Top 10 Events of 2014 in Paris
December 29, 2014
The year 2014 has seen many things happening in Paris, from openings or re-openings of museums and iconic city landmarks to political and cultural events. Here is a look back at the 10 major events that have marked the year 2014.
Visitors that went to the Eiffel Tower this summer must have noticed the scaffoldings on the 1st floor. Indeed, to enhance the experience, this part of the iconic landmark of Paris went through a long renovation period. This year in October, concurring with the Eiffel Tower’s 125th anniversary, the inauguration of the new 1st floor was held: a renovated restaurant (58 Tour Eiffel), snack bar, conference room and… a glass floor in several areas!
Fondation Louis Vuitton
On October20th, 2014 saw the inauguration of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, which is without a doubt the most beautiful modern construction in Paris. The large glass and steel sails are definitely worth the visit, even for those that don’t necessarily love the modern art works exposed inside.
It was a tradition for many couples spending a romantic time in Paris, but sadly, this is now officially over. The love locks on the Pont des Arts were part of the main tourist attractions, but due to the safety problems it created (the bridge fences could not withstand the weight of the thousands of locks), the city of Paris decided to take off the locks and replace the chain link fencing with nice transparent panels.
”Finally!” is what most Parisians would say concerning the reopening of the Picasso Museum, a pretty controversial subject this year. With endless delays and postponements, which led to the dismissal of the former director of the museum, the museum finally opened its doors on September 28th 2014. A wonderful place to see countless works of the master of cubism.
Also reopened: the magnificent Conciergerie, best known for being the antechamber of death during the French Revolution
On the 28th of June 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo. This marked the start of World War I, with celebrations held in Paris for the 100th anniversary. Military celebrations were also held for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris in 1944. For these two special anniversaries, museums, ceremonies and exhibitions were held during the year, such as Paris Libéré at the Musée Carnavalet.
Diner en Blanc
Sade, Baccarat & Saint Louis
2014 marked several anniversaries of French iconic historical figures or companies. 3 of them are worth mentioning
- 200th anniversary of the death of Sade, a writer and philosopher, so controversial that he spent most of his life in prison. Why controversial? The word sadism comes from… Sade.
- 250th anniversary of the creation of Baccarat, the famous French crystal company.
- 800th anniversary of the birth of King Louis IX, also called Saint Louis. He was the one that brought the Holy Relics (including the Crown of Thorns) to Paris and built the Sainte Chapelle to house them.
For the first time in history, a woman became the mayor of Paris. Anne Hidalgo was elected Mayor of Paris on April 5th 2014. Here is Anne Hidalgo (left) and Parisianist’s Marketing Director Michyl Culos (right) in the selfie above.
Welcome City Lab
This might not be a big deal for most people, but for us (and the future of tourism in France of course) this was something big. On the 9th of September 2014, the inauguration of Welcome City Lab (part of the Paris incubator network) was held in the presence of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. The Welcome City Lab is where Parisianist calls home and is an incubator for chosen start-ups considered at the cusp of innovation in tourism. You can see our President Sedrik Allani chatting with Anne Hidalgo about Parisianist in the photo above.