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Episode 2

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Daria NOSKOVA

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EPISODE 2

Welcome to the second episode of the VINGT Paris podcast series! This time round, presenter Jo Youle heads to the company’s beautiful offices, on the prestigious rue Saint-Honoré, to meet the talented team – and to hear what they love most about living and working in the French capital…


 

EPISODE 2: Meet the VINGT Paris team

Wanting to find out more about some of the places mentioned in this episode? Here we bring you a handy summary of each one that is mentioned – and how to find out further information.

Our little Paris address book

What?
Rue Saint Honoré
Why?
The home of the VINGT Paris head office, this iconic location in the heart of the city is known as the fashionista neighbourhood. Here, you will find everything from Chanel, Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo to Alexander McQueen, Chloé and many more. 
Where?
1st arrondissement
More info here

What?
Fashion Week
Why?
Featuring haute-couture clothing, all the top French brands and gorgeous models, there is nothing else quite like Paris Fashion Week. 
Where?
All over Paris
More info here


What?
Left Bank
Why?
The term used to describe the area of the city to the south of the river, while the Right Bank defines the part to the north. There’s a good-natured rivalry between the two with everyone claiming their half of the city is the better one.
Where?
Southern half of the city
More info here


What?
The Marais
Why?
One of the oldest parts of Paris, this lively district dates back to medieval times. Today, its historic, narrow streets are renowned for their cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries. 
Where?
3rd and 4th arrondissements
More info here
Le Marais

What?
Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Why?
One of the most sought-after quartiers of the city, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is what you might call ‘classic’ Paris. Famed for the artistic and literary legends who frequented its cafés in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that spirit still lives on today.
Where?
6th arrondissement
More info here


What?
Place Vendôme
Why?
A lesson in classical urban design, the elegant Place Vendôme is best-known as the location of The Ritz (see below) as well as a showcase for the finest luxury goods.
Where? 
1st arrondissement
More info here


What?
The Ritz
Why?
One of the most famous hotels in the world, this iconic institution has long attracted the great and the good. Following an extensive four-year renovation, it reopened its doors in 2016 to much fanfare.
Where? 
1st arrondissement
More info here
Ritz

What?
Tuileries Gardens
Why?
Located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, these beautiful formal gardens were created by Catherine de Medici as part of the Tuileries Palace in 1564. Today, they are a place to see and be seen, as well as being popular with joggers.
Where?
1st arrondissement
More info here


What?
The Louvre
Why?
The world’s largest art museum, the Louvre is home to some 35,000 artworks – including, most notably, the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo and The Winged Victory of Samothrace. Just be sure to book in advance to guarantee entry.
Where? 
1st arrondissement
More info here


What?
Hotel Particulier, Montmartre
Why?
Tucked away in a magical secret garden, and completely hidden from the street, this former mansion house was once owned by the Hermes family. Today, this boutique hotel is not only a gorgeous place to stay but a great place for a cocktail. 
Where?
18th arrondissement
More info here


What?
Bois de Boulogne 
Why?
Located along the western edge of the 16th arrondissement, this large public park is a Mecca for everyone from nature-lovers, picnickers and dog-walkers to cyclists, joggers and boating fans.  
Where?
16th arrondissement
More info here


What?
Passage Dumas
Why?
Created in 1823, under the name of ‘Impasse des Jardiniers’, this historic passageway is located  in the bustling district of Oberkampf with its array of cafés, bars, restaurants and shops. 
Where?
11th arrondissement
More info here


What?
Mona Bismarck American Center
Why?
This amazing old mansion house, right opposite the Eiffel Tower, is named after the elegant socialite who once held artistic salons here. Now an arts centre, it hosts well-known DJs and other cultural events and also has a beautiful garden.
Where?
16th arrondissement
More info here