Look of the day: Karen Tamblyn

Look of the day: Karen Tamblyn

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Paris Hotel De Ville ("City Hall") Vip Tour

By Bahya Oumlil-Murad and Karen Tamblyn

Monday, March 9, 2009

Paris is not only the fashion capital of the world, but the place where fashion and politics find each other. Thanks to Bill Lee , SFO Director of International Economic & Tourism Development, Thomas Horn, Chair of the San Francisco-Paris Sister City Committee and Michele Margueron, City of Paris International Relations Department Project Manager, San Francisco’s fashionable took a break from runways and the spotlight to visit Paris’ stunning Hotel de Ville.

San francisco Fashionable

 Joel Goodrich, Bahya Oumlil-Murad, Marie France Bennett, 
Gayle Evans, Karen Tamblyn, Francein Hansen and Mark Calvano

Hotel De Ville Exquisite Salle

It’s not easy to get a glimpse of its interiors, but Marie France Bennett, in charge of visits to the Hotel de Ville, General Delegation to Events & Protocol, courteously squeezed the group into her busy schedule (preparing for visits of Lebanese President Sleiman and former SF Mayor Willie Brown) for a special VIP tour. Upon arrival she greeted us personally at the Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe’s special entrance.

Magnificent Staircase For Official Visits and Events

The Hotel de Ville has housed the administration of the city of Paris since 1357. This multi-function building is home not only to the local administration and the Mayor of Paris (since 1977), but it is also a venue for large receptions.

The reconstruction of the building was directed by architects Théodore Ballu and Édouard Deperthes. The renovated Hotel de Ville showcases 16th century French Renaissance architecture. Its new interiors and lavish ceremonial rooms are decorated in the 1880s style.

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