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 ...


Christmas Markets in Paris 2014
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La Defense, © F. Eckert

Paris' Christmas markets are among the things that make the holiday special in this city. The markets are found all over the city from the stunning display on the elegant Champs Elysee to the Place Saint Sulpice to the Trocadero on Ice. But the biggest (10,000 meters) and most diversified ...


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 ...


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 ...


French Holiday Wines with sparkle...
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Laurent Perrier DR

Twelve Bubbly Days of Christmas.... Holidays are times to uncork a bottle of bubbly and make a toast. Although France's champagne is the world's most famous celebratory drink there are others that merit tasting. Since there are twelve days of Christmas here are a dozen bubblies to get you in 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 ...


Keld Helmer-Petersen's World

The Maison du Danemark , located on Paris' Champs Elysees, revisits the Danish modernist  photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen(1920-2013) exhibiting both black & white and color photographs (until December 18, 2014). Although not well-known to the general public, his pioneering color photography places him among the avant ...


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 ...


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 ...


Caroline Nin's Piaf Tribute

Have no regrets this holiday season and catch French singer Caroline Nin performing in Paris her  "Hymne a Piaf, " a bilingual tribute to France’s most famous chanteuse Edith Piaf. Delving deep into Piaf’s tumultuous life, Nin’s smoky, jazzy voice provides an interpretation – rather than impersonation – of "The Little ...


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 ...


Paris Magnum at Hotel de Ville

Paris as seen by thirty Magnum photographers is a free exhibition at the Hotel de Ville (until March 28, 2015). The legendary Magnum photo agency, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger, is an international photo cooperative owned by its members. Bresson once ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

  

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