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Allô Paris: Flora Vesterberg hits Paris+ by Art Basel at the Grand Palais Éphémère

Flora outside Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection

Arriving in Paris by Eurostar, there is an immediate feeling of serenity as you surrender yourself to the city’s undeniable energy. My husband Timothy and I had been invited to preview the international art fair Paris+ by Art Basel at Grand Palais Éphémère. We quickly discovered that beyond highlights like Blum & Poe, Emalin and Victoria Miro, it was their innovative public programme and the surrounding exhibitions that truly gave us the opportunity to appreciate the architecture and beauty of Paris as it approaches the winter months.

The walk from Le Meurice to Place Vendôme

We stayed at Le Meurice, the official hotel partner of Paris+ by Art Basel where gallerists and collectors could be observed in discussion over Cédric Grolet pastries every morning. The view from our suite overlooking Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre was, it’s safe to say, heavenly. The windows remained open so that we could venture onto the balcony and glimpse the scintillating Eiffel Tower beyond. The interior design was the perfect balance of opulent, contemporary and yet understated.

The location of Le Meurice on Rue de Rivoli is wonderful as the neoclassical architecture of Place Vendôme is nearby. Every morning, I enjoyed circumnavigating the square and appreciating the enduring influence of the historic jewellers that occupy it. As part of the public programme of Paris+ by Art Basel, the large-scale sculpture Wave by the Swiss artist Urs Fischer is presented there by Gagosian and will remain until 1 December. From there, you can easily stop for an early lunch at Brasserie L’Emil or the neo-brasserie Cloche.

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