Posts Tagged ‘Art/Culture’

Top Ten Reasons to go to Provence

1 Everyone you know has been there, and its getting embarrassing Yes….it really is that nice. Some famous places and things just don’t live up…

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Packing for Paris: Eight Essentials

Packing for any trip can be frustrating and daunting. But when you’re heading to the fashion capital of the world….

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Paris Museums at Night

There’s something magical and mysterious about museums late at night, the privileged access to the usually forbidden….

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Audrey Hepburn in Paris

I always picture Audrey Hepburn in Paris. Even though she never lived there. Even though her first breakout movie was….

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Chula, the world-traveling sheltie who visits Paris in Sheron Long's book Dog Trots Globe—From Paris to Provence

Dog’s Day Out in Paris

Chula Wula D’Augue has her fair share of savoir faire. A sheltie by birth and a Frenchie by choice, she flew 11 hours from Carmel Valley, California (between a rottweiler and a standard poodle), to land in the City of Light. She arrived ready for adventure. We know—we were there at Charles de Gaulle to open her cage and see her twirl around. Soon we were all settled into an atmospheric apartment rental in the Marais.

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Leslie Caron: A French Legend Shares Her Life

St. Germain-des-Prés is as famous for bookshops as for literary giants, names like Miller and Hemingway, de Beauvoir and Boris Vian. Last month the movie…

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French Music: A Sampling

Born in Belleville, Paris, Edith Piaf had an early life most would consider not exactly rosy. More or less abandoned by her parents as an infant, she was discovered as a musician in 1935. Her popularity in France skyrocketed, though she was not popular at first in the US; Americans found her too dismal.

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The Great Flood of 1910

If you saw the film Camille Claudel, with Isabelle Adjani, you know a flood almost drowned the artist in her studio—and Claudel was indeed rescued…

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Unusual Museums

I have a confession—I hate emails. As a way of doing business they’re tolerable, a necessary evil. Second confession—I write letters. Just tell me you aren’t twice as thrilled to open an envelope addressed to you from a friend or lover as you are to open something in your inbox. Perhaps this is why I love the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts as much as I do.

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The Arab World in Paris

The Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arab World), in the 5th Arrondissement, is at once a museum, a library and a cultural center….

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A Marcel Marceau outfit sold at auction at one of the Paris auction houses

Alternative Shopping in Paris: Hit the Auctions!

I love shopping in Paris, and some of my favorite places to shop are the local auction houses. Attending a local auction is a unique, culturally rich experience where collectors and art lovers can still find a bargain.

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Portrait of Louis Vuitton (1821–92)

Louis Vuitton’s Luxury Odyssey: Time Travel à la Mode

No matter how seductive those airline or cruise ship ads, travel today is often more trying than glamorous. Hence the special appeal of Travel Capital: Louis Vuitton & Paris, on view at the Musée Carnavalet through February 27, 2011. This multimedia exhibition takes visitors back to moments which, since the mid-19th century, made Paris that city we know. You might think it’s all just stacks of beautiful baggage. Au contraire! Stuffed with fashion, history and savoir faire, the show leaves not one drawer of its famous trunks unopened.

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Paris apps for tour tips, shopping tips, and foodie finds. Get the new Girls' Guide to Paris app!

The Best Paris Apps

Smartphones have changed the way we travel. GPS has replaced maps for tourists visiting Paris. I’m nostalgic for the old days, but I have to say, I love my Paris apps. They make my life easier and enrich my adventures. Here are the Paris apps I download for my guests before they head out the door.

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Anonymous, Obsession No. 1, ca. 1870. Photocollage, Musée d'Orsay. © RMN (Musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski.

Femmes Fatales at the Musée d’Orsay: Sex, Sin and the Guillotine

“When artists turn their talent to crime . . . ” is one slogan advertising the Musée d’Orsay’s blockbuster show “Crime et Châtiment” (Crime and…

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The show "Romantic Paris Gardens" is on view at La Musée de la Vie Romantique through July 17, 2011

The Romantic Gardens of Paris

Any visit to Paris should include the city’s romantic gardens, which are the hosts of public art fairs, Fashion Week and flower shows. But who created the visions at Versailles, the Tuileries and the Luxembourg Gardens? The names of their male designers may be legendary. But now a special exhibit on romantic Paris gardens, at La Musée de la Vie Romantique through July 17, 2011, highlights the role powerful women played in making them.

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