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”

André Malraux, a man of Paris and the world

André Malraux, a man of Paris and the world. Paris-born André Malraux was a novelist, art theorist, and France’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs in the 1960s. He was also described as France’s ‘man of the world’ and ‘ambassador of the world.’ It was said that he was a man of action and a manContinue reading “André Malraux, a man of Paris and the world”

Paris bouquinistes: selling second-hand books along the Seine

Paris bouquinistes: selling second-hand books along the Seine. Along the banks of the river Seine in Paris, the bouquinistes continue to sell second-hand books, just as they have done since the 19thcentury when the city permitted booksellers to have a permanent location. Closed and locked at night, the typically green boxes sit on top ofContinue reading “Paris bouquinistes: selling second-hand books along the Seine”

The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his good Theresa

The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his good Theresa.  The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the autobiography of writer, composer, and philosopher Rousseau (1712-1778), written in 1782.  Born in Geneva, his mother died in childbirth, and his watchmaker father raised him until the age of ten. From ten to sixteen years of age, he livedContinue reading “The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his good Theresa”

Félix Potin building in Paris: renovated and revealed

Félix Potin building in Paris: renovated and revealed. In October 2013, the Félix Potin turret was under wraps. Today the Félix Potin building has been renovated and revealed.  The Félix Potin building is on the rue de Rennes in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Rue de Rennes was originally designed to connect the Gare Montparnasse (theContinue reading “Félix Potin building in Paris: renovated and revealed”