Now fully acclimatised to the air in Paris, Jo the Flamingo, our mascot straight from distant Florida, is ready to guide you to the highlights of fashion, gastronomy and culture that make a glittering Parisian winter.
Jo hesitates for a moment, spoiled for choice and not knowing where to turn...
A cake to capture the moment from 101 Faubourg St Honore...
...and finally decides to show you some of the connoisseur delights of the capital. With a flutter of feathers, Jo takes you to a place where the sin of gluttony is utterly irresistible. Dalloyau has been a leading Parisian purveyor of fine foods since the late 17th century. Their creations generally tend towards the essential, but the recommendation of the moment just has to be the Studio Harcourt cake. Named for the famous photographic studio, this golden, crisp and delicious gastronomic highlight of 2016 has to be tasted to be believed! And when Jo whispers in our ear that beneath the delicate puff pastry lies soft almond cream and peanut fondant blended with pears poached in Ceylon cinnamon, accompanied by a milk caramel malt, our resistance crumbles completely.
The Studio Harcourt cake promises new flavours and wide angle emotion.
January 1st to February 28th:
Buy a Studio Harcourt cake and get a Studio Harcourt booth photo free!
Find the Studio Harcourt booth in the DALLOYAU FAUBOURG shop.
Try a small choux bun on the chic Place Furstenberg (Paris 6th)...
Also not to be missed are the delicious little choux to be found in the aptly named La Maison du Chou, located on the romantic Place Furstenberg in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Here you are invited to succumb to temptation as the two-star chef Manuel Martinez, of the famous Relais Louis XIII, revisits his grandmother’s recipe in 3 modern variations.
Which leads us to Pablo
Picasso remixed at the Grand Palais...
After that gorgeous appetiser we can head off to the Grand Palais for Picasso.Mania, an exhibition which presents both the man and his work, placing into fascinating perspective the creations of the founder of Cubism alongside those of his contemporaries, admirers, detractors and heirs. A hundred of his works, many comparatively little know, meet, influence and challenge the paintings, assemblages and sculptures of Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Martin Kippenberger.
"We know that Picasso was iconoclastic, inspired, and cheerfully drew on the history of painting. Here he is, in turn, viewed, plagiarised, mocked and adored. Artists from around the world respond either to his various stylistic stages, or simply to the character that he polished."
Grand Palais, Avenue du Général Eisenhower-Paris 8th. Picasso Mania runs until February 29th
Picasso found in his museum...
Jo, who naturally worships the one who painted such distinctive pigeons and doves, recommends a place that is dedicated to the master. The Picasso Museum is located upon five floors of the prestigious Hotel Salé in the heart of the Marais, which Bruno Foucart described in 1985 as the "most extraordinarily extravagant, if not the greatest of Parisian hotels of the seventeenth century."
Musée Picasso, 5 rue Thorigny, 3rd – Paris.
A change of scenery
From the splendour of the Musée Galliera with the Countess Greffulhe...
Now a Parisian to the tips of his feathers, Jo appreciates luxury, fashion, beauty, elegance and spirit. So the sparkling world of Élizabeth, Countess Greffulhe, is right up her street! A new exhibition at the Musée Galliera focusses on the exceptional wardrobe of the Divine Comtesse, whose beauty inspired Marcel Proust and many fashion designers of her time. Around fifty examples of stunning clothing created by the leading couturiers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are displayed, capturing the high fashion of an era of elegance and beauty.
Musée Galliera- Musée de la Mode, 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie 75016 Until March 20th
To a small urban cocoon
Evening begins to fall on Paris and even our tireless feathered roving reporter is ready for a well-deserved break. And to capture the flavour of winter and its hints of mountains and snow, Jo has found you ... a chalet! On the terrace of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, the Fleurier Chalet welcomes you to a delightfully intimate world of exposed wood, dim lights, thick curtains and snow-laden fir trees. Don’t miss the raclette with black truffles created by the chef, Jean-François Rouquette.
Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme- 5 Rue de la Paix 75002. Until February 29th
Alternatively, on the terrace of The Peninsula Paris there stands a magnificent Mongolian yurt. Tartines, mountain plates, hot chocolate and mulled wine await you in a divine ski resort atmosphere. It offers a moment of relaxation out of time and Jo, nestled in the warmth, finds that the hardest part is leaving.
Le Peninsula, 19 Avenue Kleber 75016 Paris. Until March 31st
Petit Madeleine Hôtel, a 3 star hotel in Paris, at the heart of the 8th district