Jun 30, 2009

Chanel fashion show in Grand Palais

Grand Palais

When I prepared myself to go to Chanel fashion show. My friend called me that she couldn’t go to that fashion show. So I went alone, and wondering what’s new of the Chanel. Chanel anually hosts many fashion shows in Grand Palais. Karl Lagerfeld, designer for Chanel, has been inspired by the enormous potential of the Grand Palais since 2006. Yet, the building's appeal goes back much further: "I first discovered the Grand Palais when I was a child, at a Car Show! However one of my fondest memories dates from the end of the nineteen sixties, when I attended a Maurice Béjart ballet in this amazing venue", explains Lagerfeld. Many famous artists, singer attended the fashion show.

The Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks thanks to its magnificent glass-domed roof. Built for Paris Exhibition of 1900. The main facade was the work of Henri Deglane, the opposite side the work of Albert-Félix Théophile Thomas, the interior and the other two ends given to Albert Louvet, with the entire job supervised by Charles Girault. Located at 1, Avenue Géneral Eisenhower 75008 PARIS (standart administration).

The Grand Palais is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world, a title once held by London’s Crystal Palace, which was lost in a fire. This palace with the Belle Epoque-style pinnacle boasts 9,400 tons of steel framework, 15,000 sq. meter (162,000 sq ft) of glass, and about 5,000 square meter (5,400 sq ft) of galvanized iron/zinc roofing. The exterior is made of Georges Recipon's galloping horses stone and features beautiful colored mosaics and intricately sculpted friezes.

There are actually three different areas in the Grand Palais, each with a different entrance: the Palais de la Découverte (a science museum) is at the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, the Galeries National du Grand Palais (an exposition hall) has an entrance at the Clémenceau Square and the entrance to the Nef du Grand Palais (an event hall) is at the Avenue Winston Churchill (opposite the Petit Palais).

After one of the Grand Palais’ glass ceiling tiles fell in 1993, the building was closed for more than a decade for renovations. The first portion reopened in 2004, the remainder in 2007. Renovations included repair of the metal framework, replacement of the glass, and the repairing and recovering of the roof. Some of the Grand Palais’ artwork also got a facelift, including Georges Recipon’s galloping horse sculptures at the top of the building's corners

The main gallery is now a designated site for displaying contemporary art, you’ll see everything here from antique car shows to fashion extravaganzas for some of Paris’s top designers, including Dior, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent.

What an incredible palais!

Station on Paris metro: Invalides , Champs Élysées Clémenceau

Jun 27, 2009

Palais de l’Élysée is a residence of French president and the symbol of the supreme authority in France. When I passed the palais, my Prada bags's broken. All of the things in my bag fell down. I picked them directly and moved them into my plastic bag. I put my broken prada bag into the bin. Suddenly, the house’s security, came to me and checked my plastic bag and my broken prada. I was surprised, I convinced them that my Prada bag’s broken. What a surprise!

Built in 1718, the main building is a two story classical stone architecture of european style. There are 369 halls and rooms of different size, has an area of 11,000 sqm. The Palais de l’Élysée was at first a private residence of the Compte d'Evreau, hence it was called Hotel d' Evreau. Napoleon III moved here in 1848 and the house became a Royal Palace when he proclaimed himself as emperor. The Third French Republic issued a decree in 1873, designating officially the Palais de l’Élysée as the residence of president of the French Republic. Starting from 1989, the Palais de l’Élysée is open to the public every year in September on the French Castles Day.

Jun 26, 2009

The famous luxury boutiques at Avenue Montaigne:

2, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

COUTURE : 2, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris
HOMME, FEMME, ACCESSORIES, MAROQUINERIE : 18, Avenue montaigne, 75008 paris

3, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

10, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

17, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

22, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

22, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

29, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

COUTURE : 30, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris
BABY DIOR (ENFANT): 26, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris
BABY DIOR (NAISSANCE): 28, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

36, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

36, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

39, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

42, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

44, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

45, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

49, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

52, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

54, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

57, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

60, Avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

1, rond-point des Champs Élysées 75008, Paris

4, rond-point des Champs Élysées 75008, Paris

Jun 25, 2009

I was in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. It located at 15, avenue Montaigne, 8 th arrondissement. Founded by journalist and impresario Gabriel Astruc. Built to provide a venue siutable for contemporary music making, opera and dance.

It houses an important concert season. It is home to two orchestras: the Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Lamoureux, as well as the French base of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

I really wanted to listen the Orchestre National de France. My friends said that I had to try and enjoy it. So why I was there. The price for main stage was very expensive. But it’s ok, I could really enjoy and flow to the orchestra.

Jun 23, 2009

Harry Winston at 29, Avenue Montaigne 75008

Dior at 30,Avenue Montaigne 75008

Avenue Montaigne, a street in the 8 th arrondissement of Paris, always my favourite avenue in Paris. Avenue Montaigne begins from 7, Place de l’Alma to 3, rond- point des Champs Élysées, with the length 615 m, width 33 m.

There are many stores of the most famous luxury brands in high fashion such as Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro, Nina Ricci, Celine, Louis Vuitton, St Dupont, Bulgari, Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix, Thierry Muggler, Prada, Gucci, Harry Winston, etc. There is Plaza Athénée hotel in this avenue. Every single things are luxury. Please don’t ask the price!

Avenue Montaigne was called the allée des Veuves (widows' alley) because women in mourning gathered there, the street has changed since those days of the early 18th century. The current name comes from Michel de Montaigne, a writer of the French Renaissance.

I used to go to Avenue Montaigne, to know the trends of the fashion. It helps me to find the theme of my portfolio design. I found that I really fell in love to the shoes design of Christian Lacroix. Christian Dior’s my favourite destination too, wondering the latest designs of John Galliano, makes me always admire Dior collection. Also Thierry Muggler inspired me to learn the shape of body, how to create our own body sculpture.I used to spend a half day to spend in Avenue Montaigne.

How luxury life style!

Jun 19, 2009

I and my friend went to Le Fouquet's. She used to lunch in Le Fouquet's. She wanted me to try and taste her favourite menu. The more interesting thing for me, I could meet the famous french actors and actress in Le Fouquet's. Can you imagine they sit near you?

Le Fouquet's is located at 99, Avenue Champs-Élysées. It's francaise cuisine. The food was great, and the service was helpful and informative. Our server recommended a great bottle of wine for us. We lunched outside so that we could people watch at the same time and savour our day in this beautiful city.

The desserts are amazing!

Jun 16, 2009

Inside, at the top of the 234 steps, the sources that inspired the monument are presented on giant screens, as is the history of its construction. The sculptures and friezes, which are hard to see from the ground, can be admired in detail.

Arc de Triomphe from Avenue Champs-Élysées

Jun 13, 2009

When I was at the Arc de Triomphe which stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, I was looking at the inside and the top of the arc. I was wondering how many names of generals and wars fought. This monument honors those who fought for France particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. The underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. How the France appreciates them!

Designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The monument stands 49.5 m in height, 45 m wide, and 22 deep. The sculpture representing Peace (interpreted as commemorating the Peace of 1815)

Pedestrian access to the Arc de Triomphe is via an underpass. The Arc has one lift (elevator), to the level underneath the exterior observation level. Visitors can climb 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc or take the lift and walk up 46 steps. From the top there are spectacular views of Paris. Looking eastwards, down the Champs Elysées, toward the Louvre, there is the Place de la Concorde,, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. In the opposite direction - westwards - in the distance is its larger and newer, La Grande Arche de la Défense.

Station on Paris metro : Charles de Gaulle Etoile

My husband was in GAUMONT MARIGNAN Champs-Élysées

MY mom, me, my husband were eating ice creams in Haagen-Dazs Champs-Élysées

Jun 8, 2009

I went to Avenue des Champs-Élysées, I used to buy Ben&Jerry ice ream and Virgin Megastore to buy some cd of Garou, Mylene Farmer, and Héléne Segara.

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is known in France as La plus belle avenue du monde (The most beautiful avenue in the world). The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in 8 th arrondissement, runs for 2 km(1.25 miles, streched from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with obelisk of Luxor, to the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west (Arc de Triomphe).

It’s most famous street in the world, with rents as high as USD 1.5 million per 1.000 square feet (92.9 square metres) and the most expensive strip of real estate in Europe. There are many cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and stunning trees in this avenue. Like Adidas, beneton, nike , Zara, disney store, Louis Vuitton, office du tourisme de Paris, Renault, etc.
It’s very lovely in the night especially when christmas comes. Even more for the new year, many tourists and parisians come to this avenue. It’s very crowded.

Station on Paris metro: Champs-Élysées Clemenceau

Jun 4, 2009

Hard Rock Café Paris, located at 14, Boulevard Montmartre It’s near my school ESMOD. This place is for hard rock lovers. With 21 screen featuring rock videos and the perfect sound system complementing it, Hard Rock Café Paris is a popular choice among ardent rock fans.

Real American restaurant, with the big size meal,
I tried starter of classic chicken wings (three levels of spicy heat), main course of Pig Sandwich with barbecue sauce, baked beans, coleslaw and fries, and pudding of apple cobbler.

Like the others collectors, I bought several souvenirs for my family like glasses, hat, t-shirt, matches, keys,etc.

Station on Paris metro : Grands Boulevards