Earlier this month we embarked on an art themed Parisian adventure in partnership with La Compagine Boutique Airline and Le Royal Monceau hotel where we got to experience the first flying art gallery by Brooklyn based artist, Kevin Lyons!
The concept was just as innovative as La Compagnie itself, a boutique and affordable all-business class airline offering one main route from Paris to Newark and back again. At times, the cost is just about as equal to economy flights to Europe on major airlines but with way more perks such as lounge access, a swift check in and boarding process (total boarding time took about 15 minutes since there were as little as 70 people on board), comfortable lay down seats, friendly service and excellent French cuisine.
Additionally, La Compagnie is always thinking of unique ways to keep their guests entertained. This time around, in the collaboration with Kevin Lyons where he was be onboard to meet and greet passengers. He also signed the drawings that were offered in a magazine that featured the sketches on the windows! It’s safe to say that time went by fast.
We checked into the uber chic Le Royal Monceau which has to be one of the most unique hotels we’ve experienced in Paris. Built in 1928, the hotel underwent complete renovation in 2010 with the help of legendary Philippe Starck, making every inch of the hotel a work of art.
Ideally located down the street from le Arc de Triomphe, the hotel offers a gorgeous Clarins spa, a 1 Michelin star restaurant, Il Carpaccio, a sushi restaurant, Matsuhisa by Chef Nobu, a cinema room, bar, smoke lounge, an art gallery with a private art concierge and a gorgeous book store. With all of these unique spaces, you won’t want to leave the hotel!
This suite was like sleeping in an art gallery. The whole set up of the room is unique with the bed in the middle, dual hidden tvs behind the mirrors and a bathroom covered from top to bottom with mirrors, straight out where dreams are made of.
Le Royal Monceau is also the first hotel to offer specialized art concierge services led by art guru, Julie Eugene. Every week, the art concierge prepares a special schedule of various art events especially for guests staying at the hotel. And if you don’t feel like going far, you can enjoy an art tour of the hotel itself with the art concierge as it has its own art gallery featuring various exhibits. We got to see their recent photography exhibit, “Icons”.
Our art filled trip began with a private tour of the Grand Palais with Julie to enjoy the “Jardins” Exhibit which was equally inspiring and beautiful.
Art galleries not to miss in Paris:
The museum was open to the public in 2014 and the building itself is art. Stunning staircases and gorgeous views of the Marais district are seen from every window. “Olga Picasso’ was the exhibition we toured and it was simply beautiful. The love was felt between the two through every painting, drawing and photograph.
My favorite exhibit was The Wrinkles of the City: Istanbul by artist JR. It was incredibly moving to see such massive portrait photographs in person and to observe all of the details in each.
Thaddaeus Ropac gallery in Pantin
This is a very special gallery located in the outskirts of the city allowing for more grounds for the sprawling space. I was especially inspired by the light filled rooms which shining on the beautiful artwork.
Zimoun at Le Centquatre
I absolutely LOVED this place. I felt like I had just walked into the movie ____with all of the urban artists flouriing in this creative environment where they could spend hours on end perfecting their craft.
Private visit of the studio of French artist Baptiste Debombourg
We had the opportunity to visit the studio of French artist, Baptiste Debombourg who creates various impressive works such as this piece made entirely of staples. I highly recommend googling him to check out his many other mind blowing masterpieces, some of which are massive sculptures made of glass. An impressive artist with a heart for humanity, I can definitely appreciate that.
Xippas in the Marais
Lunch / Drinks:
- Les Cocottes located in the Sofitel Arc de Triomphe by Chef Christian Constant.
- Clover Grill this restaurant quickly became one of my favorite restaurants in Paris with its cozy yet interior, perfect for drinks and dinner with friends or even a date, incredible meats and their Provence lavender cocktail was delicious.
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