Cherry Blossoms – First-ever Damien Hirst Exhibition in France

Cherry Blossoms – First-ever Damien Hirst Exhibition in France. The Cartier Foundation in Paris has opened the first-ever exhibition in France of British artist Damien Hirst’s artworks. From 6 July 2021 to 2 January 2022, his Cherry Blossoms series will be a display – and described as ‘a celebration of colour within chaos.’  The exhibitionContinue reading “Cherry Blossoms – First-ever Damien Hirst Exhibition in France”

Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris

Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris. On 11 April 2021, the Luxembourg Garden in Paris added a new feature in its large grounds – three wooden deer statues. A week later, another art installation appeared – a group of foxes and rabbits. A few days later, yet another one appeared – wild boar.Continue reading “Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris”

French Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle

French Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle. The Luxembourg Museum in Paris, France, is holding an exhibition called “Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle” until 4 July 2021. The women are all French painters. The exhibition covers half a century, from the pre-Revolutionary years to the Restoration, and features about 70Continue reading “French Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle”

Imaginary magazine The Parisianer captures the Chronicles of the Natural History Museum in Paris

Imaginary magazine The Parisianer captures the Chronicles of the Natural History Museum in Paris. People the world over have seen the cover of The New Yorker magazine in America, even if they have never opened a copy to read. The magazine, launched in 1925, focuses on the cultural life of New York, and each week anContinue reading “Imaginary magazine The Parisianer captures the Chronicles of the Natural History Museum in Paris”

French architects Lacaton & Vassal – thoughtful and respectful approach to apartment living

French architects Lacaton & Vassal – thoughtful and respectful approach to apartment living. In April 2021, French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal were announced the winners of the prestigious 2021 Pritzker Prize, called the Nobel of Architecture. Together, Lacaton and Vassal design low-impact homes and public buildings based upon natural ecological responses to current livingContinue reading “French architects Lacaton & Vassal – thoughtful and respectful approach to apartment living”

Moulin Rouge in the time of James Joyce

Moulin Rouge in the time of James Joyce. In James Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (1914), Thomas Malone Chandler, known as Little Chandler and Ignatius Gallaher are in a bar in Dublin, Ireland. They are drinking whiskey and chatting about their friends. Ignatius thinks Little Chandler is too serious and should have fun in the world. “Have youContinue reading “Moulin Rouge in the time of James Joyce”

The best seasons to visit Paris

The best seasons to visit Paris. When tourism opens up fully, Paris will be popular once again. People always ask me, ‘When is the best time to visit Paris?” Always, I say.  But if you are planning a visit, spring and summer are the high seasons: April, May, June, July, and August. Other favourable monthsContinue reading “The best seasons to visit Paris”

Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris will become an “extraordinary garden”

Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris will become an “extraordinary garden” The “most beautiful avenue in the world” – the famed Avenue des Champs-Élysées – is not seen as beautiful to many Parisians. They view it as an overcrowded tourist attraction that is now drab and unexciting.  According to the architects commissioned to revamp the Avenue,Continue reading “Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris will become an “extraordinary garden””

Paris: a well-connected city

Paris: a well-connected city. A global study on urban planning and street design analyzed the design of city streets to determine the best-connected cities. Paris was ranked as one of the best-connected cities in the world. Connectivity influences people’s decisions to drive or travel by foot, say authors of the first global analysis of streetContinue reading “Paris: a well-connected city”

Paris on the Brink – an historical account of 1930s Paris

Paris on the Brink – an historical account of 1930s Paris.  Mary McAuliffe’s 2018 book, Paris on the Brink: The 1930s Paris of Jean Renoir, Salvado Dali, Simone de Beauvoir, Andre Gide, Sylvia Beach, Leon Blum, and Their Friends is an easy-to-read historical account of Paris. Long title, but it is a well-structured book withContinue reading “Paris on the Brink – an historical account of 1930s Paris”