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  • Writer's pictureKate Woodman

Paris j'aime: pourquoi? (I love Paris: why?)

Updated: Feb 16, 2020

Un soir comme ce soir est pourquoi j'aime Paris. Je suis allée à le magnifique Hôtel de Talleyrand, un hôtel particulier du 18ème siècle sur la Place de la Concorde, pour une soirée de l'Arts Arena avec chanteur et auteur-compositeur Rufus Wainwright. Le directrice de l'Arts Arena l'a interrogé et il était intelligent, charmant et merveilleux.

An evening like tonight is why I love Paris. I went to the magnificent Hôtel de Talleyrand, an 18th century "hôtel particulier" (private residence) located on the Place de la Concorde, for an event sponsored by the Arts Arena with singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. The director of Arts Arena interviewed him and I found him to be smart, charming and totally delightful. His second opera, Hadrian, premieres this fall in Canada.

Hôtel de Talleyrand:

Grand Staircase

Listening to Rufus in the Grand Dining Room


Champagne reception in Grand Reception Room

The rooms have been beautifully and meticulously restored

Après la reception, je suis rentré à pied.

After the reception, I walked home.

Fountain in Jardin des Tuileries

Constructing amusements and rides for the summer....took me back 15 years when we were here with our boys staying across the street at Hotel du Louvre and all they wanted to do was play the games of chance and ride the rides!


Louvre courtyard without tourists

Palais-Royal bride and groom

Paris j'aime !!

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