Hotel Opera Lafayette enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of Paris, close to many of the capital's top attractions. However, it can be fun to wander off the beaten track from time to time, and there are lots of unusual outings to choose from. For example, the city has been the backdrop to hundreds of films, famous and little known, and a range of film trails allow you to re-enact your favourite scenes.
Unusual outings such as film trails appeal to every age group and are a fun way to enjoy a memorable day with family or friends. Did you know that each year over 900 film shoots take place in over 5,000 locations Paris? The city's iconic monuments and landmarks, its grey slate rooftops and the magnificent River Seine have been used to great effect in a massive range of films. Whether you're a Ratatouille fan or whether you love action features like Rush Hour 3, you'll see Paris in a new way with film trails.
Ratatouille is one of Pixar's biggest hits, and this wonderful animated film follows the fortunes of Remy, the lovable rat who wants to become a chef. Remy realises he is in Paris when he sees the Eiffel Tower over the city's rooftops, and it's an essential stop on the Ratatouille trail. Several of the capital's 37 bridges inspired the film makers including the Pont St. Michel and Pont au Double, while Gusteau's restaurant is an animated homage to the Tour d'Argent, the famous restaurant on the Quai de la Tournelle.
Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow and Roman Polanski all starred in Rush Hour 3, a fast paced martial arts spoof set on the streets of Paris. Take a closer look at the amazing chase scene in the Les Invalides district or recreate Carter's walk through L'Opera. The city's monuments are used to great effect and the trail covers everything from the hair-raising scenes at the top of the Eiffel Tower to the crazy flight into the Trocadero Fountain.
Fans of the city's haute couture designer fashion scene will enjoy following The Devil Wears Prada trail from Avenue Montaigne to the Petit Palais, while lovers of classic film can explore scenes from some of director Agnes Varda's films such as Cleo from 5 to 7. Agnes Varga is also known for her documentaries which chronicle life in the city, and film trails explore the settings for Daguerreotypes (1975) and Les Plages d'Agnes which features the iconic Pont Bir-Hakeim.
Hotel Opera Lafayette is close to many of the most famous set locations, and provides you with an elegant and comfortable base from which to explore your favourite film trails. Whether you're planning a romantic break or visiting the city with friends or family, unusual outings are certain to be a highlight of your trip.
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Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Gare du Nord and Opera area