Rooksana Hossenally

Correspondent

  • Paris, France, Europe

Rooksana Hossenally is a correspondent who lives in Paris and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She is also a freelance writer for The New York Times and British Airways Highlife Magazine. Her adventures have led her on a 40-hour train journey across India, up a mountainside with a punctured tire in Oman and waking up at a local’s house in the middle of Monument Valley, but when she isn’t off exploring the world, she’s scouring Paris for the best it has to offer. Her work has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Dazed, AMagazine.com.au, The Huffington Post and MSNTravel, among other publications.

  • On April 1, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best museums in Paris?

    While visiting Paris, it's worth exploring the Louvre, Orsay and the Grand Palais, but the city also has plenty of art to see outside of its blockbuster museums.

    The Fondation Cartier (261 boulevard Raspail, Paris 75014 - metro Raspail, lines 4 and 6), not to be confused with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, is a contemporary art institution designed by highly acclaimed French architect, Jean Nouvel. Opened in Paris in 1984, the foundation's aim has been to raise awareness about contemporary art through carefully chosen themes and artists. The exhibitions hosted here are extremely eclectic and have ranged from Voodoo art to the history of graffiti. Next up is the incredibly talented Australian realist sculptor, Ron Mueck, whose work will be showcased from 16 april-29 September 2013.

    For photography amators, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP - 5/7 rue de Fourcy, Paris 75004, metro Saint-Paul, line 1) and the Jeu de Paume (Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 75001, metro Concorde, line 1, 8 and 14) are the places to go for well put-together exhibitions. While the Jeu de Paume is on the main circuit, it isn't hard to see why shows here draw in thousands of visitors from all over the world. Showing works by Federico Fellini, the iconic Italian film director, to controversial projects by Ai Weiwei and the eerie portraits of the revolutionary American photographer Diane Arbus, the Jeu de Paume's aim is to raise awareness about the central tenets in photography. The MEP on the other hand, hosts smaller but more niche shows of less high-profile photographers who are well-known in the milieu.

    A rather unsual museum that captures the essence of mid-twentieth century Paris, is the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (62 rue des Archives, Paris 75003, metro Rambuteau, line 11). Hidden in the backstreets of the Marais behind a heavy-set wooden door, is a small museum that is sure to awaken your primal senses as the long-forgotten thrill of the hunt is revived. Pieces of taxidermy art are displayed in the sumptuous maze of salons and cabinets of a former eighteenth-century house.

    Last but not least on the list of museums to visit while in the city, is the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (MAM - 11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 75116, metro Iéna or Alma-Marceau, line 9), which shows mainly large retrospectives of works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Linder Sterling. Next to grace the venue is a Keith Haring retrospective, which will run from 19 April-18 August 2013.
  • On April 1, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best museums in Paris?

    While visiting Paris, it's worth exploring the Louvre, Orsay and the Grand Palais, but the city also has plenty of art to see outside of its blockbuster museums.

    The Fondation Cartier (261 boulevard Raspail, Paris 75014 - metro Raspail, lines 4 and 6), not to be confused with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, is a contemporary art institution designed by highly acclaimed French architect, Jean Nouvel. Opened in Paris in 1984, the foundation's aim has been to raise awareness about contemporary art through carefully chosen themes and artists. The exhibitions hosted here are extremely eclectic and have ranged from Voodoo art to the history of graffiti. Next up is the incredibly talented Australian realist sculptor, Ron Mueck, whose work will be showcased from 16 april-29 September 2013.

    For photography amators, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP - 5/7 rue de Fourcy, Paris 75004, metro Saint-Paul, line 1) and the Jeu de Paume (Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 75001, metro Concorde, line 1, 8 and 14) are the places to go for well put-together exhibitions. While the Jeu de Paume is on the main circuit, it isn't hard to see why shows here draw in thousands of visitors from all over the world. Showing works by Federico Fellini, the iconic Italian film director, to controversial projects by Ai Weiwei and the eerie portraits of the revolutionary American photographer Diane Arbus, the Jeu de Paume's aim is to raise awareness about the central tenets in photography. The MEP on the other hand, hosts smaller but more niche shows of less high-profile photographers who are well-known in the milieu.

    A rather unsual museum that captures the essence of mid-twentieth century Paris, is the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (62 rue des Archives, Paris 75003, metro Rambuteau, line 11). Hidden in the backstreets of the Marais behind a heavy-set wooden door, is a small museum that is sure to awaken your primal senses as the long-forgotten thrill of the hunt is revived. Pieces of taxidermy art are displayed in the sumptuous maze of salons and cabinets of a former eighteenth-century house.

    Last but not least on the list of museums to visit while in the city, is the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (MAM - 11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 75116, metro Iéna or Alma-Marceau, line 9), which shows mainly large retrospectives of works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Linder Sterling. Next to grace the venue is a Keith Haring restrospective, which will run from 19 April-18 August 2013.
  • On March 31, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    Where can you get the best view of Paris?

    There are several key places to visit for the best views of Paris - for me, the best one was the Samaritaine rooftop, which was a department store on rue de Rivoli now closed down and being refurbished to become a hotel and apartments. 

    While we wait for the building to open again, there is the top floor of the Centre Pompidou (also known as the Beaubourg); here there is the Georges restaurant, a Thierry Costes venue, which has fantastic sunset views over the Paris rooftops - if the less polished pavements of the city haven't quite matched up to your expectations, the rooftops definitely will! 

    Another spot to catch the city skyline is at the top of the stairs leading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica in Montmartre - get there early for sunset as this is a popular place to come for tourists and locals alike. 

    For the best views of the River Seine and its surroundings, head to the river itself and cross over the bridges Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts and admire the hundreds of padlocks left hooked to the bridge by passing couples wanting to leave a memento of their love in Paris.

    Otherwise, make sure to keep your eyes wide open when crossing the river on metro line 6 between Bir-Hakeim and Passy for a beautiful glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. Boasting similar views with the added bonus of having the time to get your camera out, is a spot to the right hand side of the Palais de Tokyo museum (metro Iéna, line 9) - here there is a beautiful view of the tower at sunset with picturesque Parisian steps.



  • On March 31, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best art galleries in Paris?

    As well as being the city of love, light, fashion and haute-cuisine, Paris is also the city of art. The art gallery scene used to be based in Saint-Germain at the time of Sartre and de Beauvoir, but it has since moved to the Marais and a small fraction is also being channelled further out into the 20th arrondissement.

    For the best contemporary art Paris has to offer outside of museums and other institutions, head to the city's more prised art galleries, which are in the Marais. Galerie Perrotin (76 rue de Turenne, Paris 75003) and Yvon Lambert (108 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 75003) are not to miss. 

    Both extremely respected gallerists for their flair, talent and passion, Emmanuel Perrotin represents big names like Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan, while Yvon Lambert works with the likes of Shilpa Gupta and Mario Testino. 

    Another gallery not to miss is Polka Galerie (12 rue Saint-Gilles, Paris 75003) for its fantastic choice of photography. The gallery shows work by some of the world's best photographers, like Marc Riboud and David Bailey.
  • On March 29, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best art galleries in Paris?

    As well as being the city of love, light, fashion and haute-cuisine, Paris is also the city of art. The art gallery scene used to be based in Saint-Germain at the time of Sartre and de Beauvoir, but it has since moved to the Marais and a small fraction is also being channelled further out into the 20th arrondissement.

    For the best contemporary art Paris has to offer outside of museums and other institutions, head to the city's more prised art galleries, which are in the Marais. Galerie Perrotin (76 rue de Turenne, Paris 75003) and Yvon Lambert (108 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 75003) are both not to miss. 

    Both extremely respected gallerists for their flair, talent and passion, Emmanuel Perrotin represents big names like Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan, while Yvon Lambert works with the likes of Shilpa Gupta and Mario Testino. 

    Another gallery not to miss is Polka Galerie (12 rue Saint-Gilles Paris 75003) for its fantastic choice of photography. The gallery shows work by some of the world's best photographers, like Marc Riboud and David Bailey.
  • On March 29, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    Where can you get the best view of Paris?

    There are several key places to visit for the best views of Paris - for me, the best one was the Samaritaine rooftop, which was a department store on rue de Rivoli now closed down and being refurbished to become a hotel and apartments. 

    While we wait for the building to open again, there is the top floor of the Centre Pompidou (also known as the Beaubourg); here there is the Georges restaurant, a Thierry Costes venue, which has fantastic sunset views over the Paris rooftops - if the less polished pavements of the city haven't quite matched up to your expectations, the rooftops definitely will! 

    Another spot to catch the city skyline is at the top of the stairs leading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica in Montmartre - get there early for sunset as this is a popular place to come for tourists and locals alike. 

    For the best views of the River Seine and its surroundings, head to the river itself and cross over the bridges Pont Neuf or Pont des Arts and admire the hundreds of padlocks left hooked to the bridge by passing couples wanting to leave a memento of their love in Paris.

    Otherwise, make sure to keep your eyes wide open when crossing the river on metro line 6 between Bir-Hakeim and Passy for a beautiful glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. A spot boasting similar views with the added bonus of having the time to get your camera out, is a spot to the right hand side of the Palais Tokyo museum - here there is a beautiful view of the tower at sunset with picturesque Parisian steps.



  • On March 29, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    Where can you get the best view of Paris?

    There are several key places to visit for the best views of Paris - for me, the best one was the Samaritaine rooftop, which was a department store on rue de Rivoli now closed down and being refurbished to become a hotel and apartments. 

    While we wait for the building to open again, there is the top floor of the Centre Pompidou (also known as the Beaubourg); here there is the Georges restaurant, a Thierry Costes venue, which has fantastic sunset views over the Paris rooftops - if the less polished pavements of the city haven't quite matched up to your expectations, the rooftops definitely will! 

    Another spot to catch the city skyline is at the top of the stairs leading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica in Montmartre - get there early for sunset as this is a popular place to come for tourists and locals alike. 

    For the best views of the River Seine and its surroundings, head to the river itself and cross over the bridges, Pont Neuf or Pont des Arts and admire the hundreds of padlocks left hooked to the bridge by passing couples wanting to leave a memento of their love in Paris.

    Otherwise, make sure to keep your eyes wide open when crossing the river on metro line 6 between Bir-Hakeim and Passy for a beautiful glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. A spot boasting similar views with the added bonus of having the time to get your camera out, is a spot to the right hand side of the Palais Tokyo museum - here there is a beautiful view of the tower at sunset with picturesque Parisian steps.



  • On March 29, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    Where can you get the best view of Paris?

    There are several key places to visit for the best views of Paris - for me, the best one was the Samaritaine rooftop, which was a department store on rue de Rivoli now closed down and being refurbished to become a hotel and apartments. 

    While we wait for the building to open again, there is the top floor of the Centre Pompidou (also known as the Beaubourg); here there is the Georges restaurant, a Thierry Costes venue, which has fantastic sunset views over the Paris rooftops - if the less polished pavements of the city haven't quite matched up to your ideals, the rooftops definitely will! 

    Another spot to catch the city skyline is at the top of the stairs leading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica in Montmartre - get there early for sunset as this is a popular place to come for tourists and locals alike. 

    For the best views of the River Seine and its surroundings, head to the river itself and cross over the bridges, Pont Neuf or Pont des Arts and admire the hundreds of padlocks left hooked to the bridge by passing couples wanting to leave a memento of their love in Paris.

    Otherwise, make sure to keep your eyes wide open when crossing the river on metro line 6 between Bir-Hakeim and Passy for a beautiful glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. A spot boasting similar views with the added bonus of having the time to get your camera out, is a spot to the right hand side of the Palais Tokyo museum - here there is a beautiful view of the tower at sunset with picturesque Parisian steps.



  • On March 29, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    Where can you get the best view of Paris?

    There are several key places to visit for the best views of Paris - for me, the best one was the Samaritaine rooftop, which was a department store on rue de Rivoli now closed down and being refurbished to become a hotel and apartments. 

    While we wait for the building to open again, there is the top floor of the Centre Pompidou (also known as the Beaubourg); here there is the Georges restaurant, a Thierry Costes venue, which has fantastic sunset views over the Paris rooftops - if the less polished pavements of the city haven't quite matched up to your ideals, the rooftops definitely will! 

    Another spot to catch the city skyline is at the top of the stairs leading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica in Montmartre - get there early for sunset as this is a popular place to come for tourists and locals alike. 

    For the best views of the River Seine and its surroundings, head to the river itself and cross over the bridges, Pont Neuf or Pont des Arts and admire the hundreds of padlocks left hooked to the bridge by passing couples wanting to leave a memento of their love in Paris.

    Otherwise, make sure to keep your eyes wide open when crossing the river on metro line 6 between Bir-Hakeim and Passy for a beautiful glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. A spot boasting similar views with the added bonus of having the time to get your camera out, is a spot to the right hand side of the Palais Tokyo museum - here there is a beautiful view of the tower at sunset with picturesque Parisian steps.



  • On March 25, 2013
  • On March 25, 2013
  • On March 24, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best luxury hotels in Paris?

    Paris is the most visited city in the world and with over 6,000 hotels in the Ile-de-France region, it is the European city with the highest hotel capacity - so how do you choose?

    You can either go for one of the emblematic high-profile 'palace' hotels (the term 'palace' denotes a hotel above 5 stars) like the Plaza Athénée, Four Seasons George V or Le Meurice; or you can for something more boutique. In terms of luxury (non-palace) hotels, my selection of top hotels includes the gorgeous art nouveau Régina just across the road from the Louvre and the iconic Raphaël close to the Champs-Elysées. These two hotels exude early 1900s charm like no other place in the city. If you don't stay here, make sure to drop in for a drink at least.

    In terms of lesser-known boutique hotels, the very best includes the funky Hôtel Thoumieux designed by India Madhavi and design duo M/M, close to Invalides (metro Invalides line 8 or 13), the chic Pavillon de la Reine just off the Place des Vosges in the Marais (metro St Paul, line 1 or Chemin Vert, line 8), and the beautiful Hôtel Particulier in Montmartre (Abbesses, line 12).

    For something more contemporary go for the newly-opened Hôtel de Nell in the busier neighbourhood of Bonne Nouvelle/Grands Boulevards or Duo just next door to the Hôtel de Ville ('town hall' in English).

    For the first-time visitor for whom location is the main priority, then try the Hôtel de Lutèce or Hôtel des Deux Iles right in the heart of Paris on the Ile Saint-Louis located on the Seine and a stone's throw away from Notre Dame.
  • On March 24, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best places to stay in Paris?

    Paris is the most visited city in the world and with over 6,000 hotels in the Ile-de-France region, it is the European city with the highest hotel capacity - so how do you choose?

    You can either go for one of the emblematic high-profile 'palace' hotels (the term 'palace' denotes a hotel above 5 stars) like the Plaza Athénée, Four Seasons George V or Le Meurice; or something more boutique. In terms of luxury (non-palace) hotels, my selection of top hotels includes the gorgeous art nouveau Régina just across the road from the Louvre and the iconic Raphaël close to the Champs-Elysées. These two hotels exude early 1900s charm like no other place in the city. If you don't stay here, make sure to drop in for a drink at least. 

    In terms of lesser-known boutique hotels, the very best includes the very funky Hôtel Thoumieux designed by India Madhavi and design duo M/M, close to Invalides (metro Invalides line 8 or 13), the chic Pavillon de la Reine just off the Place des Vosges in the Marais (metro St Paul, line 1 or Chemin Vert, line 8), and the beautiful Hôtel Particulier in Montmartre (Abbesses, line 12).

    For something more contemporary go for the newly-opened Hôtel de Nell in the busier neighbourhood of Bonne Nouvelle/Grands Boulevards or Duo just next door to the Hôtel de Ville ('town hall' in English).

    For the first-time visitor for whom location is the main priority, then try the Hôtel de Lutèce or Hôtel des Deux Iles right in the heart of Paris on the Ile Saint-Louis located on the Seine and a stone's throw away from Notre Dame. 
  • On March 24, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What is public transportation like in Paris?

    www.anabelmaldonado.net Public transport in Paris is a touchy issue. Paris' metro network is extremely handy but as most visitors will comment, it is shockingly dirty. However, one gets used to it very quickly. The Parisian metro is the real life and soul of the city where affluent businessmen and the city's worst-off come together. Using the metro will also teach you inumerable lessons in that infamous Parisian culture that is so often debated about. 

    Metro stations are quite close together and the nearest metro station is never far away. You buy a ticket at the machine, push it through the slot in the turnstiles and you don't need it to let yourself out. Tickets can be used on buses, trams and the RER. It is best to but a carnet of 10 tickets, which will set you back around 12 euros.

    The RER is the overground network that reaches into the banlieue (or 'suburbs' in English). Most visitors to the city won't have to use the RER unless taking a day trip outside the city to Versailles or Giverny for example. Paris also has a very good bus network, however, traffic can be heavy; the journey can therefore take a lot longer than getting around via the metro. The tram lines circle the outskirts of the city only - again, visitors rarely use this method of transport. 

    Another way of exploring the city is by bike - you can rent a 'Vélib' in any neighbourhood. You will see a machine close to the bike racks (the bikes are of a heavy grey frame), which will guide you through the process. Getting around via Vélib is one of the more pleasant ways of exploring the city in the warmer months and it isn't costly. However, a word of warning: unless you are experienced, stick to bike paths as drivers can be ruthless.

  • On March 24, 2013
    Rooksana Hossenally answered the question: Rooksana Hossenally

    What are the best places to stay in Paris?

    Paris is the most visited city in the world and with over 6,000 hotels in the Ile-de-France region, it is the European city with the highest hotel capacity - so how do you choose?

    You can either go for one of the emblemetic high-profile 'palace' hotels (the term 'palace' denotes a hotel above 5 stars) like the Plaza Athénée, Four Seasons George V or Le Meurice; or something more boutique. In terms of luxury (non-palace) hotels, my selection of top hotels includes the gorgeous Art Nouveau Regina just across the road from the Louvre and the iconic Raphael close to the Champs-Elysées. These two hotels exude early 1900s charm like no other place in the city. If you don't stay here, make sure to drop in for a drink at least. 

    In terms of lesser-known boutique hotels, the very best includes the very funky Hôtel Thoumieux designed by India Madhavi and design duo M/M, close to Invalides (metro Invalides line 8 or 13), the chic Pavillon de la Reine just off the Place des Vosges in the Marais (metro St Paul, line 1 or Chemin Vert, line 8), and the beautiful Hôtel Particulier in Montmartre (Abbesses, line 12).

    For something more contemporary go for the newly-opened Hotel de Nell in the busier neighbourhoods of Bonne Nouvelle/Grands Boulevards or Duo just next door to the Hôtel de Ville (townhall in English).

    For the first-time visitor for whom location is the main priority, then try the Hotel de Lutèce or Hôtel des Deux Iles right in the heart of Paris on the Ile Saint-Louis located on the Seine and a couple of minutes' walk Notre Dame.