Archive for June, 2009

Very soon, U2 360˚World Tour in Paris!

Monday, June 29th, 2009

u2 360Stade De France on Saturday 11th July
The show will a unique concert event and designed and put into motion by Show Director Willie Williams and architect Mark Fisher, who previously worked on ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo tours. ), U2 360° is the first time a concert has been to created in an innovative 360˚ design – which means everyone gets a great and clear view of the stage.
Do not miss this opportunity it cut be the last one! As we saw with Michael Jackson anything last forever so we have to always think in enjoy live!
www.latestevents.com/package-details.php?package=50

Fashion Freak

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Si nous parlons d’Irrévérence, l’esprit Fashion Freak emporte tous les prix dans le monde de la mode. Avec 6 éditions au succès grandissant à Barcelone, Fashion Freak s’est converti en l’unique festival  de mode d’Espagne et en l´évènement le plus important de Barcelone.
Entre le 1er et le 7 juin derniers, plus de 20 évènements ont été programmés et plus de 70 designers indépendants promotionnés; ces sept jours ont donné une nouvelle vie à Barcelone.

Fashion Freak est le festival de design et de mode qui fusionne les arts, la danse, la musique électronique et la mode (stylisme, photographie, maquillage, coiffure, etc.) dans une nouvelle vision globale de la mode et son univers. Dans cette plate-forme de décollage se situent les designers d’avant-garde de nombreux pays présentant leurs collections novatrices.

Le 25 juin, de 18 à 21hs, Fashion Freak sera à Paris à l’Hôtel Pulitzer (www.hotelpulitzer.com) pour présenter une sélection de ses designers les plus intéressants ayant assisté à la dernière édition Barcelona Fashion Freak 6.

Les stylistes présentés sont :

Esther Sancho http://esthersancho.es 
Fanny Punsola http://fannypunsola.blogspot.es
Le Secret de Marie http://lesecretdemarie.com
Marthe Aimé http://martheaime.fr
Nerea Lurgain http://nerealurgain.com

Raquel Acero http://raquelacero.com
Roberto Diz http://dizdeluxe.com

Rolling Reveu http://www.flickr.com/photos/rolling_reveu

Nous aurons le grand plaisir de recevoir chaque journaliste professionnel intéressé par la culture du design, de la mode et des expressions d’avant-garde.
Entre 18h00 et 21h00 ils pourront s´entretenir avec nous, mais également découvrir en continue le travail des designers présentés entre 10h00 et 19h00.

Pour s’accréditer nous vous proposons de remplir le formulaire ci-joint: http://fashionfreak.es/presse.html 
Pour plus d’ informations, veuillez vous adresser à : presse@fashionfreak.es
   
Plus d’information sur: http://fashionfreak.fr ( version espagnole encore )

Hotel Pulitzer Paris presents a new decoration

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Barcelona, June 2009. Hotel Pulitzer Paris (www.hotelpulitzer.com), 3-stars boutique
hotel located in a historical building, in the Opera area of Paris, presents a brand-new
decoration of the spaces.
The decoration of the 44 rooms, reception area, breakfast room and the lobby has been structured by the Argentinean interior decorator Luzio, based in Barcelona.
He says that he has been inspired on the Paris elegance, its antiquarian eccentricities and the recycling of industrial objects.
Everything was set with the condition that the spaces shouldn’t look or feel like a hotel, moreover he was encouraged to create non standard elements and move away from traditional hotel design.
Amongst the raw materials used, old style leather on the sofas, oak floors, marble at the
chimney, the industrial iron on some furniture, and other decoration elements stand out
most.
The hotel offers spaces full of life and with a cosmopolitan air, in order to create a place
to enjoy life to the maximum for the guests.
Hotel Pulitzer Paris offers 29 Standard rooms and 15 Superior rooms.
They have micro-cement floors and industrial iron furniture which contrasts with lamps
of the 50’s and its white walls and bed linen. The basins are made with the same kind of
marble as Taj Mahal.
They are fully equipped with everything to guarantee the utmost comfort during the
stay:
minibar, safe, satellite LCD TV, direct telephone line, air conditioning/heating, wake-up
call service, desk, free WiFi, hairdryer, slippers, magnifying mirror, Fragonard bath
amenities.
Hotel Pulitzer Paris is member of Grupo Regina Hoteles (www.grhoteles.com), Spanish
company with experience since 1967, when it acquired the legendary Hotel Regina in
Barcelona. In year 2000, with the opening of the hotel Pulitzer Paris, recently renovated,
the group was launched internationally. In 2004, it opens the modern hotel Pulitzer in
Barcelona and, in 2005, buys the hotel Cyrano in Paris, which has been recently
remodelled and inaugurated as 9 HOTEL. The development of the group is still in
progress. In 2008, the Hotel Pulitzer Rome opened in the Italian capital and in 2010 the
first establishment will open outside Europe in Argentina, the Hotel Pulitzer Buenos
Aires.
The objective of Grupo Regina Hoteles is focused on the creation of contemporary hotels
located in the world’s top cities. The hotels of the group are distinguishable thanks to
their best location, service, cosmopolitan atmosphere and fantastic interior decoration.
All these elements create a luxurious environment for the guests.
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Which is the best way to know a city?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Some people prefer to take a tour, others prefer to get lost in the middle of the city, but for you which is the best way?

Depeche Mode in Paris!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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The next 27-06-2009 you can enjoy Depeche Mode in The Stade de France in Paris in a espectacular live concert!

Coldplay in Paris!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

coldplayCold Play will be soon in Paris! The 2 of July the band is going to be with the tour at the Grand Place in Arras!

Do not miss this amazing opportunity

The magical Low-Cost rate!

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I bet you cant see the magical number!
Barcelona Milan
We are very used to think that the Low-Cost rates are the solution to travel and save money at the time but the real rate sometimes is not the one that they show us. Sometimes we have to use our glasses and understand how to calculate the real rate of the Low-Cost tickets.
Let me show how to estimate the real price of one Ticket that I saw the last week.
Barcelona-Milan 10 €
Transport from the city to the airport 12 Euros x 4 = 48. So we have 58 including the price of the ticket
Bag registration 20 + 58 = 78
Online registration (we have to do this registration before the departure and then in the return) 15 x 2 = 30 + 78 = 108 and this is the real final price!
So we have to take care about this magical prices and learn how to find the hide number of the Low-Cost rates!

Flawless Federer storms to historic first French crown

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Australia Open TennisThe tennis gods brewed up a storm around Roland Garros on Sunday afternoon as they prepared to welcome a new member into their midst. Roger Federer repelled the rain, thunder, and a certain Robin Soderling to take his rightful place among the immortals of the game.

The Swiss produced a near-flawless display, delighting his fans with the full range of shots that have made him arguably the greatest player of his era, to sweep aside Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6(1) 6-4 and seal his first-ever French Open title. The triumph enabled Federer to become only the sixth man in history to win all four Grand Slam tournaments, and also saw him equal Pete Sampras’ record of 14 majors.

The enormity of his achievement was evident on match point when Federer fell to the red earth of Roland Garros weeping tears of joy. Minutes later, Andre Agassi was on hand to present the Coupe des Mousquetaires and share in the Swiss legend’s delight as he held the trophy to the air, 10 years after the American had sealed his own career Slam with a far more hard-fought win here over Andrei Medvedev.

Early stranglehold

Federer owed his victory to a brilliant performance, by far his best of the tournament, in which he took a stranglehold on the match from the outset and clinically dissected his opponent’s game.

Seemingly overwhelmed by the event, Soderling was unrecognizable in the first set from the man who had swept all before him – including four-time champion Rafael Nadal – in his run to the final. The giant Swede was simply unable to find any rhythm or indeed any semblance of the form he had shown throughout the tournament, not that Federer gave him the slightest chance to settle.

The Swiss is a past master at winning Grand Slam finals and his experience was made to tell as he immediately got into his groove. His first serve was strong (firing down 16 aces throughout the match), his shot selection astute and return of serve simply breathtaking. The Swede’s wayward hitting early on made it easy for him, but Federer needed no second invitation to rack up the games and put some daylight between himself and his opponent.

Federer mixed up his shots brilliantly, slicing on the backhand side before accelerating his forehand follow-up to knock his opponent off guard. While Soderling’s earlier adversaries, including Nadal, had to a certain extent played into his hands by trying to outhit the Swede in hard-hitting baseline exchanges. Roger was not about to fall into the same trap. Making full use of his superb drop shot, tricky slice and mid-court angles, he moved the Swede forward and back almost at will.

Stormy weather

The first set was over in the blink of an eye, 6-1, wrapped up in just 23 minutes. The only thing that could knock the world No2 off his stride was the on-court intruder who briefly unsettled his concentration at 2-1 in the second set. Federer lost that game, and with storm clouds beginning to hover over Philippe Chatrier court, the momentum gradually began to shift. Little by little, Soderling righted his ship, steadying his serve and finally hitting the booming forehands that had proved so devastating earlier over the previous fortnight.

The rain gained in intensity through the middle games of the second set, and with a delay looking more of a possibility, both players looked for the break that would give them a huge psychological advantage to take into the locker room. The drizzle eased off however, and Federer’s serve kept him out of trouble heading into the match-shaping tie-break.

Brilliant tie-break

The No2 seed then seized the moment to demonstrate why he is, for so many, the greatest player of all time. He banged down four aces no less, a forehand winner and a magnificent drop shot en route to a 7-1 success that earned him a two-set lead and definitively turned the match in his favour.

In a hangover from the tie-break, Soderling immediately dropped his serve in the next game – a crucial moment as the No23 seed actually looked the more dangerous player as the third set wore on. On the few occasions that he drew Federer into a long rally, Soderling would invariably pull out a winner, but the Swiss refused to be distracted from his game plan, throwing Soderling off his rhythm with kicking second serves when his first service began to falter and sending passing shots down the line whenever the Swede came to the net.

The Swede earned his first break point of the match at 1-3 and then again had a chance to break back at 4-5, 30-40 when Federer was serving for the match. Had he taken either of those two points, the outcome of the match may have been very different.

Fitting denouement

As it was, the end was what most neutrals had been hoping for, and suitably moving. Soderling mishit on break point, Federer coolly dispatched a volley to take himself to championship point, and then a big serve proved to be enough as Soderling netted the return. Federer fell to his knees, the crowd rose to their feet and the thunder rumbled overhead…
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/2009-06-07/200906071244388632512.html

Things to know about transport

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Paris

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Here’s latest information about Paris transit passes. Tickets and passes are available in métro and bus stations, as well as RER and train stations, and kiosks at Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airport. You’ll also find a link at the end for a listing of other places in Paris to buy transit tickets and passes.
Please note that many of the métro stations have changed and the people in the ticket booth no longer sell tickets. The major stations, however, are still manned by cashiers. Most of the transactions are now done by bilingual machines which don’t take American credit cards, although the machines they do take cash and coins in euros. I recommend bringing exact change in coins when you go.
Paris passes are generally good for zones 1, 2, and sometimes 3, which are sufficient for most visitors. Tickets to the airports or to Versailles are best purchased separately.
In my opinion, if your arrival dates jibe with the ones for the Navigo Découverte, that’s the best pass as it allows unlimited travel so you don’t have to fumble and worry with tickets and transfers.

It’s only valid Monday-Sunday and you’ll need to purchase a one-time card (€5), but most visitors who come for the week will likely use more than the ten tickets in the carnet, and you can simply recharge the Navigo Découverte card on subsequent visits. You can also use it on the new Voguéo Seine transit if you want to take a ride on the river.

Individual Métro and Bus Tickets
Single tickets (€1.40), available in métro and train stations, as well as from bus drivers and other agencies. Note that tickets purchased from drivers cannot be used for transfers.

Carnet
Ten tickets (€11.40) are available as a carnet, which can be purchased in métro and train stations and in Tabacs showing a RATP sticker or sign. Called T+ Tickets, they’re good for ten rides anywhere on the métro, bus, or RER within Paris, and transfers. But you can’t transfer from bus to métro, or vice-versa. Tickets are good indefinitely and can be split amongst others, and used on subsequent trips.

Navigo Découverte
This one-week pass is available to anyone and is only valid from Monday mornings through Sunday evenings. These replace the Carte Orange. You must first buy a card and pay a one-time fee (€5) and have a stamp-sized photo (approximately 25mm x 30mm), which does not need to be passport quality. There are photo machines in some métro stations but I recommend bringing one from home, if you can.
These passes can be purchased in any métro or train station, as well as certain agencies within Paris and at the airports. Then you can pay by the week (€16.80) or by the month (€55.10) by reloading the card, as desired.

Carte Mobilis
You can buy a one-day pass, called a Carte Mobilis at any métro station or other agencies. Price is €5.80 per day. No ID is required.

Vélib’
The Vélib’ program is a shared-bike program which allows use of public bicycles in 30-minute increments. Visitors can purchase a day pass (€1) or a week pass (€5) at the automatic kiosks at the bike stations.
Note that you can only purchase tickets if you have a credit card embedded with a microchip, which most American credit cards don’t have. Foreigners can rent a bike for a half- or full-day from Roue Libre with offices in the Bastille (37, blvd Bourdon) and Les Halles (1, passage Mondétour.)

Paris Visite
A Paris Visite pass can be valid for one (€8.80), two (€14.40), three (€19.60), and five (€28.30) days. You don’t need a photo and they can be valid for any consecutive days that you wish.
With this pass, you can get some discounts and reduced admissions for museums, sights, and spectacles, such as the Lido, as well as others.
In my opinion, these are rather expensive and you’ll do better buying a carnet of tickets or a Navigo Découverte, unless you’ll be using the transit a lot during those few days and/or you plan to visit several of those places to take advantage of the discount. For convenience, you can purchase a Paris Visite online, in advance (from places such as RailEurope and Discover France), for an additional fee. If going that route, it pays to shop around as prices vary.
(Please note that I’m not affiliated with either of those links or sites. They’re purely for informational purposes only.)

Paris Museum Pass
Not a transit pass, but the Paris Museum Pass is available as a two (€32), four (€48) or six (€64) day pass that allows discount admission to museums and major monuments. Another feature is there are special lines for admission, allowing you faster entrance.
It’s worth doing some calculation to see if the Paris Museum Pass is worth it to you. Because some exhibitions in Paris are crowded, being about to jump the queue (officially!) does have a certain value: if you’re planning to go to a lot of museums, it might be a worthwhile investment.

(Prices mentioned above are subject to change, as well as conditions.)

www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2009/04/paris_transit_options.html

Some of the best places to eat in Paris

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Paris RestauratsHere a list of some different restaurants of ParisAngora
240, rue de Charenton, tel: 01 44 87 02 08, (M: Dugommier). Open each day except Sunday. Totally out of the way, but worth the schlep for their extraordinary lamb kabobs.
A La Biche au Bois
45, Av Ledru Rollin, tel: 01 43 43 34 38, (M: Gare de Lyon), about 2 blocks from the Gare de Lyon train station. Not fancy but a lot of fun, and great food. Order one of the fixed menus and save room for the cheese course. For starters, try to get through a gargantuan salade Perigordine, topped with a big chunk of foie gras. Many game dishes depending on the season. Closed weekends.
Au Trou Gascon
40, rue Tain, tel: 01 43 44 34 26, (M: Daumesnil). Gascon cooking, and here you can find a crisp confit of goose and other specialties of the southwest. Dessert should be a perfectly-thin slices of caramelized warm apple tart with flaky Gascon pastry. Somewhat of a splurge, but lunchtime features a fixed-price menu.
Bellota-Bellota
18, rue Jean-Nicot, tel: 01 53 59 96 96, (M: Invalides, or La Tour-Maubourg). Great tapas-style bar, more upscale than anything in Spain, with fabulous hams from wild acorn-fed pigs. For dessert, stop down the street at Poujaran bakery for an almond-scented financier.
Breizh Café
109, rue Vieille du Temple, tel: 01 42 72 13 77, (M: St. Paul or St. Sébastian Froissart). Terrific crêpes and buckwheat galettes, right in the middle of the bustling Marais. Using organic buckwheat and Bordier butter, wash your meal down with sparkling apple cider or lait ribot; Breton buttermilk.
Chez Michel
10, rue Belzunce, tel: 01 44 53 06 20, (M: Gare de Nord). During the winter, there’s a chalkboard with “hunters specials”, which features superbly fresh game. On my last visit, I had a mound of tiny scallops piled up in their shells, drizzles with luscious Brittany butter and herbs, then a succulent wild pigeon with foie gras, ending with an unfortunate chocolate soufflé with little flavor. Now I never leave without ending a meal with a classic Breton kouign aman which oozes and butter and caramel from every delectable crusty layer. Reservations essential.
Cuisine de Bar
8, rue Cherche-Midi, tel: 01 45 48 45 69, (M: Sevres-Babylon). Open-faced tartines, or sandwiches, served on pain Poîlane, the famed bakery next door. I am addicted to the sardines and olive oil with crushed salt as well as the sliced chicken with garlic mayonnaise and capers. If the French had come up with the sushi-bar, it would be like this. No reservations.
Da Rosa
62, rue de Seine, tel: 01 40 51 00 09, (M: Mabillon or Odeon). A favorite place to sit and have a lunch or dinner, grazing on the best Spanish hams, simple salads, and the best olives and wines from France, Italy, and Spain. Be sure to pick up a bag of Pimandes and chocolate-covered sauternes-soaked raisins, too.
Dishny
25, rue Cail, tel: 01 42 05 44 04, (M: La Chapelle). The only Indian food I’ve ever liked. I go early since I love to explore the wondrous ethnic food markets in this lively, slightly-funky neighborhood before dinner.
La Rôtisserie du Beaujolais
19, quai de la Tournelle, tel: 01 43 54 17 47, (M: Sully Morland or Cardinale Lemoine). Spit-roasted meats spin continuously, at this Seine-side restaurant. Roasted game and chicken are good bets. Open Sunday.
L’As du Falafel
34, rue des Rosiers (M: St. Paul), closed Friday pm and Saturday. The best falafel anywhere! Join the crowd clamoring at the window while they prepare your falafel with lightning-fast speed. Certainly a dive, and definitely a must.
L’Atlas
12, St. Germaine-des-Prés, tel: 01 44 07 23 66, (M: Maubert-Mutualité). Superb Moroccan food; think couscous and tagines. Not too fancy nor pricey considering the lovely tile work, good food, and gracious service just across from the fabulous Institute du Monde Arabe. Vegetarians will love the variety of seafood tagines when they’ve become tired of feeling short-changed by the meat-heavy menus in Paris.
Le Bambou
70, rue Baudricourt, tel: 01 45 70 91 75, (M: Tolbiac or Maison Blanche). A favorite spot for Vietnamese food. Inexpensive and authentic, expect your find yourself jammed elbow-to-elbow with fellow diners. Closed Monday.
Le Rubis
10, rue du Marche Saint-Honoré, (M: Tuilleries). Authentic Parisian wine bar and a great place for a rustic lunch or simple sandwich at the counter, washed down with a glass (or two) of wine. I like to stop in late afternoon for a sip or two, accompanied with a most generous plate of their good charcuterie.
Le Timbre
3, rue Sainte Beuve, tel: 01 45 49 10 40, (M: Notre Dame-des-Champs). Compact restaurant serving excellent cuisine traditionnelle, using the freshest of ingredients.
Ma Bourgogne
19, place des Vosges, tel: 01 42 78 44 64, (M: Bastille). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday, this is a great spot to sit under the arches of the gorgeous place des Vosges. Standard French fare (the fixed menu is your best bet), generous salads, and Berthillon ice cream. No reservations or credit cards.
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