The Concierges at Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris have compiled an exclusive guide of visiting Paris, opting for less touristic options.
The Retro Tour Adventure
A new way of discovering the fascinating “City of Light” has been enchanting our visitors for the past few months now. Discover Paris history and anecdotes on board an authentic sidecar.
Your Gentleman Sidecarist will take you on an unforgettable voyage through the famous monuments and to the charming districts of Paris.
All the Gentleman Siders are real Parisians passionate about their city and they are delighted to share their passion and the French way of living with the tourists.
They are dressed in a real authentic retro style. Theirs motorbikes are inspired by the original Soviet M72. A retro look with modern features that respect the current comfort and security requirements.
Several tours are available: “Retro Classic”, “Retro by Night”, “Great Escape”… They also have the possibility to organize tailor-made tours according to your preferences and passions.
Prices from 89€ depending on the tour theme, on the duration and on the number of participants.
Privileged Access to France’s Exceptional Artisans
Sylvie de Guillebon belongs to a very traditional French family passionate about exceptional savoir-faire. Her dream has always been to share her passion and that is why she created “12 rue Montpensier”.
Sylvie makes you discover the workshops of exceptional craftsmen. She can open the doors to these confidential places in order to introduce you to the renowned luxury French savoir-faire.
“An artisan’s workshop is a unique, secluded space that is generally unconventional and devoted to exquisite art works, to the rhythm of their creation, to their secret techniques and to precise and patient gestures. A passion for slow-made and a distinctive notion of time are the essential conditions for the creation of a masterpiece. Hear the hammer echoing and smell the scent of wood chips… It is a place for transformation, where technical mastery exalts material form with the poetic flair of the craftsperson; an inspired, humble and free artist. Feathers bloom into accessories, violet wood gives birth to a console table… Thanks to the respectful and authentic relationships that 12 Montpensier has forged with these men and women, you may be a privileged witness to the very moment when a masterpiece is born. Meet these exceptional artisans and contemplate their gestures, their world and their creations“.
Reservations need to be made in advance as these craftsmen receive only a few visits a month.
Prices depend on the workshop you wish to visit.
Emile-Antoine Bourdelle was a French sculptor who worked as an assistant for the famous Auguste Rodin. The two men respected each other and their collaboration proved to be a decisive one for both careers.
This charming small museum is often forgotten by Paris visitors and this is one of the reasons why it is so nice to visit its welcoming gardens and admire the wonderful sculptures. They are ideal for a relaxing stroll at the heart of the Montparnasse district.
From the intimacy of Bourdelle’s apartment, where the artist worked, to the immensity of the Great Hall full of plaster casts bathed in soft light, visitors are free to follow their own path among the sculptor’s work.
18, rue Antoine Bourdelle – Paris 15th
Open from Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and on some bank holidays
Price: Admission to the permanent collections is free.
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