La Nuit Blanche for children

Every year since 2002, the Nuit Blanche delights young and old alike thanks to its arty itinerary held outdoor, where gigantic, unusual and magic works of art were created by confirmed artists or young talents. For this 2016 edition, the 15th, the Mareuil Hotel invites you wander in the capital, with your children, to discover the activities which are reserved for them.

At the Paris City hall
You are invited to follow a dark path on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, which will lead you up to an enchanted forest designed by the French artist Stéphane Thidet. With “Sleep”, he produces huge pieces of wood which rotate around a frozen lake, livened up by a perpetual movement. This disturbing sculpture seems to be bewitched, and evokes the imaginary world of tales, in particular the Grimm brothers’ “Snow White” universe.

© Fabrice Hyber

At the Gare de Lyon
The French artist Alain Séchas seized the Gare de Lyon, with the help of his emblematic cats. These whiskered animals form a blended family on the platform, which seems to wait for the return of a loved one. They are equipped with placards and flower bouquets that they will offer to the imaginary protagonist. These felines were painted on a great mirror of the room with frescoes. To create this scene, the contemporary artist drew his inspiration from an 15th-century engraving, illustrating the triumph of Poliphili.

To continue this arty evening, we follow the tour which borders the Seine on the topic of the crossing, this year orchestrated by the president of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, until Issy-Les-Moulineaux.

15th edition of the Nuit Blanche, Saturday, 1st October 2016.
Free admission.
From 7p.m. to 7a.m.

Hôtel de Ville
7, place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Gare de Lyon
Place Louis Armand
75012 Paris
Metro: Gare de Lyon (lines 1 and 14).


12th edition of Mon premier festival

From October 19st to 25th 2016, the film festival dedicated to young audience is back in Paris, in 12 arthouses cinemas. “Mon premier festival” (My first festival) invites children from age 2 to discover the 7th art through more than 200 projections and activities. For this 12th edition, theatres like the MK2 Quai de Seine (Paris 19th arrondissement), the Forum des Images (Paris 1st), the Gaieté Lyrique (Paris 3rd), the Louxor (Paris 10th) and the Majestic Bastille (Paris 11th) are involved in this event. What’s planned: movie-concerts, movies on sport, a focus on the American cinema, short animated movies, and a tribute to the cinema of Charlie Chaplin. Four cult movies will be projected: “Peau d’Ane” by Jacques Demy, “Gremlins” by Joe Dante, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” by Steven Spielberg and “Grease” by Randal Kleiser.

Mon premier festival (website in French), from October 19th to 25th 2016.
3 screenings per day: €4 for everyone.

© Graphiste Vahram Muratyan

La Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis, rue Papin
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 01 51 51
Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol (lines 3 and 4) or Arts-et-Métiers (lines 3 and 11).

The best stand-up comedies in Paris are at the Apollo Théâtre

There are many theatres called “Apollo” on Earth: we find them in New York, London and… Paris. Historically called Théâtre du Temple, the legendary Apollo Théâtre moved from the street of Clichy to the heart of the 11th arrondissement of Paris, near the Place de la République, just a block away from the Mareuil Hotel.

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The theatre for stand-ups
Established and founded in 1905, the Théâtre du Temple disappeared in 1950 and was replaced by the Apollo Théâtre a few decades later, in 2015. Now located on the street Faubourg du Temple, the theatre is only a few hundred meters away from the Mareuil Hotel. It now aims to present the best and the brightest of the one man and woman shows, but also comedies and stand-up comedies. The place has 4 theatres which can welcome from 90 to 360 people, and presents up to 22 shows a day! We can discover there varied creations, but all of them with humour, the keyword of this theatre.

Currently on stage of the theatre, so close of the Mareuil Hotel that you could breathe a wind of fun and joy through your room window: “La Légende de Bun Hay Mean” by Chinois Marrant, who laughs at all the clichés, or “Ça pique un peu…” by Mélanie Rodriguez (website in French), fond of dark humour. Otherwise, there is also “En état d’urgence” by Mathieu Madenian (website in French), who relates private stories with derision, and “An American living the French Dream” by Sebastian Marx, who as its name suggests, reveals the adventures of a New Yorker in the capital!

© Push Talents

Show “An American living the French Dream” by Sebastian Marx, from Thursday to Saturday at 8p.m.
Rate: 19 euros.

Apollo Théâtre (website in French)
18, rue du Faubourg du Temple
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 38 23 26
Metro: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).


Caudalie: a spa shop in the very heart of Le Marais

A few steps away from Place des Vosges, the French brand of vinotherapy Caudalie recently opened its spa shop, in the very heart of the Haut Marais. In a jewel of 45m2, we discover all range of products, but also exclusivities like the Fresh Crushed Cabernet, with which one can compose its own exfoliating scrub on the spot, using 100% natural ingredients. Grape seeds, brown sugar, honey from Gironde, essential oil of rosemary, lemon, geranium, etc., there are many mixes possible.

An ode in the vineyard
The decoration of the shop is a tribute to the vine, with a rough lumber store front. The inside adorns itself with oak and marble. Pictures of vineyards and photographs, which trace the history of the brand, dress up the walls. In the centre of the room stands the “Bar Beauté Barrique” (the “Barrel Beauty Bar”), which proposes to test alone cosmetics alone or with a “vinotherapist“ (personalized appointments are available on request). In addition, we can enjoy an organic herbal tea Caudalie or an organic freshly squeezed grape juice.

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An upscale spa
Concerning the spa, we are tempted to try the face care: “The Hydrating Moment Vinosource”, made for dry to very dry skin types. It starts with a deep face cleansing, followed by a modelling with fresh grape, then another session with essential oil, to deeply feed the epidermis. It ends with a moisturizing mask. Body cares are also proposed.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Face care “Hydrating Moment Vinosource”: €80 for a 50-minute duration.

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8, rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 11 61
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8).

Circuses to discover with your family for Christmas time in Paris

For holiday season with Christmas and New Year, the perfect thing to do as a family is to undoubtedly go to discover the most beautiful circuses of Paris and their latest creations. Don’t miss therefore the show of Alexis Gruss, “Quintessence”, the Cirque Phénix show “CirkaCuba” and the “Surprise” show performed by the legendary Cirque d’Hiver.

1/ “Quintessence” by the Cirque Alexis Gruss
For its 43rd creation, the Gruss family joined the Farfadais troupe, the result is amazingly gorgeous. During 2.5 hours of representation, the audience discovers contemporary and poetic numbers, where the artists switch from juggleries to acrobatics, and play the tightrope walkers with a disconcerting ease. The show is musically led by the sublime singer Rachel Smith and a ten-members live orchestra. For “Quintessence”, the Cirque Alexis Gruss continues his “Pegase & Icare” previous show, based on the fight of facing elements to save the poor Pegase, who gets sick. When you leave the show, you only have one thing in mind: be part of this so particular, magical and touching family!

“Quintessence”, from October 22nd 2016 until February 19th 2017.
Shows: on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8p.m., on Saturday at 4p.m. and at 8p.m., and on Sunday at 4p.m.
Rates: from €20 to €75.

Alexis Gruss & Rachel Gardner Smith – Pas de deux Haute Ecole – Quintessence 2016

Chapiteau Alexis Gruss (website in French)
Carrefour des Cascades
Porte de Passy
75016 Paris
Metro: Ranelagh (line 9).

2/ “CirkaCuba” by the Phénix Circus
This year, The Phénix Circus sets on the Pelouse de Reuilly in the Bois de Vincennes to present “CirkaCuba”. Twelve exceptional numbers are performed there, inspired by the Russian circus as well as afro-Cuban culture, and also with a Chinese influence. Arrived on the spot, the spectators take a one-way trip to Cuba, thanks to the dancers, the musicians and the Cuban singer Rosalia Gomez Hasty. The scene quickly adorns itself with a colourful decor, and with at the back of the stage a Havana building paint, in trompe l’oeil style. The artists of the Russian swing, the capillary duet, and the ones performing in the Russian bar are all smiling and makes us want to dance and to party with them! Special mention for the magnificent costumes created by Pascal Jacob.

Cirque Phénix “Cirkacuba” (website in French), from November 12th 2016 to January 15th 2017
Shows at 10:30a.m., 2p.m., 3p.m., 4p.m., 5:15p.m., 8p.m. or 9p.m. according to days and dates.
Rates: from €19 to €90 the seat.

© Laurent Bugnet

Pelouse de Reuilly
75012 Paris
Metro: Liberté or Porte Dorée (line 8).

3/ “Surprise” by the Cirque d’Hiver
Just a block away from the Mareuil Hotel can be found the mythical Cirque d’Hiver which once again this year will astonish its audience! For this purpose, it welcomes the family Casselly, rewarded by a Golden Clown at the international Circus Festival of Monte Carlo for its number combining together elephants, horses and ponies. Other highlights of the show: Victoria Bouglione’s Hula hoop, moments when the clown Totti laughs out loud, or the roller-skateboarding of Matt & Valentina. This year, Michel Palmer aka Mr. Loyal celebrates his 35 years of performing on the circus ring. An event which you shouldn’t miss for nothing in the world!

“Surprise”, from October 8th 2016 to February 26th 2017.
From €25.

Surprise – Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione – Dominique Secher – 2016-2017

Cirque d’Hiver
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).