European Heritage Days: Matignon Hotel

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Update for Saturday: 

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After Matignon, I suggest the Hotel de Clermont (Foreign Affairs), nearby at 69 rue de Varenne, simply because it is rumored to be for-sale and disappear from the french heritage (so bring your credit cards :o)). I assume we may be able to start queuing for that one around 11:30am, if you want to join us only then.


- Bring something to eat and to drink! The area is not known for its fast food density...

- Bring a light seat, I found mine in one of those small bazaar shops for only 5 euros.

- Bring a nice "real" camera, you may want to zoom into the nice things we will see, mostly in low light conditions, and flash is usually not allowed.


After that, if we are not too tired, we can hit the nearby Hotel de Brienne (Defense) or hike to the Place Vendome to see the Hotel de Bourvallais (Justice).

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Sunday:

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Morning at the Hotel Potocki (Swiss Embassy, 27 rue de Friedland), then start lining up at 1pm at Salle Pleyel (252 rue du faubourg saint-honore) for the free classic concert at 3pm. The concert ends at 5:30pm. My mobile to find me:[masked], texts preferred.

I am not sure at what time we start, I intend to ask people around me on Saturday how long it was for that particular Hotel in order to plan for the Sunday start...


What an exceptional weekend we have in front of us!


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Let me invite you to one of the most beautiful "private hotels" of Paris and the residence of the French Prime Minister... And for free!

The catch? Well, about 10,000 people will invite themselves, too, during these once-a-year Heritage Days.

Check the early time! Believe me I am the opposite of an early bird, but there is no other way to avoid the 4 or 5 hours of line for this one.

So take a portable camping seat, fill in a coffee pot, bring something to eat and enjoy some nice conversation with international culture lovers!

The other places should be less crowded, I am thinking of Hotel Potocki (Swiss Embassy) or Hotel de Talleyrand (US cultural center), or the National Assembly if we are not too tired.

For those interested, on Sunday I plan to go to the Vendome area, then to the free classic concert of the Orchestra of Paris in the afternoon.

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  • MIDDLETON

    with a few minutes of delay before leaving, oh tant pis!

    September 15, 2013

  • MIDDLETON

    not so long but pity it is rainy day!

    September 15, 2013

  • Del

    To all who did not show up, you missed a handshake with the prime minister at 10am! For Sunday: Potocki seems to have little to no queue, I am targeting 11am there.

    September 14, 2013

    • Liz V.

      Bummer for me! Cool for you! did you get a picture? How long was the wait? and how long did the visit last?

      September 14, 2013

    • Mariam

      Oh!!!! :)

      September 15, 2013

  • Elena

    Agree with Joseph, it was hard to weak up but it worth it.

    Hopefully join you tomorrow.

    September 14, 2013

  • Joseph

    Del was awesome, great leader, great guide!

    September 14, 2013

  • Victoria V.

    Cool. Get up too late sorry for not coming. Enjoying your day!

    September 14, 2013

  • Michal

    I have just met french prime minister on that meetup :D cool !

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Totally overslept for this one, sorry peeps. Hope the line isn't too bad for you guys!

    September 14, 2013

  • Michal

    Hello, i am at 57 rue de varenne in front of matignon palace in the queue line but I do not see any orange and black umbrella

    September 14, 2013

  • Mariam

    How can we find each other?!!!

    September 13, 2013

    • Del

      Orange and black umbrella ;)

      1 · September 14, 2013

  • Del

    Guys, I forgot my Meetup sign, but I have opened my bright orange and black umbrella!

    September 14, 2013

  • Francesco

    Hi I will attend just to the sunday event!
    See u there!

    September 13, 2013

    • Del

      See the meetup updates for Sunday

      September 13, 2013

  • ...

    Hi! My attendance for Sat is a Maybe. I might go with your Sunday plans; pls gimme more info. Merci~ :)

    September 11, 2013

    • Del

      Hi Rie, text me on my mobile for Sunday plans, thanks:[masked]

      September 13, 2013

    • Del

      Rie, see the meetup updates for Sunday

      September 13, 2013

  • Alessandra

    Petite question. You are going to be queuing at 8am. Say I will be there at 8h20 (yawing). Shall I be allowed to reach for the Meetup sign and couper la file ? I'd better come by 8am sharp ? Thanks, Del.

    September 13, 2013

    • Del

      Hi Alessandra, actually 8:30am is the last limit, knowing I will try to be there at 8am, you are welcome to keep me company at 8!

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Liz

    No i gave up when I heard on news 5 hours waiting to visit Matignon( all the French want to visit it...)it's a good idea to go there with meet up because you ll have time to meet people ...have fun à Matignon !

    September 13, 2013

  • Del

    Hi all, to avoid any "misunderstanding", this meetup is in no way a "free pass" to skip the line and avoid queuing!!!

    I cannot possibly keep room for late people, if you arrive after 8:30am, you will go back to the end of the line, wherever that is, and have your own Heritage Day.
    There will be people waiting as well, 10,000 people will want to see the Matignon Hotel in two days. Let's be respectful of others...

    And if I may quote the hitchhiker, if you do not know how to queue, ask a British :)

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Del

      an exception may be made for young kids who are not expected to know how to queue :)

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bon curage car 5 heures de queue l an dernier pour moi ...

    September 13, 2013

    • Liz V.

      Hi Edith, if I understood correctly you waited 5hrs in line, just out of curiosity, at what time did you start the queue? Thanks for the info.

      September 13, 2013

  • Youn_Ness

    Sorry to give up...8 am for a Saturday is too early for me (after a long working week).
    Have fun!

    September 13, 2013

  • Liz V.

    Hi Del, I have 2 kids and would love to bring them, do you have an idea of how it takes to do the tour? Where is the classic concert exactly?

    September 9, 2013

    • Del

      Hi Liz, sorry I dont know how long it will take, it is my first time for this one. Sometimes the embassies let you visit their hotels for as long as you want, sometimes it is a 30-mn tour. The classic concert is Sunday at salle Pleyel.

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to be there on Saturday. It will be my first event with your group and I'm looking forward to it.

    September 10, 2013

  • Simon

    why don't we meet 30 mins to 1h earlier, say at 7h30 or 8h, if it is to avoid 2h of queuing up? sounds like a good cost-benefit, n'est ce pas?

    September 8, 2013

    • Del

      Yes great cost benefit ratio ;) The hotel opens at 10am. You are welcome to come earlier, I plan to be there around 8. The issue is that meetups starting earlier have an actual attendance of... Zero! See you in the line!

      September 9, 2013

  • Victoria V.

    Very interessting, I really want to go but party Friday evening and dance class in early afternoon:(

    September 8, 2013

  • Alessandra

    Hello, do you think it will be a huge line already at 8h30 ?

    September 3, 2013

    • Del

      I checked blogs from precedent years, people start queuing up at 7am... 2 hours is a minimum waiting time for this one. If you come at 10am, expect 4 or 5 hours waiting time. This is the only time in the year the hotels are opened and they attract people even from London. So yes, expect a crowd!

      1 · September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WHAT IS THE EVENT? what time will it dstart - why will we queue up?
    apologies to be uninformed.

    September 3, 2013

    • Del

      The event is the visit of the hotels of the 17th (yes it is culture, not drinks or dancing). We will queue up because it is a public event, google Journees du patrimoine 2013. Apologies for the sense of humor!

      September 4, 2013

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