Some news from France VII

Ok so the bug is on, blogging is catchy. Here I am long lunch guys are out in meetings so, fire away new stuff. Just to show not all is old around here, something are cropping up new all over, Paris is forever, not to mention France ::)

La Gaité Lyrique, close for a long time is due to reopen March 2 2011. Built in 1861 this theater has seen its glory days gone before now been brought back alive. It is to be  a center of research ,studios, and concert halls (70-750 pers capacity), boutique, café. The place will be flexible as the walls will be the screens! 3 bis rue Papin, 75003, webpage

The Pinacothéque will have expanded space (3000 sq meters) and new stuff by January 26 opening. It has about 60 works of arts presented to the public for the first time . Collections from the Esterhazy family on loan from the museum of Budapest, work from the Romanovs tzars of Russia coming from the Ermitage, and the L’Or des Incas or the gold from the Incas . 28 place de la Madeleine, 75008. webpage

The musée de Luxembourg ,closed for 6 months and now reopens again on February 9 with an exhibition of German painter Lucas Cranach.  19 rue de Vaugirard, 75007. webpage

previously mentioned on Some news from France V, the musée de la Grand Guerre at Meaux is opening November 2011. The site is a rememberance to WWI and with emphasis on the battle of the Marne. More than 50 000 uniforms, objects, paintings, documents and weapons will be permanently exhibit. Route de Vareddes, departamentale road 405. webpage

The Club David Lynch, a very seclusive and private club Paris Social Club, will open by April 2011.  All concentrated around culture it will be by invitation with a member card.  The place will have a cinema MK2, library, arts gallery, and a large programming scheme of events with world renown arts. 142 rue Montmartre, 75002.webpage

Théatre de Trianon, a fantastic place inspired by Julien Labrousse, Abel Nahmias with a showroom of concerts with a small restaurant.Opening March 2011. 80, boulevard de Rochechouart ,75018.  webpage

The restaurant inside the Opéra Garnier is soon to finally see its day. As the site is a historical monument many arrangement had to be made to do so, but it seems that now by spring 2011 it will see the light .Many chefs are going for it, notably Alain Senderens. 8 rue de Scribe, 75009. webpage

In the process of renovation around quai de Conti, the Hôtel de la Monnaie,is going to have under chef Guy Savoy a new beginning . He will transfer to the hotel his restaurant of rue Troyon, and will open a metal cafe in the ground floor as well. opening expected for the Fall of 2011.  11 quai de Conti, 75006.webpage

Around Porte de Lilas, the Ciné Lilas will open by end of 2011. It will have 7 theaters of arts and essais . Rumors that it will ,also, have a créperie with new ingredients that cause no odor, smell and no noise to eat on site.  Place du Marquis du Vercors, 75020.webpage of the mayor’s office of the 20th arrondissement de Paris, (French)

Some stores of name will rise up by the chic Champs-Elysées Paris 8éme arrondissement notably the likes of Le Royal Eclaireur, 39 avenue Hoche. rendevous of Fashion Week, starts early March with the arts, fashion and design. webpage

And finally what many were expecting Abercrombie & Fitch will come in the old building of the Thai airlines at 23 avenue des Champs-Elysées. Making it the principal store for the marque and its European HQ. Opening expected late April early May 2011. not on webpage yet ::) webpage 

Banana Republic has also chosen the avenue to come on board, expected before end of 2011. By the current Adidas store on the avenue, nearby (22 ave C-E). not on webpage yet ::)  webpage

Levi’s will be here too by the old Planet Hollywood building at 76 avenue des Champs-Elysées. Opening for this year is uncertain as work has not begun, but its expected, so follow it up ok. Its coming to the AVENUE. webpage

New hotels like the Hotel Hi Matic, rue de Charonne, Bastille area, will be the new ecolo-techno place to stay in Paris with 42 rooms ,expected by March 2011. webpage

Mandarin Oriental will have its first hotel in France by next summer 2011. 247 rue Saint-Honoré, close to the Ritz and Costes. Expect to pay about 800€  per night, Paris is worth it. The hotel will have  138 rooms and suites ,a pool of 15 meters long ( 49.50 ft), and two restaurants, one a gastronomic one with 45 tables by chef  Thierry Marx,and a counter Asian style  Le Camelia where goodies from  Thaïland, China,  and Japan. In addition to a Champagne bar and cake shop where the pastries can be tasted on site or take home. webpage

W  Paris Opéra hotel, the chic brand from Starwood will come to the Opéra area by end of 2011. by rue Meyerbeer, 75009 .The ground floor and  mezzanine will have view over the Opéra Garnier and the lobby will be like a real living room where evenings will be celebrated. The service conciergerie promise to be a « whatever, whenever », worthy of the palace hotels. The decoration will be done by  Rockwell (with Diego Gronda as head of the team of designers)  ambiance « show off »will be the rigour. webpage

There you have it all the latest from Paris1972 and the French media Le Figaro. Hope you enjoy it. See you in heavens , I mean see you in Paris/Versailles soon.

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