French Touch at the Museum of Arts décoratifs (decorative art)

At Hotel Mareuil, we simply love French electronic music, and we are conveniently located near one of the best spots for live concerts. From now and until March 31, 2013, the Museum of Arts décoratifs welcomes an exhibit dedicated to the French Touch. The term, created by DJ Laurent Garnier, refers to the young French scene from the 90’s, from which came electro music, associated with the graphic and esthetic aspects of video. Air, Cassius, or les Daft Punk, to name a few, have played an important part in this movement, and are now world renowned. The exhibit shows works of graphic designers like Hotspot, Alex Courtès or La Shampouineuse.

Photo credit: Alexandre Courtes, Daft Punk. One More Time, 2000
Virgin – Vinyle  © DR

The “French Touch, Graphisme, vidéo, électro” exhibit, from October 10, 2012, to March 31, 2013, at the Museum of Arts Décoratifs.
Open Tuesdy through Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  At night on Thursdays until 9:00 pm (only for temporary exhibits).  Closed Mondays.
Full rate: 9,50€ / Reduced rate (18-25 years old): 8€.

Photo credit: M slash M, Impulsion. Higher (Kings Of Tomorrow Ghetto Mix), 1998
Small – Vinyle © DR

Les Arts Décoratifs – Publicité
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50

Benjamin Diamond at the French Touch’s exhibition.
Photo credit: Amyitis Filippi.


Rêver la Terre (Earth Dreams) Workshop: naturally creative

Paris, capital of creativity? The City of Lights is well known for its fashion boutiques, and is also intimately linked to art. Proof of this lies in the numerous galleries flourishing all around the Marais quarter and the vintage fashion designers of the 11th arrondissement who create new with old.  At hotel Mareuil what we also love above all else is pottery and ceramics. We were delighted to have discovered the workshop Rêver la Terre on our very own street. We can’t wait to tell you about it.

A playfully creative workshop
From children to teenagers and adults, this pottery and ceramics workshop welcomes beginners and experienced potters alike in intimate groups of 6 to 10 people. Here you will discover how to work clay (for earthenware or raku), from modeling to coiling, from throwing to slabbing. Little ones will will learn the art of decorating with a paint brush. This is a truly enriching and creative experience. A wonderful family activity!

Good to know: Twice a month, the workshop organizes outdoor sessions on the banks of the river Seine. Equipment and supplies are always provided.

The Workshop

Adults (16 and up): Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
140€ for 4 three-hour sessions, thus 12 hours of workshop time, supplies equipment and baking included.

Children (6 to 16 years): Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and 4:30 to 6:00 pm and Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.
160€ a trimester, one workshop a week.

Atelier Rêver la Terre
47, rue de Malte
75011 Paris
T.: +33 (0)6 17 81 73 49


Focus on the Nouveau Casino

Just a few steps from Hotel Mareuil, at the heart of the most vibrant quarter in Paris, you will find one of our favorite concert venues : Le Nouveau Casino.  Naturally Parisian with its improbable decor of 19th century chandeliers and huge surgery room-style lamps, it attracts night time lovers of electronic music, rock and rap.  Concert venue by day, this espace becomes a groovy club at night, in a sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere.  There you will hear such artists as Baden Baden, Velvet, or Mr. Scruff.

Le Nouveau Casino
109, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 43 57 57 40

Michaël Gregorio, en ConcertS

Have you missed all the great concerts this year? No worries, thanks to Michaël Gregorio, you will live your wildest dreams in one evening, share an evening of laughs, partying and songs with your favorite stars. In his new show, «En ConcertS», the young impressionist offers a musical love proposal. At ease in any style, he will take you on a journey from Ray Charles to U2, to Michael Jackson, as well as feminine voices such as Shakira, or current groups such as Black Eyed Peas. A true performer, he takes on his artists’ style, voice, facial expressions.  Expect a truly amazing show!

«En ConcertS», the new show by Michaël Gregorio, from October 4, 2012, to January 5, 2013 at the Bataclan, Paris.
Rates: from 10€ to 43€ a seat.
For reservations, please go to the Bataclan’s website.

Le Bataclan
50, Boulevard Voltaire
75011 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 43 14 00 30

An eye on Vasarely at Musée en Herbe

At Hotel Mareuil, we are true art lovers. We have just set a few works of graphic, optical and kinetic art on one of our floors, including 2 by legendary artist Victor Vasarely. When we heard about the Vasarely exhibit for children, held at the Musée en Herbe, we thought you ought to know about it!

The work of Vasarely explained to children
Through a treasure hunt, children from 5 to 12 are led from one piece of art to the next, in order to better understand the work of the father of Op Art. The French painter successfully gives an impression of movement through the use of geometrical shapes. From his famous zebras with ondulating stripes to his chromatic alphabet, children are invited to enter the black and white universe and the dream world of the artist. Through playful activities (zebras seemingly coming to life, works to put back together, etc…), children are able to enter Vasarely’s phantasmagoric world. They will love it.

The «Vasarely vous a à l’œil» exhibit, from March 16 to December 31, 2012.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, at night until 9:00 pm on Thursdays.
Treasure hunt for children 5-12 and their family: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am , noon, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm (every day during school vacations).
Duration: 1 hour.
10€ per child / 6€ per adult.

Le Musée en Herbe
21, rue Hérold
75001 Paris

Precious jewels by Yves Gratas

Sometimes, behind the door of a craftsman, one can discover hidden treasures… It certainly is true in the boutique/workshop of jeweler/bijoutier Yves Gratas, in the Oberkampf quarter. A true artist, he sculpts and practically brings to life precious jewels, with a touch of modernity. He is amazingly skilled with gold and stones. Cut in unusual ways, set upside down or in different colors, stones are superbly transformed with unexpected alchemy and elegance. At Hotel Mareuil, we find them irresistable. Let the precious jewels charm you, you will not regret it!

We like: Fashion designer Vanessa Bruno is one of his famous clients, understandably so!

Open Mondays by appointment, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Yves Gratas
9, rue d’Oberkampf
75011 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 49 29 00 53

You love beautiful things? Then you will enjoy…

The enticing universe of Diptyque.

The perfumed leather gloves by l’Artisan Parfumeur.

The precious head jewels by Valérie Valentine.

Dinosaurs at Jardin des Plantes (the Paris botanic gardens)

Looking to fill your children with wonder? Then take them to the new exhibit at Jardin des Plantes, «Dinosaures, la vie en grand» (dinosaur, life in big). You cannot deny it, dinosaurs are a wonder for both children and adults. Until May 13, 2013, you are invited to learn about the life of the biggest dinosaur of all times: the Sauropod. 40 meters long, and weighing up to 90 tons, as high as 4 buses, this herbivore was not very well known until recently. Today, thanks to years of research, questions about its way of life can finally be answered. How did it find enough food to fill its 100 000-calorie diet? How big was its heart? How did its muscles support its weight? You will know everything about the sauropod!

Illustration ©Michel Fontaine

A breathtaking reenactment
The exhibit is perfectly designed. Your little ones will be amazed from the very start, when they are greeted by a lifesize model of the head and long neck of the Sauropod, surrounded by luxurious vegetation. Thanks to dimmed lighting, they will be very impressed when they meet the 5-meter tall model of the hind leg of Supersaurus, among other specimens. They will also be able to take part in a miniature prehistoric dig site. Who knows, it may inspire new vocations!

The «Dinosaure, la vie en grand» exhibit at Jardin des Plantes, from October 23, 2012, to May 13, 2013.
Open every day (except May 1st) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Full rate: 9€ / Reduced rate: 7€ (ticket coupled with la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution).

Jardin des Plantes / Grande Galerie de l’Evolution
36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 40 79 54 79

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Brunch at Le Réservoir!

Paris, capital of brunch? If you like to have brunch, you will love Le Réservoir. In an unusual setting made of bric-a-brac decorations, you will enjoy pancakes and scrambled eggs in front of a very lively stage. Groovy or jazzy tunes, DJ sets, well-known or upcoming artists, open your eyes and your taste buds, and live one of your best weekends in Paris! Open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 pm on, and late into the night. Brunch Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Le Réservoir
16, rue de la Forge Royale
T.: +33 (0)1 43 56 39 60

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L’International: aperitif and concert!
L’Alhambra: the scene for all types of music.

Salon Marjolaine 2012

Welcome to the biggest and oldest organic market in France! Salon Marjolaine (the Marjolaine Festival) is back at Parc Floral de Paris, a unique opportunity to meet passionate producers, discover new ethical products, and taste organic foods. For this its 37th year, 550 exhibitors are present, representing various sectors from environmental protection to sustainable production and consumption, and more. Stroll through the corridors to discover the many booths of the Salon:  gourmet and creative recipes, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free diets, focusing this year on cereals and grains. Lectures, films and workshops are also offered, in an all natural and friendly atmosphere.


Photo credit: ©

For a detailed program of the lectures, please visit the Festival’s webiste.

Salon Marjolaine, from November 2nd to November 9, 2012 at Parc Floral de Paris.
Open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm, and until 9:00 pm on Friday night, November 9, 2012.
Full rate: 8€ (booths, lectures and workshops) / Reduced rate: 6€ / Free for children under 12.

Parc Floral
Route du Champ de Manœuvre
75012 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 49 57 24 84

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