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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 […]

The Roman Past

When in Paris, go to Rome. Say what? Well, let me explain. France, like most of Europe, was once occupied a part of the Roman Empire. Though Paris seems thoroughly French today, there’s one amazing leftover from the time when Julius Caesar’s army ruled: Les Arènes de Lutèce. Despite the name, it’s just one arena. […]

Sparkly, Neely, Sparkle!

Very cool time-lapse video of our fave Gray Lady, by Rich Adler.

City of Entertainment

In 2013, the most visited Paris monument was Notre-Dame de Paris with over 13 million visitors. About 27 million people visit Paris annually. The Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) de 1900 had 51 million visitors. When visiting Paris, what fascinates the visitor? The Art Nouveau of the metro entrances? The Moulin Rouge? The Eiffel Tower? Paris […]

A Belgian Master Gets a Retrospective

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs often has fashion exhibits that are of the utmost quality. I have seen a few there, and most recently the Dries Van Noten: Inspirations” retrospective of his fashion design career so far. If you do attend this exhibit, may I suggest reading Dana Thomas’ portrait of the Belgian designer in the Wall […]

Free Museum Night!

The European Night of Museums takes place tonight. Dozens of museums in the city will be open late, many of them until midnight. Here’s the full list. And yes, the Musee D’Orsay is participating, so you can see this famous naked lady painting on your ramble.

Happy 125th!

Today marks the 125th Anniversary of the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower. To commemorate the occasion, Jill Jonnes, author of the marvelously entertaining book about the building of the Eiffel Tower, Eiffel’s Tower, has written this post about her two favorite 19th century Eiffel Tower moments. All of elite Paris sent up a howl when […]

Grave Trawlers

Planning on visiting Père Lachaise Cemetery? Looking for Jim? Need a guide? Whether you do or not, they’ll find you. Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of characters hanging out in the cemetery waiting to pester unsuspecting tourists — or just anyone who looks like they’re lost, which […]

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