2015, the year of light and 180th birthday of Le Meurice

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Hello,
I’m Pistache, Hotel Le Meurice’s mascot.
I’m glad you asked me for help. Together we can get an even better score!
Take a look at the question you’re struggling with and read the paragraph that corresponds with it – everything you need to know should be in there.
Good luck!

P.

Clue to Question 1 (the moustachioed character):
This famous character with a very funny nickname “Avida dollars” is a great Spanish artist known for his surreal paintings. These include some funny melty watches…
During his many stays at Hotel Le Meurice, he asked for some crazy things, like sending a horse and a herd of goats up to his suite, catching flies in the Tuileries Garden and throwing coins under the wheels of his car!
Today, one of the hotel’s restaurants is named after him.
One thing’s for sure, he was an incredible personality…

Clue to Question 2 (the suite name):
This very beautiful suite is on the hotel’s top floor and was built on the roof!
You get a 360° view of Paris from its huge terrace. This has to be the highest terrace in the city, the one closest to the sky…
You might be tempted to give up your comfy bed to lie on one of the soft chairs up there to watch the stars…

Clue to Question 3 (the palace facing the hotel):
It’s no coincidence that Hotel Le Meurice’s nickname is ‘The Hotel of Kings’… in fact, the palace that was home to several of French history’s kings and queens can be found just opposite. The castle, partly destroyed at the time of the Paris Commune, is today one of the world’s greatest museums where you can discover an incredible exhibition on ancient Egypt and the pharaohs… it’s not surprising that they decided to set up a huge glass pyramid in the centre of the Napoleon courtyard!
Other famous works there are definitely worth seeing are the Mona Lisa with her iconic smile and the Venus de Milo, who lost her arms.

Clue to Question 4 (the district):
Hotel Le Meurice is in the very heart of Paris in one of the capital’s oldest districts. Paris was once a very small city that has grown outwards from la Seine river over the years. What’s funny is that it’s now split into 20 districts which wind around the Louvre in the shape of a snail.

Clue to Question 5 (the shape of the mosaic):
If you’ve walked around the area outside Hotel Le Meurice, you’ll have surely noticed that the hotel entrance is under the arcades of the rue de Rivoli, built under the first empire and taking its name from the city that was besieged and won by Napoleon I. Well, well…
In this street you will also see lots of pictures on the pavement, made from collections of many small stones. These are mosaics...an early form of advertising. Hotel Le Meurice’s represents the hotel logo, and you can see it has no angles…
If you like mosaics, ask your parents to take you to the Palais Garnier Opera which has some incredible ones.

Clue to Question 6 (the art prize):
Hotel Le Meurice is not just the hotel of kings, it’s the hotel of artists! Firstly this is thanks to its stunning architectural and cultural heritage. If you walk around the ground floor of the hotel, you’ll see – along with many other things – original hand painted frescoes dating from 1907, a huge floor mosaic, marble columns and extraordinary gilded woodwork on the walls. But of course, it’s also because so many artists, like Dali, have stayed at Hotel Le Meurice. Since its creation in 1985, it has known the importance of respecting and celebrating its heritage. Now it’s important to keep writing our establishment’s artistic history, which is why we’ve launched a prize rewarding art that is created today… art which is…

Clue to Question 7 (the piano):
You’ve already seen how important Salvador Dali is to the history of the Hotel Le Meurice! He stayed at the hotel for 30 years after all!
For him, a grand piano was a musical instrument reserved for the world’s greats, which is why he always wanted a piano to be placed in the middle of the most beautiful rooms. In the spirit of his sometimes wacky ideas, Hotel Le Meurice decided to do the same, with a twist, and created a “Piano-Bar”.

Clue to Question 8 (the restaurant):
This great salon in Versailles, very close to the famous Hall of Mirrors, was one of the Queen’s apartments. It corresponds with the War Salon, which was one of the King’s apartments.
Here you can see wonderful painted medallions and sumptuous chandeliers like those in the fine dining restaurant.
This is also where, under Louis XV, Marie Leszczinska performed musical concerts every Sunday…

Clue to Question 9 (the dog):
The dog has been the hotel mascot for over 100 years now (since 1907)! I arrived much later… You can really see it on the logo where it outlines the “M” of Meurice and the crown of “The Hotel of Kings”.
During its long life Hotel Le Meurice has been through many long periods of restoration work.The 1905 campaign was the most impressive by far as the hotel had to close its doors for two years to welcome it into the new millennium. Since then, every dog with a master can call the hotel home.

Clue to Question 10 (What is missing at Le meurice) :
Hotel Le Meurice is in one of the capital’s most beautiful areas, at the heart of historical Paris with its incredible monuments and a stone’s throw from the best shopping!
Although you can see Auguste Caïn’s impressive animal sculptures in the Tuileries Garden facing the hotel, there are no other wild animals to be seen as far as I know…

Clue to Question11 (Hotel Le Meurice’s age):
Get ready for one or two deductions…
Before establishing itself at its current address in 1835, Hotel Le Meurice had been located on rue Saint-Honoré since 1818!
It was first established to welcome wealthy English tourists, which is why Bar 228 still looks like a real British Club with its big armchairs and wooden panelling...
Did you know that the hotel was the first to install telephones, electricity and bathrooms in every room?

Clue to Question 12 (the painter):
Hotel Le Meurice is definitely a favourite spot for Spain’s greatest painters…
This small bald man, famous for this paintings with strangely square faces produced almost 50,000 works in his lifetime.
In 1918, he married a Russian ballerina at Hotel Le Meurice, the beautiful Olga… Now I understand why he spent a lot of his time painting Russian ballets…
If you’d like to find out more about him, I can tell you he has his own museum in Paris!

Clue to Question 13 (the film):
In 2010, Hotel Le Meurice was buzzing with excitement during filming of a movie that takes us back to the party atmosphere of the roaring 20s. In this film that opened at Cannes Festival the following year, the main character goes back in time to meet the greatest artists of the era such as Dali, Picasso…
Partly filmed in the fine dining restaurant, the movie gives you a breathtaking view of Paris from the Belle Etoile suite (during the wine-tasting scene).

Clue to Question 14 (the dessert):
Humm… This delicious, totally round dessert is composed of little choux delicately arranged on thin and crispy puff pastry… delightful!!!
Invented in the mid-nineteenth century by Monsieur Chiboust whose bakery was an irresistible stop off in the street, you can savour this little cake in Le Dali restaurant as our Pastry Chef has turned it into a work of art…
Just for the record, this is also the name of the Patron Saint of Bakers. scene).

Clue to Question 15 (the frosted object):
Ah, another Salvador Dali reference! The Spanish genius is definitely all around us…
This very large object with its attractive gold frame is a little bit like the hotel’s visitors’ book. You know, the book you sometimes find at famous monuments so you can leave nice comments when you leave. At Hotel Le Meurice, we’ve decided to create a big frosted page you can write on without a pencil. That’s right! The heat from your fingertips melts the ice to leave a clear trace. I think that if you took the ice away you’d even see yourself looking back…

Clue to Question 16 (the flashing monument):
Paris has a lot of large and very beautiful monuments, but this one is undoubtedly the most symbolic of the capital. We call it “the iron lady” because it’s pretty much made of metal beams, held together with more than one million rivets. Can you imagine what a big job that was?
This gigantic 324 metre high construction was built by the gentleman who lent his name to it at the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris.
Every evening it sparkles for the first five minutes of every hour, while its spotlight shines over Paris.

Clue to Question 17 (the lucky colour):
It’s a colour we get by mixing yellow and blue… and it’s also said to be the colour of hope.
Hotel Le Meurice chose it as its favourite colour a long time ago and you can even see it on its façade blinds!
Another clue: my name “Pistache” is another way of describing this colour.

Clue to Question 18 (the perfumery):
This dates back to 1828!  Back to the beginnings of this famous house which once sold small perfumed soaps. As it grew more successful, the French perfumery quickly became the supplier of Emperor Napoleon I. The brand even made the bee its emblem. Why? Because the bee, considered one of the oldest emblems of the sovereigns of France, and also an imperial sign, symbolises immortality.
Although most of this has been forgotten today, the brand logo is quite recognisable thanks to its two interlocking Gs…

Clue to Question 19 (the people that can help you):
They’re my best friends! They’re kind, caring and most of all, very cultured. You can ask them absolutely anything and all your questions about Paris, I bet they know the answer.
Their office is near the hotel entrance so that you know they’re there all the time!
They don’t cook but they definitely have all the ingredients for a fun-packed time…can you guess yet?

Clue to Question 20 (Augustin Meurice):
This great man was a visionary, meaning someone very intelligent…
He was the first, in 1818, to create a Palace in Paris. At the time you could be accommodated in up to thirty beds or reserve just one in the smallest apartment and it cost 3 Francs (about 50 euro cents)!
So it’s no coincidence that the hotel still bears his name, 200 years later…

 
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