The winter vacation has already begun in certain parts of France, and they will be starting tonight for the rest! While some of you will be jetting off to the mountains, others prefer to stay snug at home, and some use this opportunity to visit their families or spend time in Paris. With this in mind, the Communications Team has compiled a list of four must-try experiences in the French capital.
Walks and culture with Guilaine, Communications Director
Spending a few days on vacation in Paris – even just a long weekend – is just wonderful!
Having time for ourselves, exploring a neighborhood on foot or bike, peeking behind the imposing carriage doors lining the streets, and looking up to discover countless little architectural treasures are just a few things that make Paris the most beautiful city in the world!
Of course, there is also the joy of spontaneously going to an exhibition and being (almost) the only person there. This privilege means you can take your time wandering from one piece to another, returning to observe certain works, and studying specific details for as long as you want. I suggest a trip to the Musée Zadkine, a beautiful private mansion on the Rue d’Assas in the 6th arrondissement. This charming artist’s studio is brimming with sculptures, photos, and other works, and offer a real breather from the city.
And what better than enjoying a cup of tea and a delicious patisserie afterwards? The nearby terraces are perfect in the sun, and the pretty hotels in the winter make you want to spend the night and feel even more like an authentic tourist in the City of Light. I just love Paris and its multitude of little secrets!
Enjoying a spot of exercise with Cécile, Communications Manager
A vacation is also the perfect time for letting your hair down and blowing off some steam!
You can’t use the excuse that you don’t have time. After all, you’re on vacation! Now is the time to get the most out of your gym membership – especially if you haven’t been for a few weeks.
Money is no excuse either, as there are lots of ways to exercise for free or next to nothing in Paris:
- Put on a pair of sneakers and go for a run along the banks of the Seine in a combination of tourism and exercise.
- Blend cardio and strength training by taking advantage of the free classes from Gym Suédoise.
- Swim a few lengths in your local pool to start getting in shape before the summer.
Finally, finish in style by signing up for the Paris half-marathon on March 10. And if you don’t feel ready this year, you can go and cheer on the runners or alternatively indulge in a well-deserved vacation brunch after all your effort!
Exploring the 11th arrondissement with Léna, Digital Communications Manager
Are you looking for a new exhibition to go to during your vacation?
Then head to the 11th arrondissement of Paris to experience the Atelier des Lumières!
This former foundry built in 1835 was fully renovated in 2013 and became the Atelier des Lumières in April 2018. Now a totally unique space, it offers visitors the chance to truly live the artwork it exhibits.
Works by Gustav Klimt are projected onto the walls and the floor accompanied by a perfectly chosen musical playlist to create a very poetic atmosphere.
And on February 22, the space will be welcoming its new exhibition, Van Gogh, Starry Night! The show will feature the painter’s finest works while guiding visitors through his often-tormented life.
And for those looking to grab a bite to eat before or after the exhibition, I recommend Oxymore (60 Rue Saint Maur) for one of the best pizzas in Paris!
Alpine adventures and Moroccan relaxation with Diane, Digital Project Manager
We have found the solution for those who love the mountains as much as the city. The Bateaux Mouches riverboat company is offering a unique experience: a pop-up rooftop space with a 1,300-ft.-sq. open-air ice-skating rink overlooking the Eiffel Tower. What’s more, the whole thing is eco-friendly, and also features a winter bar for warming up with a tea or a cocktail, a stylish polar design, and igloos for enjoying lunch or dinner. And to top it all off, you don’t even need to wear uncomfortable skates or have a pass to access this exciting space!
The Grande Mosquée de Paris located in the 5th arrondissement is one of my favorite places in the city. Built between 1922 and 1926, the mosque is home to magnificent rugs in the prayer room, a minaret towering 108 feet high, and majestic sculpted arcades. After the visit, head straight to the tea room and its beautiful patio to enjoy the Moroccan tradition of mint tea and cornes de gazelle pastries. An exotic trip in the heart of Paris and a great way to warm up during the winter!
What will you be getting up to on your winter vacation?