A Stay at the Hotel Particulier Montmartre

A Stay at the Hotel Particulier Montmartre

While looking for a place to stay in Paris I stumbled upon this jewel the Hotel Particulier Montmartre a former private home that in 2007 was transformed into a five-suite, luxury hotel. One amazing aspect of this hotel is…location, location, location. Found in the last bit of historic Montmartre scrubland, Hotel Particulier sits nestled between the famous Avenue Junot and Rue Lepic. It’s surrounded by both an exceptional private garden by the architect Louis Benech and a turn-of-the-century pétanque court. The garden is an ideal spot for a glass of wine and a great book. The hotel has integrated its works of art and collectible objects throughout the suites, lobbies and salons. Unlike your typical art gallery the articles here comprise the elements of the living space. The layout of the Suites was designed to reflect a desire to create a totally singular and original site; to reveal the incomparable by personalizing each space poetically. This is accomplished in their utilization of specially designed wallpapers, fabrics and lighting fixtures, unique bathrooms which all prove a perfect taste for  french customs and attention to detail. This is a quaint, charming petite hotel perfect for those seeking authentic Paris!  ...
I Dreamed I was a Ballerina!

I Dreamed I was a Ballerina!

While reading a co-blogger’s site, Messy Nessy (definitely recommended), I stumbled upon an article about le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris. It featured 1930’s photographs from LIFE magazine of the prima ballirenas of the Paris Ballet Opera in the attics of the opera house. As I looked at the photographs I thought about how ballirenas in there white tutus prancing across the stage, elegant and graceful have found their way into every aspect of French culture. From art… Degas, to literature…le Fantôme de l’Opéra, to film…La Mort du Cygnet (The Death of the Swan). But how and why… time to do some good old RESEARCH! Turns out the Paris Opera Ballet is the oldest national ballet company in the world, yep they were the originals, and apparently many European and international ballet companies can trace their origins back to it… so they are kind of a big deal in the world of ballet. This whole thing started with Louis XIV King of France (1643-1715) aka the Sun King. Yes good old Louis with his lavish tastes also desired to be entertained lavishly. In fact the very first ballet academy (the Académie Royale de Danse, 1661) was created simply because Luis XIV felt that it was needed “to improve the quality of dance instruction for court entertainments”. With the help of Molière and some other impotant French people,the first stage performances that included ballet were born. Today le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, has blossomed into one of the premier ballet companies. The Ballet currently stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad.   Of their...