Friday, 5 December 2014

Paris is always a good idea

Short break from foggy London to Christmassy Paris. As soon as you are approaching Les Champs Elysees from L'Ark de Triumph you notice beautiful flashing decorations on both sides and a lightened Ferris wheel at the bottom of Les Champs. White christmas chalets along the both sides run from Avenue Montaigne and Avenue Matignon towards Place de la Concord.
Christmas decorations on Les Champs Elysees
The prizes for the best decorations in the area go to Plaza Athenee and George V.
Plaza Athenee
It's this time of the year when jet set heads to Art Basel Miami to put a tan before Christmas and look at Art at the Convention centre. But do you really need to go across the pond for the art? The answer is No. Simply come to Paris this December to enjoy the culture in full.

Art: Three major exhibitions in George Pompidou Centre are taking place at the moment.
Robert Delaunay at the museum level includes a tapestry of his famous Rhythm n1.
Robert Delaunay Rhythm n1 

You go up one level to find another two amazingly put together exhibitions by Jeff Koons and Marcel
Duchamp. Curators have done a great job, gathering exhibition pieces together.
Jeff Koons Giraffe
Marcel Duchamp LHOOQ
Recently open Louis Vuitton Foundation worths a full day visit. A cosmic building next to Bois de Boulogne by Frank Gehry is simply breathtaking. You enter the building you find yourself inside a spaceship. No exhibitions are running at the moment, but the architecture itself is better than any exhibition.
Louis Vuitton Foundation
And of course you can't miss opera and ballet. The usual December edition of Casse Noisette (Nutcracker) is in Opera Bastille. But the ballet not to miss is definitely La Source (The Spring) by Jean-Guillame Bart with incredible Christian Lacroix costumes at Opera Garnier. Totally must see!
La Source Costumes by Christian Lacroix
Don't miss the ceiling by Marc Chagall in the Opera
Opera Garnier Cieling by Marc Chagall
And of course, what is Paris without its delicious restaurants. Have dinner like a tourist at Le Jules Vernes in La Tour Eiffel to enjoy the views of night Paris.
View on Trocadero from le Jules Vernes
And for food our choice again and again is L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon.
Burger with fois gras in L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon