There aren’t many Parisian bathhouses frequented by Proust... that turned into nightclubs frequented by Andy Warhol and Naomi Campbell... that turned into hotels frequented by you.
And by not many, we mean like... less than two.
Behold the third act of the one and only Les Bains, a legendary Parisian spot that just added “operating a 39-room hotel” to its updated résumé, now open.
We could spend all day talking about how this place offered sulfur, Russian and Turkish baths in the late 1800s. And how it later became what was essentially the Studio 54 of Paris in the late ’70s. But you don’t have all day. So let’s talk about what it is now.
It’s a hotel.
One with rooms decked out in Joy Division album covers, the occasional private hammam and sofas modeled after those in Andy Warhol’s Factory. (See it in all its new glory here.)
It’s a restaurant.
One with tables that sit atop a fully restored black-and-white-checkered dance floor of nearly 2 million hand-laid tiles. Walk/dance gently.
There’s a private dining area in an old water tank. There’s a penthouse with a private chef on call. There’s a secret apartment that’s accessible by a private elevator.
They’re big on the whole “private” thing.
"Here, here, it's here! I found it, see me waving my arms!?!" as I finally walked upon the most visited stone head in the world, after erring for 30 minutes.
We have been looking for the tomb of Jim Morrison (singer of the Doors, who died in Paris in 1971) for a while, along with two other sets of tourists who were wandering for a much longer time than we had. The Père-Lachaise cemetery is a vast park in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, a huge enclosure full of resting places, trees, birds, funeral flowers, and wandering humans. Read more...
The cemetery, which draws a steady flow of tourists to Morrison's grave, said it has not received any request to move the body. According to its website, only Morrison’s family could request to move his remains. Read full story here...
The eternal residents of this grand Parisian cemetery continue to fascinate even in death. If every cemetery tells a tale, then Père Lachaise speaks volumes. Anywhere from 300,000 TO 1,000,000 SOULS are interred within the walls of Paris’ grand burial ground. Along its winding tree-lined paths rest some of the most influential writers, painters, musicians, and politicians in history—many of whom continue to fascinate even in death. Read more...
Last July 3, 2015 was the 44th death anniversary of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of that transcendent rock band, the Doors. A month before, after years of planning to visit Morrison’s gravesite at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Eastern Paris, I got to do so and commune with one of the fallen idols of my youth.
I was five years old when Jim Morrison passed away due to a drug overdose in Paris. At that time, I was into cartoons and comic books. Music was still a few years away from engulfing my body and soul that had me scurrying to form my own band. So it stands to reason that while his passing stunned the music world, it registered nary a blip on my radar screen. Read more...
The best known of the city's cemeteries, Pere Lachaise -- often simply called pere -- is also its largest.
It's possible to wander for hours along the roads and pathways and past the eerie crematorium and chapel.
Ancient crypts and mausoleums, some with the doors hanging off the hinges as though its occupants have just left, look a little like telephone boxes.
Others are more imaginative.
There's Oscar Wilde's grave, now encased in glass to prevent fervent fans leaving lipstick kisses on the white stone -- even though it's adorned with an Art Deco man-in-flight whose pouting lips seem to be asking for exactly that. Read more...
AS EUROPE wakes after a night of horrors, newsstands are filling with horrified reactions to the Paris attacks. The front pages of French publications including Liberation, Le Figaro and Aujourd’hui decry the horror of the killings in the heart of their capital city. Watch full video here...
Members of the public arrive for the funeral of Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Tignous at Père Lachaise Cemetery on January 15, 2015 in Paris, France. Cartoonist Bernard 'Tignous' Verlhac was killed in last weeks terrorist attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.