Comfort Hotel Davout Nation Paris 20
110, rue des Orteaux
Phone: (33) 1 40092828
Fax: (33) 1 40097314
110, rue des Orteaux, Paris, FR, 75020
- Phone: (33) 1 40092828
- Fax: (33) 1 40097314
The Kapla center is located at the tip of the Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, close to the Bastille. The district is extremely charming. The furniture makers and all other trades involving wood are housed in the Faubourg. More and more fashion designers have also recently decided to open shops in the district. The writer Patrick Sûskind, in "the Perfume" very accurately describes the atmosphere (and the smell!) of the street. The Kapla center offers workshops for children. With small pieces of wood called Kapla, they can build monsters, houses or cars. Children, a lot more than their parents, know that game and love it. The center also offers to babysit your kid during the course! They're really friendly.
This popular ice skating rink was established in 2002 through the combined efforts of Paris' town hall and the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. It was named after the Norwegian champion of figure skating Sonja Henie, and at the time it was the only permanent skating rink in Paris. It continues to delight ice skating amateurs and aficionados alike with its frequent events including concerts, hockey matches, and DJ nights.
Each summer, Parisians and tourists can enjoy the sand, palm trees, and beach umbrellas installed along the banks of the Seine - but the river is much too murky and dirty for swimming. Enter Piscine Joséphine Baker to the rescue. The public pool, which can be found in the 13th arrondissement on a boat floating on the Seine, makes it nearly possible to really swim in the river. The boat boasts a retractable roof, swimming and wading pools, a sauna and hot tub, and plenty of deck space for sunbathing. As the pool has only been open since summer 2008, everything is new. - Betsy Mikel
Opened in 1867, this park was built by Jean-Charles Alphand who designed a number of parks during the reign of Napoleon III. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is spread over 24.7 hectares (61.03 acres) and features an artificial lake, a rocky island, exotic trees, bridges, waterfalls and a grotto. The most significant part of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle which is a scaled-down replica of the iconic Roman Temple of Vesta. The public park also has restaurants, puppet theaters and other facilities making it very popular among locals and tourists alike. A stroll through the historic Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is definitely worthwhile.
The largest park in Paris was originally a forest named Vilcena which surrounded Lutèce (the Gaul name for Paris) and became the property of the King in the 11th Century. Following its destruction during the Revolution, the army installed themselves here in 1794. It was only in 1857 that Napoleon III decided to transform it into an English-style park and it took three years of work. Today, it looks very much the way it did after the renovations: vast lawns, charming paths and a stunning network of waterfalls, islands and pools. The three lakes, Minimes, Saint Mandé and Gravelle were put in at this time. When the city of Paris took over the park in 1860, they added the lac de Daumesnil. Visitors can rent boats on the lakes, explore the tropical garden, the Buddhist and Tibetan temples and visit the Musée des Arts Africains et Océaniens.
The geometrical lines of the carrés de la perspective garden greet visitors upon entering the Jardin des Plantes with marvelous effects of perspective created through careful planning and maintenance. In the 65-acre (26-hectare) botanical garden, bejeweled by flowerbeds, you'll find several attractions, including an alpine garden, a greenhouse split between a tropical winter garden, a Mexican desert ecosystem, and a rose and iris garden. Also visit the small zoo and explore one of the museums on site, which include the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie de Paléontologie. The garden was first created in 1635 by Louis XIII's physician Guy de la Brosse to illustrate plants' medicinal properties to medical students. It opened to the public in 1640.
With three locations just outside Paris, Aventure Aventure is France's premiere outdoor adventure theme park. Featuring expansive rope courses and exciting ziplines through the majestic Tyrolean forest, the park caters to individual explorers as well as families, businesses, and schools.
This popular boat rental company offers cruise that spans across the River Seine and the St. Martin Canal, taking visitors of the Musée d'Orsay on a three-hour trip to the Parc de la Villette, and back. Departing from the Museum and the park, the cruise serves as a magnificent way to discover this part of the city. Reservations are essential, hence call for more information.
Situated inside the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, the ice rink is a popular winter destination among locals and tourists. Add more excitement to Christmas by indulging in some ice-skating here. Glide over the cold ice and let the adrenalin flow. A hit with people of all age groups, the entry to the rink is free however, one might have to pay for the skates.
This immense site, spread over three kilometers (one-and-a-half miles), is first and foremost a park where both children and parents can play and relax. With its wooded glens, a canal winding through the lawns, staircases climbing up the hillsides to lovely views, and flat lots for roller blading, this place is very popular on sunny Sundays. Children of all ages are invited to unleash their imaginations here: dragon gardens, astounding acrobatics, gentle dunes, and rolling fog set the stage. Linger for awhile in the Bamboo Garden to hear the wind blowing through these enormous grasses and imagine you are surrounded by jungle!
Swimming at midnight right in Paris is possible! The Pontoise swimming pool, located near Boulevard Saint-Germain in the heart of the capital, offers this possibility thanks to late night openings from Monday to Friday. The swimming pool dates from the 1930s and is listed as Historical Monument. It is one of the most beautiful and famous pools in Paris. There is a 33-meter (108-foot) long pool, and there are individual cabins over two floors, and all of this is covered by a glass roof providing natural light. Besides water activities, you can enjoy squash classes, a body building space, and a sauna. The night ticket (from 8p) provides access to the pool and all other spaces. After your sporting efforts, you can relax at the bar.
The excitement of the racetrack is easily accessible within the city of Paris, at one of the many events of the Paris-Vincennes Hippodrome. This facility is categorized in the Première (1) Categorie Nationale, and includes two circular tracks, reception halls, restaurants, and of course the stables. See website for scheduling details and panoramic views of the Hippodrome.