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в 2 км от Relais Madeleine.
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в 1 км от Relais Madeleine.

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Fragonard Perfume Museum
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Rue Edouard VII and the Lazzy restaurant
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Jardin des Tuileries: A haven of peace in the heart of Paris
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The Patio Opera, a very Milanese restaurant
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Visit the Opéra Garnier
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Jade Genin : Chocolates or jewelry?
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Dinner at Petit Riche
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Recitals and Concerts at the Madeleine Church
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Create your fragrance at the Perfume Museum.
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Time travel: The Passages of Paris
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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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La Maison du Chocolat
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Fragonard Perfume Museum
The Musée du Parfum Fragonard is just a 6-minute walk from Relais Madeleine, near the Palais Garnier. Discover the art of French living, explore a unique collection of antique perfume bottles and a perfumer's laboratory in the ambience of an 18th-century apartment, and take advantage of a range of products offering excellent value for money.

Who is Fragonard ?

The Fragonard perfumery was founded in Grasse in 1926. Located in Provence, 40km from Cannes, the pretty town of Grasse has been considered the world's perfume capital since the 17th century. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, Grasse's temperate climate provides the ideal alchemy for growing the flowers needed to produce exceptional fragrances. The historic perfume factory in Grasse is well worth a visit. Even today, everything is produced in Grasse.




Grasse

The Fragonard Museum

In 1950, the perfume house began collecting antiques related to the world of perfume. Since then, Fragonard has never ceased to be interested in heritage.
Access to the museum is via 9 rue Scribe. The museum is free of charge and occupies the second floor of an 18th-century apartment. The visit begins in a very pretty Louis XVI-style salon, with gold-gilded woodwork.






Perfumer's cabinet: These include references to the animal notes used in certain perfumes: beaver, civet (top). Today, modern processes make it possible to reproduce animal essences with synthetic molecules.


The cold enfleurage technique was developed in Grasse for certain flowers, such as jasmine, which cannot be heated. The flowers are placed one by one in a wooden box (above foreground), in which an odorless grease has been spread, and then covered with a glass plate. After 24 hours, the scents are absorbed by the grease. The operation is repeated several times with new flowers, until the grease is saturated with fragrance. The fat is then extracted and washed with alcohol to obtain the "absolute". This technique was later replaced by more modern processes.
In the background of the photo above, we see a still. Flower petals are placed on a perforated tray at the top of a tank containing water, which is then brought to the boil. The steam then released captures the floral essential oils, and travels along a serpentine coil incorporating a refrigeration system, where it condenses. The water is then separated from the essences. Two substances are produced: eau de parfum and essence de parfum.
 

The perfume organ is the piece of furniture used by the creative perfumer, known as the "Nose". In general, a nose can work around 3-4 hours a day on olfactory creation, due to the sensitivity of the human nose to olfactory exhaustion.

The origins of perfume go back to ancient Egypt, where important perfume factories flourished in Alexandria. In those days, perfumes were used in a religious context, similar to today's use of incense in Christian practices. A 5000-year retrospective of the history of perfumery unfolds before you: from Egyptian kohl jars to Greek amphorae, from lekythoi to pomanders, from perfume burners to bottles of rare beauty and singular shapes, as well as travel boxes... All this is skilfully orchestrated by an educational staging, enhanced by short film sequences highlighting emblematic figures such as Cleopatra and Marie-Antoinette.


Left, Khol vase - 3000-2820 B.C. Right, Alabastron (an ancient vial used to contain perfumes or oils) - 5th - 2nd century BC.



Extracts box. Wood and embroidery, France - Mid-17th century


Perfume bottles - France - England - 18th century


Perfume set with the coat of arms of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France


Embossed metal utensils. France - 2nd half of the 18th century


Chinese snuff bottle - China 18th century

Discover Fragonard products

One of the highlights of the store beneath the museum is the opportunity to smell a wide range of exquisite scents, allowing you to appreciate the complexity and diversity of the fragrances.
Because Fragonard has not adopted the classic codes of the cosmetics industry, product prices seem less affected by expensive marketing. Perfumes, body care, soaps, scents and gifts are presented and offered at very affordable prices.




Le musée du Parfum Fragonard
9 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris
Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and Sunday from 9:00 to 16:30​
https://musee-parfum-paris.fragonard.com/




 
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Rue Edouard VII and the Lazzy restaurant
Rue Edouard VII, just 300m from Relais Madeleine, is a private, hidden street that is both charming and luxurious. It's often overlooked by Parisians themselves. The area offers many attractions: two theaters, cafés and restaurants, and the Musée Fragonard, a perfume manufacturer.
We tested Le Lazzy restaurant for you.

The Théâtre de l'Athénée Louis Jouvet is a listed Italian-style theater. Louis Jouvet directed the theater from 1934 to 1951.



We particularly like the café "Le Squarre" where we have seen Vanessa Paradis


The Haussmannian architecture offers beautiful perspectives, and the atmosphere here is reminiscent of Milan.

The restaurant we tested for you is the Théâtre Edouard VII's Italian restaurant. Its owner is Régis Campana. This Italian, apparently in love with good things, is very kind and welcoming.


Le Lazzy could be one of Milan's chic restaurants. It offers one of the most beautiful terraces in Paris, in a beautiful, charming and quiet location. Not easy to find!

The restaurant also offers two rooms inside, but their decoration is not particularly interesting compared to the elegance and pleasure of the terrace.
We appreciate the quality of the furniture and table settings. Outdoor rattan chairs, marble-topped table, cloth napkins, Degrenne cutlery: it's sober and chic.



We choose the starter, main course or dessert, priced at 29€ for lunch. We share a starter and dessert and order a glass of rosé.
We start with grilled and marinated vegetables served on a pretty Provencal-style plate. Eggplant, zucchini, carrots, spring onion and sesame seeds, topped with a delicious olive oil.



Then we have homemade Fusilli with cream, pine nuts, parmesan and pistachio pesto. The sauce is rich and delicious. We sauced it shamelessly at the end of the dish.



We also had a filet of grilled sea bream with butter and lemon, cebette and parsley. Very fresh and fine. Served with a jardinière of grilled vegetables. Really delicious and very pleasant in summer.



We finish with a vanilla and passion fruit pana cotta that's as good as it is fresh.



In conclusion, lunch or dinner on the Lazzy terrace is an excellent choice in fine weather if you're in the mood for peace and quiet and, above all, refined food and location.



Lazzi
10 place Édouard VII, 75009 Paris
12:00 to 14:30 and 19:00 to 23:00 Tuesday to Friday
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday.​
https://lazzi.fr/fr/
Voir le menu : https://lazzi.fr/mdgFront/uploads/homeblockdownload/1/carte.lazzi.printemps.pdf
 
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Jardin des Tuileries: A haven of peace in the heart of Paris
Located a 10-minute walk from Relais Madeleine, Jardin des Tuileries is the oldest garden in Paris. It is also an emblematic park offering calm and relaxation. Located in the heart of the capital, it's an ideal green getaway. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when the Tuileries Palace was built, and it has been a favorite haunt of Parisians and tourists alike since the 17th century. With its two museums, the Tuileries gardens are a must-see.
2 museums are housed in the Tuileries gardens: The Musée du Jeu de Paume, dedicated to photography, and the Musée de l'Orangerie to painting. We visited the latter to summarize its contents.
The Jardin des Tuileries traces its origins back to when Catherine de Médicis had the Palais des Tuileries built in the 16th century. The Palais des Tuileries has now completely disappeared. It was destroyed during the Commune riots, when it burned for three days. Designed by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, it was opened to the public in 1667. The garden was enlarged after the demise of the Tuileries Palace.

View of the garden from the Tuileries Palace in the second half of the 17th century. The avenue des Champs Élysées can be seen in the background, in a simple outline.

The garden extends over 25 hectares and offers some truly charming scenery. The tree-lined paths invite you to stroll, while the flowerbeds add splashes of vibrant color. A large number of chairs and armchairs are scattered throughout the park, offering visitors a welcome opportunity to relax and recharge their batteries in a beautiful and peaceful setting.




The park has 4 pools and countless chairs and armchairs.
 
Readers can grab a book and commandeer an armchair in the park lanes or around the ponds, families and couples can picnic, children can use the play areas reserved for them, everyone can enjoy the 4 bar-restaurants or simply stroll the lanes. Visitors will find here a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Between 25,000 and 30,000 flowers are planted each year




4 catering outlets and, in summer, one or more ice-cream stands


The garden is home to some 200 contemporary and classical statues, including Rodin's "Ombre"




Rides and a playground are available for children


In July and August, the garden hosts a funfair

The Musée de l'Orangerie: an artistic gem in the heart of the Tuileries

The Musée de l'Orangerie, on the edge of the garden near Place de la Concorde, is an artistic gem not to be missed. It houses a sizeable collection of works of art, including Claude Monet's famous Water Lilies, which alone are well worth a visit.
The museum also features world-renowned modern and impressionist artworks of the highest quality. Its architecture has been carefully designed to offer elegant, modern spaces that are nonetheless neutral enough to showcase the works. The museum also offers temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists. We have selected a small sample of works that we hope will inspire you to visit the museum.


Monet painted between 250 and 300 "water lilies" in the last years of his life, considered to be his most emblematic works. Major collections include the Musée de l'Orangerie and Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the MET in New York and the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.


Claude Renoir as a clown (the painter's son) - Renoir 1909
 

La nièce du Peintre - André Derain, 1932


La Noce - Douanier Rousseau, circa 1905


Grande Baigneuse - Picasso 1921


Maison de Berlioz (in Montmartre, no longer in existence) - Maurice Utrillot 1914

Que ce soit pour une promenade tranquille le long des allées, une pause détente sur les chaises et fauteuils disséminés, ou une immersion dans l'art au musée de l'Orangerie, le Jardin des Tuileries offre une escapade idéale pour se ressourcer et apprécier la beauté de Paris. C'est un lieu où l'histoire, la nature et l'art se rencontrent, laissant aux visiteurs des souvenirs inoubliables de leur passage dans ce magnifique jardin.Bas du formulaire
 

Whether it's a leisurely stroll along the paths, a relaxing break on the scattered chairs and armchairs, or an immersion in art at the Musée de l'Orangerie, the Jardin des Tuileries offers the ideal getaway to recharge your batteries and appreciate the beauty of Paris. It's a place where history, nature and art meet, leaving visitors with unforgettable memories of their time in this magnificent garden.
 
Musée de l'Orangerie
https://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en
Wednesday to Monday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
 
Photo credits: Coach Hotels except Ferris Wheel and Jardin des Tuileries engraving (Wikipedia)



 
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The Patio Opera, a very Milanese restaurant
Do you like the atmosphere of Milanese restaurants with their chic decor, refined cuisine and comfortable terrace sheltered from traffic? We've found just what you need in Paris. Tested for you.
The Patio Opéra is a Talian restaurant located near the opera house, 10 minutes walk from the Relais Madeleine. It's chic, refined and calm.
Don't be fooled by the outdoor terrace, the restaurant offers an indoor patio and three rooms decorated with a very Italian taste.


The patio. Chic and calm, sheltered from the street. A true happiness


The patio


One room


One another room


The kitchen opens on a 3rd room, directed by the Chef Andréa Assogna

As an appetizer, we serve a Sicilian olive oil accompanied by a fresh and crispy 7 year old home made sourdough bread. The bread dough is prepared the night before at 6:00 pm and rests until noon the next day.
It is served with a Burgundy wine Pouilly Fuissé 2021 with notes of apples and citrus fruits.
The menu offers starters between 16 and 21€ and main courses between 30 and 38€.
The slate offers a starter based on scallops, linguine with beef ragout that we have chosen, a fish and a meat of the day.



We choose our starter from the menu: Spring salad, perfect egg, fresh peas, artichoke and hazelnut with a touch of apple vinaigrette.



The dish is very fine, very fresh and forms a beautiful pairing with the Burgundy wine.
The linguine with old-fashioned beef ragout is garnished with Pécorino and chives. The chef, Andrea Assogna, who is Roman, tells me that this dish is "old-fashioned" because he got it from his grandmother: beef cheek, shoulder collar and leg are seared and then deglazed with white wine and then simmered between 6 and 8 hours. The secret of the sauce is the Soffritto, a mixture of herbs and vegetables that flavors the fresh tomato. In passing, the chef tells me that Pécorino, depending on the region, is used more than Parmesan, especially for carpaccio. In any case, for this generous dish with a strong taste, the Pécorino, stronger than the Parmesan, plays its role well.



We finish with 4 cheeses served with a home-made plum mustard. The white wine mustard is made from Dijon mustard flowers. This makes a nice sweet and salty mixture and again a nice match with the Burgundy. Parmeson, Pécorino (brebi cheese), Tallegio (cow cheese from Piedmont), Asiago (cow cheese from Veneto).



In short, the Patio Opera is a chic Italian restaurant where you can enjoy refined cuisine in a setting that is as calm and fresh as it is elegant. It is pleasantly reminiscent of those distinguished restaurants in Milan.
Courteous and attentive service.



Le Patio Opéra
5 Rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris
Monday to Friday from 8am to 2am and Saturday from 6pm to 2am
See the restaurant menu: ​ https://www.lepatio-opera.com/nos-cartes_11.html
https://www.lepatio-opera.com/






 
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Visit the Opéra Garnier
Located 600 meters from the Relais Madeleine, the Palais Garnier is an exceptional piece of architecture that absolutely deserves a visit.
This work of architecture is a masterpiece of Haussmannian urbanism, in a "Napoleon III" style as Charles Garnier said to flatter his majesty.
Charles Garnier was 35 years old when he won the competition in 1861 for the construction of an "Imperial Academy of Music and Dance". The construction project was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III in the aftermath of the attack on the Opéra, on rue Le Peletier, of which he had been the target. It took fifteen years to complete the construction. The hall of the Opera on rue Le Peletier was burned down in 1873, which contributed to hastening the completion of the Opéra Garnier.

Chantier de l’opéra Garnier en 1866
Construction site of the Garnier Opera House in 1866


The Garnier opera house around 1900

Visit of the Palais Garnier
 

Vidéo 2’:
 

The visit is priced at 14€ and 9€ in reduced rate. It is free for children under 12 years old. It gives access to all parts of the Opera except for the back offices (backstage, machinery, rehearsal rooms, costume room...)



The opera house is currently undergoing work on the façade. You will not enter through the main entrance but it will be accessible to you.





The grand staircase alone is a real wonder for its materials, its dimensions and the elegance of its lines. The steps are made of Seravezza marble, the balustrade is made of onyx, the base is made of green Swedish marble and the balusters are made of antique red marble.
The richness of the decorations can be seen in the frescoes, statues and overall in the variety, quantity and sophistication of the ornaments.
 


Inspired by the galleries of castles such as the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, the decoration of the grand foyer is provided with sculptures, gilding, paintings, chandeliers and an abundance of shapes and colors in a particularly busy and rich style, typical of the Second Empire style.
 





The design of the Italian-style halls is sometimes questioned, as they offer a large number of boxes with greatly reduced visibility. It must be taken into account that many of these boxes were used more to be seen than to see the show.
Tired of the royal blue that was too often overused, Charles Garnier used "deep red" velvet, shimmering and bringing out the complexion of the ladies more clearly, according to the architect.



It is impossible to miss the ceiling painted by Chagall in 1964 at the instigation of the minister André Malraux.
The fresco pays tribute to fourteen composers and their works. It took a year to complete. About fifty sketches were made beforehand. Roland Bierge, Jules Paschal and Paul Versteeg, three painters assisted Chagall. Marc Chagall did not receive any salary for this work.
 




Marc Chagall and André Malraux at the Paris Opera for the inauguration of the ceiling in 1964.



Finally, the opera library was founded in 1866 and expanded in 1877 when the emperor's and public smoking rooms were abandoned. Today it is part of the National Library.

 
Palais Garnier
Pl. de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris
open every day from 10 am to 5 pm
https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/palais-garnier
 

Photo credits: Coach Hotels (except Garnier opera building site in 1866, Garnier opera around 1900 Chagall Malraux, free of rights)

 


 

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Jade Genin : Chocolates or jewelry?
You like chocolate or you want to give a rare gift? We have tested for you a brand that signs chocolates of great finesse and subtlety.
A prestigious chocolate shop recently opened on Avenue de l'Opéra under the name Jade Genin. In Paris, the name Genin is not unknown: Jacques Genin is the pastry chef located at 27 rue de Varenne who has supplied his chocolate to great names such as Pâtisserie de Rêves or Angelina.


Who is Jade Genin ?


 
Yet a court lawyer, jade joined her father in 2019 to take charge of the communication and the Chocolate part of the family business. With a well-trained palate since childhood, she took a liking to the business and soon made her first creations. "When I work with chocolate, I no longer have any notion of time passing. I forget everything, fears or regrets, appearance or futility... I abandon myself to it" she says.
The laboratory is visible from the store and open on the rue des Petits champs. Feel free to admire the work from the street.
Jade is touched and inspired by the flavors of Asia; Japan, Korea, Thailand. From Jasmine to Tamarind, from Black Sesame to Ginger, Jade makes exotic aromas and colors vibrate for our greatest pleasure.


Jacques and jade Genin


There is no cream, milk, butter, white sugar, additives, preservatives or flavor enhancers in Jade Genin chocolate.

Jade Genin chocolate is made of strictly natural products: wild chamomile flowers, dried jasmine petals, Piedmont hazelnuts, Marcona almonds, Rapadura, extra virgin olive oil...

The pyramidion

It is the emblematic figure of Jade Genin chocolates. As a young girl, Jade's father presented her with a replica of the Louvre pyramid made of chocolate. "I was amazed. It was the most beautiful chocolate in the world.
The pyramidions are presented in a beautiful metal case with a logo. One is struck by the subtlety of the colors.





We tested 7 flavors. The aromatic palette is wide, the flavors respect the chocolate and are all in delicacy. It is very subtle, relatively unsweetened and probably the best chocolate we have tasted.
Here are some impressions:
  • Almond jasmine: the jasmine comes first. Chocolate cloud.
  • Creamy dark chocolate and chestnut honey: Impression of a praline flavor. Yet the chocolate does not contain any.
  • Tahitian vanilla: Very fresh texture. Attack then rather powerful of vanilla.
  • Gahghar: hint of salt, Greek pistachio and smoked black cardamom: finesse, singularity of the chocolate.
The portion is reduced. It is a chocolate designed for tasting. Gourmands may feel frustrated by the quantity, but isn't profusion the enemy of quality?
 

The Crocroquants



These small crocodiles are pieces to crunch where the praline is of a fine grade. They will seduce and educate the palate of children but also adults.

The Rochers

They are dark chocolate candies topped with puffed rice, or milk chocolate praline and malted wheat with a slightly peaty taste. It is a nomadic chocolate, very fresh and quite addictive. The crispness is nice.

Les Gingembres


In the spirit of orangette, this is a candied ginger that retains a slightly fibrous and peppery character on the finish. Also quite addictive.

This testing provided us with great emotions by the personality, the subtlety and the exoticism of the flavors, in a great respect of the natural aromas of prestigious cocoa. It is an expensive chocolate, but it is very different from the products of the most praiseworthy chocolatiers we know.
Do not deprive yourself, before leaving, of a hot chocolate with almond milk. It's powerful and enchanting and has no equal to the best hot chocolates we've been served.
 


​Jade Genin
33 avenue de l’Opéra - 75002 Paris
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 6:30pm
https://jadegenin.fr/
 
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Dinner at Petit Riche
Why is this brasserie, located one kilometer from the Relais Madeleine, one of the most desirable in Paris?
The year is 1904. Put yourself in the shoes of a Parisian who, after a show at the Opéra-comique with his or her friends, goes to the Petit Riche for dinner. It doesn't take much to believe it when you're at the Petit Riche because you can tell that the atmosphere hasn't really changed. If the restaurant dates back to 1854 and is one of the 10 oldest restaurants in Paris, the decor is really Belle Époque. The restaurant has a large room but also many lounges.





Dresses, forms of politeness, attentions and quality of service are worthy of these great Parisian brasseries which participated in the construction of the personality of the city.



Softly padded tables, crystal glasses, silver metal cutlery, velvet-covered benches, are a sign that we are going to have a good evening. The glasses clink and you can hear the corks pop, a little cosy hubbub settles in.
The menu is in the spirit of traditional brasseries: classic and authentic recipes that express traditional French cuisine. Having made our choice of dishes we order a Chinon domaine Laverdière 2015 which will accompany both meat and fish dishes.
Le Petit Riche has arguably one of the best cellars in Paris, specializing in Loire wines. The restaurant owns a troglodytic cellar near Vouvray, containing more than 5,000 bottles aging in optimal conditions.





This wine goes well with roasted beets in a salad. Two varieties of beet, one yellow. The dish is spiced up with a yogurt, spices, herbs and goat cheese sauce: very fine. Who said that beet was rustic?



The salad of lentils of Berry Label Rouge and smoked bacon is a great classic. It is simple and well interpreted. A dish that makes you rediscover the lentils.



Once you've tasted Le Petit riche's Pike Quenelles with Nantua sauce, it's hard not to recommend them every time you visit the restaurant. This dish is truly a delight. For the record, there was a tannery in Nantua (Auvergne). The skins were soaked in the river, which attracted the red crayfish that quickly swarmed and could be picked up by hand and then cooked in sauce.



It is as pretty as it is healthy for the taste buds. This black pudding with apples and spices was designed by Christian Parra (2 Michelin stars). The apple is just warm and crunchy. This is the little trick to remember to avoid serving a black pudding with apples slumped in compote.



It is in the big league! This rum baba, although it was partially disheveled (I knew it with a slice of kiwi) and could have waded into a syrup a little more generously, is divine and almost as good as the one from the Stohrer pastry (1730) shop that claims authorship.



And to finish, an iced nougat all in delicacy, which would have been a little more generous in quantity.
We could almost leave the place with a tear in our eye as this trip to the Belle Époque comes to an end. We will come back there!



Au Petit Riche
25, rue Le Peletier – 75009 PARIS
Tél. +33 (0)1 47 70 68 68
Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 19:00 to 22:30
http://www.restaurant-aupetitriche.com/

 
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Recitals and Concerts at the Madeleine Church
Discover and listen again to the most beautiful works for a modest price !
The church of the Madeleine is located 250 meters from the Relais Madeleine.  On the outside, the Madeleine is a copy of the Olympiaion in Athens, a temple of which only a few columns remain today. Unlike a classical church, the building has very few openings, which gives the interior of the building a particular light.
The Madeleine church programs every Sunday at 4 pm organ recitals or pieces for choir and orchestra, free of charge, which we particularly recommend. A program of quality concerts at economical prices is also offered.

The « Dimanches musicaux »

What are you doing on Sunday at 4pm?

Well, if you're in Paris and you have no idea, come to La Madeleine to see a concert. The entrance is free. Every Sunday at 4 pm, the Madeleine church invites you to a musical appointment. Mostly organ recitals but also pieces for choir and orchestra.
The organ of the Madeleine, which has seen great composers such as Franz Liszt, Camille St Saens, Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, is signed Cavaillé-Coll and dates from 1846. It has 4 keyboards and a pedalboard, controlling 60 stops.
 
Organ of Ste Madeleine - François-Henri Houbart, titular organist performs "Improvisation II

See the program: https://lamadeleineparis.fr/la-madeleine-une-paroisse-atypique-a-paris/leglise-vivante/les-dimanche-musicaux/

The Madeleine concerts

The programming of the Madeleine concerts is important, at the rate of 5 to 10 concerts per month. As an example, we have noted two concerts.

Verdi's Requiem - Helios Orchestra, until May 18, 2023

The opening bars of Diea Irae (from the Latin, day of wrath), from Verdi's Requiem, are among the most powerful phrasings in the 19th century musical repertoire. This apocalyptic universe seizes us from the very first bars and seems to describe the end of the world.
Verdi's Requiem at the Madeleine by the Helios Orchestra

Ravel's Bolero & Mozart's Requiem - Helios Orchestra, until May 26, 2023

Ravel and Mozart wrote the Bolero and the Requiem respectively, both commissioned works.
"I have written only one masterpiece in my life, and there is no music in it," Ravel said of his Bolero. The author was probably being ironic. However, it must be recognized that despite its worldwide success, this work does not have any development since it is based on a single theme repeated for 20 minutes, but this does not detract from the effect produced.
As for Mozart's Requiem, it should be noted that Michael Haydn's Requiem in C minor probably inspired Mozart, especially in the first movement. It is undeniable that the rhythm, the temperaments, the positioning of the choirs, the articulation of the harmonies, are particularly similar in certain passages of this first movement. It should also be noted that this Mozart Requiem in D minor was not completed by the master but by two of his students at the request of Mozart's widow.
In any case, Mozart's Requiem is one of his most beautiful works.
 
Mozart's Requiem at the Madeleine

Consult the program: ​ https://www.fnacspectacles.com/city/paris-08-369/venue/eglise-de-la-madeleine-paris-08-74201/?pnum=2
 
La Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
Concerts : https://lamadeleineparis.fr/la-madeleine-une-paroisse-atypique-a-paris/leglise-vivante/concerts-musique/
Dimanches musicaux : https://lamadeleineparis.fr/la-madeleine-une-paroisse-atypique-a-paris/leglise-vivante/les-dimanche-musicaux/

 
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Create your fragrance at the Perfume Museum.
Create your own personalized perfume at Fragonard!


The Fragrance Museum:

Just five minutes walk from the Relais Madeleine, the Fragonard house has opened a museum to the public retracing the history of perfume through the ages. There is no need to present this famous perfumery, founded in 1926 in Grasse, a town on the French Riviera, by Eugène Fuchs, who named it after the famous painter born there.  

In a 19th century old theatre, you can admire some 300 works of art related to perfume, from antiquity to today. ​
 

The perfume creation laboratory:

On Saturday mornings, upon reservation, a workshop offers to children and adults to create a personalized perfume, under the direction of a professional perfumery. For an hour and a half, you can create your own fragrance with notes of citrus fruits and orange blossom by picking from a 250-essence scented organ. At the end of this workshop, you will leave with an elegant personalized 100 ml bottle and its pouch, a diploma signed by the teacher and the apron of an apprentice perfumer used during the session.
 


Practical information.
​- Lieu : Musée du Parfum, 3-5 square de l’Opéra-Louis Jouvet, Paris IXè.
- Reservation required on the museum's website.
- Price : 95 €.
- Languages : français, anglais.
- Open to all from 12 years old.
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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
Useful information, tips, and good deals

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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