It is said he brought the « power of the imagination to Europe ». Mainly thanks to his illustrations… Gustave Doré has illuminated a big part of the 19th century with black, verve and humour! Discover the « Doré » way of life thanks to the beautiful exhibition the Musée d'Orsay dedicated to him until June 5.
It is true that the Musée d'Orsay is a cult place for all those who love 19th century art in Paris. The former train station revisited as a museum was the ideal place to present this big exhibition about Gustave Doré (1832-1883), mainly celebrated for his incredible etchings of the works of Dante, Rabelais, Hugo or Balzac.
Original or imaginary. This time, in stead of just stopping at the illustrations that may have made the French artist famous, the exhibition meticulously reveals all the other sides of his work and his talents. From drawing to painting, from watercolour to sculpture. Often original or imaginary, the inspiration of Doré is expressed in all ranges of emotion!
« The Palais Royal is a beautiful district where all the girls can be married » says an old French song. Today, it is still one of the most beautiful districts of Paris, and it is (very) accessible in a few minutes walking from the Opéra Cadet. So why resist the temptation to explore it? Here’s a visit.
You’ll only need to let yourself walk down the (very) beautiful Avenue d'Opéra. At the end, turn left, towards the Palais Royal. Originally called the Palais Cardinal, the building used to belong to the sworn enemy of the Three Musketeers... the Cardinal Richelieu...
From the Palais Royal to its gardens... Before it became the residence of the future Louis XIV. Today, the site houses the Council of State and the Constitutional Council. Then, you’ll walk around the Comédie Française before marveling before the columns of Buren, at the heart of the gardens where the rustle of the basins adds charm to the place.
If you have discovered the district of the Palais Royal, so close to the Opéra Cadet that it can be explored by foot, you’ll probably already know that it holds one of the most legendary institutions of Paris: the Comédie Française. One of the eldest theatres of the world will welcome you in October for a leading show: Dom Juan by Molière.
During the day, you’ll be visiting its small streets for its tasty restaurants and trendy shopping addresses. Under the archways of the Palais Royal, along the Rue Saint Honoré or on the Place des Victoires - Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Marc Jacobs, Stella Mc Cartney…
Your theatre nights. But when the evening falls, it’s rather the Comédie Française that attracts the eye. Since 1680, and following Molière and its troupe, the most famous artists and directors have become its members. In October, you’ll find Dom Juan by Molière, directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent.
Sometimes, she shot with a rifle on paintings and she made sensational feminist declarations. That is what Niki de Saint Phalle was like. This great figure of modern art (1930-2002) is celebrated in Paris today, thanks to a splendid exhibition at the Grand Palais. A must-see event during your stay at the Opéra Cadet. From September 17.
Yes, it is true we remember her for her provocations, her wild happenings and daring performances. But also for her famous « nanas » (dolls) and her rich, colourful and multicultural artistic world.
What a doll! Along her hundreds of eclectic works as a painter, assembler, sculptor, engraver and filmmaker, you’ll also discover this original artist by the less known sides of her work. From the « New Realism » to the Pop Art, you’ll cross the entire history of the 20th century avant-gardes! http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/niki-de-saint-phalle
The one loved women, the other loved men. Still both loved the plastic of bodies. The two artistic visions of Rodin, the sculptor and Mapplethorpe, the photographer are meeting at the Musée Rodin in Paris until September 21. A true journey to the Land of Beauty during your stay at the Opéra Cadet.
In this artistic and erotic face to face of the works of Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin there is a bit of dancing, duel and dialogue. And even if their works took them to different directions, they show a common road: the one that leads to beauty.
Direction: the body. Your journey to the land of body esthetics will take place in the middle of 100 fabulous pictures signed by the American photographer and 50 magnificent sculptures of the author of the “Thinker”. The two esthetical searches put in perspective are captivating! www.musee-rodin.fr/fr/exposition/exposition/mapplethorpe-rodin
The summer in Paris is the ideal season to visit the markets installed along the beautiful avenues and squares of Paris. To discover delicious vegetables and fruits of the regions of France, of course, but also to find products from all over the world, explore the Parisian markets during your summer stay at the Opéra Cadet!
The city counts 82 markets offering a colourful world full of savours and funny traditions. For instance on the market of Aligre (12th district, metro Ledru Rollin) where a mocker can be heard (except for Mondays) between the beautiful stalls of fruit and vegetables as well as the flea market.
Exotic, authentic. You can also visit the Marché des Enfants Rouges (Market of Red Children) which is the eldest market of Paris. Since 1615, its stalls are set in a festive and open-air café atmosphere. Every morning, the colourful stalls will present you products from all over the world...Metro: Filles du calvaire/ Every day except for Mondays on 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris.
You would almost think you'd be in Patagonia, in the Sahel or in Sudan. But you are staying at the Hotel Opéra Cadet, at the heart of Paris! You'll be meeting with Adeline, but she is not just a normal Parisian. She's a girafe. And with her thousands of furred, feathered or scaled friends, she will welcome you this summer at the new Zoo of Paris, in Vincennes.
You'll be at about ten minutes by metro from your hotel. This is where Adeline is waiting for you. Of course, you'll be meeting this long necked Parisian, but that's not all.
Feathers and fur! Lions, pumas, rhinoceros, sea lions… In the five « biozones », you'll explore the diversity of the world of animals and you'll be made aware of the relationships between man and nature. In the shade of this jungle, in the sand and the rocky ground of this desert zone, you'll find a true exploration of the animal reign in Paris! http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr
We all know Paris for its « Champs », and preferably the Champs Élysées. It is obviously a must to discover the world's most beautiful avenue, not far from your hotel, the Opéra Cadet. July 14 is the ideal day to visit the Champs…To see Paris as you have never seen it before.
Look in the distance of the world's most beautiful avenue, and see the big parade of the National Holiday! Do not miss this terrestrial and celestial show with acrobatics of the Patrouille de France and the fabulous fireworks above the Eiffel Tower!
From the Champs (Élysées) to the fields. But if you're in Paris in July, why not be charmed by the nature it hides? Nature? Yes, visit the natural garden, a unique place where you'll find poppies, ferns, wormwood and trees that were never cut! On 6 300m², the summer plays around in all liberty! http://www.mairie20.paris.fr/mairie20/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page_id=870
Even though the summer starts on June 21, it really only settles during the bright days of July and August, when all Paris calms down. If your stay at the Opéra Cadet is planned during the high season, why not explore the city with your head in the wind and your hands on the handlebar? Experience the summer on a Vélib'!
For their 7th anniversary, some 24 000 Vélibs bicycles can be counted, available for you and for all your journeys in Paris. Divided over more than 1700 stations, the Vélibs will await you for an ecological and economical journey, that doesn't contribute to traffic jams. Obviously, you need to watch out for the cars...but...
Paris by cycle path. An ever increasing number of cycle paths invites you to quickly and safely cycle to the main and cult sites of the capital. The Parisian « cycle map » has even reached the aim of 700 km of cycle paths! For subscriptions, click here: http://www.velib.paris.fr/
Putting on tights, wearing a cape with your initials, a masque… A couple of things that seem difficult to realise at work… Except for the superheroes and supervillians of the Marvel Comics made in America. A Parisian exhibition pays tribute to the art of illustrating the powers of Hulk, Spider-Man and other Silver Surfers. To be visited at the musée des Arts Ludiques until August 31.
During your stay at the Opéra Cadet, you can meet with (graphical) icons! They’ve come from far away during your childhood and highlight the creative originality of major Marvel authors like Stan Lee, Joe Simon, Don Heck or Neal Adams…
Get into my comic book! It mustn’t have been easy to invent a way to illustrate the super powers of Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man etc. Along the 300 odd original drawing boards from the mythical publications, the Great Art of Marvel Superheroes shows a complete aesthetical collection at the service of a very original fiction! http://artludique.com/marvel.html