Paris calling

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Popping over to Paris for Bastille Day? Parisian native, Edouard Plaisance, reveals the addresses to hit

Where are you from?
I am French and I grew up in Paris. After my Bachelor’s degree in International Hotel Management, I have started my career as Sales Executive in a hotel in La Defense Paris. I have then headed overseas and pent more than 10 years as Director of Sales & Marketing in destinations including New York City, Los Cabos (Mexico), Djerba (Tunisia), Creta (Greece), La Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) and Mauritius. I was Director of Sales and Marketing of two Moevenpick hotels in Tunisia and one in Greece and discovered the Moevenpick philosophy and the enthusiastic team spirit Moevenpick has developed worldwide. Therefore I jumped at the chance to return to Paris for the renovation of the Moevenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly. It is a great pleasure to come back home and be part of the wonderful Moevenpick family again.

What’s the first thing you do, when you get to Paris?
Rediscover my favourite haunts. After more than 10 years spent in different countries, I have to admit that I am really enjoying rediscovering Paris which is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s rich in culture and history and remains a romantic, dynamic city.

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What is your favourite hangout?
The Champs-Elysées which are so representative of the Paris beauty and close to the Moevenpick  hotel. The Champs-Elysées and the surrounding streets are home to lots of different restaurants and bars, where you can drink and dine  with  friends. I also like  Montmartre  -which is for the artistic atmosphere and breathtaking view of Paris – a lot.

What is your favourite restaurant?
I love the Brasserie Victor Hugo in the Moevenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly. It’s a typical French Brasserie where you can enjoy traditional French cuisine,  just few minutes away from the Champs-Elysées. During the summer months, Victor Hugo boasts an attractive terrace overlooking a lovely garden which is a lovely spot for alfresco drinks and dinner if the weather is good.

What was the last exhibition you saw in Paris?
Martial Raysse in the Center Pompidou.

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What was the last gig you saw in Paris?
That would be Indochine (a  French rock and new wave band, formed in 1981) at the Stade de France.

What is your earliest Paris memory?
It’s got to be visiting  the Eiffel Tower, which celebrated its 125th birthday earlier this year.

What have you discovered recently in Paris?
The Louis Vuitton foundation which will open in Neuilly in September 2014. I have seen the modern building which has been built and expect to be a fantastic area to discover near by the hotel.

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What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?
I would decree that Paris becomes car free for one day a year so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the French capital, traffic free!

What is your top tip for tourists?
Use your legs and walk around the city. The beauty is everywhere and very often just around the corner.

Where would you like to stay?
At the Moevenpick Paris Neuilly of course! The hotel has a calm, relaxing ambience and is close to the most attractive parts of Paris.

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What is your favourite place for a glass of wine?
Bar 58 at the Moevenpick Paris Neuilly or  Café LIMO on trendy Gustave Toudouze Place.

What is your guilty Paris pleasure?
Going to Saint Louis Island and eating the oldest ice cream from Maison Berthillon.

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Tell us something we don’t know about Paris?
You should aim to see Paris’ passages:  Galerie Véro-Dodat (1er), Galerie Vivienne, Galerie Colbert, Passage Choiseul, Passage des Panoramas, Passage des Princes, Passage du Grand-Cerf (2ème), Passage Molière, Passage Verdeau (3ème).

Thanks Edouard! For more information on Paris, click here

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