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Carambolages : take the kids

Fun exhibition at the Grand Palais, great for all the family.

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The Picasso sculptures have arrived

Picasso sculptures. Following on from the successful exhibition in NY, this exhibition runs until end August 2016.

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For fans of Marie-Antoinette – a new ‘ticket’

For those who have ‘done’ the Château de Versailles, this new ‘Pass Marie-Antoinette’ enables you to visit 4 other monuments that also have a strong connection to the life and death of the young queen. Le Chateau de Rambouillet is an impressive royal residence Louis XVI bought for her. Later she was imprisoned and held for several months in the Conciergerie up to the time of her execution. La Chapelle Expiatoire was dedicated to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and was built on part of the Madeleine cemetery where most of the bodies of those executed in the Revolution were buried in a mass grave. However, Marie-Antoinette’s body was moved to the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint Denis, a gothic masterpiece and final resting place of all bar 3 of the French kings and queens, in 1815.   Ask for the ‘Pass’ when you buy a full price entrance ticket at any of the 4 monuments. The entrance price to the other 3 is reduced by at least 20%. The Pass lasts 2 years, you can take your time !   Look forward to seeing you.  BOOK HERE… Want to read what previous guests have said ?  CLICK HERE.

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Name Change to 52 Clichy

52 Clichy had a name change from B&B Wonderful to 52 Clichy in 2013.   Unfortunately in the Frommers Guide 2013 for Paris printed the old name in their 2013 guide “Paris Day by Day – 23 smart ways to see the city”.  You can still tell from the description it is us, 52 Clichy, under its old Facebook page name, B&B Wonderful.   “Try B&B Wonderful, 52 rue de Clichy 9th from €115, a fabulous B&B for two, with a separate flat that sleeps four people.  breakfast is copious; the balcony views over Paris’s steely rooftops picturesque; and the welcome, by expat owner Rosemary, perfect.  She can even give you a makeover (prices on request), as she’s an image consultant by trade.”   The Frommers guide ‘Paris Day by Day’ 2014 cited only one B&B in their whole book.  Me!   Alastair Sawday’s is also cited, a wonderful, highly reputed and award-winning website who take the time to verify every person / listing accepted on to their site (you can’t pay to go on).  Check them out not only for France but the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Want to read what else people have been saying about […]

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A MUST DO before it ends – Picasso.mania

Dont’t miss this Must Do : Picasso.mania. Picasso’s works have had a profound impact on contemporary art. This exhibitions presents some of his most emblematic works taken from the Picasso museum, the National Museum of Modern Art and from the artist’s family collection. It sets them alongside contemporary creations, grouped by artist; Hockney, Warhol or Basquiat etc, or by theme; still life, Cubism…   The works are presented in a way reminiscent of his own studio arrangements and include not just paintings but a variety of other media such as video, sculpture, photography and installation art. Picasso.mania is showing at the  Grand Palais until February 29th. Tickets still available. Come and stay at 52 Clichy. BOOK HERE. Want to hear what previous guests have said about 52 Clichy ?  CLICK HERE.

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Review of 52 Clichy Apartment 1 year ago today

  A wonderful review of 52 Clichy from my business guests from Thailand who visit regularly, at least twice each Winter.   You can find it on Trip Advisor and below : “Ultimate Comfort with kind help” Left on Feb 18, 2015 for a stay in Jan 2015 It was my second time staying here for my business trip. This time, I stayed with one of my colleague for a week. We prefer to stay in apartment rather than hotel because of the space. I personally need lots of space to packing all my stuff. We love staying here, since the room is very clean, tidy and bed is very comfortable. Moreover, it is very near metro stations where we could go to work very easily. Some nights we cooked our own dinner and here has all we need for cooking. We just have to buy the ingredients. That’s it. In addition, I love to stay here because it is less than 10 mins walk to Gallery Lafayette. The most important point is the owner is very kind and helpful. Compared to the 4 star hotel in Opera Area I stayed last time, I prefer it here. I will definitely come […]

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All change at the Catacombs – no 2hr wait !

For years I have wanted to visit the Catacombs as it is a huge tourist attraction. It is the ossuary of Paris which, from 1786, has held the uprooted skeletons of 6 million Parisians, some up to 900 years old, moved from over-flowing cemeteries into a small part of the 186 miles of tunnels created by limestone mining for the stone to build Paris. Descend the 19 metre spiral staircase (130 steps) walking for about 45 minutes / 1½ miles with 200 other people, 12 at a time, through the cavernous chambers displaying the carefully arranged bones.  What has stopped me going ? Lovely guests queued for an hour last week and in Summer it is more like 2-3 hrs with no cloakroom / toilet facilities.     But that has all changed! There is now a Catacombs ‘jump the queue’ ticket costing €27 including an audioguide which you book online. It is not part of the Paris Museum Pass package. Book early, or ask me to do it for you.  I tried to book in 10 days time at 5pm and there were only 17 places left. If not, you have 2 other choices : Queue for an ordinary ticket for €15 including […]

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