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A Strange Sight

Recently as I approached the Villette ofCanal de l’Ourcq, I saw first one, then another adolescent jump into the canal. Green, and with bits of garbage floating in it, the questionable nature of the water proved no deterrent for energetic teen boys needing to cool off. I don’t wilt easily in heat, but I was […]

The Picasso Museum Reopens

After almost an endless string of delays lasting over five years, The Picasso Museum finally reopened last October. It came with much controversy and drama as the head of the museum was fired over the delays in a bitter battle between the Picasso family and the museum. Sorely missed as a top attraction in the […]

Fashionable After All These Years

Pierre Cardin, one of the most prolific fashion designers of the 20th century and the first designer to mass market his name and products, is still going strong at age 92. His latest project is a fashion museum in a former factory in the Marais. Last week at the museum I time traveled to the […]

The Monsieur of Notre Dame

Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about 100 French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. The poster for an exhibition on him at Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine resembles a Pierre-Jules Hetzel edition of a Jules Verne novel. Cité gives no reason for the choice […]

Shorten Your Wait at St.-Chapelle

Many visitors want to go to Sainte Chapelle, the only chapel in Paris that you have to pay to enter (because it’s no longer used for religious services, as it’s inside the Palais de Justice (Supreme Court) walls. Lines are long because of the security measures to enter, so don’t end up having to queue TWICE […]

Get Illuminated

Hordes turned out for the annual Festival of Light in Paris. Take a photographic tour here without getting bumped by hot wine-addled spectators.

The 5-Year Wait Is Over

After five long years of renovations, the Marais’s Picasso Museum finally reopened to the public on October 25, 2014, and at more than double its pre-renovation size. The building itself, the 17th century Hôtel Salé, is an impressive structure in itself, and it offers some beautiful rooftop views of Paris. Unfortunately, I found the layout […]

The Train to the Palace

In 2012 The Palace of Versailles in conjunction with the national rail system SNCF, launched a series of train cars on the RER C decorated with views of the palace in photographic panels. It’s not on all the trains and the last few times I visited Versailles I didn’t get to see them but last […]

Let’s Be Frank

We might as well just rename October “Frank Gehry Month” in Paris: not only is the legendary architect’s spectacular, vessel-like building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton opening on the 27th this month, but the first major retrospective in Europe dedicated to the his career is also opening this week at the Pompidou Centre. The exhibition […]

Post-War Dressing

I was recently transported back in time to the golden age of fashion when women wore more delicate, feminine clothes and didn’t dare leave the house without a hat and matching gloves. “Les Anneés 50/ The 1950s- Fashion in France, 1947-1957” follows the metamorphosis of post war fashion in France, starting with the revolutionary New […]

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