Quality Hotel Acanthe - Boulogne Billancourt
9, rond-point Rhin and Danube
Phone: (33) 1 46991040
Fax: (33) 1 46990005
This hidden gem just west of the Bois de Boulogne possesses one of the richest archives of early true-color photographs in the world. The former estate and collection of 20th century banker and world traveler Albert Kahn became a museum in1986, undergoing major renovations in 1990 and 2006. Rotating exhibitions of the color photographs Kahn had commissioned for his Archive of the Planet from 1909 to 1931 provide exciting glimpses into early 20th century life in many parts of the world. His love of travel and other cultures is also manifest in the themed gardens, where one can stroll through a forest of the Vosges, a Japanese village, a prairie, or an English garden, to name a few corners.
This church is somewhat unusual for France in its relative newness; it was first conceived only in 1911, and had still not been completed when it was damaged during World War II. After the war, it was completed with contemporary artwork and design added to both the church and the crypt.
Considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, Parc de Saint-Cloud spreads out over 186 hectares (460 acres) and is the ideal place to stroll around with family and friends. Around the park are weathered and majestic sculptures, statues and fountains that are waiting to be explored. Within the park's gardens, there is the Château de Saint-Cloud, where aristocrats lived for three hundred years before succumbing to a fire. This is a must-visit for history lovers of all ages. Please call for park opening hours.
Classified as a historical monument and a Bâtiment de France, the Notre-Dame of Boulogne-Billancourt was constructed between 1319 and 1450. It is a place of pilgrimage close to the capital, and was originally a project of Philippe V. Inside, the restored 19th-century decor is a rare example of its style. Much of the iconography and symbolism represents the ocean - waves, fish, dolphins, and rivers - in honor of the Virgin Mary as the protector of sailors and navigators.
In the serene commune of Saint-Cloud to the west of Paris, stands Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, one of the most sought-after national monuments of France. Sprawled across 460 hectares of verdant greens, is this beautiful estate, lined by fountains, sculptures, walls and gateways. It dates back to the 16th century, when the chateau and park were established by royal architects from the court of Louis XIV. Ever since, the spaces enclosed by the monument have been premier spots for fairs, festivities and live entertainment. Cocktail parties, dinners, seminars, product launches, pyrotechnic shows and so on are also held here. Domaine National de Saint-Cloud is a historic venue and is living up to contemporary times quite brilliantly!
Paul Marmottan, who lived from 1856 to 1932, inherited a fortune from the coal industry and created consumer cooperatives, but rather than pursuing the expected career in industry, administration, or politics, he chose to spend his energy as an amateur historian, collector, and patron of the arts. He left behind a museum as well as this library, where everything seems designed to inspire and instruct. The space is uniquely "organic," the books and their environment nestled together in a fine symbiosis. It has been restored to offer all the modern equipment necessary for research, conferences, and concerts.
Sèvres National Ceramics Museum features different types of ceramic and porcelain from all over the world, particularly traditional fine European and Asian ceramics. The museum was established by Alexandre Brongniar, houses more than 50,000 objects and is a must-visit for fans of pottery and earthenware.
This church was entirely rebuilt by the architect Maurice Grandjean from 1960-1964 after the original church in this location was destroyed during World War II and the provisional church, built of wood, burned down in 1958. Only the three bells in their tower remain of the original church. The design of the new church provides superb acoustics for the Beuchet-Debierre organs. Stained- and blown-glass windows are installed, looking out onto the surrounding gardens. Mass is offered Saturday evening and twice on Sunday.
These charming glass houses offer visitors an oasis of calm and beauty in the center of the 16th arrondissement. There are glass houses of luxuriant ferns and other forest and mountain plants, as well as tropical carnivorous plants and a palm house. The garden and glass houses are largely the work of Jean Camillie Formigé and were originally built in 1895 for the cultivation of plants and flowers for city parks. Some parts of Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil are also rented out for private events, please visit the site for more information.
This magnificent garden in the Bois de Boulogne was constructed in 1777 in only 64 days, due to a bet conducted between Marie Antoinette and the Count of Artois. Its composition was inspired by Chinese landscapes and imagery, and it features pagodas, fountains, grottoes and vast expanses of flowers and greenery. In 1865, an Oranjery was constructed which still houses oranges in addition to classical concerts and expositions. The Orangery has a capacity for 200 seated and 300 for cocktails.
This Protestant church is situated in Paris' 16th Arrondissement. It provides a welcoming community and occasionally hosts gospel and classical concerts.
Over a 20 hectare (50 acre) portion of the Île Saint Germain, eight hectares (20 acres) of which are dedicated to natural, uncultivated vegetation, the park provides leisure and a selection of activities to the community. These include a pony-club, guided visits, an architecturally innovative tower/sculpture designed by Jean Dubuffet, and ecological information at the Maison de l'environnement. Hours vary by month, opening between 7a and 8a and closing between 5p and 10p.