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InterContinental Le Grand Reminds Us That Paris Is Still A City of Culture

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March 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

InterContinental Le Grand is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, so happy birthday to it! As with any major milestone, certain festivities have been planned to mark the occasion. But if you're expecting cake and streamers, think again.

This is Paris, after all, and when has Paris ever missed an opportunity to get all highbrow and cultured on everyone?

No. Rather than blowing its special anniversary on one fleeting night of drunken debauchery, the century-and-a-half-old hotel is dragging out its birthday by dedicating a month to each of the seven arts (architecture, music, literature, film...and those other three ones). Starting with this month's theme: literature.

Each of the arts will be celebrated in different ways. This month, various local authors and poets have been performing readings inside the hotel. Next month for cinema, classic film posters will be exhibited throughout the property and special film-inspired dishes will pop up on the menu. During May, the hotel will pay tribute to sculpture with an exhibit of works by Catherine Cairns, and for June, a live music series will be instituted.

The hotel's Cafe de la Paix has also created a special limited-edition dessert to mark the occasion. Devised by the hotel's Head Pastry Chef, Dominic Costa, the indulgent treat (pictured above) is made simply with slabs of rich dark chocolate and exotic fruit, and comes with a gold "150" stamp. Classy.

Of course, Paris is also known—perhaps more commonly—as the city of love. And in keeping with that tradition, guests can pay an extra 150 EUR for special VIP amenities like being upgraded to a suite, dinner for two (with champagne) at Cafe de la Paix, and, of course, a bed strewn with 100 roses.

[Photo: InterContinental Le Grand]

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