Ice skating is one of the most popular activities in the winter months and Parisians are spoilt for choice when searching for the perfect ice rink. The city knows how to create impressive winter wonderlands that spark the imagination and get everyone in the holiday spirit. So where should you go with family and friends for Christmas 2019?
Famous for presenting major exhibitions, the Louvre Museum sets the bar even higher this year with a breathtakingly ambitious exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Take advantage of your stay at the Hotel de la Motte Picquet to discover this Renaissance genius and supremely accomplished artist who also mastered many other fields of interest.
Paris likes to think that it has all of the best art collections in the world. It certainly has many of the best galleries and old masters to choose from and regular shows that wow audiences. However, it can’t lay claim to everything and often has to simply borrow high-end collections.
There are some names in the world of modern art and design that are at risk of being forgotten if we don’t take the time to study their work. The most extreme and influential voices don’t always come from the performance artists in the streets or the fine artists in galleries. Sometimes they are women like Charlotte Perriand that articulate ideas through interior design and architecture. This winter, the Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton is housing a series of her greatest work, including the Ideal Apartment she created back in the 1920s.
In the Faubourg Saint-Germain, not far from our Hotel de la Motte-Picquet, the Bon Marché department store offers the opportunity for a thoroughly delightful shopping session. This renowned store boasts all the culture and authenticity that is synonymous with the Left Bank. Discover this historic brand that has left a profound impression on the world since being complete revamped by the entrepreneur Aristide Boucicaut and his wife in 1852.
Yann Arthus Bertrand is one of the leading environmental photographers of the last century. His work takes viewers on a journey through the natural world with stunning landscapes and aerial shots. This summer, Paris is treated to a retrospective show on the rooftop of the Grande Arche that takes viewers through 50 years of his work.