Port de l’Arsenal, Bastille: a secret spot to discover

Paris is full of secret places. In the Bastille area, in one of the liveliest parts of the capital city, Port de l’Arsenal lies hidden, surrounded by its 1 hectare rose and pergola gardens. The port links Canal St-Martin to the Seine river. Its unique setting is perfect for couples on a stroll, or a family outing. Originally used as a freight port, it now harbors 25-meter long recreational boats, with 170 to 180 berths available. You might feel like casting off!

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Port de l’Arsenal Bastille
11, Boulevard de la Bastille
75012 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 43 41 39 32

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This summer, picnic in Paris!

Summer is the season to lounge on the lawns of Paris. Hotel Mareuil has compiled a list of the best picnic spots for your enjoyment, so that you can be there when the sun comes out. Located in the 19th arrondissement, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is a must. With its waterfalls, caves and beautiful fountains of drinking water, it is a unique and enjoyable setting. Just a few steps away, Parc de la Villette welcomes you. It is famous for its great feeling of space, with its 55 hectares and 2750 trees. In the Bastille area, the unexpected Port de Plaisance de l’Arsenal offers a quiet, 100% zen lunch break. Do you like flowers? Then head over to Square Maurice Gardette, and eat surrounded by hollyhocks and asters. But our favorite spot remains the shores of Canal St Martin. Just steps away from Hotel Mareuil, it is the easiest way to escape the city, take advantage of the sun, and meet street artists. It’s time to get out your picnic blankets!

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
1, rue Botzaris – 75019 Paris – France
Open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès – 75019 Paris – France
Open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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Port Plaisance de l’Arsenal Bastille
11, Boulevard de la Bastille – 75012 Paris – France
Open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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Square Maurice Gardette
2, rue du Général Blaise – 75011 Paris – France
Open from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm.

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Canal St-Martin

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French saveurs in the heart of Paris

Just steps away from Hotel Mareuil, Le Petit Bleu will delight all food-lovers. Located in the 11th arrondissement, this boutique started as a simple wine store, and has now become an full-fledged grocery store, offering authentic regional specialties and renowned French brand names, including foies gras and pâtés by Castaing, milk jams and candied lemons by Domaine du Soleil Couchant, and teas by Mariage Frères. You will also find a few decorative objects, and scented candles by La Française or Lothantique. Le Petit Bleu is a lovely shop, full of wonderful authentic French products, perfect for your own enjoyment or as gifts to delight your loved ones!

Open Mondays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Le Petit Bleu
21, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris France
T.: +33 (0)1 47 00 90 73

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Flower Lovers

In a tiny little street at the heart of Bastille, you will fall in love with the boutique des Fleurs. In this treasure trove for girls, you will discover retro style mini-purses, cupcake shaped lip balm and all kinds of yummy treasures. Your credit card will not resist! Far from being a knick-knack shop, Les Fleurs works mostly with independent designers and creators. Here you will find jewelry by Cécile Cohen, baby bibs by Ma Mamie hippie, pouches by Mauricette, and humoristic badges by Mam’zelle Moutarde. Can you possibly resist?

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Open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 7:30 pm.

Les Fleurs
6, passage Josset
75011 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 43 55 12 94

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Welcome to the home of Victor Hugo

The entire world knows Victor Hugo and his masterpiece Les Misérables, published in 1862. In order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this monumental piece of French literature, Hotel Mareuil invites you to discover the author’s home. An exhibit dedicated to the book runs through September 30, 2012.

Your visit to the House of Victor Hugo will happen in two stages. You will first go through the temporary exhibits of the second floor, then visit the writer’s apartment, where his drawings, paintings, prints and furniture give you a glimpse of his life. Follow the guide!

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Free admission for the Collections. 5€ for the temporary exhibits.

Maison de Victor Hugo
6, Place des Vosges
75004 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 42 72 10 16

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Bicycling on Canal Saint-Martin!

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Vélib’ this coming Sunday, July 15, Hotel Mareuil suggests a bicycle tour around Canal Saint-Martin. Discover the swing bridges and locks at your own pace. For a little break, stop by one of the many bistrots along the shore. Entertainment is always available along the ride, with street artists, singers, and acrobats. Jardin Villemin is the spot of choice for a picnic, a bit a shade, or a game of pétanque! For a taste of French « dolce vita », be sure to visit the Canal St-Martin area.

Are you a tourist in Paris? Would you like to rent a vélib’? Reserve your bicycle for 1 to 7 days, according to the length of your stay!

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This summer, La Villette celebrates cinema!

You love watching movies, but would rather take advantage of the beautiful summer weather instead of staying in? Hotel Mareuil has the perfect solution for you! From July 25 to August 26, 2012, Parc de la Villette brings you classic films: Good Bye Lenin, Potiche with Catherine Deneuve, or Alice in Wonderland… outdoors! Every Friday, a short is played before the feature film. Lights, camera, action!

Cinema en plein air de la Villette – outdoor film festival of La Villette from July 25 to August 26, 2012, Wednesdays through Sundays at nightfall. Free admission.

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Parc de la Villette
211, Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75

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Septime at your service

Named after Monsieur Septime, the dedicated restaurant owner played by Louis de Funès in «Le Grand Restaurant», the Septime restaurant has become famous through word-of-mouth, and is now one of the most sought after in Paris. Chef Bertrand Grébaut, previously at Agapé, offers original and masterful dishes: Pigeon aux choux (pigeon and cabbage), Foie gras au bouillon de légumes (foie gras and vegetable broth), sorbet mandarine-orange accompagné d’une crème de petit suisse à la vanille (tangerine-orange sorbet with vanilla-petit suisse cream)… A meal at Septime’s is a delight for your taste buds and will leave you completely satisfied.

Open Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 2 pm, and from 8 to 10:30 pm.

80, rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 43 67 38 29

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Antoine et Lili : a colorful bric-a-brac

If you are looking for a somewhat wild boutique near Canal Saint-Martin, then Antoine et Lili is your destination! The shop will delight fashion lovers with its originality and light-heartedness! A unique color-coded setup will help you find your style : pink for relaxed chic, green for floral compositions. This trendy boutique is definitely worth a visit, so come in and enjoy the colorful bric-a-brac !

Open daily : Sunday and Monday from 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Antoine et Lili
95, quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 40 37 58 14

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