Guinguette Auvergnate...just like a Renoir painting

ImageThe Guinguette Auvergnate — located in Villeneuve Triage—is the perfect place to take visitors to Paris, who never fail to be charmed by its friendly relaxed atmosphere, the view of the Seine from its windows framed by potted geraniums and the unpretentious cooking from the Auvergne, the home region of the patron. If ...


“Gaultier,” The Exhibition

After showcasing the works of France’s “bad boy” of fashion in nine other cities around the world, the much anticipated “Gaultier” exhibition has finally landed in Paris. For this tenth edition, installations were specifically designed for its newest venue, Le Grand Palais, and clips from French cinema and early TV ...


Cruising the Canal de l’Ourcq
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La Ferte Milon© A Simms

The prettiest and least visited part of the Canal de l'Ourcq, which enters Paris at Porte de la Villette, is its beginning at Port aux Perches in the Aisne département, 70 km north east of the capital.  

The River Ourcq has always been important to Paris, originally supplying the city with ...


Pol Bury Paris Retrospective

Many Parisians know about Pol Bury from his landmark giant metallic "Sphérades" Fountains adorning the Palais Royal next to Daniel Buren's "column" sculptures. The Espace Foundation EDF is hosting a retrospective of this artist's work curated by Daniel Marchesseau and the artist’s wife, Velma Bury, marking the 10th ...


The Glow of Paris

With stunning black and white photos in the Ansel Adams tradition and stories about Paris' legendary bridges, "The Glow of Paris, The Bridges of Paris at Night" is a real Paris book gem.  Shooting in the venerable film tradition Gary Zuercher's considerable camera skills bring to life the city's storied bridges and ...


Best Baguette in Paris 2015

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 a Senegal born baker Djibril Bodian  working at Le Grenier à Pain located in Monmartre (38 rue des Abbesses, 75018). This is the second win for Bodian. He ...


John Baxter's Nights in Paris

John Baxter discusses and signs his new book "Five Nights in Paris" (May 11th) at the Shakespeare and Co bookshop. Any guidebook can tell you what to see and do in Paris during the day: museums and monuments, cathedrals and croissants—the checklist of Parisian clichés is enough to keep any tourist busy until closing ...


Germaine Krull Retrospective

The Jeu du Paume exhibition "Germaine Krull (1897-1985) A Photographer's Journey" is a retrospective of one of the 20th century's most remarkable women photographers. From her early Berlin nudes to fashion for Sonia Delaunay to photojournalism with Paris magazines to her last photo book "Tibetans in India" the exhibit ...


A Passion for Paris

With his new book  "A Passion for Paris" David Downie looks at how Paris got the reputation of being the world's number one romantic city. The author informs the reader straight away that it will be a personal journey "I wonder if I knew on that first April morning that this would be it" says Downie. "I was stuck and ...


Tasty tips...French aperitifs

ImageTerrace weather is here and having a drink at a strategically placed people-watching café is one of the pleasures of living in Paris. Here are some tips on some of France's favorite after-six drinks.

Dubonnet
A bitter aperitif invented in Paris in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet. Dubonnet is made from wines from Roussillon, ...


Napoleon and Paris

The Carnavalet, a museum dedicated to the history of Paris, looks at the complex relationship between one of France's most remarkable men and one of the world's most beautiful cities. On 22 June 1815, in the wake of his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated at the Elysée Palace. Two hundred years after the ...


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 ...


A towering love affair

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Winnie Denker © Gerard Harlay
Winnie Denker is afraid of heights. Yet she has spent the best part of the last 20 years taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower, precariously balancing herself and 60 kilos-worth of large format camera on the tower's various extremities.

Originally from Denmark, Denker took her first ...


Henry Darger... Realms of the Unreal

Famed "outsider" artist Henry Darger (1892-1973) is featured with an exhibition at Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne (to October 11, 2015). The reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago was unrecognized during his lifetime, but now he is one of highest priced self-taught artists. A ...


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 ...


Gaumont Celebrates 120 Years of "Cinéma"

Paris' Centquatre cultural center tributes the Gaumont film company founded by engineer-inventor-promoman Léon Gaumont (1864-1946) with the exhibition Gaumont, 120  Ans de  Cinéma (to August 5, 2015). Gaumont is the world's first and oldest film company and is as old as the medium itself. Originally dealing in ...

  

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