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The Picasso Museum’s Sad Saga

The Picasso Museum, which was supposed to reopen 3 years ago, has postponed, yet again, its opening. Renovations that were meant to take 2 years have stretched to 5. The museum’s website has recently changed the announcement that it would open this June to “opening in 2014!” Don’t hold your breath.

Silly Lists: A Guilty Pleasure

“A blog about Paris posted a photo from one of those stupid lists on the web. You won’t believe what happened next.” If you are like me, you no longer click on such come-ons. But I’m still a bit of a sucker for lists if I think they will involve Paris or France. I click [...]

A Chateau Just an Air-Kiss Away

If you want to see a spectacular chateau with no lines and no shoving crowds then you really should visit the Château de Chantilly, just 25 minutes north of Paris by train. The magnificent château houses the Condé Museum of paintings, while the thatched roof Hamlet (great for lunch or strawberries and Chantilly cream for [...]

Dark Inspirations

The fashion exhibitions at Musée des Arts Decoratifs are always presented in a special designated space. The atmosphere is almost like going to the theatre: it’s pitch black except for the vitrines, which are dimly lit. It doesn’t always work, and for some shows it’s been difficult to see the details of the clothes. For [...]

Who Knew?

On the southwest corner of Hôtel des Invalides you will find the Jardin de Intendant, verdant sculpted garden, a quiet place to enjoy the greenness of spring in Paris.

Good Night, Seine

Click here for more dreamy pictures of the Seine at night, from Prete-Moi Paris.

America Invades Paris

American culture is on show this season in Paris, with two noteworthy exhibitions worth checking out (even if you’re an American yourself). “L’Atlantique Noir,” the first of four American-themed exhibitions this year at the fabulous Quai Branly Museum, is about the Anglo-American heiress Nancy Cunard, who published Negro Anthology in 1930s Paris. “Nancy Cunard was [...]

The High and the Low

The windows of the upper chapel of Sainte-Chapelle are stunning, but no more so than the vibrant bold colors of the lower chapel with accents of gold. This magnificent 13th century Gothic chapel on Île de la Cité was built by Louis IX for use as his royal chapel. The lower chapel seen here served [...]

The View from Here

Notre Dame Tower always has a long line, so I’ve pretty much written it off over the years. I was with tour clients two weeks ago at Notre Dame and only two people on line, so I figured now is my chance. I went back last Monday on a clear, sunny day. There was a [...]

Paris: Cow Town!

The annual agriculture and farm fair has massive pavilions with endless aisles of food purveyors with samples of regional cheeses, wines, meats, foie gras, sausages, crepes, and many other delectable foods. There are also animal competitions and rodeo shows. Every year Salon de Agriculture selects a mascot and this year it’s Bella (pictured) the cow, [...]

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