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Bye Bye the Ritz…(our last evening diner in Vendôme Bar)

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Paris on August 1, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday evening Edwart and me had a last dinner at the Ritz Bar Vendôme. Maybe you’ve heard that this legend- the first palace hotel ever created in 1898 by Cesar Ritz on famous Vendôme square- just closed this morning at noon, in order to be refurbished entirely during 27 months ! Yesterday evening was then the last chance for a dinner on the marvellous terrace and we took advantage to live a very ParisDeluxe&Arty moment !

      

Last delicious fraisier too, surely the best in Paris !

We wanted a souvenir album with all the marvellous people who worked there : the gifted chef, first, of Espadon Restaurant : Michel Roth, born in Lorraine as Edwart and me :

The best of the dream team : Victor (restaurant manager) on top left,  Stephane and Antoine , the best waiters, ever ! On second picture, our favorite Golden Key Concierge :  Christian.

     

Playing piano, Mr Robert Middleton,the  great Vendôme Bar managing director !

It’s sad to say goodbye to such a professional and marvellous team but let’s hope it’s a not  a farewell and  that we’ll see everyone in 27 months for the reopening !

4 DAYS IN LONDON ….

Posted in art and culture, hotels and restaurants, London, luxury, travels on January 19, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Edwart and me spent 4 days in London last week. We choose  a central hotel , 5-star: the Langham at Portland Place, close to Regent street. It’s the first luxury hotel that opened in London in 1865 but they refurbished it into a luxury design hotel, with a very nice asian spa (Chuan Spa). The people working there were ALL kind and nice, ready to answer our request and prompt to please us. The indian and thai food was amazingly good at the restaurant (the unformal one), without speaking of the Moka creme brûlée !

The bar called the Artesian is rated n°3 in the world ! We invited friends to taste and share fabulous cocktails ! My favorite : Aromatic rendez-vous with cardamome and tarragon + flowers, a real water garden in a glass ! And try Diamond life with diamond dust on mint leaves ! Tha bar is neo-Shangai style with amazing lamps.

              

We had the day after a light lunch at Selfridge’s restaurant , in a nice veranda atmosphere. Loved the design and the food was good, guess what  : we had mussels and fries !

Exclusive pictures of the Ritz bar where we had Pim’s and a plate of english cheeses. I love Rivoli Bar, I feel like beeing on an art deco cruiser, such a warm and elegant place where to rest after a whole afternoon visiting museums !  I’m crazy of their pop-corn sprayed with trufflle oil they serve with cocktails !

        

The third day we had to go to South Kensington to Christie’s, and we found a marvellous little exotic restaurant : Madsen. It’s scandinavian food ! So it’s means very healthy and tasty. I recommend the brunch on sunday.
   

We visited the exhibition of a brazilan artist, Lygia Pape (1927- 2004) at the Serpentine Gallery. 3 years ago I discovered her work at the Biennale in Venice, it opened the Arsenal show with the same installation : gold threads playing with light in a dark space and creating volumes. Depending the place you observe the work some part are invisble and revealed little by little as you move around, meanwhile other part are disappearing… it ‘s magical , ethereal, almost  immaterial !

I enjoyed the V&A show about Postmodernism, especially the part devoted to movie (with Blade Runner) and music with Klaus Nomi (video and costumes), Kraftwerk (1st pic  below) , Leigh Bowery (we won’t never say enough that Lady Gaga had stolen so much from that 80’s genius !!). Below a picture from a video by Charles Atlas showing choreography by Michael Clarke on Velvet Underground music (Venus in fur), the dancers costumes were made by Leigh Bowery, who was himself an incredible performer.  You can even admire the turntable that belonged to Grand Master Flash !!

           

One of my favorite artist is Robert longo and I didn’t realize that he made the famous video for New Order Bizarre love triangle, so obvious when you see that image :

We saw of course Leonardo’s show at the Natioanl Gallery. I really wanted to see the Lady with ermine who is today in Kracow.

4 days are short, already time to take Eurostar  back to Paris… but before, a last british ritual : a high tea at the Duke’s !

(By the way, let me whisper you a secret : the BEST PIM’S in the world is at the Duke’s ! they serve it in a silver glass and there is a jungle of  leaves and fruits topping the liquid , just AMAZZZZING  and perfect, sorry no picture this time)

The Perfect New Year’s Eve in Paris, followed by the Perfect January 1st !

Posted in hotels and restaurants, Paris on January 2, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

All my best wishes of a Deluxe&Arty life for 2012, wherever you live and wherever you will travel !!

Curious to know how I’ve spent New Year’s Eve  in Paris ? We decided to have a dinner at home so we shopped at Fauchon, on Madeleine square, my favorite fine grocery and caterer in Paris (with Dalloyau). We had before  a light lunch at Fauchon’s restaurant on 1st floor that I do recommend. I took oysters and they were so good (Gillardeau). We choose for our lover-diner two risottos (one with langoustines, the other with boletus), few slices of pata negra, a foie gras from Landes, Stilton cheese.

      

We took desserts from the pastry corner at Mandarin oriental (I had the Mandarin, a little round cake with a amazing vanilla cream and chocolate ganache). And last but not least, our Champagne this night was Roederer .

Around 11.30pm we went to Le Meurice, we were invited by exquisite Franka Holtmann(Le Meurice General Manager) for a glass of Champagne. The sweet Beatrice Ardisson (famous french DJ for making original mixes for french tv shows and catwalks) was there for the show and the music was excellent. Edwart -my fiancé-and me were the King and Queen of dancefloor until 4pm ! then time to go to bed because we planned january 1st at Royal Monceau !!

The brunch was too big for us so we had a lobster salad, an excellent croque-monsier (th best in Paris !!) + one high tea, enough for 3 persons ! Famous Macaroon Master Pierre Hermé (I gave him tours last year in Basquiat exhibition and Monet exhibition !) “signs’ all the pastries at Royal Monceau, so you can eat them with eyes closed ! I don’t speak about the mcaroons, you exactly know what I mean if you’re a connoisseur, many books, articles, tv documentaries have already talked about them ! but try the scones and the Paris Brest (my favorite parisian classic pastry) …the high tea is just WAOW !! perfect to start well the new year…

One week in the most beautiful city in the world, very Deluxe&Arty : Venice !!

Posted in art and culture, contemporary art, event, hotels and restaurants, luxury, shopping, travels, Venice on August 10, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Ciao amici ! we just come back from Venice and it was sooo fantastic I would like to live there 6 months per  year ! This is really the most beautiful city in the world and 20 millions people do agree with me !

Moreover this is the 54th Biennale of contemporary art this year, so many exhibitions and artists to discover in a unique atmosphere…

     

We stayed at The San Clemente Place hotel and resort, this is THE place to be in summer ! Located on an island, 15 min boat ride only from Piazza San Marco (free shuttle service each 20 min), the 5-star hotel opened in 2004, after immense works in a former convent. Today it offers a marvellous garden with several hundred years old trees, a golf, two tennis courts, a refreshing pool, 2 restaurants… I take advantage to thank Melissa who helped us to improve our stay and make it memorable, grazie mille carissima ! Below : our bedchamber (we were upgraded with a junior suite), the bar, the pool.

           

The Biennale of Art 2011 :

We loved the austrian pavillion in the giardini with Marcus Schinwald.In the same time an installation, video and paintings, creating a white hanging maze with strange and unquiet meetings : anonymous portrait who received new proesthetics on their faces, minimalist sculptures hidden in corners with hangers and great video , closer to contemporary dance with body trapped  and contortions.Fabulous !

    

We also loved Sigalit Landau in Israel pavillion with shoes recovered with salt from dead sea falling down slowly in the sea.

Don’t miss the british pavillion by  Mike Nelson, you fell like visiting a taliban house…very impressive.

Are you a fluxus fan ? Visit the german pavillion, a flux oratorio (winner pavillion this year) by Christophe Schlingensief. Total success.

Art around the clock : in the Arsenal (globally very disappointed according to me this year) don’t miss Jean-Luc Mylaine and his fabulous birds,

James Turell for a space and light experience, and the great winner is (golden lion) : Christian Marclay with “The clock”, a video lasting 24h, a fantastic collage of movies excerpts evoking each minute of the day and night !

Want to have fun ? visit the narrow house by austrian artist Erwin Wurm (in Palazzo Franchetti’s gardens).Wurm was  famous for fat objects, here is some picture and there is no special effect !

      

Next to the house the exhibition “Glasstress” : master of contemporary art using glass in their work. Beauty still exist in Art if you ever doubted and you can find it here. Javier Perez crown of thorn is a good example as well as Zaha Hadid  futurist flowing like desk or Charlotte Gyllenhammar ‘s Alice in wonderland world :

    

Am a great fan of Pinault’s collection but photographs are not allowed…Nevertheless I do recommend Punta della dogana for Koons’s big red heart, Tatiana Trouvé drawings , Julie Merethu works … In Palazzo Grassi you cannot miss Joanna Vasconcelos  (next year in Versailles !) with a textile sculpture, a proliferating assemblage on  all the height of the building  : spectacular, decorative and a tribute to minor and folk art on a giant scale. after Wurm, great fun too with Francesco Vezzoli video : a pastiche of Hollywood true story, a kinf of hilarious self-portrait !

Prada exhibits its own collection in a fabulous 18th century palazzo Ca’ Correr della Regina : the place is great first for architecture, and  frescoes influenced by Veronese, then the collection with Pino Pascali (see below), Anish Kapoor (early work), Francesco Vezzoli again (works after famous Bernini with my friend Eva Mendes, we went to Louvre and Pompidou center together some year ago, fabulous and adorable girl !).

        

Do you know Axel ver Voordt ? a man of taste for sure then a famous belgium art dealer who loves to mix antique, modern and contemporary art , creating connoisseur cabinet. Each two years my great pleasure is to visit his new opus at charming Palazzo Fortuny (first pleats please inventor !). Among the treasures this year  (Op Art, Arte Povera, James Turrell, Lygia Pape …) , my favorite artist : Anthony Gormley !! I looove the dynamic energy emanting from this inner body… by the way, is this a centrifugal or centripetal strenght ? actually it’s working  in both way…

(Some of) My favorite restaurants in Venice :

1) da Forni

Spaghetti vongole is my sin in Venice ! I can eat them each day ! the best I’ve ever had  are there. Without forgetting another venitian specialty : le canocie (sea cicadas ).The waiters are just perfect, they make me think about italian movies in the 60’s, I can imagine them  twisting on Adriano Celentano…

             

2) the best Bellini ? At Gritti !!

How romantic  ! a dinner at Gritti Palace hotel (remember “Everybody says I love you”by Woody Allen ?) : we started with a glass of Bellini, our table facing la Salute …we had the tasting menu and we finished with an exquisite and incredibly light Tiramisu :

    

3) last day in Venice ritual : a dinner on Danieli terrace

It’s a ritual now, a way to say goodbye-but never farewell- to the Serenissima : we have a lunch with a view in legendary  Palace  Hotel Danieli, on the top roof.

That night the sky was so spectacular, we had a a marvellous table  and I enjoy so much my lobster salad !!

         

Shopping in Venice :

I’m so happy, I’ve found THE perfect gift from Venice you can wear each day at home !! I was so excited to find “Furlane”, these elegant venitian slippers originally  used by gondoliers and customized today with coral motifs made of beads. It is said that courtisans worn them when they went out, late at night, in venitian street …Mine furlane were embroidered by this charming lady, owner of a shop called “Venitian dream” (3805A, calle de la Mandola) I do recommend you.

                  

4 days in Amsterdam. Envy, Nomad’s, Bo Cinq : the places 2 B

Posted in Amsterdam, art and culture, hotels and restaurants, travels on July 20, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

We just come back from Amsterdam, it’s not our first stay, I was used to guide french upscale groups there for fantastic temporary exhibitions such as Gauguin/Van Gogh in Van Gogh museum some years ago.

I wanted to escape from Paris, a 4 days break just before our real holidays coming soon…I wanted to stroll along the canals, take a boat for a cool cruise, have a horse carriage ride through the city, take time to walk in gardens and through old little streets, discovering the new hotest places …and this is exactly what happened !

     

So it won’t be a very cultural post, as Rijke museum is still a “work in progress” until 2013 ! and we even didn’t go to Van Gogh museum, where I’ve been many times. Unfortunatly the Stedelijk museum closed early so we had 30 minutes only to discover the refurbished spaces, the works are breathing , the light is perfect , the hanging was about art and nature, lansdcape…

        

We stayed at the Pulitzer, thanks to the young duty manager Dennis van Vlaam, our stay was definitly inproved ! Thanks a lot Dennis, you know how to manage a five stars for sure ! The location was perfect because just next to the hotest places : Envy , Nomad’s , BO Cinq, everything around betwenn 2 and 12 minutes walk !

First, ENVY restaurant. More than food , ART n your plate ! Exquisite, fresh and tasty plates, very small portions like tapas on a very sophisticated scale, just have a look at pictures below, lobster and langoustines, yummy sooo yummy !

  
 Funny, we’ve been in Marrakech in may and it looks like Moroccan style is the fashion now in Amsterdam, the hotest place is called NOMAD’S and served excellent mezze and tajins in a vey hot atmosphere : belly dancers among the tables !  Tents echoing nomadic life await you, take off your shoes, sit back  and relax, an arabian night in hand (gin, tonic, mint, rose water) and enjoy the electro-lounge music. The DJ was perfect.
The trendiest lounge bar and bistrot is called BO CINQ. We even had a famous young french actor next to us with his new fiance…
Excellent dinner with an half lobster, one more tajins (so unexpected in Amsterdam !), with figs and other caramelized fruits…the service was so friendly and warm.
I do recommend all these places I’ve mentioned, you won’t be desappointed !
        

One fabulous week in Marrakech !

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Marrakech, restaurants, shopping, travels on June 2, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Edwart and me just come back from Marrakech and we loooved it ! I must say we were welcomed in the greatest places in very privileged conditions, we could enjoy and visit the most beautiful riads and hotels and taste the most delicious food. Choukrane to Fabrizio from Maison Arabe, to the french chef Laurent Chancel and Mustapha the morrocan chef, both from Royal Mansour, with many thanks also to Patrick Langlois and Ali from Fouquet’s Naoura Barriere, Amine from Mamounia…choukrane everybody and especially our dear funny and amazing friends who will  recognize…

1) La Maison Arabe

We stayed in my favorite Riad called “la Maison Arabe”owned by Prince Fabrizio Ruspoli and very well located in the Medina, not far from famous Djema El Fna square.

    

We loved our room with a private balcony and overlooking the swimming pool.I will rememember the delicious breakfast with moroccan pancakes and yogurt, so sweet and smooth. We enjoy the spa very much, 1001 nights atmosphere, it’s sooo good to start your trip with a hamman session and unforgetable massages ! The riad is decorated in a traditional style with taste and refinement for every details, at the image of the owners.

10 min drive from the Riad  there is the Country club reserved for hotels guests only with a bigger swimming pool and amazing gardens smelling roses and rosemary…you can enjoy a light lunch under the shade of olive trees and  it’s possible to hire the place for private event. Ideal for a birthday or wedding party there !!

  

2) ROYAL MANSOUR

Thanks to adorable friends  we could appreciate and enjoy Royal Mansour , which is more than the best and most beautiful palace hotel in the world : here we are on a Royal scale.

Imagine a private Medina with top luxury riads (all with private pools), surrounded by a magical scented garden , a spa that gives you a taste of paradise on earth, a french team in the kitchen from le Meurice (under Yannick Alleno supervision), new moroccan chef who worked in Monaco with Alain Ducasse…  and the most exquisite polychromic marbles, sophisticated fabrics, velvets, impressive  and delicate wood marquetterie, pietradura marquetterie,  embroideries on leather, impressive carved and painted ceilings, cristal chandelier all different the ones from the other, traditional zelige (mosaics) and tadelakt walls , EVERYWHERE ! without speaking of the library with an opening roof to observe the stars…no you’re not in a morrocan fairy tale you’re in Royal Mansour for Royal holidays !

The best craftmen of the kingdom worked there in order to offer the essence of Moroccan style blend in a contemporary refined atmosphere. Impossible to  talk about  high luxury if you haven’t been there once !

The entrance- the piano bar-the library-  the bar decorated with pink gold leaves on the mirrored wall- the swimming pool-

                 

3) Mamounia by night :

We decided to go to that legendary palace hotel just for a drink then we were filled with marvels discovering the garden by night -with three centuries old trees -, the silent pool, the impressive refined lobby (the hotel has been totally redecorated by famous french interior designer Jacques Gracia-,  and decided to  eat at the Moroccan restaurant (but you have also a french one and italian one). We enjoyed our perfect couscous so much ! and the service was so friendly. We spent a lovely evening accompanied by excellent traditional musicians.

     

4) Fouquet’s Naoura Barriere

if you are used to read me you know we love La Baule seaside resort in west France. We went there 2 months ago and were recommended to visit the new hotel from Barriere group that opened in Marrakech. It’s  located just in font of La Maison Arabe ! We met Patrick Langlois, a very charming man who worked 25 years in La Baule before he participated to the launching of the new hotel in the Red City.We had a dinner by the pool and enjoyed the dessert. And  guess what,  I took something VERY french- even  so parisian- and hard to find now in Paris : Crepes Suzette !! so funny and extra delicious. Ali who knows also Deauville (we love Normandy Barriere hotel in Deauville,  the best hotel in Normandie) was our waiter and prepared these famous “crepes” !

  

5) Shopping

The day before we left Joe took me in his favorite shops in Gueliz, the modern and trendy part of Marrakech and great shopping area ! you wil find in many fashion city guides “Scene de lin” for home interior design and that’s definitly the place to shop for home souvenirs ! fabricks, blankets, cushions, scarfs, home accessories, a dream ! it makes you want to buy and decorate your own riad .

For fashion I love the creations of Nourredine Amir in Villa Amir. The place is all what I like : minimalist , only stone and glass, with opening on orange tree floroushing in a courtyard. Incredible work with ribbons twisted  for this corset, it looks like a sculpture !

      

I also recommend warmly Amina Tifnouti , 3 rue des vieux Marrakchis, I bought 2 tops , one in black velvet , the other in black silk, both embroidered with traditional moroccan motifs. I will wear them during our next trip to Venise for Biennale of contemporary art , we’ll stay in San Clemente Place hotel, I’m so excited !!

4 days in La Baule (west of France)

Posted in hotels and restaurants, La Baule, luxury, travels on May 8, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Need a break and want to go by the seaside ? Take the fast train to La Baule, only 3h from Paris and breath the Atlantic, enjoy the sea food, indulge your senses in the fabulous spa next to the hotel. Take a room with a view at Hermitage (Barriere group) a five stars luxury hotel with excellent Pim’s made by Olivier the barman !

  

I always book a table at the Eden beach, their restaurant by the sea side, such a difference from Paris ! km of beach without any tourist (if you go there out of holidays time of course) and a perfect risotto with seafood.

       

Free bikes wait for you at the hotel , drive few minutes you’re in the city center, in the animated Avenue Genéral de Gaulle where you find a great lounge restaurant called “Rouge”. Perfect service (even after 2pm, don’t forget you’re in a small town and it’s rare to be served at that time !).

Seafood again , extra ones, for nothing (18 euros !) and the pastry chef worked before with Pierre Gagnaire .

    

We were so happy to find that place that we came the day after and ate exactly the same !

For shopping, if you like vintage high jewellery I recommend you Sasso (84 av general de Gaulle).

4 days break is a good timing but 3 work also very well !

I did not mention the village next to La Baule :  Le Crosic -still preserved from real estate speculation- discover it through walks or better with the bike and drive by the ocean, so refreshing !

Anne Muraro in LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE !!

Posted in art advisor, art and culture, contemporary art, hotels and restaurants, luxury, museums, Paris, personal shopper, private guide in Paris on April 10, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Destinations

A  Paris  Insider  Shares

Her Secrets

Luxury Travel Magazine interviews Anne Muraro, Paris tour guide of choice for A-List celebs, Middle East royals, sports stars and the like.Muraro is an art historian, art advisor and personal shopper in Paris since 2000. She was recently referenced by American Express Centurion in their Paris City Guide. Her VIP clients include: Eva Mendes (pictured above with Muraro in the Louvre museum), Denise Richards, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith’s family, Kobe Bryant, HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden, Al Nahyan family, among many others.
Luxury Travel Magazine’s interview with Anne Muraro:
How do you proceed in order to create personalized tours for your clients ?
I try to obtain the maximum of information about their tastes. Concerning a city tour for example, I ask them if they prefer architecture, fine arts, history…About fine arts if they prefer modern art, contemporary art or old masters, then I build the perfect tour corresponding to their interests. The same for museums, if they want the highlights or if they want to explore an artistic trend through Parisian museums, for example, an impressionist tour included not only Orsay, but also Marmottan collection and Orangerie, and why not a journey to Monet’s home in Giverny?
How can you surprise visitors who had already been to Paris many times ?
Usually, the best way is by going on “off the beaten path” walking tours. My favorite starts in the gardens of the Palais Royal near the Louvre and leads us to the Paris Opera house, through the covered passageways created in the early 19th century (around 1830 for the most part). They are classified national heritage sights with vintage decor (mosaics, glass roof, sculptures). They have become trendy with many bistros and boutiques, so it’s the perfect blend of history and contemporary Parisian life. Another way to surprise visitors: my special gourmet tour! It’s a selection of the best places for wines, cheeses, chocolate, fine groceries, where we can taste the best products. It’s another way to speak about french history, visiting street markets or the oldest french pastry shop on one hand and discovering contemporary talents like Pierre Hermé on the other hand. (By the way I gave tours to Pierre Hermé his winter!)

So you’re an art historian, art advisor for collectors, and personal shopper specializing in high fashion and jewelry, but are you able to advise people about restaurants and hotels for their stay ?

Of course! Hotels and restaurants are my passions too! I know all the palace hotels and their restaurants very well, since I’ve been working with them for 11 years now and I’m able to recommend the best places for the best stay.

All tours are private and custom-designed, starting at 100 euros per hour/250 euros for high-end jewelry tour (Boucheron private collection, Chanel VIP collection and vintage pieces, etc.). To book, call Anne Muraro at 33-6/60-64-65-02 or e-mail her at amuraro@club-internet.fr. Website: www.annemuraro.com

The best Grogg in Paris ? At the Ritz Vendome Bar !

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Paris on March 3, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Have you seen how we went back to winter temperatures in Paris ? so if you feel cold and start to shiver,  the perfect remedy is a grogg ! My favorite : the one at the Vendôme Bar, Ritz Hotel.

Look at the pictures : a very rich grogg with fantastic perfumed vanilla, lemon and oranges slices dotted with cloves, star anise, mint leaves, rhum of course and sugar cane.

Enjoy your Deluxe&Arty grogg without waiting !

Enjoy a magical Christmas at the RITZ, Paris

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Paris on December 18, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

The Ritz is more than a palace hotel, it’s a legend since 1898, it’s well known- with Hemingway and  Chanel spirits haunting the place-  that’s why Christmas at the RITZ is sooo magical !  Just remember “Everyone says I love you” by Woody Allen !

I’m a member of the Ritz Health Club for few years now and I do love it- I will write a post of course about  it soon- so I enjoyed the jacuzzi and swimming pool today during this cold afternoon,  and when I went out I could see the snow flakes falling in the courtyard…

There was a little girl playing in the lobby, singing and turning around so happy among the teddy bears  and deers :

I do recommend the Christmas tea by the fire place, a taste of magical in Paris, on Vendôme square, commisioned by the sun king himself at the end of the 17th century . Then I went out and came back to share with you this magical moment…