How We Didn't Buy a House in Besançon

Jon Lewis' charming book "How We Didn't Buy a House in Besancon" tells the tale of challenges encountered when buying property in France. Required reading for anyone contemplating retiring here. Finally succeeding at finding his dream home, he and his wife Josée now live in the South of France, eight hours drive from ...


The Hotel on Place Vendome

The subtitle "Life, Death and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris" sets the tone for Tilar Mazzeo's new book, "The Hôtel on Place Vendôme." Written in a breezy, gossipy style this book is a fun read. Her previous books include "The Widow Clicquot" and "The Secret of Chanel No. 5." Set against the backdrop of the Nazi ...


Paris Freed, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited

Paris remembers the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris with an exhibition  "Paris Freed, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited" at the Musée Carnavalet (until February 08, 2015). On 25 August 1944 Paris was liberated by General Leclerc's Second Armoured Division and the Allies. Two and a half months later, with ...


David Poe's French Kisses

A new book of short stories "French Kisses" by David Poe draws on his thirty years living the expatriate life in France. His well crafted stories have the taste of a mature wine. He is clearly someone who knows the culture here and is a man who knows what you get living a life abroad... and also what one gives up with ...


Making of Romanticism... "Les Voyages Pittoresques"

Travel writing in the 19th century is revisited with the exhibition "La Fabrique du Romantisme, Charles Nodier et "Les Voyages Pittoresques." at the  Musee de la Vie Romantique (to Jan. 18, 2015).  The exhibition is is not so much about Romanticism, but more specifically about making one of the most important travel ...


On Becoming French

A "tres fun" book "90+ Ways You Know You're Becoming French" delightfully captures some of the quirky things that make the French... French. People who have lived here awhile will get a chuckle recognizing themselves and how living in France has changed them.

This cute little book that fits in the palm of your hand was ...


English-speaking Paris

Victoria Schultz is exhibiting her "Occupy Portraits: New York City, 2011-2013" at The American Library in Paris (to January 4, 2015). Schultz recently described her work saying: "When I first met the people who, in the name of  Occupy Wall Street, took over a park in the financial district in Lower Manhattan on 17 ...


Niki de Saint Phalle Paris Retrospective

The self-taught outsider French artist Niki de Saint Phalle started getting insider attention in the early sixties with her Target Paintings where she used a gun to shoot paint balls at a canvas. Upon impact the paint balls burst and colored the relief. The aggressive act of shooting said the artist helped her to come ...


Paris Années Folles

The "Roaring Twenties" known in France as "Les Années Folles" was a golden period (1919-1929) with unprecedented economic prosperity, technological progress (automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, electricity) and creativity.  Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Miller, John Dos Passos, Ezra Pound had ...


Paris' Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene

Originating in the suburbs of Paris in the 1930s, this distinctively energetic style of jazz was created by the legendary Django Reinhardt, who played with fellow gypsy musicians in Parisian jazz haunts during the 1930s and 1940s. Reinhardt grew up in a caravan in the Parisian suburbs and famously lost the use of two ...


Paris' Free Museums

With over 30 million visitors a year, Paris is the world’s most visited city. Among its many attractions are its 153 museums, which showcase an incredibly diverse collection of art from all around the world. In a bid to widen accessibility to this impressive cultural heritage, the city of Paris has allowed free ...


Garry Winogrand Revisited

Paris' Jeu de Paume is presenting a traveling retrospective of legendary American photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) who chronicled America in the post war years. The first retrospective curated by John Szarkowsk took place in 1988 at the New York MOMA.

For the photo cognescenti Winogrand is considered one of the ...


Francois Truffaut at Paris Cinematheque

Paris' Cinematheque Francaise pays tribute to Francois Truffaut  with an exhibition of photos, documents, video clips and screenings (to January 25, 2015).  The actor, film critic, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter is best known  outside of France for his early "Nouvelle Vague" films such as "Les Quatre Cents Coups" ...


William Eggleston at Paris' Fondation HCB

The exhibition "From Black and White to Color" at Paris'  Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson revisits William Eggleston's early color classics along with lesser known black and white work (to December 21, 2014). In addition to vintage color dye transfer prints the exhibition includes one of Eggleston's new large size ...


Sonia Delaunay Retrospective

"The Colors of Abstraction"  traces Sonia Delaunay's ( 1885-1979) artistic evolution from her early days growing up in the Ukraine to her life in Paris. The  chronological retrospective of 400 works at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris features paintings, wall decorations, gouaches, prints, fashion items and ...


Month of Photography Paris Fringe Festival

The Mois de la Photo-OFF is a fringe festival organised in parallel to the official Mois de la Photo, held in November every two years. In 2014, the festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a "twin off" in Berlin "Monat der Fotografie-OFF".

"Our goal," says Neil Atherton "is to offer a dynamic selection of ...


Vincent van Gogh Revisited in Auvers-sur-Oise
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Auberge Ravoux © Miyazaki

Autumn is an ideal time to visit the town Auver Sur Oise where the artist Vincent van Gogh spent his final days. In this picturesque village located just a short train ride from Paris you can walk in van Gogh’s footsteps, from his attic room at the Auberge Ravoux to the places where he ...

  

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