete list and detailed informations of all passages of Paris: passages.pdf

 
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Delacroix At the Louvre and Les Hollandais à Paris At the Petit Palais, Two Exhibitions Not to Be Missed
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These are the exhibitions currently on everyone's mind in Paris, both very deserving of a visit. Le Relais Madeleine will give you its opinion and some useful tips to simplify your visit.

Delacroix, 1798-1863 At the Louvre from March 29 to July 23, 2018

The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, has not been mentioned for quite some time. With 60,000 m² of galleries and 35,000 works, it would take 36 consecutive visiting days to see everything, with only 30 seconds to see each work for 8 hours a day. In other words, it is better to prepare your visit ahead of time. Before introducing you to the Delacroix exhibition, we think it best to give you some tips.

3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Visit to The Louvre


The Barque of Dante - Eugène Delacroix, 1822

The price of the single ticket (permanent and temporary collection) is 17 € and the best solution is to buy it online on the Louvre website as you will now have to book time slots. The price at the counters is €15, but this means waiting in long lines.
Knowing the museum's busy hours will help you better enjoy your visit. It is better to come:

  • At 9 am
  • During the week
  • On nice days
  • After 4:30 pm and even better at night (until 10 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays)

Finally, avoid entering through the pyramid as there are frequently queues. Instead, use the Carrousel shopping center at 99 rue de Rivoli, which is faster and more fluid.

The Delacroix Exhibition

It has been 54 years since the last retrospective exhibition in France devoted to perhaps the most emblematic painter of French culture, probably thanks to his painting "Liberty Leading the People".
The Louvre, which holds the world's largest collection of Delacroix's works, has consolidated its collection of pieces from around the world. This retrospective exhibition of the river painter presents 180 works, a majority of which are paintings.
The exhibition showcases the diversity of the painter's style as well as his innovation and his sense of mise en scene.

Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix, 1830. This painting illustrates the " Three Glorious Days ", the French revolutionary uprising of 1830. 

The Pyramidal composition of "Liberty Guiding the People" is inspired by his friend Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Medusa", as he also places a naked corpse in the foreground. It is believed that Delacroix modeled for The Raft of the Medusa. It is also believed that the little boy holding up a pistol inspired Gavroche in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, published in 1862.

Noces juives au Maroc (Jewish wedding in Morocco) – Eugène Delacroix, 1841. 

A month after his arrival in Morocco in 1832, Eugène Delacroix was ​​invited to a wedding. The event inspired the painter's work "Noces juives au Maroc" almost 10 years later. For Eugène Delacroix, Morocco was a revelation of color, light, and a way of life.

THE LOUVRE
Website: http://www.louvre.en/

  • Opening Hours:
  • Saturday to Monday, 9 am to 6 pm. Night visits on Wednesdays and Fridays until 10 pmWeekly closing on Tuesdays. Closed on January 1, May 1, and December 25

Les Hollandais à Paris At the Petit Palais from February 6 to May 13, 2018

The Petit Palais contains the collections of the fine arts of the city of Paris. Built on the occasion of the 1900 World's Fair, it offers a double interest: In addition to the quality of the collections and temporary exhibitions, the architecture, with its glass roofs, cupolas, and large windows was designed to bathe the space in natural light.

You must visit the interior garden, whose renovation has been most successful. Rather unknown to tourists, and even Parisians, this place is particularly pleasant during the beautiful season.

You will find useful information on peak periods, ticket prices, ordering online, and conference visits, on the page " Prepare your visit " on the Petit Palais website.
For information on access, times, night visits, see the museum's " Basic information " page.

PETIT PALAIS
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

Les Hollandais à Paris (The Dutch in Paris), 1789-1914. Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondrian...

After the French revolution of 1789 and before the first world war, more than a thousand Dutch artists went to Paris, attracted by its artistic dynamism. The exhibition shows how the links between Dutch and French artists had an influence on their paintings. Exchanges, influences, and mutual enrichment are staged through 9 figures of Dutch painters: From Gérard van Spaendonck to Piet Mondrian to George Breitner, Vincent van Gogh, and others, the artists' works are presented alongside those of their contemporaries such as Géricault, David, Corot, Millet, Picasso, highlighting common traits.

The Dutch impressionist George Hendrik Breitner was inspired by French painting. He gave up the clear hues of his peers' paintings and adopted more expressive and contrasting shades, typical of Rembrandt's work, using a Rembrandt range. From 1893, Breitner asserted his personality through his paintings, as can be seen in his series of girls in kimonos, which is very far from Dutch tradition.
 
The exhibition is convincing and enriching in its choice of painters and works presented as well as because it offers a different point of view on painting.
Enjoy your visit!


 

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La Maison du Chocolat
Why is this must-see house of chocolate so famous?


Here is an address located less than 200 meters from the Relais Madeleine which deserves to be visited, whether you are gourmet or just want to bring back an iconic gift of French pastry. Frequented by Jeanne Moreau, Carole Bouquet, and many others, this maison was founded forty years ago by Robert Linxe, whom Jean-Paul Aron called the "ganache wizard".  
It was his ganaches that gave this maison, so clearly positioned on luxury, its reputation.
Today, pastry chef Nicolas Cloiseau, awarded as best worker of France in 2007, has maintained and prolonged the creativity and talent of the maison with a range of timeless products, as well as by creating, as a fashion designer, 4 collections per year.
And the store? A muted brown decor, a distinguished welcome, and a refined product design, presentation, and packaging. If you like luxury, you will feel right at home. 

There are so many temptations 

You will find assortments of chocolates ranging from 29 pieces (€31) to 169 pieces (€199). La Maison du Chocolat develops a whole range of natural and fragrant ganaches: mint, fennel, cinnamon, ginger, rum, citrus, cherry almonds, raspberries, hazelnuts, coffee, no flavor is forgotten when composing astonishingly subtle flavors.
 
29 piece Assortment - €31 and 63 piece Assortment - €66
Of course, there are praline chocolates, truffles, candied chestnuts, candied oranges, and other treats, as well as pastries like macaroons with a ganache that comes in 11 different flavors and recently, delicious eclairs.
Nicolas Cloiseau does not twiddle his thumbs when looking for a flavor. For the Salvador, he tested all varieties of raspberries, until he found the least acidic and the most fruity.
The same went for the blackcurrant, whose flavor isn't easy to incorporate. He finally found the solution in Burgundy: Harvested in winter, blackcurrant buds are crushed to make "blackcurrant pepper", which can then be used as an infusion mixed with a fruit puree. The flavors intensely unfold and the component is stablee de fruits. Les saveurs se déploient avec intensité et le composant est stable.



Chocolate Eclair and Chocolate Raspberry Eclair - €5.70

Recently, for Easter, Nicolas Cloiseau created a charming collection of fish so pretty that they would be hard to eat.


And for his masterpiece, the chef prepared a 6.6 kilo (14.8 pound) "freshwater egg", measuring 51 cm tall, crossed by a school of fish.

Chocolate-making

The raw material is made from the fruit of the cocoa tree, called the pod. This fruit contains what is commonly known as the cocoa beans.  The beans ferment and then dry in the sun for several days. They are roasted at a temperature ranging from 100 to 150 degrees Celsius (212°-302° Farenheit). The beans are then crushed, sweetened, and mixed with a cocoa butter.
First, the heart of the candy is made (ganache, praline, almond paste...). To make a ganache, cream is heated, given a flavor, and mixed with the chocolate, which is then whipped. The ganache should not cool too much. It is poured onto marble tables and then smoothed out and cut into two with a tool called a guitar, with a bladed comb. It is coated with chocolate, which is poured onto the candy, then then decorated by hand.
Be careful, do not conserve after 30 days.
Enjoy!



LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT
8 bd de la Madeleine - 75009 Paris
Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.fr/en/
 
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3 plays near the Madeleine
Discover our selection of plays to see
  • "Paprika" at the Théâtre de la Madeleine
  • "Quelque part dans cette vie" (Somewhere In This Life) at the Théâtre Édouard VII
  • "Dernier coup de ciseaux" (The Last Cut of the Scissors) at the Théâtre des Mathurins
 

"Paprika" at the Théâtre de la Madeleine

A boulevard theater comedy by Pierre Palmade with Victoria Abril.
Duration: 1h40

Eva is an independent woman with a hearty personality who likes to party. One morning, a handsome young man shows up at her door. He claims to be her son. Eva refuses to reveal her true identity. Eva's lies and dishonesty will quickly trap her in difficult situations.
Victoria April's brilliant acting, charming accent, and pervasive nature make EVA's character believable, embarking us on an adventure that's as crazy as it is improbable.
At times funny, at times touching, the play holds us to the end and makes us want to know how Eva is going to free herself from her web of lies.
Seating prices: 4 categories, €29, €40, €50, and €60
From Tuesday to Saturday at 9:00 pm and Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm. Until April 7, 2018
Website: https://www.theatre-madeleine.com/spectacle/piece/paprika
 

"Quelque part dans cette vie" (Somewhere In This Life) at the Théâtre Édouard VII

By Israel Horovitz with Emmanuelle Devos and Pierre Arditi
A play in French with English subtitles
Duration: about 1h40

Jacob Brackish has taught English literature and music history all his life in a small port village in the United States by terrorizing his students. Isolated, his retirement isn't going well. Grouchy and unable to fend for himself, he is forced to engage the services of Kathleen. Her arrival is followed by chaos, but his life is given an unexpected second wind. But has Kathleen only come to clean and cook? What is she really hiding?
Having written more than 50 plays, half of them translated into French, Israel Horovitz is the most popular American playwright in France. He draws inspiration from American theater in the 60's as well as French absurdism.
 
1st to 6th categories, ranging from €15 to €56
From Tuesday to Saturday at 9:00 pm, Saturday afternoon at 5:30 pm, and Sunday at 3:30 pm. Until May 13, 2018
Website:  http://theatreedouard7.com/

"Dernier coup de ciseaux" (The Last Cut of the Scissors) at the Théâtre des Mathurins

An interactive crime comedy by Paul Pörtner
Duration: 2h

A murder has just been committed in a building that houses a hair salon. 4 suspects, 2 police officers: None of the 6 actors know how the investigation will end. Is the culprit Romain Canard, the salon owner, Réjane, the hairstylist, or is it one of the two customers?
The audience conducts the investigation and interrogates the suspects, guided by the police captain. The investigation continues, even during intermission. Who and how many people are guilty? At the end of the investigation, the audience will vote.
This Cluedo type play is amusing, as each evening's culprit isn't necessarily the same.
30 years of success and Guinness longevity records in the USA!
3rd to 1st category, ranging from €19 to €38
From Tuesday to Saturday at 9:00 pm, and on Saturday at 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Until April 28, 2018
Website: http://www.theatredesmathurins.com/spectacle/316/dernier-coup-de-ciseaux


For the 3 plays, at reduced rates:
https://www.theatreonline.com/
http://www.ticketac.com/theatre-paris.htm
 
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