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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 […]

Quittin’ Time

Who’s ready for the weekend? >more pretty pictures here


The wait was long – and it is not over quite yet. But, I am sure, on Saturday, October 25, I am going to say that it was worth waiting for. On that day Paris’s Picasso Museum is to reopen after a five-year closure for renovation. And on that day I will be there! That […]

Paris Zoo Reopens!

The Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) celebrated its 80th anniversary with a reopening in June 2014. The six-year closure was necessary to plan renovations. The zoo had never had been renovated or upgraded since 1934. Now, instead of being cooped in cages according to their type, the one hundred eighty park species, including the […]

You, Too, Can Paint at Giverny

My friends Laurie and Blair lead outdoor painting workshops in Paris and environs. During the summer they take clients to Giverny to paint and they receive a special permit that is only given to artists and photographers to go after hours when it is closed to the public. We went on a hot mid July […]

The Other Tower in Paris

A high stone edifice in a small park in the very centre of the city looks like there ought to be some more of it; it ought to be part of something—yet it stands there all alone: 54 metres high (171 ft). It is the Tower of Saint Jacques and it’s some five centuries old. […]

Sew Lame

Worst. Tour. Ever. As a connoisseur of Paris museums—the Nissim de Camondo, Espace Dali, and the Musee des Arts Decoratif are three favorites—I was very excited to tour the Gobelins, a working carpet and tapestry factory in the 13th arrondissement that dates back to the 1600s. Not only are the products of the museum something […]

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