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Paris – Hôtel Joséphine

Ah Paris…! Usually said with a sigh and dreamy eyes. You may have been there a hundred times but the classics always come back to mind. Pigalle, the Moulin Rouge, the cheerfulness of Montmartre, philosophical conversations against a zinc, the land of artists… A feeling of bohème and freedom, far from the blinding lights of the Champs Elysées but also more real, closer to the people, to an extraordinary village feeling. To enjoy this atmosphere one step further, why not stay at the Hotel Joséphine, inspired by the iconic Joséphine Baker and the années folles era.

In the rooms, it is all about colour. Look at that elegant wallpaper taking a cabaret take, so vibrant. Modern retro telephone, here and there a 70ies touch with bright yellow. Even the cupboard gets rounder, like a dressing screen. I almost expected a feather boa in it. On the walls, photos of another Paris, some sweet, some with this little crazy touch that makes you fall in love with the city, the black and white charm coming alive again the more extravagant colours. There really is a fantastic work on patterns, giving the space a boudoir feeling. Under the alcove is a coffee machine – it is so nice to sit against the window, the steam curling towards the Parisian sky. The bathroom offers a gorgeous bath, the kind you want to fill with bubbles. The kind that makes you feel like being sexy. Pour être la plus belle pour aller danser as the French say!

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The lounge also gives this suspended in time feeling. The windows are bleu and yellow tinted, the rooms plays with design vintage. The sofa has a superb chintz pattern but with a velvet touch and dye effect (and come on, you just want to dramatically faint on it,it is SO inviting, movie material!). Vinyls bloom on the wall, the old-fashioned lampshades have been recolorised. Instinctively, you will caress the many shelves of books, pick one, sit down, forget everything. Wifi is free throughout the building but there also is a hidden from view computer space.

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Breakfast is served in the basement – two beautifully arched rooms, matching the honey colour of the original stone with sunshine filled fabric. Indulge in the buffet: pastries, bread, hot savoury dishes, charcuterie, cheese, yogurt, fruit salad… I preferred a simple cup of coffee and butter croissant, sitting comfortably against a mountain of design cushions, leafing through the Quiet Paris guide and dreaming of the day ahead…

The decoration of the Hôtel Joséphine was created by the amazing Julie Gauthron.

Hôtel Joséphine
67 rue Blanche
75009 Paris

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Ideas for a week-end in London: June 10-12, 2011

This week-end will be a nice party with a long-time-no-see-but-never-forgot-you friend.
And so, there will be a shower of anecdotes from the good old times, a flow of pints in atmospheric pubs, walks till the end of the night. With or without umbrella, take your bets.
In a nutshell: make new memories.

For inspiration, we’ll choose a few of those:

* On Thursday, take your little artists to Covent Garden – they will have the opportunity to build an art structure with Louis Vuitton.

* Burlesque class anyone? I have always wanted to try…

* A gourmet pop-up on Southbank will serve very poetic food – rush there.

* Or would you rather go for a barbecue van?

* Dancing time at the Tate Modern.

* How about a free jazz concert in the V&A garden to start the week-end?

* Beware, naked cyclists on the go on Saturday. Litterally.

* Keep your eyes open -  yarnbombing is on the programme!

* Dare. Try this fish-therapy, you have been dying to.

* Discover London secret gardens and squares -  a beautiful opportunity to push usually closed gates.

* Brunch time! Our favourite is Dishoom, for its exotic touch.

* Street art tour? Yes, but on a bike.

* Londonus Dinosaurus.

* Circus and Cabaret united? Click this way to know more about this festival.

* Red, white or rosé? Fill your own bottle!

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