Before we give you the lowdown on this wonderfully architectural loft space, you might want to know about a little about its immediate environs, and the multiple layers beneath it, invisible to the naked eye, but which hold tales of legendary battles, restored kings, demolished and rebuilt palais (au pluriel), oh and a couple of organ transplants, once in, once out (before you get too alarmed, we mean organs of the musical variety). To get into the picture, check out this panoramic view of the Place du Trocadéro – use your mouse or mousepad to gyrate, zoom in, and pan around: http://www.visitonweb.com/wikipedia/paris/flash/vue24-eiffel-tou...r-Trocadéro-paris-uk.html
Its humbly hilly beginnings were as Chaillot, a village. The name Trocadero came much later, commemorating a victorious battle in Spain. Writer and diplomat François-René, Viscount of Chateaubriand pointed out that with this victory, the Duke of Angoulême achieved in a mere six months what Napoleon had failed to do in seven years – namely, conquer the Spaniards. It was short-lived glory for the French.
But that's only the nominal layer of the Place du Trocadéro . It became the scene of the 1867 World's Fair, when,the Palais du Trocadéro was erected, only to be torn down 50 years later and replaced with the Palais de Chaillot. The original palais included an auditorium that housed the first large organ to be built into a concert hall (not a church) in all France. You can now find this organ transplanted into the Auditorium Maurice Ravel in Lyon. It seems to have taken well.
Even with the best x-ray lenses, the foregoing archeological and historical layers wouldn't be evident. But now that you're in the know, here's how the two arced buildings that comprise Palais de Chaillot are put to use today. They are home to several museums, including the naval museum, the museum of ethnology, and the museum of architecture and patrimoine – a uniquely French word that encompasses national treasures of all makes and models, whether animal, vegetable or mineral. Below the eastern wing is the repurposed theater – the Theatre National de Chaillot – that runs a full season of dance, drama, music and children's offerings.
As you're starting to think about your upcoming stay in Paris, this might give you some idea that you don't have to go far from home to be fully entertained, delighted, and have your senses filled and infused with the French, nay Parisian sensibility.
Making your nest for the week in this interesting, angular, light-filled space in central Paris's western end will give you the feeling of having arrived somewhere very special, very chic, very… je ne sais quoi....
Located in the 16th arrondissement just above the Seine, this lovely one-bedroom loft features one well-appointed bedroom and interesting angles everywhere. Situated on the 4th floor and reached by elevator, the apartment features a double-story living space, lower-ceilinged formal dining area, and a fabulous, spic and span little kitchen that will accommodate the preparation of your breakfast and locally-sourced culinary finds, as well as any emergency laundry needs.
It's a kind of treasure box, with no square centimeter failing to be considered and used appropriately. The big double bed peeks out from the top of the loft over the space and to the Paris light beyond. The bath features a big, modern sink and open, tiled shower booth – perfect for the two of you.
You'll have a whole new feeling about le modernisme once you've experienced its luxurious side in this ultra-cool place.Read more
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