This Paris Life

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A French court of appeal recently blocked the restoration of the former Paris department store La Samaritaine on the grounds that its Rue de Rivoli façade does not match its historic setting. We reported on the renovations here.

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The 17th century Hôtel Lambert is one of Paris’ grandest privately-owned mansions, located in the heart of Paris on the Île Saint-Louis in the 4th arrondissement (district). The building was formerly a splendid example of mid-17th century architecture and interior design, containing some fine frescoes.

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One of the grandes dames of Paris hotels, the Hotel de Crillon, is undergoing its first major renovation since becoming a hotel in 1909. Work began in 2013 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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When César Ritz founded his palatial hotel in 1898, his vision was to offer “all the refinements that a prince could wish for his own home.” His wish came true. During its lifetime, many of the crowned heads of Europe have enjoyed the Ritz’s elegant luxury – hence the word “ritzy”.

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Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and it’s famed for its opulent hotels in top locations. But growing competition in the luxury hotel market means that Paris hoteliers have had to stay one step ahead of the game.

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This is the fifth in our series of posts looking at major projects that are enhancing parts of Paris. Parisian millionaire Cédric Naudon is transforming the Rue du Vertbois in the northern Marais neighborhood into a gourmet and design destination. The project, nicknamed ‘La Jeune Rue’ (the young street), aims to combine ethically sourced food […]

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This is the third in our series of posts looking at major projects that are enhancing parts of Paris. Located on an historic site in the Marais neighborhood of the 3rd arrondissement (district), the covered marketplace le Carreau du Temple reopened in March 2014 following a major restoration.

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We posted recently about a series of interactive maps of Paris in the 16th century. Now move on a couple centuries and zoom in on the city as it was in the 1730s, 50 years before the French Revolution.

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This is the second in our series looking at major projects that are enhancing parts of Paris. Art lovers will be delighted that the Picasso Museum in Paris’s Marais neighborhood is to reopen to the public in June 2014. The art gallery has been closed for five years for a major renovation and restoration program. […]

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An interview with our collaborator Michael Herrman, a prize-winning architect who has created residential projects in Paris.  He also works on projects around Europe and in the US.

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