Christmas lights in Paris are a joy to behold. Each year at this time the City of Lights lives up to its name even more than usual as it is decked out in all its festive finery and the sight is one which brings out the full magic of this extra special time of year. From early December the city authorities light around 125 streets from 5.00 p.m. each evening until 2.00 a.m. Additionally the department stores and smaller shops are also festooned with lights. The centrepiece of the whole display is, however, the Champs Elysees, which you can reach directly from the Hotel Marais Bastille on Metro Line 1.
Best restaurants in Paris offer dining experiences for all tastes. If your taste runs to the stylish and sophisticated and you also have a fondness for barbecued delights, then you will surely be interested in the Restaurant Beaucoup. Tucked away in a cosy street in the Upper Marais, the Beaucoup advertise themselves as a chameleon restaurant which can cater to your every desire. They serve brunch and afternoon tea, tapas in the evening plus late night cocktails in Le Demon cocktail bar. This cool eating place is just a ten minute walk from the equally cool and chic Hotel Marais Bastille.
New magic show in Paris is Comedy Majik Cho, a spectacular event featuring seven magicians and the world’s greatest quick change artist, running until January 5th. Presented in the delightful surroundings of the early 19th century Theatre du Gymnase, this performance of pacesetting prestidigitation takes place only a ten minute taxi journey or a short ride on Metro line 8 from the Hotel Marais Bastille. The amazing Arturo Brachetti, who can throw a sheet in the air and change his costume in the time it takes to fall to earth, is the energetic emcee. So why not enjoy an evening of breath-taking illusion and skill?
Current photos exhibitions in Paris have one particular front-runner in terms of enduringly fascinating subject matter. On display at the Galerie Joseph until November 30th is Exposition JFK 1963 to 2013, featuring original photos, films and letters pertaining to the beloved 35th president of the U.S.A., John Fitzegerald Kennedy, and his illustrious family. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of a president whose popularity extended far beyond his native land, and who continues to exert a strong fascination to this day. At the Hotel Marais Bastille you will be only a fifteen minute walk from this exhibition on the rue de Turenne.