Discover the History of the Marais at the Carnavalet Museum

The Carnavalet Museum focuses on the history of the Marais, one of the most emblematic districts of Paris. The retrospective “The Marais and its Legacy” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s)”) invites us to discover how it has been renovated, since the first Protection and Development Plan which was set up by the Malraux law, voted in August 4th, 1962.

André Malraux, a visionary
The writer soon realises that this historic borough needs to be protected, almost twenty years after the Second World War. Through the testimonies of inhabitants of the Marais, as well as the producers’, the photographers’, and the historians’, we discover the different stages of modernisation of the 126 hectares related to the 3rd and 4th districts. What was the cultural, economic and social evolution of this site? What were the most significant conservation efforts? The public will find answers to these questions in the museum, also nestled in the heart of the Marais. By the way, a second Protection and Development Plan was voted in December 2013, over 50 years after André Malraux’s. This beautiful exhibition that enables to learn a little more about the history of Paris can be visited with family, during a Sunday stroll in the Marais.

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The Marais and its Legacy – ©SDP

“The Marais and its Legacy – 50 years of protection, since the Malraux law” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s) – 50 ans de sauvegarde depuis la loi Malraux”) exhibition, from November 4th 2015 to February 28th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Closed on some bank holidays and on Monday.
Full rate: €9 / Concession (18-26 years old): €6 / Free for underage.

Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
16, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 59 58 58
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) or Saint-Paul (line 1).

 

 

A gourmet Valentine’s Day in Paris

Paris is known for being both the capital of love and gastronomy. To combine the two and have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, Hotel Le Mareuil proposes to treat yourself to an exclusive stay for the celebration of romance. The program includes a visit to the Taste of Paris and a dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant, very close to the Mareuil hotel.

Great chefs meet at the Grand Palais
From February 11th to 14th 2016, the Grand Palais will host for its 2nd edition, 18 great chefs, recognised or emerging, modelled on Pierre Sang Boyer, Alain Ducasse, Frédéric Anton or Thibault Sombardier. They will offer the visitors to take part in cooking classes, but also to taste their creations. It will also be possible to buy French local products, near by producers and craftspeople present on site, and notably Burgundy wines, ciders, jams, or olive oils.

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© Frédéric Stucin

Taste of Paris, from February 11th to 14th 2016.
Dishes: between €5 and €12.

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

A romantic dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant
To continue the experience, book a table in one of the two restaurants of this talented chef, Top Chef show finalist in 2011, located nearby the Mareuil hotel. The first was opened in June 2012 in Oberkampf Street and the second in 2014 in Gambey Street. We like the contemporary setting of these two addresses, including the fact that the kitchens give onto the room, with counters to appreciate it better. The chef is inspired by his Korean origins to bring an exotic touch to his traditional French dishes. Here, there is no standard menu: the unique menu changes daily, depending on what he finds at the market, respecting the seasons. You will have the possibility, to taste, for example, a salt-crusted seabass and algae, oysters, spinach salad, or lentils, kimchi, low temperature egg and baby squids.

 

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© Stéphane de Bourgies

Pierre Sang in Oberkampf
55, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)9 67 31 96 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

Pierre Sang on Gambey
6, rue Gambey
75011 Paris
France
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

After such an evening, you will only have to go back to your room at the Mareuil hotel, on foot!

 

The big cleaning of the canal Saint-Martin

For the first time since winter 2001-2002, the Canal Saint-Martin has been completely emptied to undergo a major cleaning! This drainage takes place from January 4th to April 4th 2016, for 3 months, from the place de la Bataille de Stalingrad to rue du Faubourg du Temple, where are respectively located the first and eighth lock. In 2015, works had already been done on the 9th lock.

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© Sandy Pérolle

A huge construction site
In order to achieve these repairs, it had to entirely empty the canal of its water, but also many fishes, such as carps, perches or pikes. They were captured by a specialised company, which released them upstream or downstream of the site. The silt will be then removed. Indeed, over the years, mud and silt have accumulated naturally in the water. Cleaning up will help to prevent the risk of floods but also accidents. In the mud, the teams of the City of Paris also make surprising discoveries: bicycles, scooters, bottles of wine or beer, trolleys, wallets or strollers. These objects have been left there by Parisians and tourists, or just fell into the water accidentally. For the duration of the works, the river traffic is interrupted, and the docks are closed to walk by railings.

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© Sandy Pérolle

The big plus: on these same grids, 4 free exhibitions about the Canal Saint-Martin, its history, its role in Parisian life and its cleaning will be offered for free during these three months. The public can also discover the fauna and flora of the canal, since there are more than 90 species living there (blue tits, ducks, freshwater mussels, grey herons, eels etc.). This is an opportunity to grant a walk as unusual as life-saving, in the heart of the capital!

More information about the cleaning of the Canal Saint-Martin (in French).