Georges Braque: the initiator of cubism at the Grand Palais

French painter and sculptor Georges Braque (1882-1963) is a major 20th century artist, well known as the inventor of cubism. A forerunner of abstraction, he is among the avant-garde artists of the early 20th century. A complete retrospective of his works is currently on exhibit in Paris.

A major exhibit
The Grand Palais is presenting a most ambitious exhibit encompassing all the different periods of Braque’s work. The public will be able to discover his cubic works and his collaborative work with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), his affinity to music and complicity with composer and pianist Erik Satie (1866-1925), as well as his years of Fauvism. Definitely worth a visit!


The «Georges Braque» exhibit, from September 18, 2013, to January 6, 2014.
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 8pm.
Closed on Tuesdays and on December 25.
All Saints vacation: October 19 to November 2nd, open daily (closed on Tuesday) from 10am to 10pm.
Christmas vacation: December 21st to January 4, open daily (closed on Tuesday) from 9am to 10pm.
Admission: 12 € / Reduced rate: 8 € (16-25 years old) / Free admission under 16 years of age.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Metro station: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (line 9).


3rd annual Wonder Vintage Market

For fashion lovers, vintage design fans, and all those interested or looking to go back to their chilhood, the Wonder Vintage Market is on for 3 days at Espace Commines.

From September 20 through 22, 2013, quality presenters will show clothing, accessories, furniture and other vintage items to the public.  A great opportunity to add to your wardrobe or decor. Visitors will also be able to act like stars at the Mad Men style photo shoot, or enjoy a drink and sweets at the vintage candy bar.


Little extra: the unique venue at Espace Commines is a XIXth century warehouse with a superb glass roof.

The Wonder Vintage Market, September 20-22, 2013.
Open Friday from 3pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
Admission: 3€.

Espace Commines
17, rue Commines
75003 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 42 77 53 26
Metro station: Filles du Calvaire (line 8).


30th annual European Festival of cultural heritage

This year, the festival celebrates the December 31st, 1913, law for the protection of Historical Monuments in France. For the occasion, the Institut National du Patrimoine (National Heritage Institute) will be open to the public. This cultural event invites you to visit industrial and religious monuments, as well as castles, dwellings, and houses of famous women and men throughout France. Check out the Hotel Mareuil’s selection of places to see in Paris.


© Dream On / MCC

In the Marais quarter

The Marais area is a historical quarter in Paris.  For the Journées Européennes, 2 museums open their doors for free: the Shoah Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), and the Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet).  In this second visit, you will be able to follow a circuit throughout the area, with a focus on Mansions (Hôtels Particuliers).


Musée Carnavalet
23, rue de Sévigné – Paris 4ème
The museum is open from 10am to 6pm. Free admission.
Circuit on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 4:30pm (departure every 45 min.)
Free admission, reservation required.

Mémorial de la Shoah
17, rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier – Paris 4ème
Tél.: + 33 (0)1 42 77 44 72
Open Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm. Free admission.

In the 10th arrondissement

A few minutes’ walk away from Canal Saint Martin, the church of Saint Vincent de Paul is worth a visit, with its byzantine style decor. After the visit, enjoy a walk in this colorful area.


Les laves émaillées by Pierre-Jules Lollivet
©Paroisse Saint-Vincent de Paul

Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
Place Franz-Liszt – Paris 10ème
Open Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Free admission.

In the 11th arrondissement

Very near Hotel Mareuil, the 11th arrondissement focuses on religious monuments. The church of Saint Amboise, in the neo roman style, and the church of Sainte Marguerite with its famous trompe l’œil style designed by Brunetti around 1765, are worth a look.


Photo credit: Edhral

Eglise Saint-Ambroise
71 bis, avenue Parmentier – Paris 11ème
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 43 55 56 18
Open Saturday from 8:30am to noon, and from 3pm to 7pm, and Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. Free admission

Eglise Sainte-Marguerite
36, rue Saint-Bernard – Paris 11ème
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 43 71 34 24

Guided tour Sunday at 2:30pm.  Free admission.
30th annual Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Festival of Cultural Heritage), September 14 and 15, 2013.


How to keep your teenagers busy in Paris?

It isn’t easy to make everyone happy while on vacation. Fortunately, the wonderful city of Paris is full of surprises. Here are a few ideas that will delight your teens!

Games at La tête dans les nuages (head in the clouds)
Simply the biggest games and fun center in Europe: car races, Guitar Hero, billiards, mini bowling, shooting games and dance. There is something for everyone, all ages are sure to find a fun activity or game.


5, Boulevard des Italiens
75002 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 44 19 13
Metro station: Richelieu-Drouot (lines 8 and 9).

Babyfoot (table soccer) at La Place Verte (the green place) and Le Café de la Plage (the beach café)
Famous for their table soccer, these two bars are conveniently located close to Hotel Mareuil. At Le Café de la Plage, live concerts are also on the menu Wednesday through Saturday, whereas La Place Verte offers a lovely patio area to enjoy the last sunny evenings.


La Place Verte
105, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 57 34 10
Metro station: Parmentier or Rue Saint-Maur (line 3).

Le Café de la Plage
59, rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 38 48 19
Metro station: Charonne or Voltaire (line 9), or Ledru-Rollin (line 8).

Billiards and bowling at La Quille (the bowling pin)
If you are looking for a fun activity that can be enjoyed as a family, why not try La Quille? Featuring bowling and billiards in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, La Quille is also conveniently close to Hotel Mareuil.


111, rue Saint-Maur
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 55 87 21
Metro station: Parmentier or Rue Saint-Maur (line 3).