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THE RED PAGODA IN THE 8TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Would you think you could find yourself facing a Chinese pagoda in the heart of Paris? In the 8th arrondissement, it’s possible!
The House of Loo, nicknamed the “Red Pagoda”, is now a private museum of Asian art located at Gérard-Oury square, retaining thousands of books, exhibition catalogs, 3,000 original photos and many rare objects.

It can be reached in 15-20 minutes walking from the hotel Cordelia. This Chinese pagoda-shaped building surprises people passing by with its atypical style.

The building, wanted by merchant and collector of Asian art, Ching Tsai Loo, is listed as a historical monument.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (PART 2)

A few years later, machinists and dancers begin to talk about GHOSTS in the basements and behind the scenes of the palace.

In 1896, during a performance, a chandelier falls, striking a spectator who was killed on the spot. It looks like she was sitting in place n.13 …

Shortly after, a machinist was found hanged in the underground of the Opera. One might believe in suicide, but there was no rope.
And more spooky than that, a young soprano tells that at night, a melodious voice calls him. Her nickname was “The Angel of Music” and she claimed to have seen it several times in her dressing room, describing it as a man with a face hidden by a mask, wearing a black cape. Moreover it would be the n.5 box, still visible, which was always reserved by the same individual, who demanded that he is given 20,000 francs every month, threatening to cause other accidents during the shows .

These legends inspired Gaston Leroux to create his novel “The Phantom of the Opera”, released in 1910, and Andrew Lloyd Webber with his musical “The Phantom of the Opera”.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA(PART1)

The Opera Garnier, reachable in about ten minutes by foot from our hotel Cordelia, is not only known by its elegant architecture, but also for the legend of its ghost, which made it famous to the whole world. But where does the origin of this story come from?
It all began on October 28, 1873: during a fire at the Conservatory on Le Peletier street, Ernest, a young pianist, managed to save himself , but had awfully burned his face. His fiancée, a ballerina of the conservatory, lost her life there. Disconsolate and disfigured, he sheltered himself in the undergrounds of the Opera Theater, then under the construction.
He remained there until his death, but his body was never found.

The mysteries, however, do not end here…

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HOTEL CORDELIA IS GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN

 

While our breakfast room starts to look like a Automn forest…

…and everything is filled with a golden light…

…witches and pumpinks are hiding!


NEW OPERA  SEASON AT THE PALAIS GARNIER

Every year, more than 800,000 spectators come to discover Paris Opera seoson. You can check it out and book your tickets by following the link:

https://www.operadeparis.fr/programmation-et-billets/saison-19-20/lieux-palais-garnier?fbclid=IwAR2sCyeTiq5WBDQwFpkyFnzgzfIRcMIyi7SRwwN3jFAlWRyTx8WLhJtYmes

 


AUTOMN COLORS ARE FILLING HOTEL CORDELIA!


EIFFEL TOWER AND THE ARTS

The “iron lady of Paris” has inspired many artists over time.

Several paintings representing it can be admired in French museums:

  • 1889 – Jean Beraud: “Entrance of the Universal Exhibition” (Musée Carnavalet in Paris).
  • 1910/1912 – Robert Delaunay: “The City of Paris” (MNAM – Center G. Pompidou in Paris).
  • 1926 – Romaine Brooks: “Jean Cocteau” (MNAM – G. Pompidou Center in Paris).
  • 1954 – Nicolas de Staël: “The Eiffel Tower” – Troyes Museum.

 

It has also been a source of inspiration in the world of music. Edith Piaf sang in front of 25,000 Parisians from the first floor of the tower. Charles Aznavour and Georges Brassens followed in 1966. The concert of tenors José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti brought together in July 1998 more than 200,000 spectators at the feet of Eiffel Tower. Johnny Hallyday broke all records in June 2000 by bringing together 600,000 spectators for a fireworks-concert.

 

photo by Boris Ulzibat  – https://www.pexels.com/photo/eiffel-tower-of-paris-1981526/ – IG: @ the_trvlr

Happy back to work!

 


A GOURMET STAY IN THE 8TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Hotel Cordelia is also an ideal place for all sweet-tooth visiting  Paris, you find three of the most famous pastry shops in the capital just a few steps away:

 

LADUREE (16-18 rue Royale, 75008 Paris)

Opened in 1862 as a bakery, it is now worldwide famous thanks to its macaroons.

During the 20th century it became one of the most prestigious tea rooms in the capital.

Ladurée represents a real eulogy of gluttony and pastry innovation. Twice a year, her pastry chefs imagine and create new desserts such as the Religieuse à la rose, the rose-raspberry Saint-Honoré or the violet cassis – Macaron.

 

FAUCHON (30 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris)

This deluxe caterer offers a wide choice of delicatessen, pastry, bakery and confectionery.

You can also have lunch on site in its cafe / restaurant.

 

CAFE POUCHKINE (16, Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris)

A delicacy for the palate and for the eyes, it is decorated in 18th century style, between Catherine II and Louis XVI.  French-Russian restaurateur Andrey Dellos offers pastry specialties halfway between Moscow and Paris.

 

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SUMMER VIBES IN HOTEL CORDELIA

For a few more weeks hotel Cordelia will be decorated with summer colours and lights.


FIVE BEST PLACES TO ADMIRE THE EIFFEL TOWER

1. THE “SHOPPING” ONE
Climb to the top floor of the Grands Magasins Printemps, just a few steps from our hotel Cordelia, where you can admire the Eiffel Tower and other monuments of the capital. Then? enjoy a shopping session!

2. THE OUTDOOR ONE
Why not organize a picnic on the Champs de Mars, at th foot of the “Iron Lady”?

3. THE VIEW FROM THE WATER
Take a bateau-mouche ride from the Pont de l’Alma and enjoy this unusual and unique view of the Eiffel Tower and many other remarkable places in Paris.

4. THE LEAST KNOWN
If the hill Montmartre is often crowded with tourists, why not opt for the Butte d’Orgemont? In addition to a magnificent view of the Tower, it is also a real “green corner” of the city.

5. THE MOST ARTISTIC
The Pompidou Center not only allows you to immerse yourself in modern and contemporary art but also to admire the Eiffel Tower!


THE ALMOST UNKNOWN EXPIATORY CHAPEL

 

Very few people have explored this monument, located in rue Pasquier, just a few steps away from our hotel Cordelia.

Built on the ground of a revolutionary mass grave dating from the Terror, this chapel was the burial place of the guillotined bodies of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in 1793, before being transferred to the Basilica of St. Denis.

It is also in their name that this chapel is built between 1815 and 1826, as an expiatory monument. The project was wanted by Louis XVIII, brother of Louis XVI and King of France under the Restoration.

The chapel is a real architectural treasure, with its sculpted vaults. The crypt is not to be missed too.

A curiosity, it is possible to book the place to celebrate weddings!


BACK SIDE – DOS A LA MODE
Musée Bourdelle : from 5th July to 19th November 2019

 

In our face-obsessed society, Back Side / Dos à la mode is an original and unexpected subject. By examining the links between the body and the garment from a social and psychological point of view, the exhibition questions the perception we have of our backs and those of others. The back reminds man of his own limits: he escapes the sight and partly to the touch. However fashion continues to adorn, load or strip. On this most flat area of ​​our body, messages and patterns unfold in all readability without ever crossing the eyes that are granted to them. From the wake of a backyard train to the load of a backpack, from the sensuality of a cleavage to the constraint of a closure, the exhibition proposes a thematic course of a hundred silhouettes and accessories from the 18th century to the present
day from Galliera’s collections.
This set is complemented by a selection of film clips and photographs.

 


OUR NEW BATHROOM AMENITIES

Pamper yourself with our new bathroom amenities, signed Hotel Cordelia.


TEA-TIME AT NINA’S MARIE ANTOINETTE

Just ten minutes walking from our Hotel Cordelia, discover the exceptional Nina’s Marie Antoinette tea room.

Since 1672, this house is the only one to propose products made from the fruits and flowers of the King’s Gardens in  Versailles. This allows to recreate the same aromas that were found at the royal court, according to Marie Antoinette’s favorite recipes.

Located in Place Vendôme, the Nina’s boutique-museum also displays historical pieces belonging to the Queen herself.


A VISIT AT THE “PARADIS D’OISEAUX” EXHIBITION

The Ecole des Arts Joailliers presents until July 13th 2019 “Paradis d’Oiseaux”, an original exhibition gathering a selection of emblematic brooches of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels.

The representation of  birds from the end of the 19th century comes from the taste of decorative naturalism touching all the arts, including the jewelry. The collection takes place just a few steps away from our Hotel Cordelia, do not miss the chance for a visit!

“Bird Paradise” – Ecole des Arts Joailliers 22 Place Vendome 75001 Paris France – https://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/contact


A DINNER IN WHITE IN PLACE DE LA CONCORDE

A glimpse of the “Diner en Blanc” last night in Place de la Concorde in Paris.

 


COME DISCOVER “JARDINS, JARDIN” AT TUILERIES GARDENS

Come discover thirty ephemeral gardens, created by landscapers.
Landscape professionals present you the range of trades and plants to realize a garden, a terrace, a balcony adapted to the climatic conditions, the urban environment, your tastes, your needs.

We visited it and we warmly suggest you not to miss this opportunity!

http://www.jardinsjardin.com/


THE EIFFEL TOWER IN NUMBERS

1. The height of the tower is 279.11 meters. It still is the highest building in France.
2. During the winter, this Parisian iron Lady shrinks by 4 to 8 cm and regains its original size when temperatures rise.
3. Every day, the restaurant of the tower “Jules Verne” attends to 2 marriage proposals on average.
4. In 2017, 250,000,000 visitors walked or climbed the stairs, making it the most visited tower in the world.


LOUVRE’S PYRAMID CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Commissioned by François Mitterrand in 1983, and designed by Sino-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, the Louvre Pyramid celebrates its 30th birthday!

Although it sparked a great deal of controversy in the beginning, it became the third most popular work of the Louvre after The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

The Louvre celebrates this anniversary throughout 2019 by offering a series of festive events, that you can consult on the official website of the museum:

https://www.louvre.fr/progtems/la-pyramide-du-louvre-fete-ses-30-ans

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FARANDOLE OF CAKES FOR BREAKFAST

In our hotel Cordelia awakenings are as sweet as our cakes, prepared and baked by “Le bar à cake”…new flavors every week!


5 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER

  1. It was supposed to be called “Tour Boenickhausen”, the real name of Gustave Eiffel, descendant of German clothiers settled in the Marais district in the early seventeenth century. But Eiffel was chosen,as it was much easier to pronounce.
  2. Between 1925 and 1934 a Citroen light ad was installed in each of four faces of the tower. The brightest announcement of its time.
  3. In 1909, before it was decided that the tower would be kept, a scammer had managed to sell it twice to scrap dealers, who had made them believe that the tower was going to be dismantled and sent to scrap.
  4. For the 85th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, an elephant from the Bouglione circus climbed the stairs up to the first floor!
  5. There are 20,000 lightbulbs that glow every day for 5 minutes at the beginning of each hour, from dusk until 1am.

The staff of the Hotel Cordelia wish you a happy 1st of may


The egg hunt is opened at the Hotel Cordélia, find them and enjoy our marvellous chocolate


Notre Dame will be built up again from its own ashes even more strong and beautiful…


EGG HUNT AT HOTEL CORDELIA

Little Bunnies become …yammy !

Do not let a single one to escape from you! Chocolate bunnies hid themselves in our lobby behind the lounges…  They are waiting for you!

The meeting point is: Hotel Cordelia , the day : 20 of April , from 11am,  but do not delay: the sun can melt them  faster than you think …!


The Eiffel Tower is invited to the Théatre des Mathurins

On the occasion of the 130 years of the Eiffel Tower, the new musical show “The tower of 300 meters” will be on display from March 21 to June 29, 2019 at the Théâtre des Mathurins.
The musical, signed Marc Deren, takes place in 1884, in the Paris of the Belle Epoque, when the government announces that the next Universal Exhibition will take place five years later, in the French capital. We relive the construction of the Tower through the stories of historical and fictional characters.
English subtitles are available for English-speaking viewers.
https://www.theatredesmathurins.com/spectacle/415/la-tour-de-300-metres-le-musical

 

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY EIFFEL TOWER 

For the Eiffel Tower’s 130th birthday there will be an adventure game and music. The birthday weekend of March 30 and 31, 2019 will be festive!

 


 

DISCOVER THE PARFUM MUSEUM WITH HOTEL CORDELIA

Set in the heart of Paris, just a few walking minutes from the Hotel Cordelia, the Musée du Parfum is a one-of-a-kind  museum, bringing to life the making of perfumes.Visitors are invited to follow the manufacturing process from raw materials to harvesting, distillation, industrialization and, of course, the creative process and work of the master “noses”.The second section of the museum features an exceptional collection of ancient bottles from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century.The entrance is free and visitors can enjoy a guided tour, too.At the end of the visit enjoy the shop, there you can you the magic ticket that will be given to you at the check-in for all two-nights or longer stays…a scented surprise is waiting for you!Musée du Parfum,  3-5 Square de l’Opéra-Louis Jouvet, 75009 Paris

 


THE RED PAGODA IN THE 8TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Would you think you could find yourself facing a Chinese pagoda in the heart of Paris? In the 8th arrondissement, it’s possible!

The House of Loo, nicknamed the “Red Pagoda”, is now a private museum of Asian art located at Gérard-Oury square, retaining thousands of books, exhibition catalogs, 3,000 original photos and many rare objects.

It can be reached in 15-20 minutes walking from the hotel Cordelia. This Chinese pagoda-shaped building surprises people passing by with its atypical style. The building, wanted by merchant and collector of Asian art, Ching Tsai Loo, is listed as a historical monument.


EASTER HAS ARRIVED IN HOTEL CORDELIA!