Fashion Forward in Paris

‟Fashion Forward, 3 Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs brings together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a  chronological overview (to August 14, 2016).

France has long been associated with ...


Daniel Buren's "Observatory of Light"

One of Paris' amazing new architectural landmarks is the Fondation Louis Vuitton  building designed by Frank Gehry  (opened 2014) located in the Bois de Boulogne near the Jardin d'Acclimatation. The dazzling ship like building with its glass sails is a melange of geometric curves and lines echoing the shapes of the ...


Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman

The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris revisits German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) with a monographic exhibition of her work (to August 21, 2016).  Little known to the general public, she is nonetheless a major modern art figure and an important representative of early Expressionism. Despite a ...


Henri Rousseau... Paradise & Jungles

Paris' Musée d'Orsay tributes legendary French 19th century painter Henri Rousseau with an exhibition "Le Douanier Rousseau, L'Innocence Archaique" placing him in the context of his times (to July 17, 2016).  Rousseau, (1844-1910) famed for his dreamlike atmospheres, enchanted landscapes and jungle scenes, was an ...


Paris Impressions

A new bilingual book "Paris Impressionniste" illustrated with 100 paintings brings together some of the images of this mythical city many of us carry in our head, such as Camille Pisarro's "Le Pont Royal" or Caillebotte's "Rue de Paris, temps de pluie," or Edouard Manet's legendary "un bar aux Folies Bergere" When ...


Albert Marquet's Timeless Paintings

The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris pays homage to French painter Albert Marquet with a monographic exhibition  "Albert Marquet, Peintre du Temps Suspendu " including over one hundred paintings and drawings (to August 21, 2016).  Although his paintings reflect the currents of his time —Post-Impressionism, ...


France Bans Supermarket Food Wastes

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted, according to a United Nations commissioned study.  France is the first country in the world to make it illegal for large stores to throw away or destroy unsold food. France has ...


Canal Saint-Martin
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Canal St Martin ©  Atherton

With its swinging footbridges and tree-lined quais teeming with people on long hot summer afternoons, the Canal Saint-Martin is yet another example of how appealing Paris is when it lives up to its clichés. Rooted in the city's industrial past, today the canal offers plenty of ...


Barbie, an American Icon in Paris

For the first time ever, a major French art museum has dedicated it's space to one of the most famous American icons of our times....Barbie! Throughout 1500 square meters within the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 700 dolls tell the story of Barbie and her impact on pop culture. By the nature of the subject matter, it is ...


Still Standing Tall

Did you hear the one about the lady who married the Eiffel Tower? No, really. Erika La Tour Eiffel had had other infatuations with objects, including Lance, the bow with which she became an archery champion, and the Berlin Wall. But, now in her late 30s, she tossed those over and promised  to love, honor, and obey the ...


Best Baguette in Paris 2016

The prize for the best traditional style Baguette in Paris (Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris) was recently awarded to Mickaël Reydellet and Florian Charles from La Parisienne bakery at 48 rue Madame, Paris 75006.

The word "baguette" was not used to refer to a type of bread until ...


Sunday by the Seine
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Guinguette Auvergnate ©Annabel Simms

You don't need a car or a fat bank balance to experience the pleasure of lunch by the river within an hour of Paris. But you do need a sense of adventure. I'm talking about modest places where you can sit for hours over lunch surrounded by local families, and the bill is around ...

  

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